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NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson recovering from stroke

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BASEBALL White Sox agree to $2M deal with Beckham, cut Viciedo CHICAGO – Infielder Gordon Beckham agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, who cleared a roster spot by designating outfielder Dayan Viciedo for assignment. Beckham has spent almost all of his six big league seasons with the White Sox, who traded him to the …

Lynch’s next scripted answer: ‘You know why I’m here’

Thursday, January 29, 2015

PHOENIX – Marshawn Lynch found a new way to say nothing. A day after giving the same one-sentence response at Super Bowl Media Day, the …

Grizzlies busy experimenting to find best fit for Jeff Green

Thursday, January 29, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Jeff Green has helped Memphis win seven of eight games since joining the team two weeks ago. The team got Green in …

Deflated topic: air pressure in footballs

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX – Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s pre-emptive strike the previous night took the issue of air pressure in footballs on Super Bowl Media Day and, well, deflated it. Not only was the topic rarely raised in questioning of …

Belichick and The Beast talk but don’t say much at Media Day

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX – Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch knew he had to talk. It didn’t mean he had to say anything. So, in essence, he didn’t. And now, onto our regularly scheduled Super Bowl Media Day, where the players …

Keys beats Venus Williams in Australian Open quarterfinals

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia – American teenager Madison Keys advanced to the Australian Open semifinals after overcoming a left thigh injury to beat Venus Williams, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, early today. Keys received treatment on her leg after dropping serve in …

Kobe Bryant to have shoulder surgery, likely out for season

Monday, January 26, 2015

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Kobe Bryant will have surgery tomorrow on his torn right rotator cuff, likely ending his 19th season with the Los Angeles Lakers. The team announced Bryant’s surgery yesterday. He injured his shoulder last week in New Orleans. The Lakers said they’ll announce a timetable …

Venus Williams shows old form; sister Serena joins her in Australian Open quarterfinals

Monday, January 26, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia – Fireworks lit up the sky above Rod Laver Arena the moment Venus Williams completed her fourth-round win at the Australian Open last night. It’s been that kind of tournament so far for the 34-year-old, seven-time …

Report: NFL targets locker room Patriots locker room attendant in deflation investigation

Monday, January 26, 2015

The New England Patriots’ ordeal involving the use of deflated footballs in their AFC championship game victory has seen another development. According to Fox Sports’s Jay Glazer, the NFL is targeting a Patriots attendant who took the footballs from the officials’ locker room and brought them to another …

NASCAR’s France lauds Chase’s popularity, confirms no changes to playoff format

Monday, January 26, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR won’t change its new championship format, which Chairman Brian France said yesterday is “overwhelmingly popular” with fans. The Chase was revamped last year into an elimination-style system that created a winner-take-all final race among …

Super Bowl media day always a site for strange, weird questions and sights

Monday, January 26, 2015

PHOENIX – Tom Brady already had a child with actress Bridget Moynahan and was dating supermodel Gisele Bundchen when a Mexican television personality created one of the wildest moments in Media Day history here in Arizona before the …

Former Red Sox pitcher Bill Monbouquette dies at 78

Monday, January 26, 2015

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill Monbouquette died Sunday after a battle with leukemia, the team announced yesterday. Monbouquette, 78, pitched for the Red Sox from 1958-65, winning 96 games with a high of 20 in 1963. He threw a no-hitter in 1962 for Boston and made three …

Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith not upset over diminished defensive role

Monday, January 26, 2015

PHOENIX – Malcolm Smith stood out for always being in the right spot. He was waiting to corral Richard Sherman’s fourth-quarter deflection for the clinching interception in the NFC championship a year ago to send Seattle to the …