The Red Sox finally ran out of patience with Alfredo Aceves – at least for the time being. The Red Sox announced that they have optioned Aceves to Triple-A Pawtucket. The move comes just one day after Aceves struggled mightily against the Athletics while starting in place of the injured John Lackey. Aceves’ somewhat controversial …

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Stephen Drew managed just one hit against Oakland pitching on Wednesday, but it turned out to be one of the most important of the afternoon. Drew’s triple to right field brought home both Mike Napoli and Will Middlebrooks, tying the score at 3-3 in a game the Red Sox would eventually win 6-5. It came …

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Things may feel a little different when the Celtics take the court at TD Garden on Friday. That game, the third installment of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series against the Knicks, will be the Celtics’ first contest in Boston since a tragic week that had a profound affect on the city, as well as …

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Despite earlier reports of the contrary, Louisville guard Russ Smith announced Wednesday that he will be returning to school for his senior season. It was initially rumored that Smith would join the sizable pool of college stars that have declared for the NBA draft, including Kansas’ Ben McLemore, Michigan’s Trey Burke and Louisville teammate Gorgui …

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Paternity leave? What’s that? In what can only be described as his best day ever, Red Bull Salzburg’s Jonathan Soriano started the morning by welcoming his third child into the world, a daughter named Abril.  But instead of spending the rest of his day with wife Cristina Sabater and their brand spanking newborn, the 27-year-old Spaniard rushed over to …

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Don’t look now — here comes another lifetime ban after another senseless act of violence against a defenseless referee. This past weekend, Persewa Wamena’s Pieter Rumaropen received the highest discipline — banishment for life — from Liga Indonesia officials after striking a referee in the face during a Super League game against Pelita Bandung Raya. In the …

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NASCAR hits Kenseth and Co. with massive penalties over engine.

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Borussia Dortmund faces Real Madrid in Champions League semifinals.

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