Sports Minute: Here is the latest New England sports news from The Associated Press - ABC6 - Providence, RI and New Bedford, MA News, Weather

Sports Minute: Here is the latest New England sports news from The Associated Press

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BOSTON (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels extended their AL West lead with a 4-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox last night. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hit consecutive RBI doubles. It was the fifth win in six games for the Angels, who moved a half-game ahead of idle Oakland. David Ortiz reached base four times with a double, single and two walks for the Red Sox, who have lost three of four after winning four straight.

BOSTON (AP) - The Red Sox have optioned center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to Triple-A Pawtucket and recalled outfielder/infielder Mookie Betts. The moves were made before last night's game against the Los Angeles Angels. Boston manager John Farrell says Bradley Jr. was sent down to work on changes in his swing.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Rob Gronkowski is participating in contact drills with the New England Patriots for the first time since his knee surgery. The star tight end says he's planning to be ready for the season opener on September 7th against the Miami Dolphins. Gronkowski tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee in December and underwent surgery in January.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Number 7 seed Sara Errani of Italy was eliminated by Garbine Muguruza of Spain in the first round of the Connecticut Open yesterday. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic advanced with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 victory over Belinda Bencic of Switzerland. Qualifier Shuai Pen of China beat Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-4, 6-3.

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - Joshua Houston tiebreaking RBI single in the fifth inning lifted Chicago's Jackie Robinson West to an 8-7 victory over Cumberland, Rhode Island, last night in the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Cumberland scored five runs in the bottom of the third to take a 7-6 lead, but couldn't score in the last two innings and was eliminated.

NEW YORK (AP) - A major ice skating complex planned in the Bronx is getting an assist from a top hockey equipment manufacturer. The Kingsbridge National Ice Center's organizers have announced that Bauer Hockey has agreed to invest $4 million to help develop the facility. Bauer Hockey is owned by Exeter, New Hampshire-based Performance Sports Group. The nine-rink center is expected to open in 2017.

TODAY'S NEW ENGLAND SPORTS SCHEDULE:

MLB:

L.A. Angels (Weaver 13-7) at Boston (Webster 3-1), 7:10 p.m.

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