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

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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 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.

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.

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - Chris Cartnick is a Little League star for New Jersey. He hits so many homers, he's called Diesel. Ethan Righter of Fairfield, Connecticut, struck out 18 over 9 1/3 innings in the New England regional tournament. The two faced each other at a key moment Thursday in the first inning of their first game at the Little League World Series. Righter had just surrendered a deep home run when Cartnick came to the plate.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut officials have closed an investigation of a restaurant after finding no violations in connection with a car crash that killed the wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman. The state Liquor Control Division investigated whether Katherine Berman was served alcohol at the Good News Cafe in Woodbury before the May 9 crash that also killed an 87-year-old man. The restaurant owner has said it was closed on the day of the accident.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The New England Patriots say former nose tackle Lester Williams has died. He was 58. He started in the franchise's first Super Bowl appearance during the 1985 season. The team says he died at his home on Wednesday in Birmingham, Alabama. It did not give other details. He played in college for Miami.

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