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Jimmie Johnson gets ready before practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

NASCAR notebook: Trip to Dover should spark Johnson’s chances at seventh Sprint Cup title

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Want to see if Jimmie Johnson is still a championship contender? This week will have a lot to say about it. For all the talk surrounding the Joe Gibbs drivers and Kevin Harvick’s travails, plenty of attention should still be centered on the man in the No. 48 Chevy. He’s got the championships – six of them, more than anyone …

Fast Patriots start has fans thinking of another 16-0 season

Sunday, October 4, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – This is not 2007. Sure, the NFL has found the New England Patriots guilty of cheating and punished them – again. And, …

NFL penalties: Flag increase due largely to pre-snap fouls

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Watching the NFL is a wildly popular experience, proven by massive ratings and undeterred by constant interruptions. Commercial breaks. Replay reviews. And, of course, penalties. …

Tulowitzki returns to Jays lineup in win; Angels edge Rangers in ninth

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Troy Tulowitzki doubled and singled in his return to the Toronto lineup after missing three weeks with injuries, and the AL East champion Blue Jays rallied past the Tampa Bay Rays 8-4 Friday night. Tulowitzki went 2-for-5 and scored a run. Edwin Encarnacion and Russell Martin homered for …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Friday, October 2, 2015

NBA Warriors Coach Kerr to take leave of absence OAKLAND, Calif. – Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr will take a leave of absence as he recovers from back surgery and will be replaced on an interim basis by Luke Walton. The Warriors announced Thursday that Kerr will …

U.S. Ski Team targets Vermont resort for World Cup stop in ’16

Friday, October 2, 2015

PARK CITY, Utah – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association will submit a proposal for Killington, Vt., to host a women’s World Cup giant slalom and slalom race next season. The plan will be presented this week at the International Ski Federation meetings in Zurich. The dates are …

Patriots add defensive lineman Thornton to roster, four to practice squad

Friday, October 2, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots promoted practice squad defensive lineman Khyri Thornton to the roster on Thursday and also added four players to the taxi squad. Thornton, 25, was claimed off waivers from the Green Bay Packers last month. He was a third-round draft pick out …

After years of declines, MLB offense perks up in second half

Friday, October 2, 2015

NEW YORK – As fresh-faced rookies cleared fences right along with the reliable sluggers into late September, hitters perked up in the second half this season and stopped an eight-year slide in the big league batting average. The majors’ batting average jumped from .253 before the All-Star break …

With Cubs playoff bound, Williams thinks of Banks, Santo

Friday, October 2, 2015

CHICAGO – Billy Williams couldn’t help but let his mind drift, thinking about his old teammates Ernie Banks and Ron Santo. At a time like this, it was only natural. The Chicago Cubs are heading back to the …

Baseball: Rangers wrap up postseason berth

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Texas Rangers clinched a wild-card spot and moved to the cusp of the AL West title, with Adrian Beltre’s three-run double backing Derek Holland in a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night. The Rangers (87-72), in the playoffs for the first time since …

Yankees top Red Sox, 4-1, to clinch playoff spot after two-year absence

Friday, October 2, 2015

NEW YORK – The next generation of New York Yankees will have a chance to make their mark in the playoffs. Ending a rare two-year absence from the postseason, the Yankees clinched a wild-card berth with three games …

Ravens rally late, top Steelers, 23-20, in overtime

Friday, October 2, 2015

PITTSBURGH – Josh Scobee couldn’t. Twice. Justin Tucker could. Twice. The big-legged Baltimore kicker hit a 42-yard field goal to tie the Pittsburgh Steelers in the final seconds of regulation and made a 52-yarder with 5:08 left in …

Fantasy football: With bye weeks here, five tight end options to consider

Thursday, October 1, 2015

PHOENIX – Anyone with a tight end on a bye week can attest to how agonizingly difficult it can be to find a suitable replacement, especially in a season where no one at the position besides Rob Gronkowski is really setting the world on fire. In past years, …