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Keegan Bradley hits off the tenth tee during the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

Deutsche Bank leader Keegan Bradley off to a good start at a great time

Friday, August 29, 2014

NORTON — In the final tournament before Ryder Cup teams are set, Keegan Bradley did his best Friday to make an impression in the Deutsche Bank Championship. So did Webb Simpson. Bradley played bogey-free in a gentle breeze at the TPC Boston for a 6-under 65, giving him the lead among early starters in the second FedEx Cup playoff event. … 0

Sara Errani outlasts Venus Williams at US Open

Friday, August 29, 2014

NEW YORK — Sara Errani wagged her finger and cupped her hand to her ear for the U.S. Open fans who tried to will Venus Williams to victory. Two points from defeat, the diminutive Italian rallied to force a third-set tiebreaker and outlasted Williams in a match that was both lopsided and tight. … 0

49ers linebacker Aldon Smith suspended by NFL

Friday, August 29, 2014

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for nine games by the NFL after a series of off-field legal issues. A statement Friday from the league said Smith had violated the NFL’s substance abuse and personal conduct policies. Smith won’t be eligible to return until Nov. 10, … 0

Shelly Sterling says Clippers deal started with 2 numbers

Friday, August 29, 2014

LOS ANGELES — When asked how much money she wanted to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, the wife of disgraced team owner Donald Sterling handed a piece of paper to her lawyer with two numbers: $1.5 to $2. … 0

Giants cap undefeated preseason with win over Patriots

Thursday, August 28, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — No one wanted overtime in the preseason finale, and Bill Belichick made sure neither the New York Giants or New England Patriots had to endure it. Josh Brown kicked a 37-yard field goal with … 0

Phil Mickelson in a bind with 4 straight playoff events

Thursday, August 28, 2014

NORTON — Phil Mickelson isn’t a fan of four straight FedEx Cup playoff events that follows a summer of big events and precedes the Ryder Cup. Mickelson thought about skipping the Deutsche Bank Championship this week. Instead, the … 0

NFL increases domestic violence bans

Thursday, August 28, 2014

NEW YORK — Acknowledging he “didn’t get it right” with a two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including six weeks for a first … 0

No. 8 Ana Ivanovic loses in 2nd round at US Open

Thursday, August 28, 2014

NEW YORK — Ana Ivanovic’s comeback tour has ended with yet another early exit at the U.S. Open. Ivanovic, who had been having her best season since winning the French Open in 2008, looked out of sync and … 0

Weakened US team aims for world basketball title

Thursday, August 28, 2014

BILBAO, Spain — The bad news just kept coming, the only difference whether the culprit was injury or interest. Some stars couldn’t play. Others wouldn’t. Then the losses really started piling up for the U.S. national basketball team. Kevin Love pulled out while awaiting his recently completed trade … 0

Tony Stewart returning to competition after fatal crash

Thursday, August 28, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tony Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus taken after he struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race. The three-time NASCAR champion … 0

Junichi Tazawa struggles as Blue Jays beat Red Sox 5-2

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

TORONTO — Junichi Tazawa thought he’d solved his struggles against the Toronto Blue Jays. Turns out he was wrong. Danny Valencia had a pinch-hit, three-run homer off Tazawa that put Toronto ahead in the seventh inning, and the … 0

Giants finish long preseason vs Patriots

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — In any other year, Tom Coughlin wouldn’t be happy playing an extended preseason schedule. A four-game schedule might be considered too long, and playing in the Hall of Fame contest at the start of the month stretched it to five games. The campaign will … 0

Sports Briefs: Sweeping lawsuit targets soccer concussions

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Soccer joined the growing legal debate over head injuries Wednesday after FIFA and some of the sport’s governing bodies in the United States were made the target of a lawsuit seeking new safety rules. A group of soccer parents and players filed the lawsuit in … 0