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I’ll Be There: Gronk

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Star tight end Rob Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker Monday and announced he will be playing in the New England Patriots’ opener at Miami this Sunday. Meanwhile, the news hardly caught the Dolphins by surprise. “I’m super excited,” said Gronkowski, who didn’t play in any of the four preseason games as he completed his recovery from December right knee surgery. “I won’t have …

Stewart’s Chase Status Matters Not at All

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Charlotte, n.c. — Tony Stewart has one final shot to make the Chase, and it’s not a very good one: He must win Saturday night at Richmond, where he last visited Victory Lane in 2002. He sat out three races after his sprint car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. at a New …

Phils’ No-No a Labor of Labor

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Atlanta — On Labor Day, Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia bullpen spread the workload on a no-hitter. Hamels and three Phillies relievers combined on the season’s fourth no-hitter, blanking the Atlanta Braves 7-0 Monday and giving a last-place team a rare reason to celebrate. It was all the more unusual in that Hamels …

Giants Take a Gift Victory

Thursday, August 28, 2014

East Rutherford, n.j. — No one wanted overtime in the preseason finale. Josh Brown kicked a 37-yard field goal with 38 seconds to play and the New York Giants capped their first undefeated preseason since 2006 with a …

In Brief: Clippers, Rivers Reach New Deal

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Los Angeles — Doc Rivers is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers for another five years. In Steve Ballmer’s first big move since taking over as the new owner, he gave Rivers a contract extension through the 2018-19 season. Ballmer said Wednesday it was one of his top …

Long Preseason Comes to an End

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

East Rutherford, n.j. — In any other year, Tom Coughlin wouldn’t be happy playing an extended preseason schedule. A four-game schedule might be considered too long, and playing in the Hall of Fame contest at the start of the month stretched it to five games. The campaign will …

Browns Star Suspended For Season

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cleveland — Josh Gordon’s wait is over, so is his 2014 season. The star wide receiver’s career is now in peril. The Cleveland Browns learned Wednesday that Gordon’s indefinite suspension by the NFL has been upheld and he …

Royals Manager: Come to Our Games

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — Royals manager Ned Yost pleaded with fans on Wednesday to show up for their remaining home games, one night after Alex Gordon’s walk-off homer gave Kansas City a dramatic win over Minnesota that was seen by just 13,847 at Kauffman Stadium. Yost briefly mentioned …

Sharapova Comes Through in Three Sets

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New York — A year ago at this time, Maria Sharapova was sitting out the U.S. Open, getting checked by doctors and having tests on the surgically repaired right shoulder that has troubled her off and on. On …

Locke, Pirates Rule Cards

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pittsburgh — Ike Davis hit a two-run homer off a speaker above the seats in right-center field, New Hampshire native Jeff Locke outpitched Adam Wainwright and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Wednesday. Pittsburgh took …

Jays Come Through in a Pinch to Take Finale

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Toronto — Pinch-hitter Danny Valencia had a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning, leading the Toronto Blue Jays over the Boston Red Sox 5-2 Wednesday night. Jose Bautista homered for the second straight night, a two-run drive …

Baseball Roundup: Yankees’ Streak Ends

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Detroit — Rick Porcello pitched eight impressive innings, and the Detroit Tigers snapped New York’s five-game winning streak Tuesday night, beating the Yankees 5-2. Porcello (15-8) joined teammate Max Scherzer as the American League’s only 15-game winners, allowing …

Pats Deal Veteran Pro Bowler to Bucs

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tampa, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers upgraded their struggling offensive line, trading for six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins instead of offering a contract to free agent Richie Incognito. That doesn’t mean, however, that the Bucs have …