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Keegan Bradley hits off the tenth tee during the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

In Brief: Bradley 2 Shots Back at TPC Boston

Friday, August 29, 2014

Norton, Mass. — Ryan Palmer has felt all year that something special was going to happen. For now, he’ll take his lowest round of the season. Palmer took only 21 putts and made birdie on half of his holes Friday on the TPC Boston, giving him an 8-under 63 and a two-shot lead over Woodstock native Keegan Bradley after the …

New Pats TE Could See Plenty of Action

Friday, August 29, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — The newest New England Patriots player seems to be fitting right in. Tight end Tim Wright caught four passes for 43 yards in the Patriots’ exhibition finale on Thursday night, about 48 hours after he was traded to New England from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Patriots gave up offensive captain and six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins for Wright, …

49ers Linebacker Suspended 9 Games

Friday, August 29, 2014

Santa Clara, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for nine games by the NFL after a series of off-field legal issues. A statement Friday from the league said Smith had violated the NFL’s substance abuse and personal conduct policies. Smith won’t be eligible to return until Nov. 10, the day after the 49ers’ game against the New Orleans …

S. Williams Overcomes Early Double-Faults

Thursday, August 28, 2014

New York — Good as she is, even Serena Williams can find it tough to deal with swirling wind, so much so that she double-faulted three times in her first service game Thursday at the U.S. Open. And, yes, even a 17-time major champion such as Williams can …

Packers Roll Past Chiefs in Backup Quarterback Showdown

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Green Bay, Wis. — Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien each threw for two touchdowns in their competition to back up starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas Chiefs 34-14 in a preseason finale …

Giants Take a Gift Victory

Thursday, August 28, 2014

East Rutherford, n.j. — No one wanted overtime in the preseason finale. Josh Brown kicked a 37-yard field goal with 38 seconds to play and the New York Giants capped their first undefeated preseason since 2006 with a …

In Brief: Clippers, Rivers Reach New Deal

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Los Angeles — Doc Rivers is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers for another five years. In Steve Ballmer’s first big move since taking over as the new owner, he gave Rivers a contract extension through the 2018-19 season. Ballmer said Wednesday it was one of his top …

Long Preseason Comes to an End

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

East Rutherford, n.j. — In any other year, Tom Coughlin wouldn’t be happy playing an extended preseason schedule. A four-game schedule might be considered too long, and playing in the Hall of Fame contest at the start of the month stretched it to five games. The campaign will …

Browns Star Suspended For Season

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cleveland — Josh Gordon’s wait is over, so is his 2014 season. The star wide receiver’s career is now in peril. The Cleveland Browns learned Wednesday that Gordon’s indefinite suspension by the NFL has been upheld and he …

Royals Manager: Come to Our Games

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — Royals manager Ned Yost pleaded with fans on Wednesday to show up for their remaining home games, one night after Alex Gordon’s walk-off homer gave Kansas City a dramatic win over Minnesota that was seen by just 13,847 at Kauffman Stadium. Yost briefly mentioned …

Sharapova Comes Through in Three Sets

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New York — A year ago at this time, Maria Sharapova was sitting out the U.S. Open, getting checked by doctors and having tests on the surgically repaired right shoulder that has troubled her off and on. On …

Locke, Pirates Rule Cards

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pittsburgh — Ike Davis hit a two-run homer off a speaker above the seats in right-center field, New Hampshire native Jeff Locke outpitched Adam Wainwright and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Wednesday. Pittsburgh took …

Jays Come Through in a Pinch to Take Finale

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Toronto — Pinch-hitter Danny Valencia had a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning, leading the Toronto Blue Jays over the Boston Red Sox 5-2 Wednesday night. Jose Bautista homered for the second straight night, a two-run drive …