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Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, right, brushes himself off as teammates Alex Smith, left, and Eric Fisher watch after scoring on an 8-yard touchdown pass during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Charles sends Chiefs to 41-14 rout of Patriots

Monday, September 29, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jamaal Charles proved he is back to full speed for the Kansas City Chiefs. Tom Brady is still stuck in neutral for the New England Patriots. Charles returned from an injury to score three touchdowns Monday night, Brady was picked off twice by the opportunistic Chiefs, and Kansas City routed New England 41-14 to hand Bill …

Sports briefs: Bills bench quarterback Manuel, to start Orton

Monday, September 29, 2014

Bills bench quarterback Manuel, to start Orton ORCHARD PARK, N.Y (AP). — Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone benched starting quarterback EJ Manuel on Monday, one day after the former first-round draft pick completed less than half his passes and threw two interceptions in a loss to Houston. Marrone said Kyle Orton will start Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions. The Bills signed Orton …

Tony Stewart searching for his new normal

Monday, September 29, 2014

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Slowly and somberly, Tony Stewart is trying his best to find his new normal. He may never again be the “Smoke” the racing world knew before Aug. 9, the night a sprint car he was driving struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. at an upstate New York dirt track. The …

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 …

Jeter, Yankees eliminated with 9-5 loss to Orioles

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NEW YORK — All that’s left for Derek Jeter to do is say goodbye. Right now, though, the captain is still stewing over a lost season. New York was eliminated from playoff contention Wednesday, wasting a three-run lead …

Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower improving in solid defense

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Dont’a Hightower and the New England Patriots defense have made great strides since their season-opening loss. Their past two opponents totaled one offensive touchdown. And the third-year linebacker had 15 tackles and two sacks in those …

Tom Watson’s last Ryder Cup hurrah

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

GLENEAGLES, Scotland — Phil Mickelson has played in the Ryder Cup more times than any American. His experience is such that recent captains have leaned on him for observations on everything from pairings to picks. That wasn’t the …

Domestic violence in US: Data tells complex story

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

For weeks, amid allegations involving several NFL players, domestic violence has been the focus of intense national attention. Does the turmoil reflect a worsening epidemic of domestic violence, or has the U.S. in fact made great strides to …

Phil Mickelson looks to improve losing Ryder Cup record

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

GLENEAGLES, Scotland — Phil Mickelson is certainly proud to be playing in his U.S. record 10th consecutive Ryder Cup. He’d just rather not be reminded about those other records he holds in golf’s premier team event. Mickelson has …