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New York Islanders defenseman Brian Strait (37) collides with New York Islanders' Zdeno Chara during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Chara left the game during the first period for unspecified reasons, according to team officials. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Bruins fall to Islanders, lose Zdeno Chara to injury

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins lost the game to the New York Islanders 3-2 and then waited to find out how long they will be without their captain and No. 1 defenseman, Zdeno Chara. The 2009 Norris Trophy winner left Thursday night’s game in the first period with an undisclosed injury and didn’t return. Coach Claude Julien said after the …

At 1-all, World Series moves to quirky Giants park

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Eric Hosmer loaded up, launched a long fly and watched it sail toward McCovey Cove. Way out there in right field, near the 421-foot mark, the ball bonked off the brick wall. No splash shot. “We were definitely trying to hit ‘em,” the Kansas City first baseman said. “We took …

AP source: Goodell told to testify in Rice appeal

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been told to testify in Ray Rice’s appeal of his indefinite suspension, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Wednesday night. Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones, the neutral arbiter selected to hear the appeal, informed the parties of her decision Wednesday. The …

Bears QB Jay Cutler says WR Brandon Marshall did not single out anyone

Thursday, October 23, 2014

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler insisted receiver Brandon Marshall did not single out him or anyone else during his outburst following last week’s loss to the Miami Dolphins. “He didn’t come near me,” Cutler …

Vereen brothers square off when Bears visit Pats

Thursday, October 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The Vereen brothers competed hard against each other while growing up in California. Video games. Stickball. Basketball in the backyard. And, of course, football — in the living room. On Sunday, they’ll be on the same …

Red Sox hire Chili Davis as hitting coach

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have hired Chili Davis as their hitting coach. Davis held that job with the Oakland Athletics the past three seasons and with Boston’s top minor-league team at Triple-A Pawtucket in 2011. In a 19-year playing career as an outfielder and designated …

Pennsylvania town can keep Jim Thorpe’s body

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Jim Thorpe’s body will stay in the Pennsylvania town where he was laid to rest six decades ago after a federal appeals court on Thursday threw out a ruling that could have resulted in his reburial on American Indian land in Oklahoma. The famed athlete’s surviving sons have …

Ex-Boston Patriot John ‘Bull’ Bramlett dies at 73

Thursday, October 23, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — John “Bull” Bramlett, a former professional football and baseball player who was nicknamed the “Meanest Man in Football,” has died. He was 73. Shelby County Mayor’s Office spokesman Steve Shular told The Associated Press that family members say the Memphis native died early Thursday. Shular …

Royals clobber Giants 7-2 to even World Series

Thursday, October 23, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Salvador Perez and the pesky Kansas City Royals fought back from a Game 1 flop to beat the San Francisco Giants’ brilliant bullpen and even the World Series. Perez broke Game 2 open with …

Celtics win preseason finale; 100-86 over Nets

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — Boston coach Brad Stevens wasn’t about to completely praise rookie Marcus Smart’s performance. Stevens didn’t miss something he did wrong directly in front of him. Smart, the team’s first-round selection and No. 6 overall, scored 16 …

Injury to Chandler Jones puts pressure on Patriots defense

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The “next man up” approach will be tested again after another injury to a key defender for the New England Patriots. Maybe this time they’ll do better. With top tackler Jerod Mayo missing his first game …

NBA owners fail to pass lottery reform

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the biggest issues on the agenda when the NBA’s owners arrived in New York for the board of governors meetings was thwarting the tanking strategy employed most brazenly by the Philadelphia 76ers. A proposal that would reduce the incentive for teams to …

Bill Polian, Rob Wolf nominated for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CANTON, Ohio — Former general managers Bill Polian and Ron Wolf were selected Wednesday as contributor finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2015. Polian and Wolf were chosen by the Hall of Fame’s contributor committee. Inductees will be selected on Jan. 31, the day …