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Talib Cool About Return

Friday, October 31, 2014

Englewood, Colo. — Another year, another homecoming for a Patriot-turned-Bronco star. Last season, it was Wes Welker returning to Foxborough, and that one didn’t go very well. His punt return gaffe late in overtime led to Stephen Gostkowski’s 31-yard field goal that completed New England’s comeback from a 24-0 halftime deficit. Aqib Talib is hoping for a happier homecoming Sunday when the Denver Broncos (6-1) visit the Patriots (6-2). Talib …

Cubs Make Way For Maddon

Friday, October 31, 2014

Chicago — Right after Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with Tampa Bay, the Chicago Cubs were mentioned as a possible landing spot for one of baseball’s best managers. Flush with prospects and ready to make a splash in free agency, the Cubs already had a manager in Rick Renteria. But they just couldn’t resist the lure of Maddon’s sudden availability. Looking …

Sandoval Wants to Stay

Friday, October 31, 2014

San Francisco — Pablo Sandoval walked up the stairs as he brought up the rear of yet another Giants victory parade and immediately got stopped by home run king Barry Bonds. “Don’t walk by me,” Bonds ordered, pulling his fellow slugger into an embrace. Sandoval insists he wants to play the rest of …

Wild Rally Past Bruins

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Boston — Marco Scandella scored with 5:53 remaining as the Minnesota Wild rallied for three goals in the third period to beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Tuesday night. One night after allowing five goals in the third …

Royals Throttle Giants to Force Deciding Game

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — Lorenzo Cain looped a two-run single and Eric Hosmer chopped a two-run double over shortstop in a seven-run second inning as the Kansas City Royals battered the San Francisco Giants 10-0 Tuesday night to …

MLS Pulls Plug on Franchise

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Los Angeles — Chivas USA ceased operations on Monday after 10 troubled and unsuccessful years in Major League Soccer, with the league planning a new franchise for Los Angeles that will begin play in 2017 with new ownership and a new soccer-specific stadium. The league’s Board of Governors …

Spurs’ New Test: Cleveland

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

LeBron James returned to Cleveland, Kevin Love joined him and suddenly the Cavaliers had the makings of the latest superteam. The San Antonio Spurs are already one. No big changes were necessary for the Spurs, who simply kept …

Defense Failing Royals at Worst Possible Time

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Even in an era where every element of baseball can be reduced to analytics and metrics and purported predictability, the World Series, and this one in particular, retains its appeal. Because number-crunching really tells you nothing about the …

This Is No Quiz: Broncos Providing Patriots a Major Examination

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — A smiling Jonas Gray stood at the more prominent locker he got after being promoted from the New England Patriots’ practice squad. He showed he belongs by rushing for 86 yards in his second NFL game, a 51-23 rout of the Chicago Bears on Sunday. …

A Sour Stench Will Waft Out Of Philadelphia

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Las Vegas — Before the last NBA season, Jeff Sherman thought the Philadelphia 76ers would be so bad they wouldn’t win 17 games. The 76ers surprised early, beating the Miami Heat and winning a string of games. They returned to form after that, but still managed to eke …

Querrey a Winner in Paris

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Paris — American qualifier Sam Querrey reached the second round of the Paris Masters by beating 2012 runner-up Jerzy Janowicz 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4 Monday. Querrey had 17 aces to 12 for Janowicz, a 2013 Wimbledon semifinalist from Poland, and 46 winners to 32. France’s Richard Gasquet, Germany’s …

Jets’ GM: It’s All My Fault

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Florham Park, n.j. — John Idzik blames himself for the mess that has become the New York Jets’ season. No, the general manager isn’t happy with the job he has done. And, no, this isn’t what he envisioned …

Redskins Stun Dallas in OT

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Arlington, Texas — Colt McCoy directed Washington to Kai Forbath’s 40-yard field goal in overtime and Dallas was unable to answer after Tony Romo returned from an apparent injury, sending the Redskins to a 20-17 victory on Monday …