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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, 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 …

Tony Stewart will not face charges in deadly crash

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart will not be charged with the death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York, prosecutors said Wednesday in disclosing for the first time that …

Drayson Bowman’s late goal gives Canadiens win over Bruins in preseason opener

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

MONTREAL (AP) — Drayson Bowman scored with 48 seconds left to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night in the preseason opener for both clubs. Christian Thomas set up the …

Rays strike late in 6-2 win at Boston

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — While Tampa Bay’s string of six straight winning seasons is over, the Rays staved off finishing with a losing record at least one more day with a rally that couldn’t have come much later. Ben …

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig hopes for modest cut in game times

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NEW YORK — Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig hopes for incremental progress from his new committee that will try to take steps to shorten game times. “Nothing huge, but significant,” Selig said Tuesday, a day after announcing the new …

Europe keeping blueprint for Ryder Cup success a secret

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

GLENEAGLES, Scotland — Paul McGinley is not trying to reinvent the wheel at the Ryder Cup. He just wants to keep Europe rolling. The European captain spoke in mysterious terms Tuesday about a “template” his team has followed …