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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 potential reinforcements to return to the defensive line. Sam spent seven weeks with the Cowboys after joining their practice squad Sept. 3, …

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 police van with barred windows. Wearing a dark suit, the double-amputee athlete was subdued when …

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 to solve all that — and soon. After a home game against the Chicago Bears …

Fishing Rod Creates Lifelong Bond

Sunday, October 19, 2014

By Collins Doughtie The Island Packet When I sat down this morning to write this column, it took me quite a while to type the first sentence. Car lag surely affected my ability to write. My wife, Karen, and I made the nine-hour drive back from Virginia where …

Any Hope for NFL’s Bottom-Feeders?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

For all the excitement over the rise of the Cowboys, improvement of the Browns and impressive performances by the Chargers, the NFL also is weighed down by some very weak teams. Sure, the Raiders and Jaguars weren’t expected …

Giants Visit Hot Cowboys

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Arlington, Texas — Tony Romo was in his first full season as a starter when the Dallas Cowboys last strung together enough wins to have one of the NFL’s best records. The franchise didn’t exist the only other time a running back started a season the way DeMarco …

Desperation Time for Earnhardt, Others at Talladega

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Talladega, Ala. — This magical season for Dale Earnhardt Jr. comes down to one race to save his championship hopes. NASCAR’s most popular driver must win today at Talladega Superspeedway to continue his quest for his first career …

A City Reborn

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — An unprecedented playoff run has Kansas City baseball fans declaring it’s time to party like it’s 1985, the year the Royals beat the St. Louis Cardinals for their only World Series title. Given what was happening in Kansas City 29 years ago, would they …

Bochy Playing Down Notoriety for His Efforts

Sunday, October 19, 2014

San Francisco — He vowed to stick with his struggling leadoff man, and it worked. He let a rookie reliever challenge Bryce Harper and wasn’t daunted when the ball splashed into McCovey Cove. And he made the difficult …

U.S. Striker Morgan Out 4-6 Weeks

Sunday, October 19, 2014

United States women’s soccer star Alex Morgan will be sidelined for four to six weeks because of a left ankle sprain and will miss the remainder of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Morgan reinjured her left ankle in a group-stage victory over Guatemala on Friday night, just four months …

B’s Savor Swede Taste of Success

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Buffalo, n.y. — The Boston Bruins bounced back from their worst defensive performance of the season with their first shutout victory. Niklas Svedberg made 32 saves in his first NHL shutout, and the Bruins beat the Buffalo Sabres …

Patriots Ready for a Well-Deserved Break

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Julian Edelman may spend Sunday afternoon nibbling appetizers and watching NFL games. Chris Jones plans to see some college football today. After a busy 12 days in which they won three games, the New England …

B’s Lucic Fined for Gesture

Saturday, October 18, 2014

New York — The NHL fined Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic $5,000 for making an obscene gesture at the fans in Montreal. Lucic taunted the crowd and then mimicked raising the Stanley Cup while entering the penalty box in Boston’s 6-4 loss to the Canadiens. He did not …