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Judge Orders Goodell, Brady to Court in Aug.

Friday, July 31, 2015

New York — The federal judge handling Tom Brady’s attempt to overturn his four-game suspension ordered the New England quarterback and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to appear in court twice in mid-August. U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman told the sides Friday he had scheduled conferences Aug. 12 and 19 “with your principles (including, without limitation, Mr. Goodell and Mr. Brady).” He also requested the parties “engage in comprehensive, good-faith …

Red-Hot Kyle Busch Bags Pole in Pennsylvania

Friday, July 31, 2015

Long Pond, Pa. — Kyle Busch will start his drive for his fourth straight NASCAR Sprint Cup victory from a familiar spot, out front and in first. Busch turned a lap of 178.416 mph Friday at Pocono Raceway to win the pole for the first time during his sensational streak. He also made it three straight Cup poles for Joe Gibbs Racing following …

Mets Land Slugging Outfielder at Deadline

Friday, July 31, 2015

New York — Yoenis Cespedes put on a scintillating show at Citi Field while winning the 2013 Home Run Derby. Now he has two months to power the New York Mets into the playoffs. Eagerly chasing offense as the clock ticked down on Friday’s trade deadline, the Mets landed the big right-handed bat they desperately needed by acquiring Cespedes from Detroit for two …

‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper, Star Wrestler, Dies at 61

Friday, July 31, 2015

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper, the kilt-wearing trash talker who headlined the first WrestleMania and later found movie stardom, has died, the WWE said Friday. He was 61. WWE had no additional details. Piper, born Roderick Toombs, was the second …

Olympic Games Make Speedy Return to Beijing

Friday, July 31, 2015

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — Throughout more than 120 years of Olympic history, no city has hosted both the winter and summer games. Now, Beijing will be the first do it — and in the span of just 14 years. The Chinese capital was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics …

Napoli, Sox Come Through

Friday, July 31, 2015

Boston — The Red Sox held onto Mike Napoli at the trading deadline, and he responded a few hours later with a two-run homer off the top of the Green Monster that led Boston over the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5 on Friday night. The Red Sox had already …

Boston Keeps Deals to a Minimum

Friday, July 31, 2015

Boston — The Boston Red Sox will have to wait a little longer to start rebuilding their team. Mired in last place for the second straight season, the Red Sox headed into the trade deadline hoping to get a head start on their offseason upgrades. But general manager …

Jays Edge Royals in 11

Friday, July 31, 2015

Toronto — Josh Donaldson singled home Troy Tulowitzki in the 11th inning and the new-look Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat the Kansas City 7-6 on Friday night as Johnny Cueto failed to get a decision in his …

Olympic Waters Contaminated

Friday, July 31, 2015

Rio de Janeiro — Sailors and other athletes preparing for the Olympics have been training for months in contaminated waters where the Rio Games will be held. Many believe moving events now would put them at a disadvantage, …

All-Star Lefty Dealt Again, This Time to Jays

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Detroit — Toronto acquired All-Star left-hander David Price from the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, the second major move in less than a week by the Blue Jays as they chase their first postseason appearance since 1993. After acquiring …

After Early Struggles, Tiger Woods Shoots 68 in Virginia

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Gainesville, Va. — Tiger Woods got back to shooting in the 60s. But he didn’t make it look easy. Woods bogeyed three of his first four holes in the Quicken Loans National on Thursday, then ran off five …

NBA Tries to Make Inroads Into Africa

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Johannesburg — The NBA is in Africa for an exhibition, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expects more important games to come. “Stay tuned,” Silver said Thursday as 20 NBA stars, including Chris Paul and Luol Deng, prepare to play at a small arena in downtown Johannesburg — the …

Brady Lawsuit Transferred to N.Y.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

New York — Tom Brady’s lawsuit against the NFL in which he wants his four-game suspension overturned will be heard in New York instead of Minnesota. Brady and the players union filed their suit Wednesday in Minnesota. But the NFL already had filed papers Tuesday in New York, …