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In this Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 photo, Kurt Busch stands in his garage during a practice session for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, in Daytona Beach, Fla. In a stunning move just two days before the season-opening Daytona 500, NASCAR suspended Busch indefinitely on Friday, Feb. 20, after a judge said the former champion almost surely strangled and beat an ex-girlfriend last fall and there was a "substantial likelihood" of more domestic violence from him in the future. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Racer to Follow Guidelines Toward Reinstatement

Monday, March 2, 2015

Charlotte, n.c. — Kurt Busch has agreed to follow NASCAR’s recommended guidelines to be eligible for eventual reinstatement. The 2004 champion was indefinitely suspended Feb. 20 after a Delaware judge said he believed Busch likely committed an act of domestic violence against a former girlfriend and there was a “substantial likelihood” of him doing it again. Busch lost two rounds …

War-Torn Stadium: Fighting in Eastern Ukraine Displaces Soccer Team

Monday, March 2, 2015

Lviv, Ukraine — The sleek stadium, built six years ago and host to some of Europe’s biggest soccer matches, is silent. It sits in the middle of the city of Donetsk, a war zone controlled by pro-Russian separatists battling Ukrainian troops. The $425 million Donbass Arena now serves as a depot and distribution …

In Brief: Harrington Wins Classic in Playoff

Monday, March 2, 2015

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. — Padraig Harrington captured his first PGA Tour title in more than six years Monday when he won the Honda Classic by making a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole in regulation and beating 21-year-old rookie Daniel Berger on the second playoff hole. Leave it to Harrington to emerge the winner of the craziest final round on the …

Ex-Knick Anthony Mason Dies

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New York — Anthony Mason’s game was grit over glitz, more force than flash. That may not fit some New York stereotypes, but it was the perfect style for the Knicks of the 1990s, and made the rugged …

‘Native Diver’ Jockey Jerry Lambert Dead at 74

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Los Angeles — Jerry Lambert, one of the top jockeys in California during the 1960s and ’70s and the rider of Hall of Fame horse Native Diver, was found dead Feb. 23 at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, Calif., where he lived. He was 74. His death was …

Heat’s Bosh Released From Hospital

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Miami — Chris Bosh’s first step toward recovery is complete. He’s home. The Miami Heat forward has been discharged from a South Florida hospital where he was treated for blood clots on one of his lungs. Bosh was hospitalized for just over a week and will still be …

Racing Might Return to N.E. Thoroughbred Track

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Boston — New England’s last remaining thoroughbred horse racing track might continue to hold live races after all. Months after its owners said they would stop hosting races after the 2014 season, Suffolk Downs and the New England Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association announced Friday that they’ve reached …

National Basketball Association

Saturday, February 28, 2015

standings EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB d-Atlanta 46 12 .793 — d-Toronto 37 21 .638 9 d-Chicago 37 22 .627 9½ Cleveland 37 23 .617 10 Milwaukee 32 25 .561 13½ Washington 33 26 .559 13½ Miami 25 32 .439 20½ Indiana 24 34 .414 22 Charlotte 23 33 .411 22 Boston 23 33 .411 22 Brooklyn 23 33 .411 22 Detroit 23 35 .397 23 Orlando 19 41 .317 28 Philadelphia 13 45 .224 33 New York 11 46 .193 34½ WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB d-Golden State 45 11 .804 — d-Memphis 41 16 .719 4½ Houston 40 18 .690 6 d-Portland 37 19 .661 8 Dallas 39 21 .650 8 L.A. Clippers 38 21 .644 8½ San Antonio 34 23 .596 11½ Oklahoma City 32 26 .552 14 New Orleans 31 27 .534 15 Phoenix 31 28 .525 15½ Utah 22 35 .386 23½ Sacramento 20 35 .364 24½ Denver 20 38 .345 26 L.A. Lakers 15 41 .268 30 Minnesota 13 44 .228 32½ d-division leader Thursday’s Games …

In Brief: Daytona Champion Races to Atlanta Pole

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Hampton, Ga. — Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway after a qualifying session in which 13 drivers didn’t get on the track after failing to pass …

Sox in Search Of an Ace, Want to Prove They Have Many

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Fort Myers, Fla. — Who’s the ace? It’s a question the Boston Red Sox have been asked to address since Jon Lester was traded last summer and then signed a $155 million, six-year contract with the Chicago Cubs …

Bruins Recover in OT

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Newark, n.j. — Ryan Spooner scored his first NHL goal with 2:14 left in overtime and the Boston Bruins defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Friday night after blowing a two-goal third-period lead. Daniel Paille and David …

Celtics Rally Past Hornets

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Boston — Isaiah Thomas scored 28 points and the Boston Celtics recovered from a 16-point third-quarter deficit to defeat the Charlotte Hornets 106-98 on Friday night. It was the third straight win for the Celtics, who were outscored …

In Brief: Herman Grabs First-Round Lead in Florida

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. — Playing in America for the first time this year, Rory McIlroy hit a 2-iron out of play on his opening hole and made a double bogey. A wind with gusts that approached 35 mph provided a rude welcome to just about everyone Thursday …