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Sharapova Reaches Final

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Melbourne, Australia — Maria Sharapova reached the Australian Open final for the fourth time, beating fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-2 in a lopsided semifinal on Thursday. The second-ranked Sharapova needed 10 minutes to hold in her opening service game, fending off two break points. She responded to the only service break against her in the first set by winning six straight games to take the match away from the …

In Brief: Slumping U.S. Fades in Loss to Chile

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mark Gonzalez scored in the 66th and 75 minutes, rallying Chile to a 3-2 exhibition win over the United States on Wednesday night that sent the Americans to their first five-game winless streak since 2007. The 27th-ranked Americans led 2-1 at halftime on goals by Brek Shea in the sixth minute and Jozy Altidore in the 31st around Roberto Gutierrez’s 10th-minute equalizer in …

Spotlight Still Shines on Seattle’s Enigmatic Lynch

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Phoenix — Seattle Seahawks tailback Marshawn Lynch didn’t have to say much to be the talk of Super Bowl media day Tuesday. Lynch spent approximately five minutes in front of media members, answered each question by saying he was present only to avoid being fined, and then made his exit. That set off …

Wild and Wacky

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Glendale, Ariz. — The NFL has reached the pinnacle of its season with the Super Bowl just around the corner. Although it’s the most popular sport in the U.S., for many Americans and millions around the world, the …

Blount Glad He’s Back With Patriots

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — A right cross to an opponent’s chin. An arrest on a marijuana possession charge. A decision to walk out on the Pittsburgh Steelers. And now, for LeGarrette Blount, a spot in the Super Bowl in …

Razzle-Dazzle Time

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Trick plays stand out in a Super Bowl a little like clown suits at a cocktail party. In this highest-of-high-stakes contest, the appetite for NFL coaches whose strategies lean more conservative than not is typically low for gadgets …

Ex- Eagles QB Raising Funds Through Auction

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Philadelphia — Randall Cunningham is set for one more turnover he doesn’t mind committing. The former All-Pro quarterback is auctioning off memorabilia from a fantastic NFL career to raise funds for the church he serves in Las Vegas. …

Riley: Heat Can Make Playoffs

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Miami — Pat Riley stood along a wall in what the Miami Heat call “Championship Alley,” the hallway that links the team’s locker room and the court inside AmericanAirlines Arena. The corridor is lined with photos of great …

Seattle’s Silent GM Opens Up

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Renton, Wash. — It was not a simple season for Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider, from the preseason holdout of Marshawn Lynch to the midseason trade of Percy Harvin. Even celebrating the Seahawks’ second straight NFC championship …

Hanover’s Krass Fifth in Slopestyle at X Games

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Aspen, Colo. — Hanover’s Julia Krass placed fifth out of eight skiers in the women’s ski slopestyle at the Winter X Games on Saturday. Krass, who was invited to the event after failing to automatically qualify, posted scores …

Question Mark Now a Key Starter

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Renton, Wash. — Every now and then, even during games sometimes, Bruce Irvin will be overwhelmed by gratitude. He’ll remember the two weeks he spent in an Atlanta jail as a teenager. He’ll think about turning his life around and becoming a junior college football standout, only to …

Commentary: Ernie Banks Was More Than Baseball

Sunday, January 25, 2015

With a familiar glint in his eye and his trademark grin, Ernie Banks once revealed a recurring dream of him standing on a stage in Stockholm accepting the Nobel Peace Prize. A friend to presidents who once discussed …

Belichick: ‘We Try to Do Everything Right’

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — Saying his team “followed the rules to the letter,” New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they …