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After 15 seasons, Brady wants to improve

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, left, signs autographs following an NFL football training camp practice at Gillette Stadium, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo)

Sun Journal

Blue Jays puzzle Red Sox, 6-4

Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz hits a three-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during first-inning baseball game action in Toronto, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

The Associated Press

Gronk cleared to play

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Rob Gronkowski was a training camp spectator last summer while recovering from surgery. This summer, after another operation, the New England Patriots star tight end is expected to be on the field for the first practice Thursday. “He’s been...

The Associated Press

Jays jump all over Red Sox

TORONTO (AP) — J.A. Happ pitched six shutout innings for his first victory in three starts, Dioner Navarro and Jose Reyes homered and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 7-3 on Tuesday night. Reyes and Navarro both connected in the sixth inning as the Blue Jays rebounded fr...

Sun Journal

Sox pop Jays; Papi passes Yaz

TORONTO (AP) — One day after promising he was "about to get hotter than Jamaica in the middle of August," David Ortiz hit two towering home runs. They were the 452nd and 453rd of his career, moving Ortiz past Boston great Carl Yastrzemski into 36th place on the all-time list, a...

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Astros put brakes on Red Sox

HOUSTON (AP) — Six-foot-four, 250-pound slugger Chris Carter isn’t the kind of player who normally hits infield singles. On Saturday he got the first one he could remember in the eighth inning to drive home a run and lift the Houston Astros to a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox....

Sun Journal

Vasquez, Sox whip Astros

Boston Red Sox's John Lackey delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, July 11, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

The Associated Press

Another round of late heroics by Sox

BOSTON (AP) — Mike Carp’s pinch-hit single in the 10th inning gave the Boston Red Sox a 4-3 win Thursday for their second straight walk-off victory over the Chicago White Sox. Jon Lester struck out 12 in seven innings for Boston, but fellow All-Star Koji Uehara gave up a tying ...

The Associated Press

Red Sox rally to snap skid

Boston Red Sox shortstop Brock Holt (26) makes the tag while Chicago White Sox's Dayan Viciedo reacts as he is called out trying to reach second base on an error in the fourth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Sun Journal

White Sox stymie Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) — After watching Scott Carroll give up seven runs in his last start, White Sox manager Robin Ventura had a simple goal for his rookie right-hander. Do better. Carroll did that and more, following perhaps the worst start of his young career with what was defin...

The Associated Press

Kvitova dominates Bouchard for Wimbledon crown

LONDON (AP) — Petra Kvitova overwhelmed Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-0 in less than an hour Saturday to win Wimbledon for the second time in the most lop-sided final in more than two decades. The Czech left-hander completely outplayed the 20-year-old Canadian — appearing in her firs...

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Kittel wins opening stage at Tour de France

HARROGATE, England (AP) — Marcel Kittel of Germany won the first stage of the Tour de France in a crash-marred bunch sprint in front of royalty in the English countryside on Saturday. After sprint rival Mark Cavendish fell in a late crash, Kittel won the 190.5-kilometer (118-mile) ru...

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Tennis: Canadien Bouchard makes history at Wimbledon

LONDON (AP) — Eugenie Bouchard could have lost her focus after the fourth game of her Wimbledon semifinal Thursday, when play was delayed for five minutes during Simona Halep’s medical timeout for a left ankle injury.

Sun Journal

MMA: One-armed fighter overcomes odds

Nick Newell wants MMA fans to see him as a talented fighter, one skilled enough to fight for a championship and headline a nationally televised card.

Lewiston-Auburn gets soccer fever

AUBURN — Before the United States soccer team lost to Belgium on Tuesday, local people were hopeful. Oversized television screens at Gipper's Sports Grill were ablaze with games. Most eyes were on the World Cup. Lewiston-Auburn had soccer fever. “I'm optimi...

Cubs, Arrieta stymie Sox, 2-0

BOSTON (AP) — Jake Arrieta held the Red Sox hitless until Stephen Drew singled with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat Boston 2-0 on Monday night in the opener of only the second series between the teams at Fenway Park since 1918. Six days after losing a perfect...

Sun Journal

Sox take two of three from Yanks

NEW YORK (AP) — David Ortiz hit his 450th homer, a colossal three-run drive, and Dustin Pedroia had three RBIs during his second consecutive three-hit game to lead the Boston Red Sox over the New York Yankees 8-5 Sunday night.

Sun Journal

World Cup: U.S. ready for Belgium

MOGI DAS CRUZES, Brazil (AP) — Highly physical, probably defensive and anxiety-ridden for sure.

Napoli, Lester stake Sox past Yankees, 2-1

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Napoli stung Masahiro Tanaka by hitting a solo home run with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting Jon Lester and the Boston Red Sox over the New York Yankees 2-1 Saturday night. Napoli had struck out in his previous two at-bats before lining an opposite-field dr...

The Associated Press

Smart move on Celtics' part

Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart, right, poses for a photo with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected sixth overall by the Boston Celtics during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)