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Patriots big favorites despite mediocre start

Sunday, September 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots have been mediocre in splitting their first two games. Yet they’re two-touchdown favorites today. No surprise, considering they’re facing the Oakland Raiders. The visitors for the Patriots’ home opener have lost 14 straight games in the Eastern time zone. They start a rookie quarterback who hasn’t won yet, have allowed more yards rushing … 0

Patriots-Raiders capsule

Saturday, September 20, 2014

OAKLAND (0-2) at NEW ENGLAND (1-1) 1 p.m., CBS OPENING LINE – Patriots by 14 RECORD VS. SPREAD – Oakland 1-1, New England 1-1 SERIES … 0

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

NFL Raiders say Schaub out for today’s game against Patriots PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Oakland Raiders listed backup quarterback Matt Schaub as out today at … 0

Headlines from around the world in sports

Friday, September 19, 2014

BASEBALL Ex-Rangers manager Washington sorry for breaking wife’s trust IRVING, Texas – Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said he is embarrassed for breaking the trust of his wife of 42 years. While offering no details, Washington publicly … 0

Bruins open camp minus Krug, Smith

Friday, September 19, 2014

BOSTON – The Boston Bruins have some lineup questions entering training camp after a disappointing second-round exit in the playoffs. “Absolutely. Competition, with it comes uncertainty, and we’d all like things to be certain,” General Manager Peter Chiarelli … 0

Police: Cardinals’ Dwyer head-butted wife

Friday, September 19, 2014

PHOENIX – Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day, the police said yesterday. The details surfaced in a law enforcement report a day after Dwyer was arrested … 0

Pirates get late break in playoff push, top Red Sox, 3-2

Friday, September 19, 2014

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Pirates got a lucky break when Boston pinch-runner Jemile Weeks was hit by a batted ball in the ninth inning, beating the Red Sox, 3-2, last night to keep pace in the NL pennant … 0

Falcons romp to 56-14 win over hapless Buccaneers

Friday, September 19, 2014

ATLANTA – Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and high-stepping Devin Hester led the Atlanta Falcons to one of the biggest wins in franchise history. Ryan threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns, Jones hauled in nine passes for 161 … 0

Championship chases continue to take shape in NASCAR weekend at NHMS

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Urgency at Loudon in September isn’t anything new. But there’s a new wrinkle for the fans showing up from all around New England and beyond to take in the Sprint Cup’s Chase for the Championship race on Sunday. … 0

Headlines from around the world in sports

Thursday, September 18, 2014

COLLEGE FOOTBALL FSU benches Winston for first half vs. Clemson TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Jameis Winston has been benched for the first half of Saturday’s game against Clemson after making “offensive and vulgar” comments about women, and Florida State … 0

Tim Dahlberg column: Time for Goodell to really say something

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Floyd Mayweather Jr., who has spent some time in jail for abusing women himself, was speaking some truth when he briefly rose to Ray Rice’s defense last week while trying to sell some pay-per-views for his latest fight. … 0

Brady’s favorites carry bulk of pass offense

Thursday, September 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady is very comfortable throwing to Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski. The other Patriots he sends out on pass patterns? Not so much. Of Brady’s 44 completions this season, 20 have gone to Edelman … 0

NFL, union agree to new drug policy, HGH testing

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NEW YORK – The NFL finally will have HGH testing, perhaps as early as the end of this month. And of more immediate impact – this weekend – the new performance-enhancing drug policy the league and players’ union … 0