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Cowboys Release Michael Sam From Practice Squad

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Irving, Texas — Michael Sam will have to wait for a third team to give the NFL’s first openly gay player a chance to appear in a regular-season game. The Dallas Cowboys released Sam from the practice squad Tuesday, dropping the rush end as they prepare for several potential reinforcements to return to the defensive line. Sam spent seven weeks with the Cowboys after joining their practice squad Sept. 3, …

Pistorius Sentenced to 5 Years for Killing

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pretoria, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, completing a transformation from an acclaimed sprinter at the 2012 Olympics to a convicted criminal led away in a police van with barred windows. Wearing a dark suit, the double-amputee athlete was subdued when …

Patriots Get Back To Work

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — A three-day break gave the New England Patriots time to savor three straight wins. Now they can focus on fixing the problems the winning streak couldn’t hide. A suspect run defense. A mediocre offensive line. Replacing injured players. The Patriots returned to practice Tuesday hoping to solve all that — and soon. After a home game against the Chicago Bears …

Dodgers Say They’ll Keep Manager for 2015

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Los Angeles — In the middle of Andrew Friedman’s introduction as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, a question was asked from a corner of the room. “Are you looking to acquire a younger, faster, stronger first baseman?” someone queried. Friedman swiveled his head to see …

Seahawks Trade Star Wideout to Jets

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Renton, Wash. — In a move that shocked the NFL, the Seahawks on Friday traded receiver Percy Harvin to the New York Jets for a conditional 2015 draft pick. One source confirmed to The Seattle Times the deal …

Giants in Familiar Place

Saturday, October 18, 2014

San Francisco — There’s a tune Tim Flannery once sung that he finds perfectly fitting to describe how his San Francisco Giants get the most out of themselves in the postseason. Old standbys like Buster Posey, Hunter Pence …

NBA Games Go On a Fast Break

Friday, October 17, 2014

By Kavitha Davidson Bloomberg News Are you ready for less basketball? The NBA is experimenting with shortening the game from 48 to 44 minutes in an effort to improve game flow. Each quarter would be 11 minutes, instead …

Harvick at Ease at Tense Talladega

Friday, October 17, 2014

Talladega, Ala. — Guaranteed of a spot in the third round of NASCAR’s playoffs, Kevin Harvick has no reason to race hard Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. If it was up to him, he wouldn’t race at all. Four …

Fringe Players Look For Another Chance

Friday, October 17, 2014

Omaha, Neb. — Only a couple of seasons ago, Adrian Hamilton was learning the ways of the NFL from the likes of Ed Reed and Ray Lewis. He went from the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad to the active roster for two December games, and he has a Super …

Rangers Hire New Manager

Friday, October 17, 2014

Arlington, Texas — The Texas Rangers hired Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as their new manager. Banister got the nod over two other finalists, interim manager Tim Bogar and Cleveland Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash. General manager Jon Daniels said Thursday night that Banister won over the …

Series Is Destiny vs. Dynasty

Friday, October 17, 2014

Lorenzo Cain gearing up to run on Buster Posey. Pablo Sandoval trying to launch long balls, Alex Gordon banging into walls chasing them. Madison Bumgarner and James Shields starting big games, with lights-out bullpens poised to close ‘em. …

Seguin’s Late Goal Lifts Stars

Friday, October 17, 2014

Pittsburgh — Tyler Seguin scored a power-play goal with 2.9 seconds remaining to give the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night. Seguin’s goal capped a furious comeback as Dallas scored twice in the final 2:57 to win its second straight and snap …

Canadiens Surge Past Bruins

Friday, October 17, 2014

Montreal — Brendan Gallagher and P.A. Parenteau each had two goals and the Montreal Canadiens won their home opener, 6-4 over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night. Max Pacioretty had a goal and two assists, while Jiri Sekac got his first NHL goal for Montreal. Zdeno Chara, Carl …