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Friday, October 24, 2014

NBA Lakers’ Nash ruled out for season with back injury LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash was ruled out for the season with a back injury, putting the two-time NBA MVP’s career in doubt. The Lakers and Nash announced their decision yesterday, less than a week before the start of the 40-year-old Nash’s 19th NBA season. Nash …

Red Sox hire Chili Davis as hitting coach

Friday, October 24, 2014

BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox hired Chili Davis as their hitting coach. Davis held that job with the Oakland Athletics the past three seasons …

Vereen brothers square off when Bears visit Pats

Friday, October 24, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Vereen brothers competed hard against each other while growing up in California. Video games. Stickball. Basketball in the backyard. And, of …

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 …

Concord’s Tupman enjoying former team and teammates’ ride

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The highlights have provided October nights with a riveting backdrop, and Matt Tupman can provide a context along with them that no one else in these parts can. The scenes from the Kansas City Royals’ miracle romp to …

Jaguars avoid 0-7 start with victory over Browns

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Jacksonville Jaguars are winless no more. Denard Robinson ran for a career-high 127 yards and a touchdown, Jacksonville’s defense came up big in the red zone, and the Jaguars snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 24-6 …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Alpine skiing Downhill champ Svindal likely out for season VIENNA – Two-time overall World Cup champion Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway is likely out for the entire ski season after tearing his Achilles tendon while playing soccer. Svindal, the defending downhill world champion, sustained the injury in Innsbruck …