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07/17/2011 - 5:31pm
Lester slated to start week from Tuesday

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona said before his team's game with the Rays Sunday night that Jon Lester, who is rehabbing from an injured left lat muscle, is slated to return to the starting rotation July 26 when the Sox play the Royals at Fenway Park.

"He'll throw a side tomorrow. He'll come back Wednesday and throw a pretty significant side, and then Friday or Saturday he'll throw a smaller side. Then he'll pitch [a week from Tuesday]," Francona said.

"He wanted to pitch Friday, so I think that's good news for us that he must feel good. But weaned to give him a chance where he can go out and not be stuck on 60 pitches in his first comeback."

Francona noted that the Red Sox were most likely fortunate that they caught the injury when the did -- taking Lester out of his July 5 start after four innings despite the lefty not having given up a hit.

"I think we caught it quick enough where he...

07/17/2011 - 4:32pm
Japan bests USA in penalty kicks
By: DJ Bean

The United States blew two leads, the second of which was in extra time Sunday, as Japan won the World Cup on penalty kicks. The score was 2-2 at the end of extra time.

Abby Wambach scored the only goal on penalty kicks for the Americans, as they failed to score on their first three kicks. Japan had three goals on penalty kicks, with the game-winner coming from Saki Kumagai in the fourth round.

Wambach's goal, which came on a header in extra time off a pass from 22-year-old Alex Morgan, was her 13th career World Cup goal, making her the all-time leader among Americans. Homare Sawa evened the score in the 117th minute by redirecting a corner kick.

Morgan became just the second substitute in World Cup history to score in a final game, as she gave the USA its first lead with a second-half goal. Japan tied it at a goal apiece when Aya Miyama capitalized on a USA turnover and beat goalie Hope Solo.


07/17/2011 - 3:07pm
Lineup: Varitek catching, Beckett pitching

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox will put their lefty-heavy lineup in play against Tampa Bay righty Jeff Niemann, with J.D. Drew hitting sixth and playing right field and Josh Reddick in the seventh spot, manning left. Ortiz is the only Red Sox player in the lineup who has a home run against Niemann. Click here for the lineups for both teams. Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Kevin Youkilis 3B

David Ortiz DH

J.D. Drew RF

Josh Reddick LF

Jason Varitek C

Marco Scutaro SS

Josh Beckett P

For more Red Sox coverage, see the team page at weei.com/redsox.


07/17/2011 - 12:06pm
Darren Clarke wins British Open

Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland captured his first major championship on Sunday, firing a final-round 70 to win the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St George's Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent.

Clarke finished the championship at 5-under par, three shots ahead of Dustin Johnson, who saw his hopes for his first major end when he hit his second shot out-of-bounds at the 14th hole, leading to a double bogey.

Phil Mickelson shared second place with Johnson after shooting a final-round 68. Mickelson started the round five shots behind Clarke but put together a brilliant first nine that included three birdies and an eagle. He was tied for the lead after another birdie at No. 10 but made four bogeys in the last eight holes to fall out of contention. 


07/17/2011 - 11:22am
UPDATE: Cup misses Horton's parade
By: DJ Bean

Tammy Horton-Plante, wife of Bruins first-line winger Nathan Horton, tweeted that the Stanley Cup was lost at Logan Airport on Sunday. Horton was scheduled to have the Cup on Sunday and bring it to Dunnville, Ontario, where a parade was scheduled. While the Cup was indeed missing from the parade, it was never actually missing.

Speaking with WEEI.com, a JetBlue representative explained that the Cup was scheduled to fly from Boston to Buffalo on an 8 a.m. flight. It was checked in seven minutes late, however, as its 7:37 a.m. check-in went past the 30-minute cutoff time. As a result, it missed its flight and had to take a later one. Massport told WEEI.com that after checking with both Logan Airport and the State Police, nothing was ever called in about the Stanley Cup being missing.

After things were sorted out with TSA, Horton’s wife tweeted: CUP day...

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