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United States forward Abby Wambach (20) and defender Kelley O´Hara (5) celebrate Wambach's goal with Haiti goalkeeper Geralda Saintilus (1) below, during the first half of a CONCACAF soccer match, at RFK Stadium, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

US tops Haiti to advance in Women’s World Cup qualifying

Monday, October 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — The U.S women’s soccer team is winning in a no-win situation. Of course, the Americans should beat Haiti by a bunch of goals. And, of course, the Haitians are going to park themselves in front of their own net to keep the score as respectable as possible. But the games must take place, part of the mandated ritual …

Rest or rust? Royals, Giants set for World Series

Monday, October 20, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Gordon took a big rip at a batting-practice fastball, fouled it off badly into the cage, and ducked when the carom nearly hit him in the head. Gordon let out a huge laugh, and so did a bunch of his Kansas City Royals teammates watching Monday’s workout. “I …

Atlantic Division team-by-team capsules

Monday, October 20, 2014

Capsules for the NBA’s Atlantic Division, listed in predicted order of divisional finish by AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds’: ATLANTIC DIVISION TORONTO RAPTORS LAST SEASON: 48-34, lost to Brooklyn Nets 4-3 in first round. STARTING FIVE: G Kyle Lowry (17.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 7.4 apg), G DeMar DeRozan (22.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.0 apg), G/F Terrence Ross (10.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.0 apg), …

Niklas Svedberg earns shutout in Bruins’ win over Sabres

Sunday, October 19, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Boston Bruins bounced back from their worst defensive performance of the season with their first shutout victory. Niklas Svedberg made 32 saves in his first NHL shutout, and the Bruins beat the Buffalo Sabres …

Matt Kenseth regrets nothing in scuffle with Brad Keselowski

Friday, October 17, 2014

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Matt Kenseth would not change anything about his actions in a post-race scuffle with Brad Keselowski at Charlotte, where tempers flared as several drivers slipped to the edge of elimination in NASCAR’s championship race. Brad …

New advisers say NFL is serious about reform

Friday, October 17, 2014

CHICAGO — Beth E. Richie is a professor and a college administrator. She has written articles and books about feminism, battered women and the prison system, and provided training for police, judges and other groups. So when the NFL called to ask for help with its domestic conduct …

World Series: Seasoned Giants vs fresh Royals

Friday, October 17, 2014

Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain and the go-go-go Kansas City Royals played perfect ball to zip through the playoffs. Plus, they recently flattened Buster Posey and his Giants. So how come this bunch that’s rapidly become a fan favorite …

Giants have every-other-October pattern down pat

Friday, October 17, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — There’s a tune Tim Flannery once sung that he finds perfectly fitting to describe how his San Francisco Giants get the most out of themselves in the postseason. Old standbys like Buster Posey, Hunter Pence …

Ned Yost has underdog Royals back in World Series

Friday, October 17, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Thump Monkeys are trailing and Jeff Foxworthy isn’t happy. Not just trailing, they’re getting creamed. Hunting season started in Georgia weeks ago, and right now, Foxworthy’s team is getting shelled by another group …

Patriots take weekend off after 3 wins in 12 days

Friday, October 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Julian Edelman may spend Sunday afternoon nibbling appetizers and watching NFL games. Chris Jones plans to see some college football on Saturday. After a busy 12 days in which they won three games, the New England …

Victor Cruz has no doubt he will return from knee injury

Friday, October 17, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has no doubts that he will recover from a serious injury to his right knee and return to football next season. Speaking to the media for the …

Rex Ryan’s solution: Stay the course, fix it now

Friday, October 17, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Credit the New York Jets with pushing the Patriots to the limit. Also credit them with another loss. The Jets’ sixth straight defeat after an opening victory came in what was one of their …

Bruins forward Milan Lucic fined $5,000 for gesture in Montreal

Friday, October 17, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has fined Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic $5,000 for making an obscene gesture at the fans in Montreal. Lucic taunted the crowd and then mimicked raising the Stanley Cup while entering the penalty box in Boston’s 6-4 loss to the Canadiens. He …