Sports Minute: Here is the latest New England sports news from The Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) - Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run triple and added a pair of doubles, and the Boston Red Sox scored seven straight runs after allowing three in the first to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-3. Jackie Bradley Jr. had two hits, including an RBI double in the sixth. The Red Sox improved on the best record in the majors with their 87th victory.
BOSTON (AP) - Simone Biles hardly looks like someone who took two years off. The reigning Olympic gymnastics champion put on a show during the opening night of the US Championships, stringing together one electric performance at the other to give herself a commanding lead over world champion Morgan Hurd. Biles posted a score of 60.100, well clear of Hurd the top all-around score in the world this year.
BOSTON (AP) - USA Gymnastics has preached the need for a culture change in the wake of the scandal surrounding disgraced former national team doctor Larry Nassar. Though the process will take years, there have been signs of progress. New high-performance director Tom Forster is intent giving gymnasts a greater say in how the program is run. The athletes call Forster's approach a welcome departure.
BOSTON (AP) - With Simone Biles back at the U.S. gymnastics championships after a two-year hiatus, the rest of the women know they are competing for second place. When they're not admiring the Olympic gold medalist, that is. Reigning world champion Morgan Hurd managed to avoid falling on Day 1 to reach the halfway point in second place, more than 3 points behind Biles but still the best of the rest.
BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Red Sox have activated second baseman Ian Kinsler from the disabled list and put him in the starting lineup. The AL East leaders had Kinsler batting sixth and playing second at Fenway Park against Tampa Bay. The Red Sox also put third baseman Rafael Devers on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring, retroactive to Thursday.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Randy Edsall enters the second year of his second stint as UConn coach with an inexperienced team and an impatient fan base that has endured seven consecutive losing seasons. The Huskies are coming off back-to-back 3-9 campaigns and have just 10 seniors on their roster and only two returning starters on defense. UConn hosts UCF on Aug. 30 to open the season.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Jonquel Jones made five 3-points and scored 26 points, Alyssa Thomas had 18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists and the Connecticut Sun beat the Minnesota Lynx 96-79. Connecticut (20-13), winners of eight of nine, secured a first-round bye with the victory and Los Angeles' loss at Washington.
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - After a three-year search for a new home, the Pawtucket Red Sox are leaving Rhode Island for central Massachusetts. Team officials signed a deal Friday that aims to move the organization to Worcester, marking a major victory for city officials who spent a year trying to attract the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. At a news conference in Worcester, city and state officials also unveiled plans for a new development that will include a $90 million stadium for the team.
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