Red Sox beat Blue Jays, head into All-Star break on a roll

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Xander Bogaerts homered again and the Sox used six pitchers to get their 12th win in 13 games.


// In a dramatic final, France tops Croatia to capture second World Cup title

Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, and Antoine Griezmann scored for France, which also benefitted from an own goal by Croatia.

Red Sox place Eduardo Rodriguez on 10-day disabled list

The lefthanded pitcher sprained his right ankle Saturday against the Jays.

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Xander Bogaerts maintains his torrid pace

Red Sox shortstop’s first-inning homer Sunday came on the heels of his 10th-inning walk-off grand slam Saturday.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: Manager David Ortiz of the World Team (L) and Manager Torii Hunter of the U.S. Team greet one another before the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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David Ortiz likes what he’s seeing from 2018 Red Sox

The former Sox slugger said it’s too early, though, to compare this year’s club with the World Series winners in 2004, ’07, and ’13.

Celtics 74, Heat 72

// Celtics advance to summer league quarterfinals

The Celtics will play the Trail Blazers in Las Vegas on Sunday at 8 p.m.

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// Eduardo Rodriguez injury throws Red Sox trade plans for a loop

Do the Red Sox need to start scouting Michael Fulmer, Cole Hamels, and J.A. Happ?

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NFL’s offseason problems will linger into training camp

When will the league, for all that it has done right, ever figure out how to stop getting so much wrong?


// Here’s a look at the top teams that could upgrade at the trade deadline

The teams with players on the market may not be able to get as much in return this season.


// Michael Brantley’s homer lifts Indians over the Yankees

Cleveland earned a split of the four-game series, while pushing the Yankees 4½ games behind the Red Sox in the AL East.

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Marcus Smart, Jabari Bird, and the Celtics’ other looming roster decisions

While Smart waits for a contract, the team has to decide how to use its 15th, and final, roster spot.

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Revolution loss to Galaxy just ‘sickening’

Chris Pontius scored twice, including the winner in extra time, to snap the Revolution’s seven-game unbeaten streak

New England Patriots helmets are seen on the bench during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)


The NFL awarded three grants for player safety research. Here’s a closer look at the companies

The league stages an annual contest to offer grants to schools and companies to develop better safety equipment.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO COMMERCIAL SALES Mandatory Credit: Photo by NEIL HALL/POOL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9762147gb) Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the men's singles final of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, in London, Britain, 15 July 2018. Wimbledon Championships, United Kingdom - 15 Jul 2018


Novak Djokovic beats Kevin Anderson to win his fourth Wimbledon title

It is Djokovic’s 13th major trophy, the fourth-highest total in the history of men’s tennis.

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// Baseball 2018 clearly needs some fixing. But is the game in trouble?

History has shown us it’s possible for the games we love today to become the memories of our fathers and grandfathers.

TAMPA, FL - APRIL 30: Charlie McAvoy #73 and Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins talk during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on April 30, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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How the Bruins’ defense might look next season

The backline group that again failed to get the job done in the playoffs.

Martin Truex Jr. raises his arms in celebration following his victory in the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Kentucky Speedway, Saturday, July 14, 2018, in Sparta, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

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Martin Truex Jr. defends Kentucky crown

Reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion was a repeat winner at Kentucky Speedway. Next up: New Hampshire Motor Speedway.


// The Lions in the Super Bowl, a .400 hitter in a season, and other sports dreams I’d like to see become reality

Here is my updated Sports Bucket List.

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How Magic Johnson convinced LeBron James to join Lakers

They met one on one and simply talked basketball.

Salem Red Sox pitcher Bryan Mata is shown in an undated handout photo. (Credit: Christina Carrillo/Salem Red Sox)

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‘Holy cow, who is that guy?’: Bryan Mata’s journey from Venezuela to MLB Futures Game

So far, the righthanded pitcher has made the most of the opportunity in the Red Sox farm system.


// Xander Bogaerts’s walkoff grand slam was music to Red Sox’ ears

Pumped up by his walkup song by DMX, the shortstop delivered big-time to beat the Blue Jays in the 10th inning.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Angelique Kerber of Germany (R) embraces Serena Williams of The United States after the Ladies' Singles final on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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Angelique Kerber outplays Serena Williams, wins her first Wimbledon title

Kerber defeated Williams in straight sets.

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// Russell Knox rises and shines at Scottish Open

Knox mastered windy conditions to shoot 4-under 66, leaving him two strokes off surprise leader Jens Dantorb.

// Struggling Cardinals fire manager Mike Matheny

St. Louis has missed the playoffs the last two seasons and sits seven games out of first place.


// Jabari Parker nets 2-year, $40 million deal with Bulls

Former No. 2 overall pick returning home after an injury-marred four-year stint with Milwaukee.


// Drew Pomeranz’s mechanics still out of whack during rehab

The lefthander has made three starts with the PawSox, but isn’t close to being major league-ready.

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