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In Brief: Pats’ Sacks Leader Jones Out

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Defensive end Chandler Jones, who leads New England with 4 1/2 sacks, will not play this weekend against the Chicago Bears. The Patriots listed Jones as out for Sunday’s game with a hip injury. He is expected to be sidelined for about a month. Jones, a third-year pro from Syracuse, had six sacks in 14 games as a rookie and 11 1/2 sacks while starting all 16 …

Maddon Leaves Rays

Saturday, October 25, 2014

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Joe Maddon’s highly successful run as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays is over. After discussions on a new deal bogged down with the Rays, Maddon is now free to listen to offers from any club — a prospect the manager apparently found too difficult to resist. Tampa Bay …

B’s Chara Out 4-6 Weeks With Bad Knee

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Boston — The Boston Bruins will spend the next four to six weeks trying to fill the hole left by an injury to the tallest player in NHL history. Defenseman Zdeno Chara tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, but will not need surgery, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said. The team called up two minor-league defensemen on Friday to replace …

Cowboys Release Michael Sam From Practice Squad

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Irving, Texas — Michael Sam will have to wait for a third team to give the NFL’s first openly gay player a chance to appear in a regular-season game. The Dallas Cowboys released Sam from the practice squad Tuesday, dropping the rush end as they prepare for several …

Pistorius Sentenced to 5 Years for Killing

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pretoria, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, completing a transformation from an acclaimed sprinter at the 2012 Olympics to a convicted criminal led away in a …

Patriots Get Back To Work

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — A three-day break gave the New England Patriots time to savor three straight wins. Now they can focus on fixing the problems the winning streak couldn’t hide. A suspect run defense. A mediocre offensive line. Replacing injured players. The Patriots returned to practice Tuesday hoping …

Rondo Key to Celtics’ Fortunes in 2014-15

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Boston — The Boston Celtics didn’t get the franchise player they need from the draft. Now general manager Danny Ainge must decide whether to buy another ticket for the NBA lottery or put together a package of picks …

B’s Hold O ff Sharks

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Boston — Gregory Campbell scored the game winner with less than 10 minutes remaining and the Boston Bruins had to fend off a late four-minute power play to earn a wild 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks …

Giants Prove to Be a Royal Pain

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — James Shields screamed into his glove and then tore the black leather off his left hand, the act of a man who wished baseball came equipped with either a rewind button or a hole …

Time to Shake The Rust: After Lengthy Break, K.C., S.F. Start World Series

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — Alex Gordon took a big rip at a batting-practice fastball, fouled it off badly into the cage and ducked when the carom nearly hit him in the head. Gordon let out a huge laugh, …

Whatever It Is, Giants’ Plan Works

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

San Francisco — The Kansas City Royals might have skipped the World Series for three decades, but they have an identity now. Ladies and gentlemen, the Royals Way: a lockdown bullpen, suffocating defense and speed to kill. The …

U.S. Closing on World Cup Berth

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Washington — The U.S. women’s soccer team completed Part I of its trip to the 2015 World Cup by doing the expected, dominating play Monday night in a 6-0 win over Haiti to finish unbeaten — and unscored …

Many Marks Still In Manning’s Aim

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Denver — Next up for Peyton Manning: the NFL passing yardage record. It’s one of the few glamorous passing records Manning doesn’t own, now that he has broken Brett Favre’s mark for touchdown throws. Manning needs about 5,000 more yards to surpass Favre in that category, and is …