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Soccer Players Sue Over Turf Issue

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

American soccer star Abby Wambach and a group of elite international players filed a lawsuit in Canada on Wednesday challenging plans to play the 2015 Women’s World Cup on artificial turf. Led by U.S. national team forward Wambach, the players filed the suit at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal in Toronto, attorney Hampton Dellinger told The Associated Press. The women claim that playing the sport’s premier tournament on fake grass …

Brady Blocks Out Critics

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Tom Brady tries not to get too high when things are going well or too low when they’re not. Good thing, considering how poorly the season has gone for him and the New England Patriots offense. The winner of two MVP awards in both the regular season and the Super …

Garoppolo Could Be Preview of Pats’ Future

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The dreadful performance by quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Monday night’s lopsided loss at Kansas City produced questions about the ability of Brady and his team to bounce back the way they’ve done so many times before during a long run of remarkably consistent success. But when coach Bill …

Awards Season Invites Debate

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

By Mike Fitzpatrick AP Sports Writer New York — When it comes to baseball’s MVP debate, sometimes the names change from year to year more than the arguments do. For instance, take a look at the top contenders …

Twins Fire Gardenhire

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Associated Press Minneapolis — The Minnesota Twins fired manager Ron Gardenhire on Monday, saying it was time for a new voice after his 13-season tenure concluded with at least 92 losses in each of the last four years. The move was made with one season left on …

Stewart Never Considered Retiring

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kannapolis, n.c. (ap) — Tony Stewart never considered retiring from racing following the death of Kevin Ward Jr. The three-time NASCAR champion talked with reporters Monday at his first news conference since a grand jury decided last week not to charge him in Ward’s death. The 20-year-old driver …

Trout, Strasburg Giving Baseball Playoffs an Exciting Look

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

By Ben Walker AP Baseball Writer So, is this the year of Buck Showalter, Bryce Harper and a Beltway Series? Or perhaps Albert Pujols, Yasiel Puig and a Freeway Series? Maybe a Bay Area matchup or something from the Show Me State. Plenty of World Series possibilities this …

Taking Stock

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

By Jimmy Golen AP Sports Writer Boston — To Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, it hardly seems possible that just 11 months ago his team was celebrating the World Series championship on the field at Fenway Park. Since then, the ballclub has plummeted to the bottom of …

Chiefs Dismantle Patriots

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

By Dave Skretta AP Sports Writer Kansas City, Mo. — Jamaal Charles proved he is back to full speed for the Kansas City Chiefs. Tom Brady is still stuck in neutral for the New England Patriots. Charles returned from an injury to score three touchdowns Monday night, Brady …

Tigers Wrap Up AL Central Title

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Associated Press Detroit — David Price pitched Detroit to its fourth straight AL Central title with the type of performance the Tigers acquired him for, taking a shutout into the eighth inning of a 3-0 victory over …

Cardinals Take Title

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Associated Press Cincinnati — The Pirates couldn’t stop Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto, who drove in the go-ahead run and got his 20th victory on Sunday, a 4-1 win that gave the NL Central title to the St. Louis Cardinals and forced Pittsburgh to settle for a wild card. …

Zimmermann Throws a Nats No-No

Monday, September 29, 2014

By Howard Fendrich AP Sports Writer Washington — Jordan Zimmermann pitched the first no-hitter for the Washington Nationals, the gem preserved when defensive replacement Steven Souza Jr. made a diving catch in left field for the final out …

Patriots Prep For KC

Monday, September 29, 2014

By Matthew Carroll Associated Press Foxborough, Mass. — Vince Wilfork has played only two career games in Kansas City. That’s more than enough for New England’s All-Pro nose tackle to know exactly how loud Arrowhead Stadium will get on Monday night. “They’re probably one of the loudest, between …