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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel, right, is sacked for an 8-yard loss by New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Patriots’ defense faces the unknown in Oakland rookie QB Derek Carr

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The New England Patriots’ defense is preparing for a bit of the unknown in Oakland rookie quarterback Derek Carr this Sunday. Carr has played two games in the NFL, so there’s not a whole lot of video on him. New England coaches have watched plays from his days at Fresno State. “He’s an athletic guy back there,” …

Criticism mounting for Vikings, Adrian Peterson

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS — For as long as he’s been in the NFL, Adrian Peterson has been one of the most popular and most marketable stars in the league, an approachable superstar with the kind of inspirational comeback story that made him an endorser’s dream. Now that he is facing a felony charge of child …

FIBA: Players can wear religious head coverings

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

International basketball’s governing body said Tuesday that players will be allowed to wear religious head coverings, such as hijabs or turbans, on a trial basis in some competitions. FIBA’s central board met over the weekend at the men’s world cup and voted to allow a two-year testing phase that would let players wear head coverings. Previous FIBA rules only allowed a player to …

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 …

Hyo-Joo Kim makes history with lowest major score of 61 at Evian

Thursday, September 11, 2014

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — South Korean teen Hyo-Joo Kim made history look easy, with barely a glitch as she posted the lowest score ever in a major with a 10-under 61 to open the Evian Championship on Thursday. To …

US beats Lithuania to reach basketball world final

Thursday, September 11, 2014

BARCELONA, Spain — Madrid awaits. Spain doesn’t. The gold-medal matchup seemingly everyone wanted in the Basketball World Cup — maybe even some U.S. players — won’t be happening. The Spanish were upset in the quarterfinals, ending the predicted …

Two more NFL players face domestic violence issues

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy has been convicted on two counts of domestic violence and is still playing. Ray McDonald of the San Francisco 49ers also remains active while he is being …

Patriots defense focusing on RB Adrian Peterson after poor start

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots let Knowshon Moreno run for 134 yards in their season opener. Now they must face Adrian Peterson. Scary? “You know what? I love it,” defensive tackle Sealver Siliga said Wednesday. “This is …

Tom Brady and Matt Cassel square off for 1st time

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Take away the super model wife, the Ugg boots commercials and the three Super Bowl trophies. Take away the two MVP awards and the guest appearances on “Saturday Night Live” and “The Simpsons.” Take …

Wei-Yin Chen perfect into 6th as Orioles sweep Red Sox

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON — The postseason hopes for the World Series champion Boston Red Sox have all but faded away. Now, Dustin Pedroia’s season is over, too. Red Sox manager John Farrell said the star second baseman will have season-ending …