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Manchester Monarchs officially headed to California, AHL announces

Friday, January 30, 2015

It had been rumored, suspected and reported on. Now it’s official. The Manchester Monarchs are heading west, joining four other American Hockey League teams as part of a move to California that will create a new Pacific Division for next year, the league announced in a news conference yesterday. Luc Robitaille, president of business operations for the Los Angeles Kings, …

NFL: Ref inspected footballs properly in AFC title game

Friday, January 30, 2015

PHOENIX – NFL officiating chief Dean Blandino says the inspection of the footballs by referee Walt Anderson before the AFC championship game was handled properly. …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Friday, January 30, 2015

NFL Browns receiver Gordon says he was caught drinking CLEVELAND – Browns receiver Josh Gordon said his latest trouble with the NFL results from having …

Red Sox send Anthony Ranaudo to Rangers for Robbie Ross

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ARLINGTON, Texas – The Boston Red Sox acquired left-hander Robbie Ross from the Texas Rangers for right-hander Anthony Ranaudo last night. Ross, 25, went 3-6 with a 6.20 ERA in 27 games last season, 12 of them starts. In his three-year career, he’s 13-8 with a 3.98 ERA …

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 …