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This photo taken Nov. 29, 2010 shows NHL video reviewers working in the "war room" in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)

NHL Watchdogs Keeping An Eye on Player Safety

Friday, November 21, 2014

By Michael Russo Star Tribune New York — A decade or two ago, the standard line from NHL coaches and general managers after one of their players took a dirty hit was: “We’re sending the tape to the league.” They would pull a VHS tape out of the VCR and snail-mail it to league headquarters. When Damian Echevarrieta came to …

Gronk: ‘I Just Love Playing’

Friday, November 21, 2014

By Carlos Monarrez Detroit Free Press Rob Gronkowski was really close Wednesday. But he fell just short of achieving the same level of stonewalling mastery as Arian (“I’m just trying to the best teammate I can be”) Foster, Cam (“Donkey Kong Suh”) Newton or Robert (“We’re just focused on San Francisco”) Griffin III. …

Friday, November 21, 2014

NFL Standings AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div New England 8 2 0 .800 323 218 5-0-0 3-2-0 6-2-0 2-0-0 2-1-0 Miami 6 4 0 .600 249 180 3-2-0 3-2-0 5-2-0 1-2-0 2-1-0 Buffalo 5 5 0 .500 200 204 2-3-0 3-2-0 2-5-0 3-0-0 2-2-0 N.Y. Jets 2 8 0 .200 174 265 2-4-0 0-4-0 2-5-0 0-3-0 0-2-0 South W L T Pct PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div Indianapolis 6 4 0 .600 310 253 3-2-0 3-2-0 5-3-0 1-1-0 3-0-0 Houston 5 5 0 .500 229 204 2-2-0 3-3-0 4-2-0 1-3-0 1-1-0 Tennessee 2 8 0 .200 168 250 1-4-0 1-4-0 2-6-0 0-2-0 1-2-0 Jacksonville 1 9 0 .100 158 282 1-4-0 0-5-0 1-6-0 0-3-0 0-2-0 North W L T Pct PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div Cincinnati 6 3 1 .650 224 221 4-1-1 2-2-0 4-3-0 2-0-1 2-1-0 Pittsburgh 7 4 0 .636 288 263 4-1-0 3-3-0 6-3-0 1-1-0 2-2-0 Baltimore 6 4 0 .600 261 181 4-1-0 2-3-0 3-4-0 3-0-0 2-3-0 Cleveland 6 4 0 .600 216 195 4-2-0 2-2-0 4-4-0 2-0-0 2-2-0 West W L T Pct PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div Denver 7 3 0 .700 293 224 5-0-0 2-3-0 5-1-0 2-2-0 3-0-0 Kansas City 7 3 0 .700 241 171 4-1-0 3-2-0 5-2-0 2-1-0 1-1-0 San Diego 6 4 0 .600 218 192 4-1-0 2-3-0 5-3-0 1-1-0 2-2-0 Oakland 0 10 0 .000 152 265 0-5-0 0-5-0 0-8-0 0-2-0 0-3-0 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA Home Away NFC AFC Div Philadelphia 7 3 0 .700 299 251 5-0-0 2-3-0 4-3-0 3-0-0 2-0-0 Dallas 7 3 0 .700 261 212 3-3-0 4-0-0 4-3-0 3-0-0 1-1-0 N.Y. Giants 3 7 0 .300 205 263 2-3-0 1-4-0 2-6-0 1-1-0 1-2-0 Washington 3 7 0 .300 204 256 2-3-0 1-4-0 1-6-0 2-1-0 1-2-0 South W L T Pct PF PA Home Away NFC AFC Div Atlanta 4 6 0 .400 238 255 2-2-0 2-4-0 4-4-0 0-2-0 4-0-0 New Orleans 4 6 0 .400 261 252 3-2-0 1-4-0 4-4-0 0-2-0 2-1-0 Carolina 3 7 1 .318 215 300 2-4-0 1-3-1 3-5-0 0-2-1 1-2-0 Tampa Bay 2 8 0 .200 194 279 0-5-0 2-3-0 1-6-0 1-2-0 0-4-0 North W L T Pct PF PA Home Away NFC AFC Div Detroit 7 3 0 .700 188 156 4-1-0 3-2-0 5-2-0 2-1-0 2-0-0 Green Bay 7 3 0 .700 330 225 5-0-0 2-3-0 5-3-0 2-0-0 3-1-0 Chicago 4 6 0 .400 215 290 1-3-0 3-3-0 3-3-0 1-3-0 1-2-0 Minnesota 4 6 0 .400 181 220 2-2-0 2-4-0 4-4-0 0-2-0 0-3-0 West W L T Pct PF PA Home Away NFC AFC Div Arizona 9 1 0 .900 237 176 6-0-0 3-1-0 7-0-0 2-1-0 2-0-0 San Francisco 6 4 0 .600 211 212 2-2-0 4-2-0 5-3-0 1-1-0 1-2-0 Seattle 6 4 0 .600 260 215 4-1-0 2-3-0 4-2-0 2-2-0 0-1-0 St. …

Collins, NBA’s First Openly Gay Player, Retires

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New York — Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in one of the four major North American professional leagues, announced his retirement Wednesday after 13 years in the NBA. “It’s time, and I’m very much looking forward …

C’s Drop Hapless 76ers

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Philadelphia — Brandon Bass scored 23 points, Jared Sullinger added 22 and the Boston Celtics sent Philadelphia to its 11th straight loss to start the season with a 101-90 victory over the 76ers on Wednesday night. Rajon Rondo …

Talbot Blanks Flyers

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New York — Cam Talbot made 31 saves for his first win of the season and fourth career NHL shutout, and the New York Rangers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night. New York beat the Flyers for the …

Adrian Peterson Ban Conditional; Vikings Back Could Return Soon

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The NFL brought some clarity to Adrian Peterson’s playing status by announcing Tuesday morning it had suspended the standout running back for the Minnesota Vikings without pay for at least the remainder of the 2014 season. But the …

A One-Time Comic, Pats’ Gray No Joke

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Have you heard the one about the little-known running back who went from stand-up comic in college to sudden sensation for the AFC’s best team? Please welcome to the stage Jonas Gray. “Back in the day,” he said, “I called myself a funny guy.” Now …

U.S. Fate Changed With Flick of Caligiuri’s Foot

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Paul Caligiuri changed the direction of American soccer 25 years ago. The U.S. had failed to qualify for nine straight World Cups since 1950. The North American Soccer League had folded after the 1984 season, and the U.S. …

Champ Bailey Retires After 15 Years

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Englewood, Colo. — Champ Bailey said goodbye to the NFL on Tuesday after signing a ceremonial one-day contract with his beloved Denver Broncos. Bailey retired at age 36 with a cornerback-record dozen Pro Bowl selections, more interceptions (52) …

U.S. Ends With Thud

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dublin — The United States’ winless streak stretched to four games Tuesday night with a year-ending 4-1 loss to a second-string Ireland team. Ireland changed all 11 starters from Friday’s 1-0 loss at Scotland in European Championship qualifying …

Alabama New No. 1 in College Grid Playoff Rankings

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Alabama is the new No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings, and Mississippi State remains in the top four after losing to the Crimson Tide. Alabama jumped from fifth to first after handing previously undefeated and top-ranked Mississippi State its first loss on Saturday. Oregon was bumped …

Rask, Bruins Get Better of Blues

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Boston — The St. Louis Blues’ streak of six consecutive wins in Boston came to an end Tuesday with a 2-0 loss to the Bruins at TD Garden. Patrice Bergeron and Torey Krug scored for the Bruins, who …