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LEOMINSTER—The Jimmy Fund Open division Chuck Stone little league team dropped their first game of the season to North Leominster 24-2 on Wednesday night. Chuck Stone’s Branden Engelke-Aiken performed well on the mound and at the plate, striking out seven batters in 1 1/3 innings while also...
NFL football player Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers accepts the award for best play at the ESPYS at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 12 in Los Angeles. Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Russell Westbrook won best male athlete at The ESPYS, while Olympic gymnast Simone Biles earned best female athlete honors Wednesday night. The 25th annual show honoring the past year’s top athletes and sports moments was hosted by Peyton Manning, who humorously mocked his...
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George speaks to at a rally to introduce him to fans in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George never expected to end up in Oklahoma City. The Thunder and their fans are already making the pitch to keep him for a while. A day after hundreds of fans greeted George at the airport, the Thunder pulled out all the stops with a lavish, invitation-only welcome...
BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — Katherine Kirk waited until the last minute to get a spot in the U.S. Women’s Open. Faced with a win-or-else situation last week at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, the 35-year-old Australian won for the first time since 2010 to earn an automatic invitation to the...
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — The father of 2016 Boston Red Sox draft pick Jason Groome faces drug and weapons charges in New Jersey. Authorities on Wednesday announced the arrests of 43-year-old Jason Groome of Barnegat and two other men following a three-month investigation into drug activity in...
NEW YORK (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys are worth $4.2 billion, making them the most valuable sports franchise for the second straight year, according to Forbes . In its annual rankings, Forbes placed the New York Yankees second — up from fourth a year ago — with a value of $3.7 billion. Next are...
Mahar's summer league coach Enver Softic talks the team through a play after calling a timeout with 33 seconds left in the second half. The team went on to win 32-26 to remain undefeated at 8-0 on the summer league season. Mahar is wearing Leominster jerseys. Photo by Mike Phillips
FITCHBURG — Both teams came ready to play. Both teams played with sheer grit and fervor. Both teams played like they wanted to win and Mahar was the one that came out on top, defeating Leominster 32-26 Tuesday night in the most intense game of the summer season yet. “More so than a typical...
Matt Kenseth will be replaced by Eric Jones as Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 20 driver. Kenseth has no job lined up next year and likely has no future at Joe Gibbs Racing. AP Photo/Steve Helber, File
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Joe Gibbs Racing is replacing NASCAR’s oldest full-time driver with one of the youngest as the series undergoes a rapid changing of the guard. Erik Jones will drive the No. 20 Toyota for Gibbs next season. That has been Matt Kenseth’s seat since 2013, and he has won a lot...
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor exchange words during a news conference at Staples Center Tuesday, July 11 in Los Angeles. The two are scheduled to fight in a boxing match in Las Vegas on Aug. 26. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. reached into a backpack and held out a $100 million check for the crowd of 11,000 fight fans to see. “Let me show you what a $100 million fighter looks like,” he said. Conor McGregor interrupted from his stool behind the podium: “That’s to the tax man...
The American League's Robinson Cano, of the Seattle Mariners, lifts the MLB All-Star MVP trophy, Tuesday, July 11, in Miami. Cano hit the game-winning home run in the 10th inning. The American League defeated the National League 2-1. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky
MIAMI (AP) — Robinson Cano hugged Francisco Lindor after the final out, exchanged high-fives with his American League teammates and put an arm around the shoulder of designated hitter/photographer Nelson Cruz. Winning the All-Star Game still seemed to matter, even if it didn’t mean World Series...

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