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Coaching hot seats heating up

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The tabloids have the trap door set for Rex Ryan in New York. Talk radio can’t chat enough about who the next coach of the Falcons will be. Even coaches in their first seasons with their teams are under fire. And it’s not even halfway through the NFL schedule. Coaching security pretty much is an oxymoron in pro football unless …

Monarchs unload on visiting Pirates, 5-2

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sean Backman and Jordan Weal each had three points as the Manchester Monarchs rolled over the visiting Portland Pirates, 5-2, last night. Backman capped Manchester’s …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NFL Colts receiver Wayne out vs. Steelers with elbow injury INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne will not play in the team’s game …

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 …

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 …

Headlines from around the world in sports

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 …