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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2014, file photo, Tony Stewart is introduced before the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. 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. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

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 has not raced since his car hit Kevin Ward Jr. at an Aug. 9 sprint car event in upstate New York. Stewart …

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 a letter sent to all 32 team owners Thursday and obtained by The Associated Press, …

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 to Cleveland. Paul George broke his right leg in a horrific collision that shook up …

US OPEN 2014: Capsules on top women’s players

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Serena Williams Seeded: 1 Ranked: 1 Age: 32 Country: United States 2014 Match Record: 38-6 2014 Singles Titles: 5 Career Singles Titles: 62 Major Titles: 17 — U.S. Open (’99, ’02, ’08, ’12, ’13), Wimbledon (’02, ’03, ’09, ’10, ’12), Australian Open (’03, ’05, ’07, ’09, ’10), French …

US OPEN 2014: Capsules on top men’s players

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Novak Djokovic Seeded: 1 Ranked: 1 Age: 27 Country: Serbia 2014 Match Record: 39-6 2014 Singles Titles: 4 Career Singles Titles: 45 Major Titles: 7 — U.S. Open (’11), Wimbledon (’11, ’14), Australian Open (’08, ’11, ’12, ’13) Last 5 U.S. Opens: ’13-Lost in Final, ’12-F, ’11-Won Championship, …

Don’t Forget The ‘Other’ Rookie QB

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Johnny Manziel — aka #JohnnyMiddleFinger — isn’t quite ready to be anointed the King of Cleveland, despite those 1.14 million Twitter followers smitten by his wild-child persona. Manziel will take a seat, for now anyway, and let Brian …

NFL Linebackers Taking More Breathers

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett had a simple answer for how often he left the field when the opponent had the ball. “Never.” A slight exaggeration? Perhaps. What’s certain is that an NFL linebacker’s …

Buccaneers Make Short Work of Bills

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Orchard Park, n.y. — Josh McCown directed two first-half touchdown drives, and defensive tackle Clinton McDonald returned a fumble for a score in Tampa Bay’s 27-14 preseason win over the slow-starting Buffalo Bills on Saturday. First-round pick Mike …

Fantasy Games Equal Real Bucks

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Cory Albertson was cruising at 30,000 feet and, like others on the plane to Detroit, taking care of some business on his laptop. His spreadsheets contained names familiar to anyone who follows baseball. Pitchers, catchers, maybe a center …

In Brief: Logano Edges Keselowski for Bristol Victory

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Bristol, Tenn. — Joey Logano surged past Matt Kenseth with 44 laps to go and won for the first time in his career at Bristol Motor Speedway, foiling Kenseth’s gambling attempt to secure a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs. …

Lovefest in Cleveland: Cavs Add Another Star

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Cleveland — Olympic champions together, Kevin Love and LeBron James spent the last 30 days waiting to become teammates again. Cleveland has craved a championship for 50 years. One drought over. One to go. On the first day they were able to complete the long-discussed blockbuster trade, the …

Red Sox Extend Slide

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Boston — Brandon Workman is in quite a rut, and so are the Boston Red Sox. Workman gave up seven runs in the fourth inning en route to losing his seventh straight start as the Seattle Mariners beat Boston 7-3 on Saturday. “The ball was up all day …

Chicago Edges Las Vegas to Reach Title Game

Sunday, August 24, 2014

South Williamsport, Pa. — After Joshua Houston allowed a two-run home run in the top of the fifth that cost his team the lead, he was face down near the mound and pounded his fist into the turf. “After that home run, I got scared. Very scared,” he …