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New England Patriots' James Develin (46) scores a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the third quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Ex-Brown Standout Could Help Pats Again

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Rob Gronkowski isn’t ready for full-time activity. Michael Hoomanawanui has been sidelined the past two practices. The New England Patriots are short-handed at tight end, so James Develin is getting another chance to show the versatility that has earned praise from coach Bill Belichick. “He gets better all the time,” Belichick said Wednesday. “It’s a little bit …

In Brief: NFL Retirees Lose Round in Settlement

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Philadelphia — A federal judge rejected an attempt by seven former professional football players to intervene in a tentative class action settlement of concussion claims that would cost the NFL at least $765 million. Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody issued an order in Philadelphia late Tuesday denying the NFL retirees’ motion to intervene in the case. The players object to the settlement, …

UCLA Wades Through Damages From Flooding

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Los Angeles — The House That Wooden Built is waterlogged. Pauley Pavilion, UCLA’s storied basketball arena where John Wooden coached teams that won eight of his 10 national championships, was drying out Wednesday after the court was deluged by 10 inches of water when a 93-year-old pipe burst near the campus in Westwood. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said workers were busy cleaning up …

Group Work

Monday, July 28, 2014

By Howard Ulman AP Sports Writer Foxborough, Mass. — The downpour began as practice was about to end for the Patriots on Sunday. It was nothing like the conditions in Arizona where four New England defensive backs had …

Hall Induction Humbles Baseball Greats

Monday, July 28, 2014

Cooperstown, n.y. — Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy. Being enshrined in the Hall of Fame can have those effects, even …

Yankee Fan Returns Red Sox Title Ring

Monday, July 28, 2014

New York (ap) — A lost Red Sox World Series ring is back on the finger of its owner, thanks to a nifty pickup by an ardent New York Yankees fan. Manhattan restaurant owner Luigi Militello could hardly believe it when he found the shiny 2013 championship ring …

Padres’ Kennedy to Miss Start With Oblique Strain

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Associated Press Atlanta — Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy will miss his scheduled start against the Braves tonight due to a left oblique strain. Manager Bud Black says converted outfielder Jason Lane will be recalled from Triple-A El Paso to make the fill-in start. Black says Kennedy suffered …

‘I’ve Always Known Where My Place Is’

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Washington — For some 30 glorious seconds on the afternoon of April 24, 1989, Jay Gruden — quarterback out of the University of Louisville — was a New York Giant. Or at least he was in his mind. …

Maddux Wasn’t First-Look Star

Sunday, July 27, 2014

At 20, Chicago Cubs rookie Greg Maddux had a slight frame and boyish look that hid the fierce competitor inside him. According to a Chicago Tribune report on his first day in the majors in 1986, Maddux was …

‘Big Hurt’ Never Lacked In Self-Belief

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The 1990 Chicago White Sox were challenging the World Series champion A’s in the final year of old Comiskey Park, and their Double-A first baseman was waiting to join the fun. “I’m a laid-back guy,” Birmingham’s Frank Thomas told the Chicago Tribune. “I spend most of my time …

Flood of Braves Brings Life Back to Cooperstown

Sunday, July 27, 2014

New York — Cooperstown will have a Southern accent this weekend as 40,000 people — about 16 times last year’s total — visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame for its annual induction ceremony in central New York state. Former Atlanta Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, …

Kiteboarders Object to Sport’s Ban Off of Cape Cod’s Shore

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Boston — Kiteboarders are pushing back against bans in the protected waters off Cape Cod, but federal officials say the prohibitions are necessary because the kites scare away piping plovers and other threatened or endangered shorebirds from their …

Caution: Reconstruction Ahead

Sunday, July 27, 2014

San Francisco — The San Francisco Giants boosted their rotation for the stretch run by acquiring right-hander Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for a pair of minor league pitchers. The 2007 NL Cy Young …