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I’ll Be There: Gronk

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Star tight end Rob Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker Monday and announced he will be playing in the New England Patriots’ opener at Miami this Sunday. Meanwhile, the news hardly caught the Dolphins by surprise. “I’m super excited,” said Gronkowski, who didn’t play in any of the four preseason games as he completed his recovery from December right knee surgery. “I won’t have …

Stewart’s Chase Status Matters Not at All

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Charlotte, n.c. — Tony Stewart has one final shot to make the Chase, and it’s not a very good one: He must win Saturday night at Richmond, where he last visited Victory Lane in 2002. He sat out three races after his sprint car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. at a New …

Phils’ No-No a Labor of Labor

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Atlanta — On Labor Day, Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia bullpen spread the workload on a no-hitter. Hamels and three Phillies relievers combined on the season’s fourth no-hitter, blanking the Atlanta Braves 7-0 Monday and giving a last-place team a rare reason to celebrate. It was all the more unusual in that Hamels …

Stewart’s Chase Eligibility Brings Slippery Precedent

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hampton, Ga. — Not everyone is cheering the triumphant return of Tony Stewart. As 43 stock cars mix it up at Atlanta Motor Speedway tonight, it is important to consider the dynamics of allowing Stewart to be eligible to qualify for the Chase. NASCAR has given Stewart an …

Bradley Still in Contention at TPC Boston

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Norton, Mass. — With an orange ribbon on his hat and nine birdies on his card, Matt Kuchar pulled within a shot of the lead Saturday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Not that he needed a reminder, but a message posted on the scoring table spoke to the …

Last U.S. Man Goes Down

Sunday, August 31, 2014

New York — Once again, John Isner’s trip to Flushing Meadows ended in the third round. Once again, it happened with a loss to Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber at that stage. And once again, there are zero American men …

White Sox, Tigers Split Twin Bill

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Chicago —Kyle Ryan pitched six scoreless innings in his major league debut, and the Detroit Tigers salvaged a split of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox with a potentially costly 8-4 victory. Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera pulled up lame while running out a grounder in the fourth …

Sox Muster One Hit

Sunday, August 31, 2014

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Jake Odorizzi and two pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 7-0 on Saturday night. Coming off a start Monday night in which he gave up …

In Brief: Bradley 2 Shots Back at TPC Boston

Friday, August 29, 2014

Norton, Mass. — Ryan Palmer has felt all year that something special was going to happen. For now, he’ll take his lowest round of the season. Palmer took only 21 putts and made birdie on half of his …

New Pats TE Could See Plenty of Action

Friday, August 29, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — The newest New England Patriots player seems to be fitting right in. Tight end Tim Wright caught four passes for 43 yards in the Patriots’ exhibition finale on Thursday night, about 48 hours after he was traded to New England from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. …

49ers Linebacker Suspended 9 Games

Friday, August 29, 2014

Santa Clara, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for nine games by the NFL after a series of off-field legal issues. A statement Friday from the league said Smith had violated the NFL’s substance abuse and personal conduct policies. Smith won’t be eligible …

Harvick Takes Pole

Friday, August 29, 2014

Hampton, Ga. — Kevin Harvick took yet another pole, this time with a big assist from Tony Stewart in the team owner’s return to the track. Harvick, in his first season with Stewart-Haas Racing, turned a fast lap of 190.398 mph Friday night to win the pole for …

U.S. Prepares for Hostile Audience

Friday, August 29, 2014

Bilbao, Spain — They are the biggest thing in Bilbao, backed by 8,000 fans — not to mention some Angry Birds — whose free-spending boosters are such believers they’ve already started lining up transportation to the second round. And if looking good in the stands meant as much …