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Soccer Players Sue Over Turf Issue

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

American soccer star Abby Wambach and a group of elite international players filed a lawsuit in Canada on Wednesday challenging plans to play the 2015 Women’s World Cup on artificial turf. Led by U.S. national team forward Wambach, the players filed the suit at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal in Toronto, attorney Hampton Dellinger told The Associated Press. The women claim that playing the sport’s premier tournament on fake grass …

Brady Blocks Out Critics

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Tom Brady tries not to get too high when things are going well or too low when they’re not. Good thing, considering how poorly the season has gone for him and the New England Patriots offense. The winner of two MVP awards in both the regular season and the Super …

Garoppolo Could Be Preview of Pats’ Future

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The dreadful performance by quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Monday night’s lopsided loss at Kansas City produced questions about the ability of Brady and his team to bounce back the way they’ve done so many times before during a long run of remarkably consistent success. But when coach Bill …

Niners Topple Eagles

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Associated Press Santa Clara, Calif. — Frank Gore caught a career-best 55-yard touchdown and ran for 119 yards in his first 100-yard game this year, leading the San Francisco 49ers past Philadelphia 26-21 on Sunday to hand …

Teamwork Boosts Europe to Ryder Cup Win

Monday, September 29, 2014

By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer Gleneagles, Scotland — The tone was set by Rory McIlroy, the best player in the world. The winning shot came from Jamie Donaldson, a Ryder Cup rookie. Europe added another layer to …

Sox Drop Finale in Jeter’s Farewell, 9-5

Monday, September 29, 2014

Boston (ap) — One year after celebrating a World Series championship on the Fenway field, the Boston Red Sox were merely extras in the Derek Jeter farewell tour. With the last-place Red Sox long-since eliminated — and the Yankees out of the playoff picture, too — Jeter picked …

Gordon In Control At Dover

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Associated Press Dover, Del. — Jeff Gordon won the third race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship for an automatic spot in the 12-driver field that advanced to the next round. Gordon was in control in the closing laps Sunday at Dover International Speedway and …

Brokaw Talks Guns and Dogs

Sunday, September 28, 2014

By Dennis Anderson Star Tribune Tom Brokaw opened the back door of his pickup and invited Red, his yellow Labrador retriever, to jump in. This was on a recent day on Brokaw’s ranch, which lies nestled among undulating bunchgrass about a mile above sea level in central Montana, …

Futbol Fan Adjusts to Football

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mark Waller has a passion for football. Tottenham Hotspur is his team. As for that other kind of football, he’s trying to work up a similar fervor for the American game around the world as the NFL’s executive vice president of international. Waller is back in his native …

Time for Receivers to Catch Some Glory

Sunday, September 28, 2014

New York — Yes, the NFL is a quarterback-driven league, and that’s pretty much the way the league wants it. In the past 20 years, quarterbacks have won The Associated Press Most Valuable Player award 14½ times — …

In Brief: Four Dead in Softball Team’s Bus Crash

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A tractor-trailer veered across the median of a major interstate highway in Oklahoma late Friday and crashed into the side of a Texas women’s college softball team bus, killing four players and injuring a dozen other people. The …

Bradley, Lefty Sit

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Gleneagles, Scotland — The tee shots were in play, and Phil Mickelson strode down the first fairway in the Ryder Cup like he has done so many times before. He was in full uniform. He wore golf shoes. And he inserted earphones to listen to the radio coverage …

Pirates Get Slammed

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Cincinnati — The Pittsburgh Pirates’ NL Central chances were hurt when Todd Frazier had a tying two-run homer in the seventh inning and Ramon Santiago hit a grand slam in the 10th, powering the Cincinnati Reds to a …