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Format Takes Pressure Off Injured Drivers

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bristol, Tenn. — There was a time in NASCAR when skipping a race because of illness or injury was simply not considered. Rather than sit out with swollen eyes, Ricky Rudd used tape to keep them open. Richard Petty ran three races hiding a broken neck from NASCAR officials. That bravado — foolishness? — in drivers is no more. Denny Hamlin became the fourth Sprint Cup Series driver to require …

Sox Given Gift of Errors From O’s

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Boston — The way Justin Masterson was pitching, he didn’t need much help. The Orioles gave it to him, anyway. On a rainy, chilly Patriots’ Day holiday, Baltimore made three errors that led to five unearned runs, Wei-Yin Chen struggled with his control and the Boston Red Sox won 7-1 Monday in a …

Riley Takes Heat for Bad Season

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Miami — Pat Riley finds himself leaning his head to the left quite a bit these days. There’s an irritated nerve in his neck, and it’s far from comfortable. “It’s killing me,” Riley said. “But I’m not going to make an excuse for it.” Such was the metaphor that Basketball Hall of Famer and President of the Miami Heat used to assess the …

Data Deluge: MLB Rolls Out Statcast Analytics

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

New York — Which outfielder sprints the fastest and runs the longest to snag line drives into the gap? Which shortstop is best at throwing from the grass to nip the runner at first? Which catcher gets the ball to second base the quickest? A new era in …

Philadelphia Buzzing as Eagles Sign Quarterback Tebow

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Philadelphia — Tebowmania swept through Philly before Tim Tebow’s return to the NFL even became official. By the time the Philadelphia Eagles announced late Monday afternoon that Tebow signed a one-year contract, the city was buzzing about Chip Kelly’s latest move. Tebow dominated newspaper headlines, social media conversation …

Raptors’ Williams Wins NBA Sixth Man Award

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Toronto — What started as a song has become reality for Raptors guard Lou Williams. Williams won the NBA Sixth Man Award on Monday, honored as the league’s best reserve after averaging a career-best 15.5 points in his 10th season and helping Toronto win a franchise-record 49 games. …

Butler Scores 31, Bulls Beat Bucks 91-82 to Go Up 2-0

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Chicago — Jimmy Butler was simply following orders from Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. He kept shooting and the ball kept going in. Butler set a playoff career-high for the second straight game with 31 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Milwaukee Bucks 91-82 on Monday night …

Cavs Stop Celtics After Slow Start

Monday, April 20, 2015

Cleveland — More than hour after his first playoff game with LeBron James and Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving made a statement more profound than anything he did on the floor. “We,” Irving said, “are the Big 3. We …

Winning Boston Nets Keflezighi a Year Filled With Thank Yous

Monday, April 20, 2015

Boston — Ever since Meb Keflezighi won last year’s Boston Marathon, the first race after the finish-line bombings and the first win for an American man in more than 30 years, fans have been gravitating to him wherever …

Quick OT Goal Serves Islanders

Monday, April 20, 2015

Uniondale, n.y. — New York captain John Tavares scored 15 seconds into overtime to give the Islanders a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. Nikolay Kulemin’s …

Bunbury Rallies Revs Past Philadelphia

Monday, April 20, 2015

Chester, Pa. — Teal Bunbury had a goal and an assist after entering the game in the 61st minute and the New England Revolution beat the Philadelphia Union 2-1 on Sunday. New England (3-2-2) extended its undefeated streak …

Furyk Gets Playoff Win At Heritage

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hilton Head Island, s.c. — Jim Furyk won the RBC Heritage on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title in five years, making birdies on both playoff holes to outlast Kevin Kisner. Furyk was ahead by a stroke when Kisner birdied the 72nd hole to force the playoff, …

Kenseth Breaks Win Drought at Soggy Bristol

Monday, April 20, 2015

Bristol, Tenn. — Matt Kenseth ended a 51-race drought Sunday night at rain-soaked Bristol Motor Speedway. The start was delayed nearly 90 minutes because of rain, and the race was stopped three times as NASCAR desperately attempted to …