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New England Patriots' James Develin (46) scores a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the third quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Ex-Brown Standout Could Help Pats Again

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Rob Gronkowski isn’t ready for full-time activity. Michael Hoomanawanui has been sidelined the past two practices. The New England Patriots are short-handed at tight end, so James Develin is getting another chance to show the versatility that has earned praise from coach Bill Belichick. “He gets better all the time,” Belichick said Wednesday. “It’s a little bit …

In Brief: NFL Retirees Lose Round in Settlement

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Philadelphia — A federal judge rejected an attempt by seven former professional football players to intervene in a tentative class action settlement of concussion claims that would cost the NFL at least $765 million. Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody issued an order in Philadelphia late Tuesday denying the NFL retirees’ motion to intervene in the case. The players object to the settlement, …

UCLA Wades Through Damages From Flooding

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Los Angeles — The House That Wooden Built is waterlogged. Pauley Pavilion, UCLA’s storied basketball arena where John Wooden coached teams that won eight of his 10 national championships, was drying out Wednesday after the court was deluged by 10 inches of water when a 93-year-old pipe burst near the campus in Westwood. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said workers were busy cleaning up …

Nibali Set to Win Tour, Two Frenchmen on His Wings

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Perigueux, France — Finally cracking broad smiles after weeks of no-nonsense racing, Vincenzo Nibali confirmed he will win the Tour de France after another impressive ride in a dramatic penultimate stage on Saturday. Nibali all but ensured he will be crowned Tour champion for the first time thanks …

Furyk Closes on Canadian Title

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Montreal — Jim Furyk moved into position for his third Canadian Open victory, shooting a 5-under 65 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead at Royal Montreal. The 44-year-old Furyk, the 2006 winner at Hamilton and 2007 champion at Angus Glen, had a 15-under 195 total after opening …

Thomas: Cheaters Have No Place in Cooperstown

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cooperstown, n.y. — The Hall of Fame Class of 2014 includes three players who did things the right way and never had to apologize. While Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine are celebrated today in Cooperstown, many of their peers from the Steroid Era will be watching …

Harvick Charges to Indianapolis Pole

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Indianapolis — The season-long rivalry between Hendrick Motorsports and Team Penske heads into the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Kevin Harvick will try to crash their party. Harvick, Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski swept the top …

Love Steps Back From Team USA

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Kevin Love has told Team USA he will not be able to play for it this summer because of his current unsettled situation with the Minnesota Timberwolves. USA Basketball’s Jerry Colangelo announced it on Saturday morning, two days before the national team is set to begin workouts in …

Smith Seeks A Start

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — After missing last season with a knee injury, Will Smith is thrilled to be back on the field. Now, the 33-year-old defensive end has a job to win. “It feels good,” Smith said Saturday, after the first training camp day in full pads. “It’s been …

Injuries Hit Squads Hard

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Spartanburg, s.c. — Carolina Panthers rookie running back Tyler Gaffney will have season-ending surgery after tearing the lateral meniscus in his left knee. Gaffney was Carolina’s sixth-round draft pick out of Stanford and was expected to provide some depth in the backfield. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Saturday …

Red Sox Flounder Again

Sunday, July 27, 2014

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Ben Zobrist homered, Matt Joyce and Kevin Kiermaier each had an RBI single, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the skidding Boston Red Sox 3-0 Saturday night for their ninth consecutive victory. The stretch …

An Advanced Management Class: Miami Wins It in 9th Inning To Earn a Rare Series Victory

Friday, July 25, 2014

By Thomas Stinson The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Considering only 21 managers have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s out of a pool of more than 700, considering that almost half of them were deceased at the …

Cornering Market On Big Corners

Friday, July 25, 2014

By Randy Covitz The Kansas City Star When he was the Chiefs’ head coach, Marty Schottenheimer was fond of saying a team can never have enough good cornerbacks. Nowadays, an NFL team can’t have enough big cornerbacks. With colleges churning out bigger and stronger targets, and NFL teams …