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U.S. Women’s Hoop Upset By France, 76-72

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Associated Press Paris — Sandrine Gruda had 26 points and 15 rebounds to help France stun the U.S. women’s national team 76-72 in an exhibition game on Sunday. It’s the first loss by the Americans in an international game since falling to a team from the Czech Republic in 2011 when the U.S. was on a European tour. The Americans, who beat the French by 36 points in the …

Strasburg Leads Nats To Sweep

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Associated Press Miami — Stephen Strasburg pitched seven strong innings to help lead the NL-leading Washington Nationals to a 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Sunday, completing a four-game sweep. Nate Schierholtz and Anthony Rendon drove in runs for the Nationals (91-64), who have won eight of nine and lead the Los Angeles Dodgers (88-67) for the best record in the …

Small Victories For Yankees

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Associated Press New York — Masahiro Tanaka made a triumphant return from an elbow injury that sidelined him for 2 1/2 months and a rejuvenated Derek Jeter got yet another big hit on his final homestand, leading the New York Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Sunday. With fans in the …

Tigers Boost Central Edge

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers won their appeal on a wild play, and Joe Nathan escaped a ninth-inning jam to hold off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Saturday and boost their AL Central …

Hamstring Injury May End Ellsbury’s Year

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New York — Jacoby Ellsbury is out of the New York Yankees lineup a day after straining his right hamstring, and the team’s most consistent player this year may be done for the season. “I am still going to do everything I can to be back as soon …

Pats Big Favorites Despite Slow Start

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — The New England Patriots have been mediocre in splitting their first two games. Yet they’re two-touchdown favorites on Sunday. No surprise, considering they’re facing the Oakland Raiders. The visitors for the Patriots’ home opener have lost 14 straight games in the Eastern time zone. They …

Those 0-2 teams better get started now

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Minnesota (1-1) at New Orleans (0-2) With Adrian Peterson inactive and the Vikings ranking last in passing offense, the Saints can have some confidence they will get off the schneid. But they need to show their defense can make plays down the stretch; it also ranks last against …

Giants’ LB Aches Create Openings

Saturday, September 20, 2014

East Rutherford, n.j. — The potential absence of veteran Jon Beason and rookie Devon Kennard from the New York Giants’ linebacking corps Sunday represents not just an opportunity for Spencer Paysinger and Mark Herzlich, but also uncertain prospects against a run-heavy Houston Texans squad. Beason, a dominant force …

NFL’s Female Fans Staying Faithful, if Reluctantly

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Chicago — Mary Jo Kane, a lifelong Chicago Bears fan and college professor, settles in to watch a football game and finds herself taking a tally of the players — one she’d rather not do, but can’t help. …

Goodell: Errors Made, No Resignation Coming

Saturday, September 20, 2014

New York — More defiant than contrite, Roger Goodell announced no sweeping changes in his first public statements in more than a week of turmoil surrounding the NFL’s handling of players accused of crimes. The commissioner was definitive …

Watch, Rinse, Repeat

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Loudon, n.h. — NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers yesterday could have voted on who should be considered the favorite for Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The result would have been unanimous. “Somehow, my car has disappeared,” …

Ex-NBAer Chapman Arrested

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Former NBA guard Rex Chapman has been arrested for allegedly shoplifting $14,000 worth of merchandise from an Apple store in Scottsdale and then selling the items at a pawn shop. Police took the 46-year-old Chapman …

Yankees 5, Blue Jays 3

Saturday, September 20, 2014

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