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I’ll Be There: Gronk

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Star tight end Rob Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker Monday and announced he will be playing in the New England Patriots’ opener at Miami this Sunday. Meanwhile, the news hardly caught the Dolphins by surprise. “I’m super excited,” said Gronkowski, who didn’t play in any of the four preseason games as he completed his recovery from December right knee surgery. “I won’t have …

Stewart’s Chase Status Matters Not at All

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Charlotte, n.c. — Tony Stewart has one final shot to make the Chase, and it’s not a very good one: He must win Saturday night at Richmond, where he last visited Victory Lane in 2002. He sat out three races after his sprint car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. at a New …

Phils’ No-No a Labor of Labor

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Atlanta — On Labor Day, Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia bullpen spread the workload on a no-hitter. Hamels and three Phillies relievers combined on the season’s fourth no-hitter, blanking the Atlanta Braves 7-0 Monday and giving a last-place team a rare reason to celebrate. It was all the more unusual in that Hamels …

Errani’s ‘Cottage Cheese’ Serve Tops Venus

Friday, August 29, 2014

New York — A day before facing Venus Williams — and a partisan crowd — at the U.S. Open, Italy’s Sara Errani came across a video posted on Twitter that gave her a little extra motivation. It showed a pair of former players and coaches, Brad Gilbert and …

Baseball Roundup: Yanks Double Up Jays

Friday, August 29, 2014

Toronto — Jacoby Ellsbury and Chase Headley homered, and the New York Yankees beat the slumping Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 on Friday night. Chris Capuano (2-3) pitched 6 1⁄ 3 innings in his first win in seven starts …

Betts, Red Sox Have a Grand Old Time in Win

Friday, August 29, 2014

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Rookie Mookie Betts hit his first career grand slam, Anthony Ranaudo pitched six effective innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-4 Friday night. After Yoenis Cespedes drove in his …

Mariners Player Done After Altercation

Friday, August 29, 2014

Seattle (ap) — Jesus Montero will not play baseball again this season for the Seattle Mariners’ organization after a heated confrontation in the stands with a team scout during a minor league game in Boise, Idaho. Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik said on Friday that the actions of …

Stewart Back on the Track This Weekend

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Charlotte, n.c. — Tony Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus taken after he struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race. The three-time NASCAR champion …

In Brief: Following Outcry, NFL Increases Domestic Violence Bans

Thursday, August 28, 2014

New York — Acknowledging he “didn’t get it right” with a two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including six weeks for a first offense and at least a year for a second. In …

Weakened U.S. Team Aims for World Title

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bilbao, Spain — The bad news just kept coming, the only difference whether the culprit was injury or interest. Some stars couldn’t play. Others wouldn’t. Then the losses really started piling up for the U.S. national basketball team. Kevin Love pulled out while awaiting his recently completed trade …

Giants Pitcher Sets Mark

Thursday, August 28, 2014

San Francisco — Yusmeiro Petit set a major league record when he retired his 46th batter in a row, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Thursday for their third straight win. Petit (4-3) …

S. Williams Overcomes Early Double-Faults

Thursday, August 28, 2014

New York — Good as she is, even Serena Williams can find it tough to deal with swirling wind, so much so that she double-faulted three times in her first service game Thursday at the U.S. Open. And, yes, even a 17-time major champion such as Williams can …

Packers Roll Past Chiefs in Backup Quarterback Showdown

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Green Bay, Wis. — Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien each threw for two touchdowns in their competition to back up starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas Chiefs 34-14 in a preseason finale …