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In this image supplied by the Football Association on Monady Sept. 15, 2014  former England international soccer star  Michael Owen. left,  coaches  Afghanistan captain Islamuddin Amiri , right, and an unidentified female member of the delegation from the Afghanistan FA during the  training session at St Georges Park on  Friday Sept. 5, 2014 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. The paths that took Wayne Rooney and Islamuddin Amiri into football couldn’t have been more different. When a 9-year-old Rooney was catching the eye of talent spotters in Liverpool in 1995 and joining up with Premier League club Everton, Amiri was enduring hardship and horror under Taliban rule in Kabul, where Afghanistan’s national stadium was used for public executions and brutal punishments.  (AP Photo/Michael Regan/The FA) NO ARCHIVE

British Trading Bullets for Soccer Balls as Afghanistan War Role Ends

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

London — The paths that took Wayne Rooney and Islamuddin Amiri into football couldn’t have been more different. When a 9-year-old Rooney was catching the eye of talent spotters in Liverpool in 1995 and joining up with Premier League club Everton, Amiri was enduring hardship and horror under Taliban rule in Kabul, where Afghanistan’s national stadium was used for public …

‘I Am ... Not a Child Abuser’

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Adrian Peterson was back in the building Monday, reinstated by the Minnesota Vikings less than 24 hours after a 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots without their star running back. But Peterson, who is facing a felony charge in Texas of injuring one of his children, was not in the locker room Monday during the 45-minute period open to media, forcing teammates …

Patriots Still Have Work to Do

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — The New England Patriots host the Oakland Raiders this week hoping to rediscover their normally potent offense. The Patriots moved to 1-1 with Sunday’s 30-7 win at Minnesota. But after the game, which saw the defense pick off four of Matt Cassel’s passes and turn a blocked field goal into a touchdown, much of the talk was about the struggles …

O’s Star Banned 25 Games

Friday, September 12, 2014

Baltimore — Orioles slugger Chris Davis was suspended 25 games without pay on Friday following a positive test for an amphetamine, a punishment that will extend into the postseason and perhaps 2015. Baltimore started Friday leading the AL …

Kyle Busch Earns Rain-Aided Chicago Pole

Friday, September 12, 2014

Joliet, Ill. — As the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup is set to kick off this weekend, Kyle Busch said he was anxious for circumstances to begin to “go the right way” for he and his No. …

Horschel Ahead By 2 in Playoff Finale

Friday, September 12, 2014

Atlanta — Billy Horschel showed why he might be the hottest player in golf at the moment with another 4-under 66 on Friday in the Tour Championship. It was his 10th straight round in the 60s. He already has a victory and a runner-up finish in the FedEx …

Phoenix Earns Sweep for Third WNBA Title

Friday, September 12, 2014

Chicago — Diana Taurasi and Candice Dupree scored 24 points each and the Phoenix Mercury, playing without star center Brittney Griner, beat the Chicago Sky 87-82 Friday night to complete a three-game sweep of the WNBA Finals for their third championship. DeWanna Bonner added 12 points for the …

Flawed, and Flawless

Friday, September 12, 2014

Las Vegas — Everyone’s waiting on Floyd Mayweather. The prodigal pugilist is not often punctual, typically arriving at the gym for his daily workout at some point between 3 and 4 p.m. — “You just never know,” one …

Pistorius Avoids Murder Conviction

Friday, September 12, 2014

Pretoria, South Africa — During his trial, Oscar Pistorius sometimes retched and sobbed. The double-amputee Olympian sobbed again on Thursday, this time in apparent relief as a judge said the evidence did not support a murder conviction for …

Commentary: Time’s Come for Goodell to Step Down

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hour by hour, Roger Goodell’s mission to preserve the game’s integrity is failing, and any further discussion of his inability to properly deal with the NFL’s domestic violence problem has to begin and end with the commissioner’s necessary …

Selig: Domestic Violence Policy Has Been Discussed

Friday, September 12, 2014

San Francisco — Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday that the league and players union have previously discussed the idea of a blanket policy regarding domestic violence during collective bargaining, yet so far baseball has opted to handle any issue on a case-by-case basis. “Yes, it …

Royals Flub, Sox Win

Friday, September 12, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — The last-place Boston Red Sox took advantage of three critical errors by the first-place Kansas City Royals, pulling away late in a 6-3 victory Thursday night that ended a four-game losing streak. Clay Buchholz …