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Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91) strips the ball forcing Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) to fumble during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 in Chicago. Wake recovered the ball. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Bears hope for more road success in game against Patriots

Saturday, October 25, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — It’s been a rough stretch for the Chicago Bears with three losses in four games, and a loud, emotional locker room after the latest one. Now they must play in strange surroundings and get booed by New England Patriots fans. But that actually may help the Bears snap out of their slump and bring plenty of postgame smiles …

Royals beat Giants 3-2 for 2-1 World Series lead

Friday, October 24, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Sparkling defense, a stingy bullpen and just enough timely hitting. That same winning formula of fundamental baseball put the Kansas City Royals on top in the World Series. Jeremy Guthrie outpitched fellow Series newcomer Tim Hudson, four Royals relievers combined on four hitless innings and Kansas City beat the San …

Bruins lose Zdeno Chara for 4-6 weeks with knee injury

Friday, October 24, 2014

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins will spend the next four to six weeks trying to fill the hole left by an injury to the tallest player in NHL history. Defenseman Zdeno Chara tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee but will not need surgery, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said. The …

US tops Haiti to advance in Women’s World Cup qualifying

Monday, October 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — The U.S women’s soccer team is winning in a no-win situation. Of course, the Americans should beat Haiti by a bunch of goals. And, of course, the Haitians are going to park themselves in front of …

Rest or rust? Royals, Giants set for World Series

Monday, October 20, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Gordon took a big rip at a batting-practice fastball, fouled it off badly into the cage, and ducked when the carom nearly hit him in the head. Gordon let out a huge laugh, …

Atlantic Division team-by-team capsules

Monday, October 20, 2014

Capsules for the NBA’s Atlantic Division, listed in predicted order of divisional finish by AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds’: ATLANTIC DIVISION TORONTO RAPTORS LAST SEASON: 48-34, lost to Brooklyn Nets 4-3 in first round. STARTING FIVE: G Kyle Lowry (17.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 7.4 apg), G DeMar DeRozan …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Brandon Finnegan learns fast: from school to World Series

Monday, October 20, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Betty Finnegan made the 51/2-hour drive from Fort Worth, Texas, with a friend Aug. 31 to watch the last two games of the season for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Her 21-year-old son was finishing …

Denkinger’s miss revisited as Series returns to KC

Sunday, October 19, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Of course Don Denkinger plans to watch the World Series. He always does. He’ll tune in to root for the umpires, check out familiar faces on the Giants and Royals, and see how Kansas …

Manning breaks Favre’s mark with 509th TD pass

Sunday, October 19, 2014

DENVER — Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre’s NFL record for touchdown passes with his 509th. The record-breaker was an 8-yarder to Demaryius Thomas with 3:09 left in the first half that gave Denver a 21-3 lead over San …

Seahawks can’t catch Rams, lose 28-26

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ST. LOUIS — Special teams brought down the Seattle Seahawks. Russell Wilson became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for 100 yards and pass for 300 yards, and the Seahawks had a huge statistical advantage over …