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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 …

Scripted: Derek Jeter wins it for Yankees in home farewell

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NEW YORK — The perfect script. Derek Jeter capped his Yankee Stadium farewell with a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning, the latest — and perhaps last — storybook moment in his charmed and illustrious …

AP Source: Video addressed to NFL security chief

Thursday, September 25, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The video of Ray Rice punching his fiancee inside a casino elevator was sent to NFL headquarters to the attention of league security chief Jeffrey Miller in April, a law enforcement official says. The …

Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy square off in opening session of Ryder Cup

Thursday, September 25, 2014

GLENEAGLES, Scotland — Phil Mickelson poked fun at Rory McIlroy. Now they get to face off in the Ryder Cup. Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, undefeated as a team two years ago at Medinah, face the European powerhouse of …

Bleak future for New England thoroughbred racing

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BOSTON — New England’s storied thoroughbred racing industry looks like it’s trotting to a close. Suffolk Downs, the region’s lone remaining track, is shutting down this year, a victim of changes in a gambling industry that now revolves …

Patriots preparing to slow Chiefs running game

Thursday, September 25, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Vince Wilfork has played only two career games in Kansas City. That’s more than enough for New England’s All-Pro nose tackle to know exactly how loud Arrowhead Stadium will get on Monday night. “They’re probably one …

Chiefs coach Andy Reid hopeful Jamaal Charles is available vs Patriots

Thursday, September 25, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs coach Andy Reid could have quite the pleasant problem come Monday night. Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles is expected to return to the field after missing last week’s win in Miami with …

US women set to defend hoop title at world tourney

Thursday, September 25, 2014

While the U.S. women’s basketball team is a heavy favorite to win another gold medal at the world championship, the Americans have shown some unusual vulnerability. The U.S. has only lost once at the worlds since 1998, but …

Qatar women withdraw over Asian Games hijab ban

Thursday, September 25, 2014

INCHEON, South Korea — The Qatari women’s basketball team withdrew from the Asian Games in protest against international rules that ban players from wearing Muslim headscarves in competition. The dispute over the Qatari players’ refusal to remove their …

Red Sox top sloppy Rays 11-3

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BOSTON — Anthony Ranaudo and a lineup loaded with rookies gave the Boston Red Sox reason to be optimistic for next season. Starting seven rookies for the first time since 1971, when Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk was …

Qatar forfeits game in protest over hijab ruling

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Qatari basketballers forfeited a women’s match against Mongolia on Wednesday and are considering withdrawing from the Asian Games competition after being refused permission to wear a hijab. Confusion over the implementation of recently …