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Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, right, cannot reach a pass as New England Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan defends during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Minneapolis. The Patriots won 30-7. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Patriots’ Pieces in Place: New England Rebounds, Routs Vikes

Monday, September 15, 2014

Minneapolis — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots took advantage of Adrian Peterson’s absence. Matt Cassel’s four interceptions, too. Chandler Jones returned a field goal he blocked for a touchdown right before halftime, and Brady and the Patriots cruised from there for a 30-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday to give coach Bill Belichick his 200th career …

NFL’s All Shock And No Awe

Monday, September 15, 2014

I miss reading about athletes taking steroids. I miss reading about athletes smoking marijuana. I miss minor vices decorating the sports page like parsley on steak. The past week in sports has made me want to dive headfirst from a tall building into a small bottle of hand sanitizer. While anyone possessing a thimbleful of sense knew that Ray Rice injured his fiancée …

Sox Are Royal Pains Again

Monday, September 15, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — Boston slugger David Ortiz left the ballpark early due to what Red Sox manager John Farrell called a family emergency. “He got called away from this game,” Farrell said. “There was a family emergency that he had to attend to and he jumped on a flight late this afternoon. …

NFL Says 3 in 10 Face Alzheimer’s, Dementia

Friday, September 12, 2014

Philadelphia — The NFL estimates that nearly three in 10 former players will develop debilitating brain conditions, and that they will be stricken earlier and at least twice as often as the general population. The disclosure Friday comes in separate actuarial data the league and players’ lawyers released …

O’s Star Banned 25 Games

Friday, September 12, 2014

Baltimore — Orioles slugger Chris Davis was suspended 25 games without pay on Friday following a positive test for an amphetamine, a punishment that will extend into the postseason and perhaps 2015. Baltimore started Friday leading the AL …

Kyle Busch Earns Rain-Aided Chicago Pole

Friday, September 12, 2014

Joliet, Ill. — As the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup is set to kick off this weekend, Kyle Busch said he was anxious for circumstances to begin to “go the right way” for he and his No. …

Horschel Ahead By 2 in Playoff Finale

Friday, September 12, 2014

Atlanta — Billy Horschel showed why he might be the hottest player in golf at the moment with another 4-under 66 on Friday in the Tour Championship. It was his 10th straight round in the 60s. He already has a victory and a runner-up finish in the FedEx …

Phoenix Earns Sweep for Third WNBA Title

Friday, September 12, 2014

Chicago — Diana Taurasi and Candice Dupree scored 24 points each and the Phoenix Mercury, playing without star center Brittney Griner, beat the Chicago Sky 87-82 Friday night to complete a three-game sweep of the WNBA Finals for their third championship. DeWanna Bonner added 12 points for the …

Flawed, and Flawless

Friday, September 12, 2014

Las Vegas — Everyone’s waiting on Floyd Mayweather. The prodigal pugilist is not often punctual, typically arriving at the gym for his daily workout at some point between 3 and 4 p.m. — “You just never know,” one …

Pistorius Avoids Murder Conviction

Friday, September 12, 2014

Pretoria, South Africa — During his trial, Oscar Pistorius sometimes retched and sobbed. The double-amputee Olympian sobbed again on Thursday, this time in apparent relief as a judge said the evidence did not support a murder conviction for …

Commentary: Time’s Come for Goodell to Step Down

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hour by hour, Roger Goodell’s mission to preserve the game’s integrity is failing, and any further discussion of his inability to properly deal with the NFL’s domestic violence problem has to begin and end with the commissioner’s necessary …

Selig: Domestic Violence Policy Has Been Discussed

Friday, September 12, 2014

San Francisco — Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday that the league and players union have previously discussed the idea of a blanket policy regarding domestic violence during collective bargaining, yet so far baseball has opted to handle any issue on a case-by-case basis. “Yes, it …