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Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava designated for assignment

Friday, July 31, 2015

BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox designated outfielder Daniel Nava for assignment in a move to add pitching depth. The Red Sox recalled right-handed reliever Jonathan Aro from Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday to take Nava’s place. Boston also optioned left-handed reliever Tommy Layne to Triple-A to make room for right-hander Jean Machi, who was claimed off waivers from San Francisco …

AP Investigation: Filthy Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics

Friday, July 31, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO – The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America’s first games are rife with …

Will Tom Brady, NFLPA prevail in court? Legal experts say it’s a long shot

Friday, July 31, 2015

The NFL and the players’ union have become so accustomed to facing one another in court that a single lawsuit wasn’t enough for them in …

Hall of Famer Martinez to have number ‘45’ retired at Fenway

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BOSTON – Pedro Martinez’s Hall of Fame career took off in the late 1990s in a ballpark usually know for offensive numbers. From Ted Williams to Carl Yastrzemski to Jim Rice, the Boston Red Sox have retired numbers …

Normally defense-first, Steelers ready to light up scoreboards in 2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

LATROBE, Pa. – Todd Haley came up with the number. Ben Roethlisberger didn’t see any reason to argue. Thirty points. That’s the number the relentlessly aggressive Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator believes his group can average in 2015. It’s …

Mike Wallace aims for more than deep throws with Vikings

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MANKATO, Minn. – The Minnesota Vikings acquired Mike Wallace for his speed and his experience at the wide receiver position. He came to training camp with more than that. “I’ve got to take some things from Miami that …

Big innings lift Fisher Cats over Senators, 8-6

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A five-run fifth inning put the New Hampshire Fisher Cats ahead early and set them up for an 8-6 win over the Harrisburg Senators Monday. The Fisher Cats scored all five of those runs with two outs. Matt Newman got the rally started with a home run, and …

White Sox outlast Red Sox in slugfest, 10-8

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BOSTON – Adam Eaton had three hits and drove in two runs to lift the Chicago White Sox to a 10-8 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night. It was the fifth straight win for the …

Sources: NFL close to new football inspection rules

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The NFL is preparing to send out instructions to game officials and teams explaining new rules for inspecting footballs. Two people familiar with the league’s plans told the Associated Press on Monday that proper inflation of the footballs will be documented as part of the new policy. But …

Boston out for Olympics, USOC to look elsewhere

Monday, July 27, 2015

Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics is over. The city and the U.S. Olympic Committee severed ties after a board teleconference Monday, ending an effort that was troubled nearly from the moment it started. The decision throws …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Monday, July 27, 2015

NFL Colts release Cherilus after tackle slowed by injuries INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts released starting right tackle Gosder Cherilus on Sunday, a surprising move less than a week before players report to training camp. Cherilus had been …

Froome completes second Tour de France win in three years

Monday, July 27, 2015

PARIS – All for one, one for all, and all bathed in yellow. Arms over each other’s shoulders, linked together in a long line of happiness, Tour de France winner Chris Froome and his teammates pedaled slowly over …

AL-best Royals bolster rotation, trade for Cincinnati ace Cueto

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Kansas City Royals are hoping Johnny Cueto can help them win one more playoff game than they did a year ago. The Royals acquired Cueto in a trade with Cincinnati on Sunday, sending three prospects to the …