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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 …

Serena Williams hits back at Russian official

Sunday, October 19, 2014

SINGAPORE – Serena Williams says comments by the head of the Russian Tennis Federation referring to her and older sister Venus as “brothers” were bullying, sexist and racist, and that she supported the one-year suspension imposed by the …

Keselowski keeps title hopes alive at Talladega

Sunday, October 19, 2014

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Coming off a tumultuous week and backed into a must-win situation, Brad Keselowski pulled off one of his biggest victories. Keselowski drove a perfect final two laps in overtime yesterday at Talladega Superspeedway, where he …

Denkinger’s miss revisited as Series returns to KC

Sunday, October 19, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Of course, Don Denkinger plans to watch the World Series. He always does. He’ll tune in to root for the umpires, check out familiar faces on the Giants and Royals, and see how Kansas …

Celtics beat Nets in experimental 44-minute game

Sunday, October 19, 2014

NEW YORK – Jared Sullinger took a glance at the game clock and thought something must be wrong. With fewer than six minutes left in the first quarter, he was still in the game. There was a good …

Manning breaks Favre’s mark with 509th TD pass

Sunday, October 19, 2014

DENVER – Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre’s record for touchdown passes with his 509th last night. The milestone touchdown pass was an 8-yarder to Demaryius Thomas with 3:09 left in the first half that gave Denver a 21-3 …

Drama at an extreme as Sprint Cup approaches cutdowns at Talladega

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The crazy, white-knuckle race is coming – ahead of schedule, it seems. NASCAR promised chaos the moment it unveiled its new elimination-based Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. But that was supposed to occur during the all-or-nothing finale …

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

SPRINT CUP Vickers wins Talladega pole TALLADEGA, Ala. – NASCAR’s new qualifying format put Brian Vickers on the pole at Talladega Superspeedway but left many drivers angry and confused, as two full-time teams failed to make today’s race. Drivers admitted when they arrived at Talladega they didn’t understand …

Stewart overcomes childhood deafness

Sunday, October 19, 2014

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Before this year’s NHL draft, Mackenze Stewart was just hoping to get a tryout with a club, thinking it unlikely that his name would be called. But Stewart’s determination to overcome being born deaf convinced the Vancouver Canucks to take a chance on him …

Two third-period goals lift Monarchs past Admirals, 4-2

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Manchester Monarchs broke a 2-2 tie with two goals in the third period last night, lifting them to a 4-2 victory over Norfolk Admirals and earning a split of a two-game weekend set. Brian O’Neill scored the tie-breaking goal at 10:03 of the third period, his second …

Svedberg earns shutout in Bruins’ 4-0 win over Sabres

Sunday, October 19, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Boston Bruins bounced back from their worst defensive performance of the season with their first shutout victory. Niklas Svedberg made 32 saves in his first NHL shutout, and the Bruins beat the Buffalo Sabres, …