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Saturday, May 23, 2015

BASEBALL Brewers’ Smith suspended eight games ATLANTA – Milwaukee Brewers reliever Will Smith was suspended for eight games yesterday for having a foreign substance on his right arm during a game at Atlanta. Major League Baseball said Smith plans to appeal, so the penalty is on hold. Smith was available for last night’s game at the Braves. Smith, a left-hander, …

Montreal Alouettes sign openly gay defensive end Michael Sam

Saturday, May 23, 2015

MONTREAL – Michael Sam found a pro football job. In Canada. Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, signed a two-year contract …

Single duty: Kurt Busch brings double lessons to Charlotte

Saturday, May 23, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. – There’s no bank of TV cameras surrounding Kurt Busch’s hauler, no one monitoring his fluid intake to prevent dehydration, no golf cart …

Drivers back IndyCar; wreck concerns remain for Indy 500

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

DETROIT – Looking no worse for wear a couple days after his car flipped through the air at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Ed Carpenter sized up next weekend’s big race. After several scary accidents over the past week, will …

NFL to change extra-point kicks to longer distance

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO – The NFL is moving back extra-point kicks and allowing defenses to score on conversion turnovers. The owners yesterday approved the competition committee’s proposal to snap the ball from the 15-yard line on PATs to make …

Kraft: Patriots won’t appeal team’s fine, draft penalties

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO – Now that Patriots owner Robert Kraft is not appealing his team’s punishments in the deflated footballs scandal, only his quarterback’s challenge remains. Moments after Kraft said yesterday he won’t oppose the $1 million fine and …

Fisher Cats hold off Fightin Phils for 6-4 victory

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Shane Opitz’s two-run single in the top of the ninth turned out to be the difference as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats hung on to beat the host Reading Fightin Phils, 6-4, last night. Opitz’s hit made the score 6-1, but what looked like insurance turned out to …

Timberwolves win draft lottery; Lakers move to No. 2

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NEW YORK – The Minnesota Timberwolves won the NBA draft lottery last night, the first time since 2004 the team with the worst record won the No. 1 pick. After years of bad luck in the lottery, things …

Ortiz, Napoli homer as Red Sox top Rangers, 4-3

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BOSTON – Mike Napoli found a flaw in his swing on the cross-country flight after his difficult road trip. Then he sent a liner soaring into the left-field seats. Napoli watched video while flying from Seattle on Sunday …

Warriors rally past Rockets, 110-106, in Game 1 of West finals

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. – Stephen Curry hit two free throws in the final seconds to finish with 34 points, and the Golden State Warriors rallied from 16 points down in the second quarter to beat the Houston Rockets, 110-106, …

Yankees CF Ellsbury heads to DL with right knee injury

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WASHINGTON – New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is heading to the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right knee after getting injured during an 8-6, 10-inning loss to the Washington Nationals last night. The Yankees said …

Ray Duckler: Patriots owner Robert Kraft caves, leaving a foul smell

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Inhale deeply. Do you smell it, the pungent odor of B.S. that’s worked its way from San Francisco to Concord? My eyes are watering, my betta fish went belly up and I saw a bunch of cows in …

NFL owners meet with more than deflated footballs on their agenda

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO – What offseason? There hasn’t been a week – make that a day – since the Super Bowl that the NFL hasn’t made news. As the owners gather this week at their spring meetings, their plate …