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Serena Williams reacts after a point against Bethanie Mattek-Sands during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Serena Williams’ comeback extends Grand Slam try at US Open

Friday, September 4, 2015

NEW YORK — Can’t count out Serena Williams, no matter how big the deficit, no matter how off-target her strokes, no matter how much the pressure might be mounting as she bids for a calendar-year Grand Slam. Eight times this season at major tournaments, Williams has dropped the opening set. Eight times, she has won. The latest comeback was in …

Judge’s NFL bashing skips judgment of Brady in ‘Deflategate’

Friday, September 4, 2015

NEW YORK — A judge’s ruling freeing New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to play football erased his four-game suspension but failed to address the root question of the “Deflategate” scandal: What did Brady know about a plot to deflate balls before January’s AFC championship game? U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman thoroughly …

So long, lady in black: Jeff Gordon faces Darlington finale

Friday, September 4, 2015

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Jeff Gordon hopes to make his last Southern 500 as a full-time driver as memorable as the rest of his career at Darlington Raceway. Gordon is third all-time with seven Darlington victories, including a record six Southern 500s. He’d love nothing more than to lock up a spot in Sprint …

US, Swiss federal prosecutors to give update on FIFA cases

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

GENEVA — The American prosecutor who launched the bribery case that rocked FIFA is stepping on Sepp Blatter’s home turf. On Sept. 14 in Zurich, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch will join her counterpart from Switzerland, Michael Lauber, …

Playoff events for top players are practice until East Lake

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTON — Jordan Spieth has missed three cuts on the PGA Tour this year, and The Barclays rated the most irritating for one reason. “Because it happened about an hour ago,” he said. It was Spieth’s first tournament …

Ortiz hits career No. 495; Red Sox beat Yankees 4-3

Monday, August 31, 2015

BOSTON — David Ortiz hit his 495th home run and Jackie Bradley Jr. had three hits and threw out a runner at the plate to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 4-3 victory over the New York …

Serena Williams into US Open 2nd round when injured opponent stops

Monday, August 31, 2015

NEW YORK — Even before Serena Williams set foot in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday night, her path through the U.S. Open to complete a true Grand Slam became a lot easier thanks to losses by other top …

NYC’s first fan: A ballgame with Mayor Bill de Blasio

Monday, August 31, 2015

NEW YORK — He sat in the upper deck, basically unrecognized amid a sea of happy baseball fans. He let out a cheer when the best hitter on his favorite team smoked a home run and diligently scanned …

Others improved, but enough to dethrone Pats in AFC East?

Monday, August 31, 2015

NEW YORK — The AFC East got a lot more entertaining with one wacky, drama-filled offseason. Rex Ryan brought his bluster to Buffalo. The New York Jets cleaned house, welcomed home one of the franchise’s best players and …

Seattle still the clear favorite in NFC West

Monday, August 31, 2015

If the Seattle Seahawks become the first team to win three straight NFC titles, they’ll likely do so as champions of their division yet again. But the reigning conference champs see a challenge waiting in the NFC West. …

Without James Develin, Patriots plan to be flexible at fullback

Monday, August 31, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The loss of James Develin to a broken right tibia left the New England Patriots without a fullback on the roster. Sort of. “Playing fullback sometimes you see the fullback line up at tight end (and) tight ends line up at fullback,” tight end Rob …

Indians President Mark Shapiro is bound for Blue Jays

Monday, August 31, 2015

CLEVELAND — As his throat clogged with emotion, Mark Shapiro avoided making eye contact with his wife and two kids so he wouldn’t break down crying. Saying goodbye to the Indians — his baseball family for half his …

Stadium opponents rally at waterfront land eyed by PawSox

Monday, August 31, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — This land is your land. This land is my land. But it was not PawSox land on Monday when opponents of a proposed baseball stadium in downtown Providence came together to protest at the land …