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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PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Red Sox continue a 10-game trip tonight with the first of three games at Pittsburgh. Rookie right-hander Anthony Ranaudo will start the series opener against the Pirates' Charlie Morton. The Sox took three of four from Kansas City over the weekend. They face another playoff-contending club tonight in Pittsburgh, which is clinging to the final Wild Card spot in the National League.

BOSTON (AP) - There were many positives to take out of the Patriots' 30-7 win over the Vikings, but quarterback Tom Brady has concerns about Sunday's slew of penalties. Brady tells WEEI radio that penalties "just kill drives." New England was assessed 163 yards on 15 penalties Sunday. Brady also says he's looking to get more of his teammates involved in the offense.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Nneka Ogwumike (nehm-KAH'-dee ah-GWOO'-mih-kay) scored 10 points to lead a balanced offense and the U.S. women's basketball team used a big run in the third quarter to beat Canada 76-51 last night in an exhibition game in Bridgeport. The U.S. squad coached by UConn's Geno Auriemma will make a quick stop in the Czech Republic before heading to Istanbul to begin the world championship on September 27th.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended seven games and fined by Major League Baseball for making a lewd gesture and then bumping an umpire. The former Red Sox hurler says he'll immediately begin serving the suspension given by the commissioner's office and that he was sorry for making contact with umpire Joe West on Sunday.

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL has hired a former White House official to help the league with legislative initiatives and work with teams on local and state issues. The league today announced the hiring of Cynthia Hogan as senior vice president of public policy and government affairs. She worked as deputy assistant to the president and counsel to the vice president from 2009 to 2013.

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) - The Radisson hotel chain is suspending its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings after star running back Adrian Peterson was charged with child abuse in Texas. Minnesota-based Radisson said it "takes this matter very seriously particularly in light of our long-standing commitment to the protection of children." A Vikings spokesman says the team has "respectfully honored" Radisson's request.

TODAY'S NEW ENGLAND SPORTS SCHEDULE:

MLB:

Boston (Ranaudo 3-2) at Pittsburgh (Morton 5-12), 7:05 p.m.

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