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Driver Kevin Harvick talks to a crew member prior to the start of qualifying Friday, April 24, 2015, for Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

NASCAR’s Harvick on a Historic Run

Friday, April 24, 2015

Washington — Even a mind honed to absolute focus from years of driving up to 200 mph for hours at a time can be blown. Even a heart conditioned to a sitting rate of 47 beats per minute can come thumping through your chest at the strangest times. Kevin Harvick realized these things Tuesday on the south lawn of the …

Commentary: Shunned Stars Belong in Hall

Friday, April 24, 2015

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens deserve their plaques in Cooperstown. While we’re at it, so does Pete Rose. Bonds’ criminal conviction stemming from baseball’s shameful steroids era was thrown out this week, Clemens was never convicted of anything, and the sport’s new commissioner gave a green light for Rose to take part in …

Oilers Hire Familiar Face as GM

Friday, April 24, 2015

Edmonton, Alberta — The Edmonton Oilers made sweeping front-office changes Friday after another disappointing season. Patrick LaForge stepped down as president and chief operating officer while Craig MacTavish will move from general manager to a job yet to be determined. Peter Chiarelli, let go as general manager of the Boston Bruins this month, …

Mets Match Record

Thursday, April 23, 2015

New York — Daniel Murphy drove in four runs and the New York Mets matched a franchise record with their 11th straight victory Thursday, walking their way to a 6-3 win over the Atlanta Braves behind Bartolo Colon. …

Cavaliers Put Celtics on the Brink

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Boston — LeBron James scored 31 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved one win away from a sweep in their first playoff series in five years with a 103-95 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night. The …

Rays Beat Sox in Ninth

Thursday, April 23, 2015

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Rene Rivera had a run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 2-1 on Thursday night. Allan Dykstra opened the ninth with a single off Anthony Varvaro (0-1). Pinch-runner Tim Beckham went to …

Bulls Top Bucks In Double OT

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Milwaukee — Derrick Rose scored 34 points, Jimmy Butler added 24 and the Chicago Bulls beat the Milwaukee Bucks 113-106 in double overtime on Thursday night to take a 3-0 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series. Butler got the second overtime off to a rousing start, intercepting …

Judge OK’s Deal Over NFL Concussions

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Philadelphia — A federal judge approved a settlement agreement that is expected to cost the NFL $1 billion over 65 years to resolve thousands of concussion lawsuits. NFL actuaries estimate 6,000 of nearly 20,000 retired players to someday …

Hawks Fend Off Nets Again

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Atlanta — Paul Millsap scored 19 points and the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks again survived a tougher-than-expected test from the Brooklyn Nets, holding on for a 96-91 victory and a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series Wednesday …

It Might Be Now or Never for Celtics

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

In theory, this is where the first batches of real postseason trouble are supposed to start presenting themselves to Golden State, Cleveland and Chicago. Don’t count on it happening. The first road games of this postseason for the …

Bonds’ Obstruction Conviction Thrown Out

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

San Francisco — Barry Bonds’ obstruction of justice conviction was thrown out Wednesday by a federal court of appeals, which ruled 10-1 that his meandering answer before a grand jury in 2003 was not material to the government’s …

Yankees Pound Tigers

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Detroit — The New York Yankees scored six runs off David Price in the first inning amid swirling snow flurries, and Mark Teixeira added a three-run homer in the seventh to cap a 13-4 rout of the Detroit …

Rangers Prevail in OT

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pittsburgh — Kevin Hayes scored at 3:14 of overtime to give the New York Rangers a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference first-round series. The Rangers lead the …