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Wimbledon champions advance with ease; Bouchard, Halep out

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

LONDON – It looked all too easy for the champions at the All England Club. It was another story, though, for one of last year’s finalists and for one of the highest seeded women in the draw. Defending women’s champion Petra Kvitova and former men’s winners Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray all won their first-round matches at Wimbledon …

Celtics’ Stevens finally gets shot to coach NCAA hero Hunter

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

WALTHAM, Mass. – Boston Celtics Coach Brad Stevens knew all about R.J. Hunter long before he hit one of the biggest shots of last season’s …

Sharks acquire goalie Martin Jones from Bruins

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Sharks found their starting goaltender for next season, acquiring Martin Jones in a trade from the Boston Bruins …

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 …

Bruins deal Soderberg to Avalanche for draft choice

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Colorado Avalanche acquired Swedish forward Carl Soderberg from the Boston Bruins on Thursday for a sixth-round pick in 2016. The 29-year-old Soderberg had 13 goals and 31 assists last season. He adds depth to a Colorado front line that already includes Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, …