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FILE - In this May 21, 2013, file photo, Adam Silver speaks during a news conference before the NBA basketball draft lottery in New York. The NBA has suspended Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor for 24 games without pay after he pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property. "This suspension is necessary to protect the interests of the NBA and the public's confidence in it," NBA Commissioner Silver said in a release Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

Slow Pace of Acceptance

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

New York (ap) — Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star Robbie Rogers wants some company, now that he’s the last man standing as an openly gay athlete in a U.S. professional league. Jason Collins recently retired from the NBA, and Michael Sam is without an NFL team. That leaves Rogers, the first openly gay player in Major League Soccer, hoping for …

Giants Set to Meet With Free Agent Lester

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

San Francisco — The Giants are turning their attention to Jon Lester following Pablo Sandoval’s departure. The free agent pitcher has plans to meet with the World Series champions next week, a person with knowledge of the meeting said Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no authorization to publicly disclose the meeting. San Francisco has need for a …

Commentary: The NFC South Is Historically Awful

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The NFC South is NFL parity taken to its logical extreme. The league’s structure (salary cap and free agency) means that every year several mediocre teams aspire to be pretty good. It was inevitable, then, that eventually a division would consist entirely of bad teams aspiring to be mediocre. The Saints lost to …

Celtics Latest Bump in Blazers’ Streak

Monday, November 24, 2014

Boston — LaMarcus Aldridge likes the attitude the Portland Trail Blazers have during this winning streak. Aldridge had 20 points and 14 rebounds, reserve Chris Kaman scored 16 points and the Trail Blazers extended their streak to seven …

Gasol Double-Double Puts Grizzlies Past Clips

Monday, November 24, 2014

Memphis, Tenn. — Marc Gasol had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 107-91 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night. Gasol was 13-of-18 from the field as six Grizzlies reached double figures. Courtney Lee added 13 points for Memphis, which …

Rangers Put Brakes on Canadiens

Monday, November 24, 2014

New York — Henrik Lundqvist stopped 21 shots for his fourth shutout, Martin St. Louis had a goal and assist, and the suddenly stingy New York Rangers routed the NHL-leading Montreal Canadiens 5-0 on Sunday night. Lundqvist, who …

Something’s Gotta Give

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — It’s no surprise that the New England Patriots lead the NFL in scoring. In the past four seasons, they’ve done that twice and finished third twice. But the Detroit Lions allowing the fewest points? Now there’s a surprise. In the past seven seasons, they gave …

Manning, Broncos suddenly looking vulnerable

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Miami (6-4) at Denver (7-3) The Broncos suddenly are looking fragile. They need to end their November swoon quickly or even could face the possibility of not playing in January. Peyton Manning and the defending AFC champions played their two worst games in the past three weeks, falling …

Swiss Grab 2-1 Lead at Davis Cup Finals

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Associated Press Lille, France — Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka defeated Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 to give Switzerland a 2-1 lead over France in the Davis Cup final on Saturday. Federer and Wawrinka did not concede a single break and dominated the key …

Montreal Masters B’s

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Boston — Carey Price made 33 saves, Tomas Plekanec had a goal and an assist, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins 2-0 on Saturday night. Andrei Markov added his 100th career goal for the Canadiens, who …

No. 13 No Luckier for Philadelphia Than the First 12

Sunday, November 23, 2014

New York — Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, Amare Stoudemire added 16 points and 11 rebounds, and the New York Knicks dropped the Philadelphia 76ers to 0-13 with a 91-83 victory on Saturday night. Jose Calderon made his …

Pacquiao in Need of Signature Win against Algieri

Friday, November 21, 2014

Macau — Boxing is a hurt business, as Manny Pacquiao found out when he ended up face down on the canvas after being knocked out just three fights ago by Juan Manuel Marquez. It’s also a risky business, …

Done in Pittsburgh, Blount Rejoins Pats

Friday, November 21, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — There was no name over his locker stall, and he had yet to officially secure the number he’ll wear on Sunday. Still, it was clear LeGarrette Blount was happy to be back with the New …