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Pro leagues file to stop New Jersey sports betting

Monday, October 20, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. — The four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA filed papers in court Monday to stop New Jersey’s plan to allow legal sports betting beginning this weekend, when gamblers could become the first in the nation outside Nevada to wager on single games. The leagues filed a motion in federal court in Trenton seeking an injunction that would stop the state from allowing casinos and racetracks to …

Oldest former Red Sox player Lou Lucier dies at 96

Monday, October 20, 2014

BOSTON — Lou Lucier, who was the oldest surviving former Boston Red Sox player, has died at the age of 96. The team says Lucier had a stroke earlier this month and died on Saturday. A right-handed pitcher, Lucier played parts of three major league seasons during World War II with the Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies. In all, he was 3-5 with …

Bill Belichick, Tom Brady praise Peyton Manning on TD record

Monday, October 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and star quarterback Tom Brady both paid tribute to rival Peyton Manning on Monday, a day after Manning broke Brett Favre’s record for career touchdown passes. “He’d probably be waiting a lot longer to pass that record if he hadn’t played against me so many times,” Belichick quipped to reporters during a conference call. …

Canadiens surge past Bruins in home opener 6-4

Thursday, October 16, 2014

MONTREAL (AP) — Canadiens coach Michel Therrien was happy with the way his team bounced back from a tough loss in its last game. Brendan Gallagher and P.A. Parenteau each had two goals to lead Montreal in a …

Vision of Royals GM Dayton Moore comes to fruition

Thursday, October 16, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The memories come back in bits and pieces, and for that he can be forgiven. After all, 29 years have passed since he was standing on the hillside, watching everything unfold. It was a …

Sullinger, Bradley lead Celtics past 76ers

Thursday, October 16, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — Jared Sullinger scored 21 points and Avery Bradley added 20 — all in the first half — to help the Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers 111-91 in an exhibition game Thursday night. Jeff Green, playing …

FXFL offers fringe players a chance to get to NFL

Thursday, October 16, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. — Only a couple of seasons ago Adrian Hamilton was learning the ways of the NFL from the likes of Ed Reed and Ray Lewis. He went from the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad to the active roster for two December games, and he has a Super …

Ex-clinic owner pleads guilty in MLB drug case

Thursday, October 16, 2014

MIAMI — The former owner of a South Florida anti-aging clinic pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of illegally providing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes including high-profile Major League Baseball players, most notably New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez. Anthony Bosch, former owner of the Biogenesis of America clinic in …

NASCAR: Kevin Harvick at ease at tense Talladega

Thursday, October 16, 2014

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Guaranteed of a spot in the third round of NASCAR’s playoffs, Kevin Harvick has no reason to race hard Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. If it was up to him, he wouldn’t race at all. Four of NASCAR’s top drivers will see their title hopes come …

Giants beat Cardinals 6-4, move 1 win from Series

Thursday, October 16, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey drove in three runs and the San Francisco Giants took advantage of some clunky defense by St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams, beating the Cardinals 6-4 on Wednesday night to move within one …

Krejci, Smith lead Bruins past Red Wings in SO

Thursday, October 16, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — After a night of struggling against Detroit’s Jimmy Howard, Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien went with the only thing that was working. David Krejci and Reilly Smith, the only two players to beat Howard in …

Louis Williams lifts Raptors past Celtics, 92-89

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Louis Williams made a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left to give the Toronto Raptors a 92-89 victory over the Boston Celtics in an exhibition game Wednesday night. Jordan Hamilton led the Raptors (4-1) with …

Royals hold off Orioles 2-1, finish ALCS sweep

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Crown these Royals the American League champions. After nearly three decades spent trying to return to the playoffs, Kansas City is taking its perfect postseason ride all the way to the World Series. With …