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  • Patriots open camp, try to ignore ‘Deflategate’ noise

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Fans drove to Gillette Stadium past a booth selling “Free Tom Brady” T-shirts.

    Then, when they arrived for the New England Patriots’ first training camp practice on Thursday, they let the star quarterback know how they felt.

    Brady took the field to a boisterous cheer from the more than 10,000 fans who sat in a sweltering sun to see the Super Bowl champions open the defense of their title.

  • Price on the move

    DETROIT — Toronto acquired All-Star left-hander David Price from the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, the second major move in less than a week by the Blue Jays as they chase their first postseason appearance since 1993.

    After obtaining slugging shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from Colorado, the Blue Jays tried to shore up their rotation by adding Price, likely the top remaining starting pitcher on the market.

  • Time to ‘do something’

    JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Jaguars have shown few, if any, signs of progress over the past four years.

    They are an NFL-worst 14-50 since 2010, the most dreadful stretch in the franchise’s 20-year history and one of the least productive spans since the NFL moved to a 16-game schedule in 1978. Only Tampa Bay (1983-86), Detroit (2006-09) and St. Louis (2007-10) lost more games in a four-year window during those 37 seasons.

  • Fins up in 2015?

    DAVIE — Joe Philbin was looking out toward the Miami Dolphins practice field after an offseason workout when receiver Greg Jennings came along and offered his impassive coach a pair of sunglasses.

    With the season weeks away, Philbin was at his most relaxed. So he smiled slightly.

  • Brady fights on

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady took the fight over his “Deflategate” suspension to social media and federal court on Wednesday, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft backed the three-time Super Bowl MVP, saying “I was wrong to put my faith in the league.”

  • Verlander outlasts Archer

    ST. PETERSBURG — Justin Verlander’s first win this season didn’t come easy.

    Verlander outlasted Chris Archer and the Detroit Tigers avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Wednesday

  • Casali, Rays trounce Price, Tigers

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rookie Curt Casali had three hits and homered twice for the second straight game, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to 10-2 victory over the slumping Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.

    Casali hit a two-run homer off All-Star David Price (9-4) in the fourth inning and added a solo shot off the former Rays ace for a 5-1 lead in the sixth. He struck out with the bases loaded in the eighth, finishing 3 for 4 with three RBIs on consecutive nights.

  • Are the Buccaneers pointed in the right direction?

    TAMPA — The large billboard standing on a major thoroughfare a few blocks from the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers suggests an offensive explosion is on the horizon.

    Jameis Winston is preparing to lead it.

    “Cannons will fire,” reads the sign bearing an image of the top pick in the NFL draft presumably poised to throw a touchdown pass.

    “Whatever it is,” a television commercial implores, “he’s got it.”

  • Casali connects

    ST. PETERSBURG — Desperate for some offense, the Tampa Bay Rays got it from a catcher hitting .214 and batting ninth.

    Curt Casali homered twice, Nathan Karns took a one-hit shutout into the seventh inning and the Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 Monday night.

  • Moore struggles on mound, Rays struggle at plate in loss

    ST. PETERSBURG — Matt Moore struggled on the mound again, and the Tampa Bay Rays’ offense couldn't get much going.

    Nolan Reimold had a two-run double among three hits Sunday as the Baltimore Orioles beat Moore and the Rays 5-2 for their second straight win after a four-game skid.