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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 …

Rematches Reign With UEFA Powers

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Nyon, Switzerland — A UEFA Champions League draw heavy with reunions on Monday paired Real Madrid and Barcelona with the same last 16 opponents as last season and sent Arsene Wenger back to the club where he made …

Another Savior? Batter Up

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chicago — Jon Lester insisted there’s no reason the Chicago Cubs can’t contend next year and even capture their first World Series title since 1908, around the time the Model T was rolling off the assembly line. “I’m …

Patriots Target Larger Goals

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — The souvenirs from Darrelle Revis’ first division title in his brilliant eight-year career were safely stowed in his bag. For long-time New England players, the T-shirt with the message “Patriots Run the East” and the championship hat are just the latest in a huge collection …

Union Sues NFL Over Peterson Decision

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Minneapolis — The NFL Players Association has filed a federal lawsuit for Adrian Peterson, asking the court to dismiss an arbitrator’s decision to uphold the NFL’s punishment of the star running back. The petition was filed Monday in …

Nats, Harper Come to Terms on Two-Year Deal

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Washington — A person familiar with the agreement says Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals have come to terms on a $7.5 million, two-year contract, avoiding a grievance hearing. Harper gets a $2.5 million salary in 2015, and $5 million in 2016. The person spoke to The Associated …

Kings Fire Coach

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento Kings fired coach Michael Malone just 24 games into his second season over philosophical differences over the team’s style of play. General manager Pete D’Alessandro said Monday that he decided to make the …

Voynov Will Face Felony Charges

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Los Angeles — A judge says Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov should stand trial on a felony domestic violence charge. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Hector M. Guzman ruled there was enough evidence again Voynov to allow the case to proceed. Guzman issued his ruling Monday after …

Celts Extend 76ers’ Misery

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Philadelphia — Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens might talk to Kelly Olynyk about playing hard before every game. Olynyk scored a career-high 30 points after a pep talk from his coach, leading the Celtics to a 105-87 victory …

Hats, T-Shirts for Everybody

Monday, December 15, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Tom Brady was upset that his New England Patriots hardly looked like a division champion in the first half. So upset that the slow-footed quarterback made a rare scramble for a first down that sparked …

Packers Legend Thurston Dies; Won Six Titles

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Associated Press Green Bay, Wis. — Former Packers guard Fuzzy Thurston, a member of the great Green Bay teams of the 1960s, has died. He was 80. The team confirmed Sunday that Thurston died after several years of health issues. Born Fred Thurston, he was best known …