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Horse owners seek racing license for Suffolk Downs

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BOSTON — Horse owners and trainers are trying to keep races going at Suffolk Downs, New England’s last remaining thoroughbred track, which plans to stop live races Saturday. The New England Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association filed an application for an annual state horse racing license by Wednesday’s deadline. Brockton Fairgrounds owner George Carney has also applied for a license to return races to the 5/8th mile track. Anthony Spadea, …

Payton Manning about to join Brett Favre in 500 TD club

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Peyton Manning’s next touchdown throw will be his 500th, and he’s spreading the credit around just like he does the football. The five-time MVP doesn’t like to talk about individual accomplishments. As he approaches another milestone in a career filled with so many big moments, however, Manning took time Wednesday …

Drivers fear next round of NASCAR’s Chase

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Drivers have been fretting about the second round of NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship for weeks. The three-race stretch that begins Sunday at Kansas Speedway ends on Oct. 19 at Talladega Superspeedway, where four drivers will be booted from the field. “I think that bracket will break some …

AP source: 7 umpires rotate at World Series

Monday, September 29, 2014

NEW YORK — In a nod to new technology, Major League Baseball will tweak its postseason tradition and add a seventh umpire to rotate between the replay booth and field for the World Series and league championship series. …

MLB batting average lowest since 1972 — before DH

Monday, September 29, 2014

NEW YORK — The final numbers are in, and Major League Baseball’s batting average hasn’t been this low since Richard Nixon was in the White House, a gallon of gasoline cost 55 cents and the designated hitter was …

Trout, Strasburg giving playoffs a fresh look

Monday, September 29, 2014

So, is this the year of Buck Showalter, Bryce Harper and a Beltway Series? Or perhaps Albert Pujols, Yasiel Puig and a Freeway Series? Maybe a Bay Area matchup or something from the Show Me State. Plenty of …

Europe wins the Ryder Cup again

Sunday, September 28, 2014

GLENEAGLES, Scotland — The tone was set by Rory McIlroy, the best player in the world. The winning shot came from Jamie Donaldson, a Ryder Cup rookie. Europe added another layer to its Ryder Cup dominance on Sunday …

A’s, Tigers, Cards win playoff races on final day

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sonny Gray pitched Oakland into baseball’s last playoff spot, shutting out King Felix this October. David Price delivered the AL Central crown to Detroit, St. Louis scratched ace Adam Wainwright after wrapping up the NL Central. And on …

NFL Week 4: Frank Gore, 49ers chase down Eagles

Sunday, September 28, 2014

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Frank Gore caught a career-best 55-yard touchdown and ran for 119 yards in his first 100-yard game this year, leading the San Francisco 49ers past Philadelphia 26-21 on Sunday to hand the Eagles their first loss. The 49ers delivered a late goal-line stand …

Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw first to lead majors in ERA 4 straight years

Sunday, September 28, 2014

NEW YORK — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw became the first pitcher to lead the major leagues in earned run average in four straight years, and Houston’s Jose Altuve and Colorado’s Justin Morneau won their first batting …

Jordan Zimmermann’s no-hitter for Nationals ends on great grab

Sunday, September 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — One out away from pitching the Washington Nationals’ first no-hitter, Jordan Zimmermann watched his 104th pitch on a crisp, clear Sunday afternoon get smacked toward deep left-center. Zimmermann leaned his head back and winced. His first …

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 …