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FILE - In this June 16, 2015, file photo, Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan speaks to the media during NFL football minicamp in Orchard Park, N.Y. Rex Ryan already has become an iconic figure in western New York, even though he hasn't coached a scrimmage, let alone a game for the Bills. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert, File)

What’s new in NFL? Plenty

Friday, July 31, 2015

NEW YORK — Bob Dylan sang about them. So did David Bowie. For 2015, the NFL is embracing the message from those musical giants. Yes, the most successful of American sports leagues is into changes. Extra-point attempts have been altered. Medical timeouts are the latest player safety measure. A female on-field official has a full-time job. For all that’s new …

Nancy Lieberman to become a Sacramento Kings assistant coach

Friday, July 31, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman was hired as an assistant coach of the Sacramento Kings on Friday, joining Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs as another female NBA assistant coach. “I am very proud to be a Sacramento King and very honored,” Lieberman said in a phone interview. The …

American Pharoah poised for more racing history in Haskell

Friday, July 31, 2015

From a beauty salon in Beverly Hills to an intersection in Zurich people are talking about American Pharoah. Derek Jeter. Carrie Underwood. Drew Brees. Even Cheech and Chong. All have chatted up either the owner, trainer or jockey of American Pharoah in the weeks after the horse became the first Triple Crown winner …

164 skydivers smash head-down world record in Illinois

Friday, July 31, 2015

OTTAWA, Ill. — Traveling at speeds of up to 240 mph, 164 skydivers flying head-down built the largest ever vertical skydiving formation Friday over central Illinois, smashing the previous record. It took the international team 13 attempts to …

Tiger Woods in contention at Quicken Loans after a 5-under 66

Friday, July 31, 2015

GAINESVILLE, Va. — Tiger Woods showed a rare flash of anger on a mostly stress-free day when his second shot on the eighth hole failed to clear a massive fairway bunker. The best he could do was to …

Red Sox rock Sale, win 8-2 to snap White Sox streak

Thursday, July 30, 2015

BOSTON — Steven Wright and the slumping Red Sox looked like a long shot against Chris Sale and the surging White Sox on Thursday night. Then Wright’s knuckleball came alive, Sale had his worst start since April, and …

Woods gets hot after bad start, shoots 68 at Quicken Loans

Thursday, July 30, 2015

GAINESVILLE, Va. — Tiger Woods took a conservative 3-wood off the first hole at the Quicken Loans National when many players were hitting driver. No matter — he still pull-hooked it into the gallery, hit his second shot …

Patriots open camp, try to ignore ‘Deflategate’ noise

Thursday, July 30, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Fans drove to Gillette Stadium past a booth selling “Free Tom Brady” T-shirts. Then, when they arrived for the New England Patriots’ first training camp practice on Thursday, they let the star quarterback know how they …

Tom Brady lawsuit transferred from Minnesota to New York court

Thursday, July 30, 2015

NEW YORK — Tom Brady’s lawsuit against the NFL in which he wants his four-game suspension overturned will be heard in New York instead of Minnesota. Brady and the players’ union filed their suit Wednesday in Minnesota. But …

Jets lineman Sheldon Richardson facing charges for resisting arrest

Thursday, July 30, 2015

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sheldon Richardson has already been suspended four games by the NFL for drug use. The New York Jets defensive lineman is now facing trouble with the law. Richardson was charged Thursday in St. Charles …

Boston’s bummer summer: Sox slump, Olympics snub, Brady out

Thursday, July 30, 2015

BOSTON — After the winter of their discontent, it’s been one bummer of a summer for Bostonians. The Red Sox are languishing, the city forfeited a chance to showcase itself to the planet as an Olympics host and …

Stephen Ross gives his Dolphins a simple start-of-camp message: Win

Thursday, July 30, 2015

DAVIE, Fla. — About a half-hour into the Miami Dolphins’ first practice of the season, owner Stephen Ross had his team, coaches and staff gather around him at midfield. He spoke for only a couple of minutes. Telling …

Redskins’ RG3 not looking back, his ‘focus on the future’

Thursday, July 30, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. — Robert Griffin III is not interested in dissecting whatever criticism — and there’s been plenty — that’s come his way. He has no desire to discuss how he can improve as an NFL quarterback or …