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Napoli homers again, drives in 4 as Red Sox beat Angels, 6-1

Monday, May 25, 2015

BOSTON – Mike Napoli might want to find that child that autographed his bat a couple of days ago and have him sign a few more. Napoli hit his fourth homer of the series – all with a bat he had a child sign before the series opener – and drove in four runs to lead the Boston Red Sox …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Monday, May 25, 2015

Golf Montgomerie captures Senior PGA Championship FRENCH LICK, Ind. – Colin Montgomerie answered two front-nine challenges with birdies, then pulled away, shooting a 3-under 69 …

Want a selfie with Federer? Better think again

Monday, May 25, 2015

PARIS – Roger Federer was not amused. As Federer finished an interview after his first-round French Open victory yesterday, an overzealous fan left his seat …

Celtics owner Pagliuca takes over Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid

Friday, May 22, 2015

BOSTON – The group leading the bid to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston shook up its management yesterday, making Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca the new chairman in an attempt to revive the city’s chances of hosting …

Monarchs take 1-0 series lead in East finals

Friday, May 22, 2015

Michael Mersch scored two goals – his seventh and eighth of the playoffs – to lead the Monarchs to a 3-2 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack in Game 1 of the AHL’s Eastern Conference finals last night in Manchester. Mersch started the scoring just 35 seconds into …

Kenseth wins pole for Coca-Cola 600

Friday, May 22, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. – Matt Kenseth is hoping history repeats itself Sunday night at the Coca-Cola 600. Kenseth won his second Sprint Cup pole of the season last night for NASCAR’s longest race. He turned in a dominating lap …

Rangers’ Rodriguez keeps Red Sox bats quiet in 3-1 win

Friday, May 22, 2015

BOSTON – Wandy Rodriguez’s plan worked very well. He simply kept Boston’s struggling hitters confused. Rodriguez pitched 6.2 solid innings, Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer and drove in two runs, and the Texas Rangers beat the Red …

Ducks beat Blackhawks, 2-1, in Game 3 of Western finals

Friday, May 22, 2015

CHICAGO – Frederik Andersen made 27 saves, helping Anaheim kill off five power plays, and the Ducks beat the Chicago Blackhawks, 2-1, last night for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals. Defenseman Simon Despres scored his …

Warriors hold off Harden, Rockets, 99-98, to take 2-0 lead

Friday, May 22, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. – Stephen Curry scored 33 points to turn back another spectacular performance by James Harden, and the Golden State Warriors held off the Houston Rockets, 99-98, last night to take a 2-0 lead in the Western …

Patriots: Finally, high road traveled

Thursday, May 21, 2015

In yesterday’s Monitor, my colleague and friend Ray Duckler wrote about Patriots owner Robert Kraft accepting his team’s punishment for Deflategate. Duckler wrote that Kraft’s decision not to appeal the NFL’s disciplinary action had the distinctive stink of …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NHL Leafs hire Babcock as new head coach The Toronto Maple Leafs hired Mike Babcock as their new head coach yesterday. Babcock spent the last 10 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, where he won the Stanley Cup in 2008. His contract with Detroit expired at the end …

Timetable for decision on teams in Los Angeles could be moved up

Thursday, May 21, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO – Los Angeles might be in the NFL’s future sooner than anyone thought. The NFL could approve a team move to Los Angeles by the end of the year, with a club playing in the area by the 2016 season. NFL vice president Eric Grubman, the …

Goodell wants to hear directly from Brady in appeal

Thursday, May 21, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said yesterday it’s his responsibility to hear directly from New England quarterback Tom Brady in his appeal of his four-game suspension in the deflated footballs case. Goodell said he has not …