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Cowboys Release Michael Sam From Practice Squad

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Irving, Texas — Michael Sam will have to wait for a third team to give the NFL’s first openly gay player a chance to appear in a regular-season game. The Dallas Cowboys released Sam from the practice squad Tuesday, dropping the rush end as they prepare for several potential reinforcements to return to the defensive line. Sam spent seven weeks with the Cowboys after joining their practice squad Sept. 3, …

Pistorius Sentenced to 5 Years for Killing

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pretoria, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, completing a transformation from an acclaimed sprinter at the 2012 Olympics to a convicted criminal led away in a police van with barred windows. Wearing a dark suit, the double-amputee athlete was subdued when …

Patriots Get Back To Work

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — A three-day break gave the New England Patriots time to savor three straight wins. Now they can focus on fixing the problems the winning streak couldn’t hide. A suspect run defense. A mediocre offensive line. Replacing injured players. The Patriots returned to practice Tuesday hoping to solve all that — and soon. After a home game against the Chicago Bears …

Giants Win the Pennant

Friday, October 17, 2014

San Francisco — From the first day of spring training, the Giants quietly joked about the fact that this is an even year, so of course they would represent the National League in the World Series. On Thursday, …

Brady, Pats Hold Off Jets

Friday, October 17, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes to lead the New England Patriots to a 27-25 victory over the New York Jets that came down to the last play. Chris Jones blocked Nick Folk’s 58-yard field …

Giants Take 3-1 Series Lead

Thursday, October 16, 2014

San Francisco — Buster Posey drove in three runs and the San Francisco Giants took advantage of some clunky defense by St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams, beating the Cardinals 6-4 on Wednesday night to move within one victory of the World Series. Chasing their third title in …

Celtics Edged in Maine Event

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Portland, Maine — Louis Williams made a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left to give the Toronto Raptors a 92-89 victory over the Boston Celtics in an exhibition game Wednesday night. Jordan Hamilton led the Raptors (4-1) with 16 points, Williams added 15, and Terrence Ross and Patrick Patterson …

Patriots Look to Make Jets Latest Victim

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — The New England Patriots turned their season around in plenty of time. It’s probably too late for the New York Jets, especially if they drop their sixth straight game when they visit the heavily favored …

Kan Do: Royals Reach World Series

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — James Shields led thousands of fans in a celebratory chant. Lorenzo Cain pranced along the warning track, cradling his newborn son. Ned Yost finally allowed himself to smile. After nearly three decades spent as …

Seattle WR Defends Remarks

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Renton, Wash. — Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin said Wednesday that his heated postgame comments following the Seahawks’ loss to Dallas were understood by his teammates and he “felt like it needed to be said.” “They know I’m going to speak my mind,” Baldwin said before Seattle’s practice. …

Cain Is Able: Royals Outfielder Snags MVP

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — Lorenzo Cain capped the AL Championship Series with his best catch yet: an MVP trophy. The smooth center fielder snagged MVP honors after helping the Kansas City Royals to a four-game sweep of the …

Cowboys’ Randle Will Play Sunday

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Irving, Texas — Dallas running back Joseph Randle said he made a “huge mistake” when he was arrested on a shoplifting charge that led to a fine from the Cowboys, but no suspension. Randle was charged with a Class B misdemeanor of theft between $50 and $500 after …

B’s Win in Shootout

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Detroit — David Krejci and Reilly Smith both scored in regulation and again in the shootout as the Boston Bruins beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Wednesday night. The Bruins outshot Detroit 35-18 in regulation, and Jimmy …