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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski runs with the ball after catching a pass during an NFL football training camp in Foxborough, Mass., Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo)

Gronkowski Excited, Cautious About Return

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Rob Gronkowski ran short routes, caught passes and jogged back to the line of scrimmage. He didn’t cut sharply, run hard at defensive backs or participate in 11-on-11 drills. The oft-injured tight end for the New England Patriots is practicing at training camp but not ready for full activity as he continues his recovery from knee surgery. …

Montoya Back at Indy, Intent on Getting Win

Monday, July 28, 2014

Indianapolis — Juan Pablo Montoya is back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — one night only, an encore of sorts, in a guest-starring role for Team Penske. The Colombian is entered in the Brickyard 400 for the explicit purpose of winning at Indy in NASCAR and giving team owner Roger Penske one of the …

FIFA Rejects 2018 Cup Move

Monday, July 28, 2014

Geneva — FIFA rejected calls to move the 2018 World Cup from Russia, saying the tournament “can achieve positive change.” Some lawmakers in Germany want the hosting rights reviewed because of Russia’s alleged involvement in shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last week. Political pressure on Russia increased Friday when the European Union sought to freeze assets and restrict travel for …

Furyk Closes on Canadian Title

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Montreal — Jim Furyk moved into position for his third Canadian Open victory, shooting a 5-under 65 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead at Royal Montreal. The 44-year-old Furyk, the 2006 winner at Hamilton and 2007 champion at Angus Glen, had a 15-under 195 total after opening …

Thomas: Cheaters Have No Place in Cooperstown

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cooperstown, n.y. — The Hall of Fame Class of 2014 includes three players who did things the right way and never had to apologize. While Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine are celebrated today in Cooperstown, many of their peers from the Steroid Era will be watching …

Harvick Charges to Indianapolis Pole

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Indianapolis — The season-long rivalry between Hendrick Motorsports and Team Penske heads into the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Kevin Harvick will try to crash their party. Harvick, Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski swept the top …

Love Steps Back From Team USA

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Kevin Love has told Team USA he will not be able to play for it this summer because of his current unsettled situation with the Minnesota Timberwolves. USA Basketball’s Jerry Colangelo announced it on Saturday morning, two days before the national team is set to begin workouts in …

Smith Seeks A Start

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — After missing last season with a knee injury, Will Smith is thrilled to be back on the field. Now, the 33-year-old defensive end has a job to win. “It feels good,” Smith said Saturday, after the first training camp day in full pads. “It’s been …

Injuries Hit Squads Hard

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Spartanburg, s.c. — Carolina Panthers rookie running back Tyler Gaffney will have season-ending surgery after tearing the lateral meniscus in his left knee. Gaffney was Carolina’s sixth-round draft pick out of Stanford and was expected to provide some depth in the backfield. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Saturday …

Red Sox Flounder Again

Sunday, July 27, 2014

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Ben Zobrist homered, Matt Joyce and Kevin Kiermaier each had an RBI single, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the skidding Boston Red Sox 3-0 Saturday night for their ninth consecutive victory. The stretch …

An Advanced Management Class: Miami Wins It in 9th Inning To Earn a Rare Series Victory

Friday, July 25, 2014

By Thomas Stinson The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Considering only 21 managers have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s out of a pool of more than 700, considering that almost half of them were deceased at the …

Cornering Market On Big Corners

Friday, July 25, 2014

By Randy Covitz The Kansas City Star When he was the Chiefs’ head coach, Marty Schottenheimer was fond of saying a team can never have enough good cornerbacks. Nowadays, an NFL team can’t have enough big cornerbacks. With colleges churning out bigger and stronger targets, and NFL teams …

Looking At Red Lights

Friday, July 25, 2014

By Jim Utter The Charlotte Observer In the not-so-shocking news department, NASCAR Chairman Brian France confirmed on Monday what has become apparent in recent weeks — next season’s Sprint Cup Series schedule will not look all that different from this year’s. The bulk of the schedule — outside …