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Government: NFL TV ‘blackout’ rule unsportsmanlike

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — For years, football fans have bemoaned the rule barring NFL home games that haven’t sold out from being televised in the local market. Well, you can’t blame the government anymore. The Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to end the 1975 rule with a push from its chairman. “We at the FCC shouldn’t be complicit in preventing sports fans from watching their favorite teams on TV,” said Chairman Tom …

Patriots owner Kraft suffered along with fans in rout of Patriots

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Robert Kraft looked down from his seat high above the field and watched his New England Patriots fall apart. The offense led by Tom Brady struggled to move the ball. The defense that had been stingy couldn’t stop the Kansas City Chiefs from reeling off long gains. And Bill Belichick lost …

US women rout Angola 119-44 finish pool play 3-0

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

ISTANBUL — Brittney Griner was a little surprised. Moments after the U.S. had just beaten Angola in the most lopsided victory in team history at the world championship, the players from the African nation wanted to take photos with the Americans. The Angola team was so excited to see Griner and her American teammates that they spent 10 minutes after the game in …

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 …

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, Patriots Rob Gronkowski have much in common

Friday, September 26, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Travis Kelce snagged the pass from Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. He raced toward the sideline and then turned up field, diving from about the 4-yard line and just nicking the pylon. The 20-yard touchdown …

Olympic sports on board for US 2024 bid

Friday, September 26, 2014

CHICAGO — The U.S. Olympic Committee received near-unanimous support from the country’s sports federations in a poll asking whether they would support a bid for the 2024 Olympics — another sign that a U.S. city will make a run at hosting the next available Summer Games. In his …

Tony Stewart comforted by support of NASCAR family

Friday, September 26, 2014

DOVER, Del. — Tony Stewart’s walk back to his motorhome was halted by a pair of old friends. Two longtime NASCAR participants stopped Stewart not far from his car for a lengthy chat in the Dover garage. His …

Northampton native Ellis Cooper excited to be playing pro basketball in Europe

Friday, September 26, 2014

For as long as Ellis Cooper could remember, he had always played basketball. So when the Northampton native’s career at Franklin Pierce was coming to a close, not playing anymore wasn’t an option he was willing to except. …

Allen Webster helps Red Sox beat Rays 11-1

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BOSTON — Rusney Castillo and Christian Vazquez each hit his first major league homer, and Allen Webster pitched seven solid innings to carry the Boston Red Sox to an 11-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday …