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Manning To Return In ’15

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Englewood, Colo. — Hold that gold watch. Peyton Manning is taking one more shot at the silver trophy. Weeks of speculation about the five-time MVP’s future ended Wednesday with word that he’s returning for an 18th season in the NFL and fourth in Denver. A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Manning will take a $4 million pay cut, from $19 million to $15 million, …

After Losing Lead, C’s Beat Jazz at the Buzzer

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Boston — Tyler Zeller banked in a shot from under the basket as time expired to give the Boston Celtics an 85-84 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night. Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 21 points, Jae Crowder had 18 and Avery Bradley added 13 points and seven rebounds to help the …

A-Rod 1-for-2 in Return

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Tampa, Fla. — Alex Rodriguez walked from the batter’s box to home plate in the bottom of the first inning, eye black smeared across his face, and said hello to Philadelphia catcher Tommy Joseph, who was just 1 when A-Rod was taken first in the 1993 amateur draft. Then he turned his head …

MLS, Players Reach Deal

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Major League Soccer and its players union agreed in principle to a five-year labor contract, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press, averting a possible strike ahead of Friday’s season opener. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement had not been …

Middlebrooks Seeking A Revival With Padres

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Peoria, Ariz. — For the first time in more than a year, it doesn’t hurt when Will Middlebrooks swings. Now in San Diego, a healthy Middlebrooks looks to revitalize a career that went from a sure thing at third base in Boston to an injury- and strikeout-filled two …

Surprise in Cub Colors: Dartmouth’s Hendricks In Chicago’s Plans

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mesa, Ariz. — Studying has never been a problem for Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks, who has a degree in economics from Dartmouth College. The right-hander enjoys baseball’s scouting reports and video work almost as much as being …

A Kick in the Future?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Washington — Major League Soccer careened toward the first work stoppage in its 20-season history Tuesday as the sides in labor negotiations appeared to make little progress toward brokering a new collective bargaining agreement. Three days before the …

Aussie Rugby Star Will Try to Earn 49ers Roster Spot

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

San Francisco — Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne is getting his shot to play in the NFL. Hayne passed a physical and signed a three-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday. The team announced the deal …

Sox Sweep College Opponents

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Fort Myers, Fla. — Clay Buchholz started with one perfect inning and Boston Red Sox pitchers dominated the rest of the day in sweeping a pair of college teams, beating Northeastern 2-1 and edging Boston College 1-0 Tuesday. Rick Porcello relieved Buchholz and retired six straight batters as …

Peterson Ruling Leaves Ripples

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Boston — There is a defensive end heading for free agency who had 15 sacks in his last full season. The kind of player a team can build a pass rush around, if he were spending more time on the football field and less in the courts fighting …

Diamond Debut For Speed Rules

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Goodyear, Ariz. — With large, glowing red numbers, the timer on the center-field wall at Goodyear Ballpark ticked down Tuesday, counting off seconds and ushering in change. Baseball, the timeless game of endless summers, went on the clock. Major League Baseball introduced its new pace-of-play initiatives during five …

Ryder Cup Task Force Damaging PGA Tour

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Doral, Fla. — Now that players on the task force have solved their Ryder Cup problems, the next job is to repair damage to their own tour. One week ago, Davis Love III was introduced as the next U.S. captain for the 2016 matches at Hazeltine. That was …

James, Cavs Cap Celtics

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Cleveland — LeBron James doesn’t usually spend a lot of time talking about personal accomplishments, but he made an exception Tuesday night. James scored 27 points to move into 21st place on the NBA’s career list, and the …