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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Pittsburgh Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pirates get late break in playoff push, top Red Sox

Thursday, September 18, 2014

PITTSBURGH — Everything seems to be going wrong for the Boston Red Sox one year after so many things went right. Their third World Series title in 10 years is a distant memory. This season they are all but assured of finishing last in the AL East. The Pittsburgh Pirates were the latest team to take advantage, getting a lucky …

Bruins have some lineup questions entering preseason camp

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins have some lineup questions entering training camp after a disappointing second-round exit in the playoffs. “Absolutely. Competition, with it comes uncertainty, and we’d all like things to be certain,” general manager Peter Chiarelli said. “But it also comes like the cream will rise to the top and I’m …

Stacy Lewis, Mi Jung Hur share lead in Alabama

Thursday, September 18, 2014

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Top-ranked Stacy Lewis birdied the last three holes and five of the final six Thursday for an 8-under 64 and a share of the lead with Mi Jung Hur in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Lewis, the 2012 winner in the event that was dropped from the schedule last year after losing its title sponsor, had a bogey-free round …

What’s next with the NFL’s domestic violence cases

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The legal system doesn’t work on the NFL’s schedule. The players facing child abuse or domestic violence allegations might wait a long time for their cases to play out in the courtroom. A look at what’s next in …

Darrelle Revis a success in New England

Thursday, September 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Darrelle Revis didn’t divulge much when asked about his preference for facing a rookie quarterback. New England’s shutdown cornerback officially is a Patriot. “I can’t give you all of that,” the five-time Pro Bowler said with …

Raiders rookie Derek Carr focuses on job at hand

Thursday, September 18, 2014

ALAMEDA, Calif. — As a rookie quarterback seeking his first NFL win against Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots, Derek Carr has too much to worry about himself to focus on questions about his coach’s job security. But if …

PepsiCo boss decries NFL problems, backs Commissioner Roger Goodell

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NEW YORK — PepsiCo Inc.’s CEO Indra Nooyi has made a double-edged statement on the NFL’s problems handling domestic violence, calling some players’ behavior “repugnant” but saying that Commissioner Roger Goodell is “a man of integrity.” The boss …

Police: Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer head-butted wife

Thursday, September 18, 2014

PHOENIX — Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day, police said Thursday. The details surfaced in a law enforcement report a day after Dwyer was arrested on …

Royal & Ancient votes to admit female members

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews is no longer just for men. The spiritual “Home of Golf” became the latest club to end years of male-only exclusivity on Thursday when its members voted overwhelmingly in …

Back forces Elena Delle Donne to withdraw from US team

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Elena Delle Donne became the latest player to withdraw from the U.S. women’s basketball national team pool because of injury. The Chicago Sky’s young star was bothered in the WNBA Finals with a bad back and it was announced Thursday she won’t be able to join the team …

Appeals court reconsidering Barry Bonds conviction

Thursday, September 18, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Bonds got another chance Thursday to erase his felony conviction for obstruction of justice. Bonds lawyer Dennis Riordan urged a specially convened 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn …

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, …

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 …