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2002 champ Hewitt loses in first round at his last Wimbledon

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

LONDON – The last Wimbledon singles contest of 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt’s career was a back-and-forth, 4-hour tussle in which he saved three match points before finally succumbing 11-9 in the fifth set. He might have lost. He did not go gently. Felt fitting. Even to Hewitt himself. “Pretty much sums up my career, I guess. My mentality – going …

Goaltenders in focus as United States and Germany meet in Women’s World Cup

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MONTREAL – The Women’s World Cup semifinal clash between top-ranked Germany and the second-ranked United States will feature two of the best goalkeepers in the …

Hanley Ramirez has hand exam, could return to Red Sox this week

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Outfielder Hanley Ramirez could return to the Red Sox lineup this week after an MRI on his injured left hand confirmed no structural damage. Ramirez …

Bibens-Dirkx, Fisher Cats blank Sea Dogs, 9-0

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Austin Bibens-Dirkx (2-3) threw six innings of one-hit ball and two relievers joined in the shutout as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats limited the Portland Sea Dogs to just five hits in a 9-0 victory on Friday. Bibens-Dirkx struck out six and was backed by an offense that …

No surprise: McDavid goes No. 1 in NHL draft

Saturday, June 27, 2015

SUNRISE, Fla. – Connor McDavid’s favorite hockey player is Sidney Crosby. His favorite non-skating athlete is LeBron James. He’s now in their club, forever to be known as a No. 1 pick. McDavid’s journey toward widely expected NHL …

Holt’s 10th-inning single lifts Red Sox over Rays, 4-3

Saturday, June 27, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Mookie Betts doubled to extend his career-best hitting streak to 13 games and scored on Brock Holt’s 10th-inning single to give the Boston Red Sox a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on …

U.S. defeats China, 1-0, plays Germany in World Cup semifinals

Saturday, June 27, 2015

OTTAWA, Ontario – Carli Lloyd finally was able to express her creativity on the field. Aided by tweaks in the lineup, the 32-year-old midfielder was able to roam more Friday night, scoring for the United States in a …

Fisher Cats score three in eighth to beat Portland, 6-4

Friday, June 26, 2015

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to earn a 6-4 win over the Portland Sea Dogs. Ian Parmley had an RBI double to tie the game in the eighth, then Dwight Smith Jr. and Kevin Nolan had back-to-back RBI …

Rookies get annual crash course in managing NFL life, against backdrop of bad examples

Friday, June 26, 2015

BEREA, Ohio – To prepare rookies for life as professionals, the NFL is again providing a crash course filled with seminars, testimonials and advice on how to navigate the pitfalls of fame and fortune. All the league really …

Cubs’ star prospect Russell making transition from shortstop to second

Friday, June 26, 2015

CHICAGO – Addison Russell started on the bag, then moved behind the base and finally ended up in front for a couple more throws. Then it was his turn to feed Starlin Castro, and he gracefully fielded each …

NFLPA goes after Patriots for punishing Butler over missed workout

Friday, June 26, 2015

NEW YORK – The NFL Players Association complained to the league about whether the Patriots improperly disciplined cornerback Malcolm Butler during voluntary workouts. NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said Thursday that the union has a responsibility to pursue all violations of the collective bargaining agreement consistently. The Patriots are …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Friday, June 26, 2015

Golf Bubba Watson shoots 62 to take Travelers Championship lead CROMWELL, Conn. – Bubba Watson hit to inches on the final hole for the last his nine birdies in an 8-under 62 on Thursday in the first round …

Red Sox put Pedroia on disabled list with hamstring injury; Kelly sent to Triple-A

Friday, June 26, 2015

BOSTON – Second baseman Dustin Pedroia was put on the 15-day disabled list by the Boston Red Sox before Thursday’s 8-6 loss to Baltimore, a day after straining his right hamstring. Pedroia was hurt rounding first base after his go-ahead, two-run single in the sixth inning of Wednesday …