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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NFL Sources: Running back Rice’s appeal hearing set for Nov. 5-6 A hearing on Ray Rice’s appeal of his indefinite suspension will be held Nov. 5 and 6, two people familiar with the situation said yesterday. The people spoke with the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details of the hearing have not been made public. Rice was suspended …

Cowboys release Michael Sam from practice squad

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys released defensive end Michael Sam from the practice squad yesterday, another setback as the NFL’s first openly gay player …

Hats off! Royals get old-timey with tip o’ the hat

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Nobody seems to know when the tradition of doffing a hat began, though most historians date the practice to the days …

Despite problems, Patriots have won three straight

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – A three-day break gave the New England Patriots time to savor three straight wins. Now they can focus on fixing the problems the winning streak couldn’t hide. A suspect run defense. A mediocre offensive line. …

Patriots acquire linebacker Akeem Ayers from Titans

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Titans traded linebacker Akeem Ayers to the New England Patriots in what Coach Ken Whisenhunt said gives the linebacker a fresh start. Whisenhunt said on his radio show last night the trade probably was the best for both Ayers and the team. The …

Bruins hold off Sharks to win, 5-3

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON – Gregory Campbell scored the game-winning goal with less than 10 minutes remaining and the Boston Bruins had to fend off a late four-minute power play to earn a wild 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks …

Bumgarner, Pence lead Giants over Royals, 7-1

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants put a sudden stop to the Kansas City Royals’ perfect postseason roll. Bumgarner pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, Hunter Pence homered early and the Giants …

Voynov suspended after domestic violence charges

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

LOS ANGELES – The NHL suspended Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov indefinitely yesterday following the two-time Stanley Cup winner’s arrest on domestic violence accusations. Police in the Los Angeles suburb of Redondo Beach provided few details of …

Keselowski, once again, backs up his brash personality with his performance

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

TALLADEGA, Ala. – It didn’t take long for Brad Keselowski to earn an unpleasant reputation in NASCAR. He was aggressive on the track, brash and arrogant off of it, and rubbed most of his competitors the wrong way. …

Giants, Royals rested – and perhaps rusty? – for World Series opener

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Alex Gordon took a big rip at a batting-practice fastball, fouled it off badly into the cage, and ducked when the carom nearly hit him in the head. Gordon let out a huge laugh, …

Scoring going up, but defense continues to make the difference

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Calling it a resurgence would be an exaggeration. Dubbing it a trend would be hyperbole. Still, the way some NFL teams are ramping up their defenses, maybe the NFL isn’t all about offense after all. If balance is …

Belichick, Brady praise rival Manning on touchdown record

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick and star quarterback Tom Brady both paid tribute to rival Peyton Manning yesterday, a day after Manning broke Brett Favre’s record for career touchdown passes. “He’d probably be waiting …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NFL Bills’ Jackson, Spiller out with injuries BUFFALO, N.Y. – The one-two punch in the Buffalo Bills offensive backfield just got knocked out. Running back C.J. Spiller is out indefinitely – and could miss the rest of the …