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Kurt Busch arrives for his protective order hearing from Patricia Driscoll at Kent County Family Court on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Dover, Del. The attorney for Busch's ex-girlfriend has called the NASCAR driver to the witness stand to testify Wednesday in a hearing in which the woman is seeking a court order directing him to stay away from her. (AP Photo/The News-Journal, Jason Minto)  NO SALES

Kurt Busch Denies Allegations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dover, Del. — NASCAR driver Kurt Busch had his turn on the witness stand Wednesday and testified that he repeatedly told his ex-girlfriend to leave his motorhome the night she claims he assaulted her. Testifying at a hearing on Patricia Driscoll’s request for a no-contact order, Busch said she came uninvited and unannounced to his motorhome at Dover International Speedway in September, a week after he broke off their relationship. He said she demanded that he tell her son to his face that their relationship was over. Driscoll, 37, testified a day earlier that Busch choked her and smashed her head into the bedroom wall …

Sox Add Pitcher

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Boston — The Red Sox obtained Anthony Varvaro from the Atlanta Braves for Aaron Kurcz in a swap of right-handed pitchers. Varvaro was 3-3 with a 2.63 ERA for the Braves last year, his fifth season in the majors. The Red Sox also sent cash to the Braves. Boston is remaking its bullpen after letting Burke Badenhop and Scott Breslow become free agents …

Niners Cut Player Amid Legal Woes

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Santa Clara, Calif. — Citing a pattern of behavior and off-field issues, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke informed defensive lineman Ray McDonald that he was released Wednesday amid a sexual assault investigation by San Jose police. Baalke spoke with McDonald and his agent by phone around 11:30 a.m. PST to let …

Pats’ Revis Returns to Old Stomping Grounds

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Florham Park, n.j. — Darrelle Revis has been back before, as an opposing player taking on the New York Jets. Not this way, though. This time around, he’s an enemy. He’s a member of the playoff-bound New England …

Bruins Edge Wild in Overtime

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

St. Paul, Minn. — Loui Eriksson’s goal 1:30 into overtime gave Boston a 3-2 win over Minnesota on Wednesday night, only the second victory for the Bruins in eight games and the fourth loss for the Wild in …

Celts Snuff Out Magic

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Boston — Rajon Rondo had 13 points, 15 assists and seven rebounds to lead balanced scoring that carried the Boston Celtics to a 109-92 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. Brandon Bass scored 18 points, and …

Title Elusive to Elite Point Guard

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The secret behind Chris Paul’s uncanny ability to see the entire floor, whip passes through improbable creases, find just enough wiggle room for a pull-up jumper in pick-and-rolls and toss the most delectable lobs is simpler than one …

In Brief: NASCAR Top Series Sponsor Elects to Pull Out

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Charlotte, n.c. — Sprint informed NASCAR it will not extend title sponsorship of the top Sprint Cup Series beyond its current contract, which expires after the 2016 season. Sprint has been the entitlement sponsor for NASCAR’s top series since 2004, when Nextel signed a 10-year agreement for the …

NFL Quarterbacks Feel the Pain

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

These quarterback audibles aren’t about deception. They’re about desperation. With the clock winding down on the NFL regular season, several teams are being forced to make a change at the most pivotal position. It’s a case of next …

Pats’ Defense Toughens

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Chandler Jones is tackling the quarterback again, Vince Wilfork is stuffing the middle and Darrelle Revis is smothering receivers. The New England Patriots defense is getting stingier and healthier as the playoffs approach. Tom Brady and his prolific offense enjoy watching that from the sideline. …

Bruins Lose in Shootout

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Nashville, Tenn. —erek Roy scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. Mike Fisher and Mike Ribeiro had goals in regulation for Nashville, which …

Warriors’ 16-Game Win Streak Ends

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Memphis, Tenn. — Marc Gasol scored 24 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies snapped the Golden State Warriors’ NBA-best 16-game winning streak with a 105-98 victory on Tuesday night. Mike Conley and Zach Randolph each scored 17 points, and Randolph grabbed 10 rebounds as Memphis earned its fifth straight …

Peterson’s NFL Ruling Lacks Sense

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ritter Collett was a much-respected sports writer for the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News. Art Schlichter was raised an hour away and became a legend as a quarterback at Miami Trace High School. Schlichter went to Ohio State, where he was a four-year starter for Woody Hayes. He was …