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Panthers, Pats Take Different Paths

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — The Carolina Panthers already have played their big preseason game. Now the New England Patriots will play theirs. The third exhibition game usually is the one in which game-planning for the opponent and playing time for regulars increase. But the Panthers had only four days to prepare between last Sunday night’s 28-16 win over the Kansas City Chiefs and tonight’s game against the Patriots. It “would have …

In Brief: McIlroy Stumbles to a 74 in New Jersey

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Paramus, n.j. — Rory McIlroy took a week to celebrate his blockbuster summer and paid for it in The Barclays with his worst start in two months. He could afford a day off. That wasn’t the case for players like Bo Van Pelt and Paul Casey, and they picked a good time to …

NCAA Files Intent to Appeal O’Bannon Ruling

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Indianapolis — The NCAA has notified the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that it intends to appeal a judge’s ruling in the Ed O’Bannon case that it violated antitrust laws. U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled Aug. 8 that the NCAA broke the law by restricting schools from providing money beyond current scholarship limits to athletes. She said schools should be allowed …

Grief Gives Stewart No Return Timetable

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Charlotte, n.c. — There are hundreds of guidebooks on how to handle grief, how to navigate the emotional suffering that follows a significant loss. None of those studies offer a clean timetable on when the roller coaster of …

A Rowdy Ballmer Debuts as Clippers’ Owner

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Los Angeles — Sweating, clapping and shouting until he was nearly hoarse, Steve Ballmer introduced himself to Los Angeles Clippers fans at a rally on Monday celebrating his new ownership of the NBA team. The former Microsoft CEO …

Gronkowski Takes Knocks

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Go ahead and hit Rob Gronkowski on his right knee. See if he cares. The tough tight end is anxious to get into a game and take his chances less than eight months after surgery. “If I’m ready to get out there, I’m ready to …

Time to Throw Cold Water on Ice Bucket Challenge

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I am way late to the party on this Ice Bucket Challenge thing that is sweeping the country. Quite frankly, I hadn’t paid much attention. When you write about sports, you tend to turn off your awareness button the moment somebody dumps water or Gatorade on somebody’s else’s …

Angels Double Red Sox

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Boston — Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hit consecutive RBI doubles, and the Los Angeles Angels extended their AL West lead with a 4-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night. It was the fifth win …

Error Accelerates Boston’s Downfall

Monday, August 18, 2014

Boston — Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts could only hope that no one noticed. Jose Altuve hit his first grand slam after Bogaerts made a mental gaffe on a play that would have ended an inning Sunday, carrying the Houston Astros to an 8-1 victory over Boston. Leading …

CF Patients See Healthy Benefit With Surfing

Monday, August 18, 2014

San Clemente, Calif. — For three of Rob and Paulette Montelone’s five kids, spending the summer surfing is more than just a fun activity. It could also extend their lives. The Montelone siblings are part of a growing …

Gordon Continues to Roll

Monday, August 18, 2014

Brooklyn, Mich. — It had been 13 years since Jeff Gordon’s last victory at Michigan — which came during the same season as his most recent championship on NASCAR’s top series. One of those droughts is finally over. …

LPGA Championship A Walk for Park Again

Monday, August 18, 2014

Pittsford, n.y. — Inbee Park successfully defended her title in the LPGA Championship, beating Brittany Lincicome with a par on the first hole of a playoff Sunday to end the United States’ major streak at three. On the playoff hole on Monroe Golf Club’s par-4 18th, Park hit …

Milwaukee Pounds Out Road Sweep of Dodgers

Monday, August 18, 2014

Los Angeles — Jonathan Lucroy tied a season high with five RBIs, including his first home run in more than three weeks, and the Milwaukee Brewers completed a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 7-2 …