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Dude, where’s my car: NASCAR machine stolen before race

Saturday, February 28, 2015

HAMPTON, Ga. – When Travis Kvapil got the call yesterday, he figured someone on his race team was playing a joke. “They said there was trouble with the car,” Kvapil said. “I thought we could figure it out when we got in the garage area. They’re like, ‘No, the car is gone.’ ” The No. 44 NASCAR Sprint Cup car …

Pawtucket mayor says city wants compensation for PawSox loss

Saturday, February 28, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien said the city should be compensated by the state if the Pawtucket Red Sox leave town. Grebien told …

Rondo moving on after suspension over outburst with Carlisle

Saturday, February 28, 2015

DALLAS – Rajon Rondo says he and Dallas Coach Rick Carlisle talked all the time in the days after the point guard arrived from Boston …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

BASEBALL A-Rod back early with Yanks, still avoiding PED specifics TAMPA, Fla. – Alex Rodriguez reported to the New York Yankees three days ahead of schedule. He spoke for 8½ minutes about his season-long drug suspension. But on …

Stewart-Haas sticks with fill-in Regan Smith in Atlanta

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Stewart-Haas Racing is sticking with Regan Smith in place of suspended driver Kurt Busch. SHR made the announcement yesterday, one day after Smith drove the No. 41 Chevrolet to a 16th-place finish in the Daytona …

Lester ready to help Cubs take step toward a winning culture

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

MESA, Ariz. – Jon Lester has been through this before. He knows all about a desperate fans base going through a difficult drought. He’s seen an organization go through a sharp cultural change. He knows what it’s like …

Red Sox: Triple-A team will move to Providence

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A group of investors headlined by Red Sox President Larry Lucchino announced yesterday it had purchased the Pawtucket Red Sox and would relocate the team to Rhode Island’s capital. Lucchino and several Rhode Island businessmen …

Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli glad offseason is finally over

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Like many Bostonians that make the trip south in February, Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is glad spring training is finally here. Sure, he’s relieved to leave behind over 5 feet of snow …

A new playoff format for the NBA might add excitement

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

MIAMI – The Brooklyn Nets are on pace to finish 34-48 this season. The Brooklyn Nets are also on pace to make the NBA playoffs. By now it’s not exactly a major news flash that the Eastern Conference …

NASCAR got the drama-free Daytona 500 it needed

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It was a bumpy buildup to the Daytona 500, which for days was overshadowed by disputes, drama, an injury to Kyle Busch and the suspension of his older brother, Kurt. Dozens of cars were …

Red Sox sign Cuban teen with bonus that exposes inequity in MLB structure

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Yoan Moncada is lucky he was not born in the United States. At least today, he is. The Boston Red Sox signed Moncada, a 19-year-old Cuban infielder with a powerful swing and pianist-quick hands, with a signing bonus worth $31.5 million yesterday. He earned the record sum by …

Red Sox reportedly land Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Red Sox agreed to a deal with Cuban switch-hitting infielder Yoan Moncada yesterday, according to multiple reports. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Moncada batted .277 in two seasons with Cienfuegos in Cuba’s Serie Nacional before leaving the country last …

Bruins’ Krejci out four to six weeks with knee injury

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Boston Bruins will be without top-line center David Krejci for four to six weeks with a partially torn MCL in his left knee, General Manager Peter Chairelli said last night. Krejci was injured during the Bruins’ 5-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Friday when he …