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Sports Minute: Here is the latest Connecticut sports news from The Associated Press

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NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 last night in a rain-shortened game called in the fifth inning under bizarre circumstances. Brett Gardner hit a tiebreaking homer off All-Star ace Yu Darvish. David Phelps pitched out of a jam just before the storm, and Francisco Cervelli doubled twice to help the Yankees win.

SEATTLE (AP) - The New York Mets held off a late rally to beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 yesterday. Bartolo Colon came within seven outs of a perfect game, giving up a single to Robinson Cano with two outs in the seventh inning. Colon improved to 13-1 all-time at Safeco Field.

TORONTO (AP) - The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 6-4 last night. Jose Bautista homered and drove in two runs, and R.A. Dickey won for the first time in three starts. David Ortiz hit a three-run homer for the Red Sox, his fourth in three games, but Boston lost its second straight after winning the previous five.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to play at the New England Patriots training camp. Coach Bill Belichick says the star tight end has been cleared after offseason knee surgery. The Patriots hold their first public practice of camp today.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Creating chemistry is a primary goal for the New York Giants secondary. Antrel Rolle has a Super Bowl ring. So does Prince Amukamara. And newcomer Walter Thurmond. NFL veterans Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Zack Bowman, Stevie Brown, Quintin Demps and Trumaine McBride know the ropes. Now, they all need to blend together.

CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) - Rex Ryan says it's time for the New York Jets to improve as a team, as they prepare for the start of training camp practices. Players checked into the SUNY Cortland dormitory yesterday. Ryan says he feels "incredible" about his team, but adds that "talking won't get it done."

CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) - The New York Jets have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with free-agent defensive end Jason Babin, giving Rex Ryan's defense a veteran pass rusher. Babin had 7 1/2 sacks last season for Jacksonville, and was released in the offseason.

NEW YORK (AP) - Chris Kreider and the New York Rangers have agreed on a two-year deal. For the second straight day, the Rangers avoided arbitration with a restricted free-agent forward. The 23-year-old made a deal yesterday morning with an average salary of $2.475 million, moments before the scheduled hearing. He will receive $2.35 million next season and $2.6 million during 2015-16.

BOSTON (AP) - Marco Borrilleo scored in the 90th minute to give Roma a 1-0 victory over Liverpool in an exhibition game last night at Fenway Park. There were limited chances, until Borriello volleyed in a corner kick from in front. For the second time in three years, Fenway was transformed into the home of Liverpool, which is owned by Fenway Sports Group. John Henry, owner of the Red Sox, also is the controlling partner of Fenway Sports Group.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Mystics beat the skidding Connecticut Sun 89-75 yesterday. All-Star Ivory Latta scored 23 points and Monique Currie had 17. Former University of Connecticut stars Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley also scored in double figures for the Mystics. Chiney Ogwumike had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Sun. Connecticut has lost nine of its last 11 games but remains in possession of the fourth and final playoff spot in the East.

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Clemson has hired Yale administrator Natalie Gonzalez as the athletic department's Senior Woman Administrator. Gonzalez has spent the past six years at the Ivy League school where she has overseen football, men's lacrosse and men's and women's fencing programs.

WILTON, Conn. (AP) - The oldest golf magazine in America will stop publishing in print next week as Golf World switches entirely to digital delivery. Golf World first was published in 1947, the year after Ben Hogan won his first major. The magazine is the news division of Golf Digest, which will continue to be printed monthly. Both magazines are published by Conde Nast.

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