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Close-Quarters Racing

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Allan Hammond (77) and Chris Donnelly (20C) go door to door during Sportsman Modified action at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt., on Saturday night. Donnelly finished the division’s feature race in second place behind D.J. Robinson, who became the 11th different driver to record a win in the division this summer. Michael Danforth (Sportsman Coupes), Jason Giguere (Late Models) …

I’ll Be There: Gronk

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Star tight end Rob Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker Monday and announced he will be playing in the …

Phils’ No-No a Labor of Labor

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Atlanta — On Labor Day, Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia bullpen spread the workload on a no-hitter. Hamels and three Phillies relievers combined on the …

Stewart’s Chase Status Matters Not at All

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Charlotte, n.c. — Tony Stewart has one final shot to make the Chase, and it’s not a very good one: He must win Saturday night at Richmond, where he last visited Victory Lane in 2002. He sat out …

Basepath Error Deflates Sox

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

St. Petersburg, Fla. — It was not what Jemile Weeks had in mind for his Boston Red Sox debut — getting picked off as a pinch runner in the top of the 10th inning. Matt Joyce had an RBI single in the bottom of the inning to give …

Oh No, Canada: Promising Bouchard Wilts in the Gotham Heat

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

New York — Bothered by the heat and stifling humidity, Eugenie Bouchard felt dizzy and her vision was blurry. She got her blood pressure checked. Plastic bags filled with ice were rubbed on her shoulders, arms and legs …

Kirk Wins to Enter Ryder Debate

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Norton, Mass. — Chris Kirk made three big putts and captured the biggest win of his career Monday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Whether that was enough for U.S. captain Tom Watson to add him to the Ryder …

Chiefs QB Needled Over New Deal

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Very little is sacred in an NFL locker room. Not personal appearance, not on-field performance and certainly not contract status, as Alex Smith can attest. The Chiefs’ quarterback was already a rich man before his four-year, $68 million …

Spain, Greece Advance At Worlds

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Spain and Greece are headed to the round of 16, and Senegal is in position to join them after shaking up Group B with an upset Monday at the Basketball World Cup. The Spanish earned a trip to …

Astros Dismiss Manager

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Associated Press Houston — The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, saying the dismissal had less to do with the team’s 59-79 record than the need for “new direction” and a “united message throughout the entire organization.” Porter was in his second season with the …

Slugger Dunn Does It

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Oakland, Calif. — Adam Dunn provided instant pop for the struggling Athletics, hitting a towering, two-run homer in his first at-bat for Oakland to highlight a 6-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday in a matchup of …

EPL Transfers End With Man U Coup, $1.4B Spent

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

London — A week after signing Angel Di Maria, Manchester United persuaded striker Radamel Falcao to join the faltering club in European football’s most eye-catching switch as the summer transfer window closed. Falcao’s season-long loan from Monaco is …

Baylor’s Dominant Defense Dominates Talk After Opener

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Waco, Texas — Offensive-minded Baylor coach Art Briles spent a lot of time during the offseason trying to convince everyone how good he expected the Bears to be on defense. There are plenty of reasons to start believing him after a strong defensive performance by the No. 10 …