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Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, right, brushes himself off as teammates Alex Smith, left, and Eric Fisher watch after scoring on an 8-yard touchdown pass during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Charles sends Chiefs to 41-14 rout of Patriots

Monday, September 29, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jamaal Charles proved he is back to full speed for the Kansas City Chiefs. Tom Brady is still stuck in neutral for the New England Patriots. Charles returned from an injury to score three touchdowns Monday night, Brady was picked off twice by the opportunistic Chiefs, and Kansas City routed New England 41-14 to hand Bill …

Sports briefs: Bills bench quarterback Manuel, to start Orton

Monday, September 29, 2014

Bills bench quarterback Manuel, to start Orton ORCHARD PARK, N.Y (AP). — Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone benched starting quarterback EJ Manuel on Monday, one day after the former first-round draft pick completed less than half his passes and threw two interceptions in a loss to Houston. Marrone said Kyle Orton will start Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions. The Bills signed Orton …

Tony Stewart searching for his new normal

Monday, September 29, 2014

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Slowly and somberly, Tony Stewart is trying his best to find his new normal. He may never again be the “Smoke” the racing world knew before Aug. 9, the night a sprint car he was driving struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. at an upstate New York dirt track. The …

Amherst native Michelle Brooks Thompson ‘honored’ to be part of Derek Jeter’s final farewell

Sunday, September 28, 2014

BOSTON — Michelle Brooks Thompson has sang at Fenway Park before, but nothing could prepare her for Sunday afternoon. Brooks Thompson, the western Massachusetts native who starred on the “The Voice” TV show, had a memorable part during …

Bill Belichick, Andy Reid have history with franchise QBs

Sunday, September 28, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tom Brady and Bill Belichick arrived in New England together, one an overlooked sixth-round pick out of Michigan and the other a failed head coach during his first stint in Cleveland. Over the more than a decade, they’ve learned together. Grown together. They’ve won …

US women hold off Serbia 94-74

Sunday, September 28, 2014

ISTANBUL (AP) — Diana Taurasi scored 13 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter and the U.S. women’s team beat pesky Serbia 94-74 on Sunday in the world championship to clinch the top seed in Group D. The U.S. (2-0) trailed by four points after the first …

Jeff Gordon wins at Dover in Chase elimination race

Sunday, September 28, 2014

DOVER, Del. — Jeff Gordon won the third race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship for an automatic spot in the 12-driver field that advanced to the next round. Gordon was in control in the closing …

Derek Jeter leaves with hit and 9-5 win over Red Sox

Sunday, September 28, 2014

BOSTON — One year after celebrating a World Series championship on the Fenway field, the Boston Red Sox were merely extras in the Derek Jeter farewell tour. With the last-place Red Sox long-since eliminated — and the Yankees …

Jeter sits, Yankees youngsters top Red Sox 3-2

Friday, September 26, 2014

BOSTON — The Fenway Park crowd didn’t really seem to care that the Red Sox lost to the rival New York Yankees. The boos really came down in the ninth inning when each Yankee on-deck hitter stepped out …

Ovechkin scores twice, Capitals beat Bruins

Friday, September 26, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin had two power-play goals and Troy Brouwer scored at 2:12 of overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 5-4 exhibition victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday night. Liam O’Brien tied it at …

Rondo to miss 6-8 weeks with broken left finger

Friday, September 26, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics rebuilding project suffered a major setback when four-time All-Star Rajon Rondo underwent surgery Friday for a broken left finger. The Celtics said the point guard is expected to miss six to eight weeks after breaking his finger in a fall at his …

Kevin Harvick wins 7th pole of year, topping Dover field

Friday, September 26, 2014

DOVER, Del. — Time for some cuts, Chase style. NASCAR’s revamped Chase for the Sprint Cup championship format is set for its first elimination race, when four of 16 drivers will be out of the title picture by …

Europe leads 5-3 after Day 1 of Ryder Cup

Friday, September 26, 2014

GLENEAGLES, Scotland — For the first time in eight years, Europe is ahead after the first full day of play at the Ryder Cup. Europe grabbed a 5-3 lead after Friday’s two sessions at Gleneagles — even though …