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Pittsburgh Pirates' Gregory Polanco hits a solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pirates overwhelm Clay Buchholz, Red Sox in 9-1 win

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PITTSBURGH — Rusney Castillo drilled a sharp grounder to second base and took off. Three seconds later the future of the Boston Red Sox was standing on first base. If the Cuban-born prospect was overwhelmed by the stage, he hardly looked it. Nine months after defecting and barely three weeks removed from signing with the Red Sox, the rookie centerfielder …

Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer arrested on assault charges

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PHOENIX — Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving a woman and their 18-month-old child, the latest in a string of such cases involving NFL players. The Cardinals said they became aware of the situation on …

Tom Brady’s favorites carry bulk of pass offense

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady is very comfortable throwing to Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski. The other Patriots he sends out on pass patterns? Not so much. Of Brady’s 44 completions this season, 20 have gone to Edelman and Gronkowski. Of his 78 passes, 32 were aimed at them. “I’ve got to do a …

NFL, union agree to new drug policy, HGH testing

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL finally will have HGH testing, perhaps as early as the end of this month. And of more immediate impact — this weekend — the new performance-enhancing drug policy the league and players’ …

To ‘get it right,’ Vikings put Adrian Peterson on leave

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was declared out, back in, then out again as he faces a felony child-abuse charge in Texas. This time, he could be gone for the season. “We …

Panthers remove DE Greg Hardy from active roster

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers have removed Greg Hardy from the team’s active roster until the Pro Bowl defensive end’s domestic violence case is resolved. Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman said Hardy will continue to be paid and …

Rookie CF Rusney Castillo to debut for Red Sox

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PITTSBURGH — Rusney Castillo’s long journey to the major leagues is over. The Boston Red Sox rookie outfielder will make his debut on Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 27-year-old Castillo will play center field and bat …

Charlie Morton pitches surging Pirates over Red Sox 4-0

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

PITTSBURGH — Charlie Morton had no expectations when he took the mound in a major league game for the first time in a month. However, the Pittsburgh right-hander exceeded his manager’s expectations as he came off the disabled …

Patriots’ defense faces the unknown in Oakland rookie QB Derek Carr

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The New England Patriots’ defense is preparing for a bit of the unknown in Oakland rookie quarterback Derek Carr this Sunday. Carr has played two games in the NFL, so there’s not a whole lot …

Criticism mounting for Vikings, Adrian Peterson

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS — For as long as he’s been in the NFL, Adrian Peterson has been one of the most popular and most marketable stars in the league, an approachable superstar with the kind of inspirational comeback story that …

FIBA: Players can wear religious head coverings

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

International basketball’s governing body said Tuesday that players will be allowed to wear religious head coverings, such as hijabs or turbans, on a trial basis in some competitions. FIBA’s central board met over the weekend at the men’s world cup and voted to allow a two-year testing phase …

Grand jury to weigh case of NASCAR’s Tony Stewart

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The decision whether to charge three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York will be up to a grand jury. Ontario County District Attorney …

US uses big third quarter to pull away from Canada

Monday, September 15, 2014

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Geno Auriemma knows his U.S. women’s basketball team is a work in progress. They have only been together for a week and still are missing a few key players, including Diana Taurasi. Only leading by …