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New York Jets owner Woody Johnson attends an NFL football press conference introducing the team's new management, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Florham Park, N.J. The Jets usher in a new era for the franchise, formally introducing new coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan Wednesday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Patriots, Jets Tampering With NFL’s Dumbest Rule

Friday, March 27, 2015

In the latest installment of mutual hair-pulling between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots, the Jets have filed tampering charges against Patriots owner Robert Kraft for comments he made about Darrelle Revis. If anything, let’s hope this petty back-and-forth exposes the tampering rule’s utter frivolity once and for all. Earlier in March, the Jets signed Revis to a monster deal, luring him away from the Super Bowl-winning Patriots and back to the team that drafted him. Kraft discussed the signing during a break between the owners meeting on Monday. Via CSN New England’s Tom Curran: “I speak as a fan of the …

Marlins’ Cosart Is Subject of MLB Gambling Investigation

Friday, March 27, 2015

Jupiter, Fla. — Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart acknowledged Thursday he is under investigation by Major League Baseball for possible gambling, but could not give details. The 24-year-old is accused of exchanging direct messages through his Twitter account related to gambling. A conversation held on his alleged account became public Wednesday when it …

Ortiz, Napoli Return in Win

Friday, March 27, 2015

Fort Myers, Fla. — David Ortiz was 0 for 3 in his return to Boston’s lineup after a nine-day absence, and the Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 Thursday. Bothered by a cold and dehydration, Ortiz had not played since March 16. Ortiz struck out, grounded into a forceout and popped out against Tommy Milone, dropping his average to .222 (4 for …

Pitcher’s Duel Ends in a Draw

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bradenton, Fla. — Pittsburgh’s Francisco Liriano and Boston’s Wade Miley tossed several scoreless innings apiece Saturday before bowing out in a game that ended in a 2-2 tie. Liriano, who was named the Pirates’ opening day starter, struck out six and scattered two hits and three walks over …

Harvick Running for a West Coast Sweep

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Fontana, Calif. — Although Kevin Harvick is on the biggest roll NASCAR has seen in four decades, the California native has been driving too long to take anything for granted when he attempts to complete his West Coast sweep. “In life in general, you’re never bulletproof,” Harvick said. …

Panthers Out-Shoot B’s

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunrise, Fla. — Brandon Pirri scored the winning shootout goal to lead the Florida Panthers over the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Saturday night. Pirri beat Tuukka Rask five-hole in the second round of the shootout. Roberto Luongo turned …

Spurs Hold Off Celtics

Saturday, March 21, 2015

San Antonio — Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed Friday night, holding off the Boston Celtics 101-89 after getting a late scare. Tony Parker had 15 points and seven rebounds, and Tiago …

UFC Champ Returns In August

Saturday, March 21, 2015

UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will return to the octagon against Brazil’s unbeaten Bethe Correia at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 1. Rousey and UFC President Dana White announced the headlining pay-per-view matchup Friday during a news conference in Brazil. Rousey (11-0) finished her fifth …

In Brief: Kurt Busch Races to Pole

Friday, March 20, 2015

Fontana, Calif. — Kurt Busch won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Auto Club Speedway, turning a lap of 185.142 mph in his Haas Automation Chevrolet. With his first pole since May 2013, Busch took another step forward Friday in his return from four months of off-track …

Rapid Recovery for Sox’ Cuban Import

Friday, March 20, 2015

Fort Myers, Fla. — It looks as if Rusney Castillo is feeling much better. Castillo hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat of spring training, but the Boston Red Sox lost 11-5 to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday. Castillo signed a $72.5 million, seven-year contract with Boston …

Lightning Clip Wings

Friday, March 20, 2015

Tampa, Fla. — Alex Killorn scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, Ben Bishop made 30 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 on Friday night. Tampa Bay also got goals from Anton Stralman and from Steven Stamkos, who got his …

In Brief: 2022 World Cup Final Set for December

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Zurich — The final match of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be played on Dec. 18, the country’s national holiday. FIFA spokesman Walter De Gregorio confirmed the date Thursday, but did not say when the tournament would start. The governing body’s executive committee prefers a 28-day …

Commentary: Other Young NFL Players Could Walk Away

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Make no mistake about it: Chris Borland’s decision to preserve his health by retiring in the prime of his career was a watershed moment for the NFL as we know it. That doesn’t mean the NFL will wither away and die, the victim of its own core violence. …