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

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BOSTON (AP) - Tyler Austin hit a three-run home run, Todd Frazier added a solo shot and CC Sabathia pitched six strong innings in his return from the disabled list as the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3. The Yankees won for the fifth time in six games and snapped Boston's three game winning streak to pull within four games of the first-place Red Sox in the AL East.

HOUSTON (AP) - Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass in his first game since winning the Super Bowl on the same field and the New England Patriots fell to the Houston Texans 27-23 in a preseason game. Brady, who sat out last week, was 6 of 9 for 67 yards while directing the offense for two possessions.

BOSTON (AP) - Boston Red Sox lefthander Drew Pomeranz left the game against the New York Yankees in the middle of a batter with back spasms.

BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Celtics will retire Paul Pierce's No. 34 during their Feb. 11 game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The longtime Celtics forward will be the 22nd player so honored and the first since 2003.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Julian Stanford is used to fighting to be noticed. The Jets linebacker was an undrafted free agent out of Wagner College in 2012 and has bounced around the league with stops in Jacksonville, Detroit, Tampa Bay and New York. Stanford hopes to have finally found a home with the Jets while putting together a solid summer so far.

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Tina Charles had 24 points and seven rebounds and the New York Liberty beat Connecticut 82-70, extending their winning streak to four and ending a pair of Sun runs. New York snapped the Sun's six-game winning streak and eight-game home winning streak.

BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Red Sox principal owner says he wants to rename the street outside Fenway Park street that he called a haunting reminder of the franchise's complicated racial past. John Henry told the Boston Herald he welcomes renaming of Yawkey Way, in front of the ballpark and offices. Yawkey owned the Red Sox from 1933-76 and presided over a franchise that was the last in the major leagues to integrate. Part of the street is already named for former star David Ortiz.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - Mike Vrabel isn't making any drastic changes in his first season as defensive coordinator for the Houston Texans. After what the unit did last year he knows that isn't necessary. Houston's defense was the strength of the team last season and finished the season allowing the fewest yards per game in the league despite defensive end J.J. Watt missing all but three games because of back surgery.

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