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Canada’s Tamara Tatham reaches up to the basket as USA’s Skylar Diggins, left, and Breanna Stewart, right, defend, during the first half of an women's exhibition basketball game, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Bridgeport, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

US uses big third quarter to pull away from Canada

Monday, September 15, 2014

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Geno Auriemma knows his U.S. women’s basketball team is a work in progress. They have only been together for a week and still are missing a few key players, including Diana Taurasi. Only leading by four at halftime, the Americans scored the first 13 points of the third quarter to grab control in a 76-51 victory over Canada on Monday night in an exhibition game. “I thought there were moments where we looked like we could be a really good team down the road,” Auriemma said. “We’ll find out more when we get to France and when we play three games in …

Patriots still not quite right with ball

Monday, September 15, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The New England Patriots host the Oakland Raiders this week hoping to rediscover their normally potent offense. The Patriots moved to 1-1 with Sunday’s 30-7 win at Minnesota. But after the game, which saw the defense pick off four of Matt Cassel’s passes and turn a blocked field goal into …

Domestic violence experts added as NFL advisers

Monday, September 15, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Three experts in domestic violence will serve as consultants to the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to teams Monday announcing that Lisa Friel, Jane Randel and Rita Smith will work as “senior advisers.” They will “help lead and shape the NFL’s policies and programs relating to domestic …

MLB clarifies home plate collision rule

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball sent a memo to teams and umpires clarifying this year’s experimental rule intended to limit collisions at home plate, saying runners should not be called safe if the ball clearly beats them. …

Phoenix Mercury crush Chicago Sky 97-68 in Game 2 of WNBA Finals

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

PHOENIX — Brittney Griner shook off two blows to the face to finish with 19 points, Diana Taurasi added 18 and the Phoenix Mercury made it two straight routs in the WNBA Finals with a 97-68 win over …

NFL player reps delay vote on new drug policy proposal

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NEW YORK — The 32 player representatives to the union have delayed a vote on the NFL’s proposal for changes to the drug policy that potentially could implement HGH testing. After a conference call of about one hour Tuesday night during which the proposal was discussed, the player …

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels wants improvement vs Vikings

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels knows the Patriots’ offense needs a better performance against Minnesota than it showed against Miami. After taking a 20-10 halftime lead, the Patriots wilted in the Florida heat and …

Atlanta Hawks discipline GM Danny Ferry for racist comments

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks are sticking with general manager Danny Ferry even though the team’s new majority owner wants him fired for racially charged comments. CEO Steve Koonin on Tuesday told the Hawks’ flagship radio station that …

Commissioner Roger Goodell: NFL did not see Ray Rice video before this week

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — As questions arose about how the NFL investigated domestic violence allegations against Ray Rice, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday the league asked for, but was not given, video showing the ex-Ravens running back punching …

‘Miracle On Ice’ member Bob Suter dies

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Bob Suter, a member of the “Miracle On Ice” team that won the Olympic gold medal in 1980 and the father of Minnesota Wild star Ryan Suter, died Tuesday at the age of 57. The Wild announced Suter’s death and called him “a great hockey ambassador, he was …

US beats Slovenia 119-76 to reach semis at worlds

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

BARCELONA, Spain — Klay Thompson scored 20 points and James Harden had 12 of his 14 in the third quarter after a scoreless first half, helping the U.S. turn a close game into a 119-76 rout of Slovenia …

Terry and Kim Pegula reach definitive agreement to buy Buffalo Bills

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Ralph Wilson’s legacy to keep the Bills in Buffalo will be preserved after NHL Sabres owner Terry and Kim Pegula reached what was called “a definitive agreement” to purchase the NFL franchise on Tuesday. …

Judge to give verdict in Pistorius trial on Thuesday

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

JOHANNESBURG — The judge in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial was taciturn through months of court proceedings that caught the attention of the world. On Thursday, however, she’ll deliver a judgment that brings her to the forefront. Judge …