The Manchester Cal Ripken 9U All-Star team recently claimed the New Hampshire Cal Ripken State Championship with a 5-2 win over Dover. Manchester’s team won all four games in the double-elimination series that included teams from Dover, Exeter, Londonderry, Swansey, Windham, Hollis-Brookline…

Anthony Santander hit a three-run homer, and Keon Broxton added a two-run shot later as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the visiting Boston Red Sox 11-2 in the opener of a weekend series Friday night.

The luxury tax, negotiated into the Basic Agreement by the owners to suppress salaries, er, I mean to promote competitive balance, discourages the most successful baseball franchises from buying the stairway to baseball heaven.

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — Ireland’s Shane Lowry on Friday proved master of the Dunluce links for the second successive day to move into a share of the lead with American J.B. Holmes halfway through the British Open.

J.B. Holmes grabbed a one-shot lead after the first round of the British Open on Thursday while local favorite Rory McIlroy struggled at Royal Portrush Golf Club in the tournament’s return to Northern Ireland after a 68-year wait.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is about to make the first of two trips into New Hampshire Motor Speedway this season. The open-wheel rockets are slated for two events this weekend which culminates with the Monster Energy Cup Foxwoods Casino 301 Sunday.

MANCHESTER — Having struggled at the plate over the first three months of the season, Kevin Smith decided to go home during last week’s Eastern League All-Star break to spend some time with friends and family. It was a chance for him to clear his mind and get back to the basics.

BOSTON — The continued Red Sox roster shakeup that sent Eduardo Nunez to waivers Monday and Ryan Brasier to Pawtucket Tuesday landed Darwinzon Hernandez back in the Boston bullpen with a chance to be a contributor for the stretch run in a playoff race.