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Canada’s Tamara Tatham reaches up to the basket as USA’s Skylar Diggins, left, and Breanna Stewart, right, defend, during the first half of an women's exhibition basketball game, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Bridgeport, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

US uses big third quarter to pull away from Canada

Monday, September 15, 2014

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Geno Auriemma knows his U.S. women’s basketball team is a work in progress. They have only been together for a week and still are missing a few key players, including Diana Taurasi. Only leading by four at halftime, the Americans scored the first 13 points of the third quarter to grab control in a 76-51 victory over Canada on Monday night in an exhibition game. “I thought there were moments where we looked like we could be a really good team down the road,” Auriemma said. “We’ll find out more when we get to France and when we play three games in …

Patriots still not quite right with ball

Monday, September 15, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The New England Patriots host the Oakland Raiders this week hoping to rediscover their normally potent offense. The Patriots moved to 1-1 with Sunday’s 30-7 win at Minnesota. But after the game, which saw the defense pick off four of Matt Cassel’s passes and turn a blocked field goal into …

Domestic violence experts added as NFL advisers

Monday, September 15, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Three experts in domestic violence will serve as consultants to the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to teams Monday announcing that Lisa Friel, Jane Randel and Rita Smith will work as “senior advisers.” They will “help lead and shape the NFL’s policies and programs relating to domestic …

Billy Horschel takes 2-shot lead in Tour Championship

Friday, September 12, 2014

ATLANTA — Billy Horschel showed why he might be the hottest player in golf at the moment with another 4-under 66 on Friday in the Tour Championship. It was his 10th straight round in the 60s. He already …

Orioles slugger Chris Davis suspended 25 games

Friday, September 12, 2014

BALTIMORE — Orioles slugger Chris Davis was suspended 25 games without pay on Friday following a positive test for an amphetamine, a punishment that will extend into the postseason and perhaps 2015. Baltimore started Friday leading the AL …

Hawks GM Ferry takes indefinite leave of absence

Friday, September 12, 2014

ATLANTA — Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry took an indefinite leave of absence Friday, making the move under fire for his racially charged comments about a player. Hawks CEO Steve Koonin has resisted calls for Ferry to …

Patriots not used to slow starts

Friday, September 12, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots have a little recent team history on their side when they look to even their record Sunday at Minnesota. The Patriots have not started a season 0-2 since 2001, which means it hasn’t happened to them since Tom Brady became the starting …

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson indicted on child abuse, inactive for Sunday’s game vs Patriots

Friday, September 12, 2014

Star Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted in Texas on a charge of child abuse after using a branch to spank his son, and was swiftly benched by the team on Friday for this weekend’s …

NFL players’ union reps approve HGH testing for 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

NEW YORK — HGH testing is coming to the NFL this season. Player representatives to the union voted Friday to implement testing for human growth hormone for the 2014 NFL season. HGH testing was originally agreed upon in 2011, but the players have balked at the science in …

Kyle Busch gets pole for Chase opener at Chicago

Friday, September 12, 2014

JOLIET, Ill. — With rain in Friday’s forecast at Chicagoland Speedway, the only time on track became a strategy session for the championship contenders. If qualifying was rained out, the field for Sunday’s opening round of the Chase …

Red Sox pull away from Rorals, 6-3

Thursday, September 11, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The last-place Boston Red Sox took advantage of three critical errors by the first-place Kansas City Royals, pulling away late in a 6-3 victory Thursday night that ended a four-game losing streak. Clay Buchholz (8-8) allowed three runs, two earned, over 61/3 innings for …

Rob Gronkowski ready for Game 2 in return from knee injury

Thursday, September 11, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Rob Gronkowski looks to be in midseason form, at least when he’s spiking the ball after a touchdown. The rest of his game might take a while to get there. The New England Patriots star tight …

Oscar Pistorius not guilty of murder but was negligent

Thursday, September 11, 2014

PRETORIA, South Africa — During his trial, Oscar Pistorius sometimes retched and sobbed. The double-amputee Olympian sobbed again on Thursday, this time in apparent relief as a judge said the evidence did not support a murder conviction for …