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In Brief: Ex-Big Green Catcher Traded to Braves Organization

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Atlanta — The Braves pulled off another trade in their busy offseason Friday, dealing right-handed pitchers David Hale and Gus Schlosser to the Colorado Rockies for minor league catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O’Dowd, a former Dartmouth College player. Hale pitched 45 games for the Braves last season, going 4-5 with a 3.30 ERA, and had been expected to compete for a spot in the starting rotation. O’Dowd split the …

Special Teams Could Be Factor

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Phoenix — While Russell Wilson was throwing interceptions in the NFC championship game, punter Jon Ryan kick-started Seattle’s rally with his arm. Could the Seahawks try another fake field goal against New England in the Super Bowl? “This overall arching thought that once a trick play has happened that you can’t do another one, I don’t think that’s the way it is,” Seahawks …

Commentary: Tone-Deaf Goodell Hasn’t Changed

Friday, January 30, 2015

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell behaves like a man who believes, with the wave of his hand and the sound of his dismissive voice, he can create his own convenient reality. He acts like he expects everyone else will see what he wants them to see, even in the face of immediate evidence to …

Rask, Bruins Stop Islanders

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Uniondale, n.y. — Kevan Miller scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, Tuukka Rask stopped 43 shots, and the Boston Bruins beat the New York Islanders 5-2 Thursday night. Reilly Smith, Patrice Bergeron, Torey Krug and …

Sharapova Reaches Final

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Melbourne, Australia — Maria Sharapova reached the Australian Open final for the fourth time, beating fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-2 in a lopsided semifinal on Thursday. The second-ranked Sharapova needed 10 minutes to hold in her opening service game, fending off two break points. She responded to …

In Brief: Slumping U.S. Fades in Loss to Chile

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mark Gonzalez scored in the 66th and 75 minutes, rallying Chile to a 3-2 exhibition win over the United States on Wednesday night that sent the Americans to their first five-game winless streak since 2007. The 27th-ranked Americans led 2-1 at halftime on goals by Brek Shea in …

Spotlight Still Shines on Seattle’s Enigmatic Lynch

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Phoenix — Seattle Seahawks tailback Marshawn Lynch didn’t have to say much to be the talk of Super Bowl media day Tuesday. Lynch spent approximately five minutes in front of media members, answered each question by saying he …

Surprise! Unknown Players Often Shine

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Phoenix — Almost all football fans know Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski. The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks wouldn’t be playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday if it weren’t for …

Wolves Stop C’s, Losing Skid

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Minneapolis — Kevin Martin scored 21 points in his first game in more than two months and Gorgui Dieng added 16 points and 14 rebounds to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 110-98 victory over the Boston Celtics …

Amid a Lot of Hot Air, Nothing Said: Another Media Day, Little Hard News

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Phoenix — With a bank of cameras focused on him, Bill Belichick sauntered to his seat as Media Day began Tuesday at US Airways Arena. Dressed in a blue hooded sweatshirt, jeans and flip flops, Belichick smiled as …

NFL Dragging Feet on Flat Ball ‘Controversy’

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The longer the so-called “DeflateGate” hullabaloo reigns as the dominant Super Bowl topic, the more blame the NFL deserves and the more the league’s motivations should be questioned. The NFL, with a glacial investigation and dearth of public comment, has shown no signs it wants the story to …

Goalie Legend Brodeur to Retire

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Martin Brodeur, the Hall of Fame-bound goaltender who played seven games with the St. Louis Blues after 21 seasons with the New Jersey Devils, will announce his retirement Thursday. The club confirmed the news Tuesday, also acknowledging that …

Healthy Gronkowski Is ‘Ready to Roll’

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Phoenix — Rob Gronkowski’s ankle is fine. So are his forearm and knee. He’s way past those injuries that ruined his last three postseasons. You can’t even hurt his feelings. So when Seattle nickel back Jeremy Lane says, …