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Brady Focused on More Than Manning

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Fans get another chance to gauge the relative greatness of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning when the quarterbacks meet for the 16th time. Brady will be analyzing something more important. The New England Patriots star will have his eyes on an improved Denver Broncos defense that could test his limited skills at escaping the pass rush on Sunday. The Broncos (6-1) are the only team with two …

Georgia Star Suspended Four Games by NCAA

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Athens, Ga. — Georgia was hoping to get Todd Gurley back on the field. Looks like the No. 9 Bulldogs will have to wait two more games. The NCAA announced Wednesday that Gurley, once a leading Heisman Trophy contender, must sit out until Nov. 15 for accepting more than $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over a two-year period. Gurley already missed …

Report: Cubs to Hire Maddon

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Chicago — The offseason free agent period begins Thursday, and the Cubs appear on the verge of finalizing the first of what they hope are several impact acquisitions. The hiring of two-time American League manager of the year Joe Maddon seems imminent, according to a source familiar with the developments since Maddon opted …

Prospect’s Death Stuns Cards

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mike Matheny needed some time to figure out what to say. Like the rest of the St. Louis Cardinals, the manager was leveled by the sudden death of Oscar Taveras. The Cardinals are grieving the loss of an active player for the third time in 12 years after …

Royals Want to Light Up Giants, Deer

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — A 2-foot-tall image of deer in multicolored neon with a bulls-eye on its tail is affixed to a wall in the Kansas City Royals locker room. It hangs between the stalls of Aaron Crow …

Job Situation No Matter to Cubs’ Boss

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Chicago — Cubs manager Rick Renteria says he’s focusing on his job and not the possibility that he might be replaced by former Tampa Bay skipper Joe Maddon. Renteria acknowledged in a statement released through his agent on Monday that he’s aware of speculation about his job. Renteria …

For K.C., a Real Bummer: Giants a Win From World Series Title

Monday, October 27, 2014

San Francisco — With every pitch, Madison Bumgarner etched his place among the World Series greats. The long, tall lefty kept slinging away and put the San Francisco Giants just one win from yet another championship, throwing a …

Barely There Bears: Brady, Patriots Trash Chicago

Monday, October 27, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Nearly every time Tom Brady dropped back, he hit his target. In one of the best performances of his brilliant career, the New England Patriots quarterback threw five touchdown passes and completed 30 of 35 …

Wambach, U.S. Claim Crown

Monday, October 27, 2014

Chester, Pa. — Abby Wambach scored four goals and the World Cup-bound United States defeated Costa Rica 6-0 Sunday night for the team’s fifth CONCACAF Women’s Championship title. The U.S. women had already secured a trip to next year’s World Cup in Canada with a victory over Mexico …

Williams Wins WTA Championship

Monday, October 27, 2014

Singapore — Serena Williams beat Simona Halep 6-3, 6-0 on Sunday to win her third successive title at the WTA Finals and her fifth overall. Halep easily beat Williams just four days earlier during the group stage of …

Steelers Put Everything Together

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pittsburgh — Ben Roethlisberger kept insisting once all the pieces were in place, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense could hang with anyone. Looks like it. Roethlisberger set franchise records with 522 yards passing and six touchdowns, and the Pittsburgh …

Earnhardt Victory an Emotional One for Team

Monday, October 27, 2014

Martinsville, Va. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. recognized the emotional impact his win at Martinsville Speedway had on Rick Hendrick when he met his boss in Victory Lane. The team owner embraced the driver who delivered the win at …

Red-Hot L.A. Wins Again

Monday, October 27, 2014

Los Angeles — Jeff Carter scored during a two-man advantage in Los Angeles’ three-goal second period, and the Kings completed a sweep of their six-game homestand with a 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday. Columbus left wing Nick Foligno was seriously injured with 11:34 left …