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Judge rules against NFL in ‘Deflategate’; Brady can play in Patriots’ opener

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NEW YORK — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady can suit up for his team’s season opener after a judge erased his four-game suspension for “Deflategate.” The surprise ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman came Thursday after more than one month of failed settlement talks between the NFL and its players’ union. Many legal experts believed the judge was merely pressuring the sides to settle when he criticized the …

Red Sox rookie Henry Owens clobbered by Yankees in 13-8 loss

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox starters were due for a bad outing. And rookie lefty Henry Owens had a real bad one. Owens was tagged for seven runs in just 12/3 innings in the New York Yankees’ 13-8 win over Boston on Wednesday. “It wasn’t his best day,” interim manager Torey Lovullo …

Serena Williams puts aside slow start to reach 3rd round of US Open

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

NEW YORK — The enormity of what is at stake for Serena Williams at the U.S. Open — the first true Grand Slam in tennis in more than a quarter of a century — hit her Wednesday. That, she said, is why her play was so uneven in the second round at Flushing …

Fast Jack stays on track with Funny Car record-breaking act

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Jack Beckman is a survivor. He earned a GED, beat cancer and walked away from two spectacular Funny Car explosions that are still YouTube favorites. So when Beckman went two seasons without a win, he didn’t …

Bubble time for players trying to make Presidents Cup

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

NORTON — Bill Haas is grinding harder than ever in the FedEx Cup playoffs, only the immediate goal has nothing to do with a $10 million bonus. He wants a chance to play for no money at all. Haas is No. 11 in the Presidents Cup standings. The …

Steady in face of Kyrgios’ ‘antics,’ Murray wins at US Open

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NEW YORK — Nick Kyrgios does what he wants and says what he wants on a tennis court, seemingly no matter the ramifications, and amid all the near-napping, cursing and racket smashing, he troubled Andy Murray for moments …

Gardner homers for Yankees in 3-1 win at Boston

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON — Rick Porcello wasn’t celebrating after striking out 13 in his strongest start of the season. The New York Yankees capitalized on the few mistakes Porcello did make and rallied to beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 …

Patriots ready for Brady or no Brady

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — No matter U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman’s ruling, the New England Patriots are prepared to move forward with or without star quarterback Tom Brady. Brady’s fate will be decided sometime in the next few days, …

NFL’s toughest division has big changes, challenge ahead

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

CINCINNATI — Anytime there’s a debate about the NFL’s toughest division, teams in the AFC North are quick to point out the playoff appearances. Yep. Nobody can top them. The AFC North has sent more teams to the playoffs than any other division in the last seven years …

Denver Broncos again look like class of AFC West

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

DENVER — The Denver Broncos have owned the AFC West since Tebowmania swept the NFL in 2011. They’ve won the division by an average of 3.67 games behind Peyton Manning, who hasn’t had any feeling in the fingertips …

Wrestler Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka charged in girlfriend’s 1983 death

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Former professional wrestling star Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka was charged Tuesday with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of his mistress more than three decades ago. Prosecutors in Lehigh County announced the results of a grand jury investigation into the death of Nancy Argentino, …

US, Swiss federal prosecutors to give update on FIFA cases

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

GENEVA — The American prosecutor who launched the bribery case that rocked FIFA is stepping on Sepp Blatter’s home turf. On Sept. 14 in Zurich, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch will join her counterpart from Switzerland, Michael Lauber, …

Playoff events for top players are practice until East Lake

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTON — Jordan Spieth has missed three cuts on the PGA Tour this year, and The Barclays rated the most irritating for one reason. “Because it happened about an hour ago,” he said. It was Spieth’s first tournament …