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U.S. Women’s Hoop Upset By France, 76-72

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Associated Press Paris — Sandrine Gruda had 26 points and 15 rebounds to help France stun the U.S. women’s national team 76-72 in an exhibition game on Sunday. It’s the first loss by the Americans in an international game since falling to a team from the Czech Republic in 2011 when the U.S. was on a European tour. The Americans, who beat the French by 36 points in the …

Strasburg Leads Nats To Sweep

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Associated Press Miami — Stephen Strasburg pitched seven strong innings to help lead the NL-leading Washington Nationals to a 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Sunday, completing a four-game sweep. Nate Schierholtz and Anthony Rendon drove in runs for the Nationals (91-64), who have won eight of nine and lead the Los Angeles Dodgers (88-67) for the best record in the …

Small Victories For Yankees

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Associated Press New York — Masahiro Tanaka made a triumphant return from an elbow injury that sidelined him for 2 1/2 months and a rejuvenated Derek Jeter got yet another big hit on his final homestand, leading the New York Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Sunday. With fans in the …

Kershaw Wins No. 20

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Chicago — Clayton Kershaw became the majors’ first 20-game winner and A.J. Ellis hit a pair of two-run homers, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 14-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday. Kershaw (20-3) pitched five …

Marlins Ace to Resume Throwing Soon

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Miami — Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez has been cleared to start throwing Oct. 1. The 2013 National League Rookie of the Year had season-ending Tommy John surgery May 16. He met with Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Thursday. “A lot of good news came out …

Ortiz’ Blasts Send Red Sox Past Orioles

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Baltimore — David Ortiz hit two home runs, including a two-run drive in the 10th inning that lifted the Boston Red Sox past the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 on Friday night. Although the AL East-champion Orioles are still in …

Famed ‘Home of Golf’ Votes to Admit Women Members

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews is no longer just for men. The spiritual “Home of Golf” became the latest club to end years of male-only exclusivity on Thursday, when its members voted overwhelmingly in favor of inviting women to join. The vote was effective …

What’s Next for Players on the NFL’s Domestic Violence Scene

Friday, September 19, 2014

The legal system doesn’t work on the NFL’s schedule. The players facing child abuse or domestic violence allegations might wait a long time for their cases to play out in the courtroom. A look at what’s next in each case: Ray Rice Ray Rice is appealing his indefinite …

Pro Bowler Shines With Patriots

Friday, September 19, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Darrelle Revis didn’t divulge much when asked about his preference for facing a rookie quarterback. New England’s shutdown cornerback officially is a Patriot. “I can’t give you all of that,” the five-time Pro Bowler said …

Pirates Sweep Red Sox

Friday, September 19, 2014

Pittsburgh — The Pittsburgh Pirates got a lucky break when Boston pinch-runner Jemile Weeks was hit by a batted ball in the ninth inning, beating the Red Sox 3-2 on Thursday night to keep pace in the NL …

Falcons Romp Past Sorry Bucs

Friday, September 19, 2014

Atlanta — Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and high-stepping Devin Hester led the Atlanta Falcons to one of the biggest wins in franchise history. Ryan threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns, Jones hauled in nine passes for 161 …

Commentary: Vikings Deserve Scorn Despite Peterson Reversal

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Vikings don’t deserve blind praise for correcting a wrong. Ultimately, they got it right, but the course they took to reach this point never made sense. Let’s not forget their initial intentions amid news that the Vikings …

NFL Roundup: Another Player Arrested, Charged

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Phoenix — Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving a woman and their 18-month-old child, the latest in a string of such cases involving NFL players. The Cardinals said they became …