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This undated photo provided by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department shows a moose with hair loss on its back. Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are all issuing fewer moose hunting permits this year, and officials in all three states say they had to reduce permits because of the impact of ticks.  (AP Photo/Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department)

Moose Hunters Should Anticipate a Thinner Herd

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Portland, Maine — Sportsmen hoping to bag a big moose are seeing increased competition from a tiny parasite that’s cutting down moose populations in New England and across parts of the northern United States, prompting some states to offer hunters fewer permits or halt hunting altogether. Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are all issuing fewer moose hunting permits this year, …

Johnson Not Happy Being Just Another Driver on the Track

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Loudon, n.h. — It’s Jimmie Johnson’s favorite time of the year. But with the second race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ Chase to the Champoinship set to begin, Six-Time has the tone of the kid whose birthday party isn’t quite up to his expectations. “It’s not the best mood,” Johnson said about …

Home Dominance Remains Patriots’ Trump Card

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Stevan Ridley’s father switched his allegiance from the Oakland Raiders once his son was drafted by the New England Patriots. The running back’s dad sure picked a winner. The Patriots are 25-4, including playoff games, at Gillette Stadium since 2011, when Ridley was drafted. They’re two-touchdown favorites to make that 26-4 when they open their home season against the Raiders …

Ex-NBAer Chapman Arrested

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Former NBA guard Rex Chapman has been arrested for allegedly shoplifting $14,000 worth of merchandise from an Apple store in Scottsdale and then selling the items at a pawn shop. Police took the 46-year-old Chapman …

Yankees 5, Blue Jays 3

Saturday, September 20, 2014

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Kershaw Wins No. 20

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Chicago — Clayton Kershaw became the majors’ first 20-game winner and A.J. Ellis hit a pair of two-run homers, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 14-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday. Kershaw (20-3) pitched five …

Marlins Ace to Resume Throwing Soon

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Miami — Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez has been cleared to start throwing Oct. 1. The 2013 National League Rookie of the Year had season-ending Tommy John surgery May 16. He met with Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Thursday. “A lot of good news came out …

Ortiz’ Blasts Send Red Sox Past Orioles

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Baltimore — David Ortiz hit two home runs, including a two-run drive in the 10th inning that lifted the Boston Red Sox past the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 on Friday night. Although the AL East-champion Orioles are still in …

Famed ‘Home of Golf’ Votes to Admit Women Members

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews is no longer just for men. The spiritual “Home of Golf” became the latest club to end years of male-only exclusivity on Thursday, when its members voted overwhelmingly in favor of inviting women to join. The vote was effective …

What’s Next for Players on the NFL’s Domestic Violence Scene

Friday, September 19, 2014

The legal system doesn’t work on the NFL’s schedule. The players facing child abuse or domestic violence allegations might wait a long time for their cases to play out in the courtroom. A look at what’s next in each case: Ray Rice Ray Rice is appealing his indefinite …

Pro Bowler Shines With Patriots

Friday, September 19, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Darrelle Revis didn’t divulge much when asked about his preference for facing a rookie quarterback. New England’s shutdown cornerback officially is a Patriot. “I can’t give you all of that,” the five-time Pro Bowler said …

Pirates Sweep Red Sox

Friday, September 19, 2014

Pittsburgh — The Pittsburgh Pirates got a lucky break when Boston pinch-runner Jemile Weeks was hit by a batted ball in the ninth inning, beating the Red Sox 3-2 on Thursday night to keep pace in the NL …

Falcons Romp Past Sorry Bucs

Friday, September 19, 2014

Atlanta — Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and high-stepping Devin Hester led the Atlanta Falcons to one of the biggest wins in franchise history. Ryan threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns, Jones hauled in nine passes for 161 …