1:16 PM EDT, Mon June 18, 2018
1 hour ago

Lawmakers will revisit PawSox stadium deal this week

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island lawmakers will revisit a deal for a new Pawtucket Red Sox stadium as their legislative sessions nears its end.The House Finance Committee is scheduled to consider the deal Tuesday. Lawmakers hope to end the session Friday.Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says the bill will follow his plan to finance the states contribution to the stadium with so-called special revenue bonds. Only tax revenue generated directly by the stadium and its surrounding area would go toward paying off the bonds.If revenues fall short, the state wouldnt need to settle the...
10 hours ago
The interview remains critical in the NBA draft process

The interview remains critical in the NBA draft process

CHICAGO — The elevator stopped at the 16th floor of the swanky hotel, and after a few nervous steps down the hallway a soon-to-be professional athlete was ready to face perhaps the most unpredictable part of the NBA draft process.The interview.Down in the lobby, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka of the Los Angeles Lakers chatted with familiar faces and pretended not to notice random fans taking selfies with them in the background. Agents held court with other agents, Clippers coach Doc Rivers talked with some journalists and a couple dozen people were outside with their phones ready to snap...
12 hours ago
MLB roundup: Astros win 11th straight, beating Royals to finish trip 10-0

MLB roundup: Astros win 11th straight, beating Royals to finish trip 10-0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Carlos Correa and the Houston Astros won their 11th straight game, finishing off a 10-0 trip by rallying past the Kansas City Royals 7-4 on Sunday.The World Series champion Astros swept their swing through Texas, Oakland and Kansas City, outscoring opponents 74-35. Last season, Houston had an 11-game winning streak end in Kansas City. This time, the Astros trailed 4-3 in the eighth inning before Correa led off with a tying homer. Evan Gattis, who had three hits, then put them ahead during a three-run burst.Correa has three home runs and eight RBIs in six games after...
15 hours ago
Red Sox notebook: Xander Bogaerts sometimes slides into first base...just like his manager

Red Sox notebook: Xander Bogaerts sometimes slides into first base...just like his manager

Subtitle: Bogaerts uses same slide tactic Cora didSEATTLE — When it comes to sliding head-first into first base, Alex Cora doesn’t want to be a hypocrite.Xander Bogaerts has been doing it his entire major league career, much to the dismay of his coaches, many who have begged him to stop doing it because it’s a major injury risk.One wrong step by the first baseman and a finger could break or a hand can bruise.But Cora is having a hard time scolding Bogaerts for the move, which he did on Saturday while trying to beat out an infield single. There was no high throw that Bogaerts was trying...
15 hours ago
Eduardo Rodriguez gets over the hump, Sox earn split

Eduardo Rodriguez gets over the hump, Sox earn split

Subtitle: Goes a bit further as bats deliverSEATTLE — A little teasing seems to have helped get the best out of Eduardo Rodriguez.The Red Sox had been begging their young lefty to complete six innings, something he had done only five times in 13 starts entering yesterday. His last two starts ended after 52⁄3 innings. Batters had been hitting .303 against him in the sixth frame.Finally, Rodriguez did it.He threw six innings of two-run ball, striking out nine, as the Red Sox offense exploded on the Seattle Mariners for a 9-3 win to salvage a series split.“We were all celebrating because...
15 hours ago
NBA draft: Any big names out there for Celtics?

NBA draft: Any big names out there for Celtics?

(First in a series looking at some of the top prospects and who might be available to the Celtics in the NBA draft on Thursday. Today’s focus is on the bigs.)DeAndre Ayton, generally considered the best player in this year’s draft, recently worked out for his local Phoenix Suns, the team with the No. 1 pick in Thursday’s draft.In the brash style of someone he is often compared to — Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid — the Arizona center made a pronouncement.“I know I’m going No. 1,” he said, which didn’t thrill the next big man in the anticipated draft order.“It’s...
16 hours ago
Tom Brady to Oprah: Deflategate ‘best month off’ ever

Tom Brady to Oprah: Deflategate ‘best month off’ ever

While several released clips already caught headlines from Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Tom Brady, there was still plenty of other noteworthy segments from the hour-long session with the Patriots quarterback that aired yesterday on the OWN network.There were questions about Deflategate and what it taught Brady, who was suspended the first four games of the 2016 season as a result of the alleged ball-deflating scandal. Sitting with Brady in her back yard, she also asked if there was “something going on” with the Patriots quarterback and head coach Bill Belichick. The answers weren’t...
17 hours ago

Red Sox bust out, earn split with Mariners

SEATTLE — The Red Sox offense exploded for nine runs for just the second time since the start of May as they trounced the Seattle Mariners for a 9-3 win on Sunday afternoon.Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. each homered in the victory, which secured a series split with the upstart Mariners as the Sox head into an off day on Monday.They haven’t had many chances to play against quality teams this year, with just 20 of their 72 games against teams with records above .500. But they’re taking care of business in those games, going 12-8.Sunday’s game was scoreless...
Jun 17, 2018
Duo definitely on course

Duo definitely on course

The home run tandem of J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts may or may not be tops in the majors by the end of the season — Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton of the Yankees may have something to say about that — but they sure have gotten off to a fantastic start. And by Red Sox standards, they have joined pretty elite company. After Mookie Betts’ home run in the Orioles’ series finale last week, he and Martinez became just the sixth Red Sox duo to tally at least 18 home runs through the first 70 games of the season. Here’s the list: 2018Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez2006David Ortiz and...
Jun 17, 2018
Sophomore slump? Not buying it.

Sophomore slump? Not buying it.

Given how similar Chris Sale’s first 15 games this season compare to his first 15 last year, it takes a special degree of scrutiny — some would call it nitpicking — to come up with differences.After all his ERA’s are nearly identical — 2.75 this year, 2.85 a year ago — and he’s striking out batters at exactly the same rate. One positive difference is that Sale’s workload is lighter: He’s pitched 12 fewer innings this season, which is more than a start-and-a-half less.What’s off for him is his control. He’s been walking batters at a higher rate, and while he’s mostly...
Jun 17, 2018
LEADING OFF: Old-Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium, Astros surge

LEADING OFF: Old-Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium, Astros surge

A look at whats happening around the majors today:BRONX TALESOld-Timers Day is always a special occasion at Yankee Stadium, and this years festivities are set to feature Hall of Famers Whitey Ford and Reggie Jackson, along with first-timers Andy Pettitte, Jason Giambi and current Yankees manager Aaron Boone. The fun begins before New York takes on Tampa Bay. The Yankees are the only team in the majors that regularly holds these events, and this marks the 72nd annual Old-Timers Day in the Bronx — Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb were among those in attendance at the very first one on Sept. 28, 1947,...
Jun 17, 2018
Jets' Claiborne a happy father after newborn's health scare

Jets' Claiborne a happy father after newborn's health scare

WHIPPANY, N.J. — Morris Claiborne was in the middle of a walkthrough practice last summer when he got the call — finally — that he was eagerly anticipating.It was time for his twin daughters to enter the world.A New York Jets trainer had the cornerbacks cellphone and was tasked with letting him know if and when Claibornes now-wife Jennifer was heading to the hospital.I remember I saw the trainer walking on the field and he gave me, like, a look, Claiborne recalled in an interview with The Associated Press at the familys home. I just ran. I took off running. I grabbed my phone from him...
Jun 17, 2018
Keuchel helps Astros get 10th straight win, 10-2 over Royals

Keuchel helps Astros get 10th straight win, 10-2 over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Houston Astros won their 10th straight game, with Dallas Keuchel getting three-run homers from Max Stassi and Alex Bregman to rout the Kansas City Royals 10-2 on Saturday.Jose Altuve hit a two-run double in the first inning to send the World Series champions on their way. The Astros had an 11-game win streak last season that ended in Kansas City.The Royals have lost five in a row and are just 2-12 in June.Keuchel (4-8) began to emerge from a monthlong funk, allowing two unearned runs and six hits in six innings. The 2015 Cy Young winner had surrendered a combined 17...
Jun 17, 2018
Agent, like the rest, sees gaming’s green

Agent, like the rest, sees gaming’s green

The Red Sox’ problems pale in comparison to most others. Let’s consider a significant change to the business of baseball that occurred last week.One that, in the mind of Scott Boras, could “double, if not quadruple,” franchise values.“Oh, this has a dramatic impact on baseball,” said Boras in a telephone interview. “Very much so.”Betting on baseball began, first in Delaware and then New Jersey, in the wake of last month’s Supreme Court decision to allow sports betting outside of Las Vegas. (The Rhode Island House overwhelmingly voted on Friday in favor of a budget allowing...
Jun 16, 2018
Steven Wright good, but Wade LeBlanc two-hits Red Sox in Seattle

Steven Wright good, but Wade LeBlanc two-hits Red Sox in Seattle

Subtitle: Lefty troubles continue post-HanleySEATTLE — Journeyman junkballer Wade LeBlanc had the Red Sox swinging through air for 72⁄3 scoreless innings on Saturday night.With a fastball that hardly pushes the high-80s, LeBlanc relied heavily on a sinker, cutter and changeup to strike out nine while throwing an astounding 73 strikes on 98 pitches as the Seattle Mariners knocked off the Sox, 1-0.“I think the game has kind of changed to power stuff,” said Mookie Betts, who had one of just two Sox hits. “He doesn’t have power stuff, but he makes his stuff play and you’ve got to...