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U.S. Women’s Hoop Upset By France, 76-72

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Associated Press Paris — Sandrine Gruda had 26 points and 15 rebounds to help France stun the U.S. women’s national team 76-72 in an exhibition game on Sunday. It’s the first loss by the Americans in an international game since falling to a team from the Czech Republic in 2011 when the U.S. was on a European tour. The Americans, who beat the French by 36 points in the …

Strasburg Leads Nats To Sweep

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Associated Press Miami — Stephen Strasburg pitched seven strong innings to help lead the NL-leading Washington Nationals to a 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Sunday, completing a four-game sweep. Nate Schierholtz and Anthony Rendon drove in runs for the Nationals (91-64), who have won eight of nine and lead the Los Angeles Dodgers (88-67) for the best record in the …

Small Victories For Yankees

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Associated Press New York — Masahiro Tanaka made a triumphant return from an elbow injury that sidelined him for 2 1/2 months and a rejuvenated Derek Jeter got yet another big hit on his final homestand, leading the New York Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Sunday. With fans in the …

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 …

‘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 …

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 …

Cards’ Matheny Can Relate to Stanton Injury

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

St. Louis — It should come as no surprise that Mike Matheny is a leading proponent of player safety, from the big leagues all the way down to T-ball. Just like Giancarlo Stanton, the St. Louis Cardinals manager was struck in the face by a pitch and felt …

‘The Field’ Not Satisfied as Chase Underdogs

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Charlotte, n.c. — AJ Allmendinger and Aric Almirola were the underdogs of the Chase, the two drivers nobody thought could win the Sprint Cup championship. They knew it, too, when they arrived in Chicago and for the first …

Pistorius Free to Compete Pending Sentence

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Stellenbosch, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius is free to compete for South Africa again, as long as his running doesn’t go against the ruling of the judge. Pistorius, who is to be sentenced next month after being found guilty in the negligent killing of his girlfriend, could compete …

Backups to the Forefront

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fans often make the backup quarterback the most popular player on a team — until he has to play. Then they see the warts and wobbly passes and wonky decisions that made him a backup in the first …

Radisson Chain Suspends Ads Over Peterson

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Minnetonka, Minnesota — The Radisson hotel chain is suspending its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings after star running back Adrian Peterson was charged with child abuse in Texas. In a statement Monday, Minnetonka-based Radisson, part of the family owned hospitality and travel company Carlson, said it “takes this …

O’s, Nats Nearing Clinch

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Baltimore — The Baltimore Orioles moved to the brink of claiming their first AL East title in 17 years, using a resilient pitching performance by Wei-Yin Chen to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Monday night. Baltimore can …

Patriots’ Pieces in Place: New England Rebounds, Routs Vikes

Monday, September 15, 2014

Minneapolis — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots took advantage of Adrian Peterson’s absence. Matt Cassel’s four interceptions, too. Chandler Jones returned a field goal he blocked for a touchdown right before halftime, and Brady and the …