BOSTON (AP) - Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning last night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory. Chris Sale struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Kiah Gillespie has completed her transfer from Maryland to Florida State, electing to continue her women's basketball career with the Seminoles. The 2015 McDonald's High School All-American averaged 4.6 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in her two seasons with the Terrapins. The 6-foot-2 sophomore forward from Meriden, Connecticut, will sit out next season and have two years of eligibility remaining starting in 2018-19.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - The American Athletic Conference will continue to play its women's basketball tournament at a Connecticut casino. The conference says it's reached an agreement to have the Mohegan Sun to host the tournament through the 2020 season. The event has been held for the past four years in the casino's arena, which seats about 8,000 people.
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - The International Tennis Hall of Fame is adding a fan vote to its election process in 2019, and will make other changes to its induction policies, including allowing players who meet certain standards to automatically be on the ballot. Hall CEO Todd Martin announced the changes yesterday.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Supporters of a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox say Rhode Island could lose the team if state legislators don't reconsider a stalled proposal to help fund it. Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien and other supporters held a news conference yesterday at the State House. The team is seeking a $23 million state investment for its $83 million proposal to build a new downtown Pawtucket ballpark.
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The University of Hartford has hired Mary Ellen Gillespie from Wisconsin-Green Bay to be its athletic director. She replaces Anton Goff, who was hired in November as athletic director at St. John's. Gillespie, who has been at Green Bay since 2013, is credited with making changes there that resulted in a student-athlete grade-point average of 3.3 and a graduation success rate of 96 percent.
TODAY'S NEW ENGLAND SPORTS SCHEDULE:
Cleveland at Boston, 8:30 p.m.
Texas at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
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