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Kurt Busch arrives for his protective order hearing from Patricia Driscoll at Kent County Family Court on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Dover, Del. The attorney for Busch's ex-girlfriend has called the NASCAR driver to the witness stand to testify Wednesday in a hearing in which the woman is seeking a court order directing him to stay away from her. (AP Photo/The News-Journal, Jason Minto)  NO SALES

Kurt Busch Denies Allegations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dover, Del. — NASCAR driver Kurt Busch had his turn on the witness stand Wednesday and testified that he repeatedly told his ex-girlfriend to leave his motorhome the night she claims he assaulted her. Testifying at a hearing on Patricia Driscoll’s request for a no-contact order, Busch said she came uninvited and unannounced to his motorhome at Dover International Speedway in September, a week after he broke off their relationship. He said she demanded that he tell her son to his face that their relationship was over. Driscoll, 37, testified a day earlier that Busch choked her and smashed her head into the bedroom wall …

Sox Add Pitcher

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Boston — The Red Sox obtained Anthony Varvaro from the Atlanta Braves for Aaron Kurcz in a swap of right-handed pitchers. Varvaro was 3-3 with a 2.63 ERA for the Braves last year, his fifth season in the majors. The Red Sox also sent cash to the Braves. Boston is remaking its bullpen after letting Burke Badenhop and Scott Breslow become free agents …

Niners Cut Player Amid Legal Woes

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Santa Clara, Calif. — Citing a pattern of behavior and off-field issues, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke informed defensive lineman Ray McDonald that he was released Wednesday amid a sexual assault investigation by San Jose police. Baalke spoke with McDonald and his agent by phone around 11:30 a.m. PST to let …

Thunder Top Cavs

Friday, December 12, 2014

Oklahoma City — Russell Westbrook scored 26 points, and Oklahoma City took advantage of LeBron James’ absence to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-94 on Thursday night. James sat out with left knee soreness, and without him, Cleveland’s winning streak ended at eight games. Cavaliers coach David Blatt said …

In Brief: Oregon QB Cleans Up at Awards Show

Friday, December 12, 2014

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. — Marcus Mariota put up nearly flawless numbers this season in leading Oregon to a spot in the first College Football Playoff. At the College Football Awards Show on Thursday night, he went a …

Red Sox Go on a Rebuilding Spree

Friday, December 12, 2014

San Diego — Less than five months after acquiring Yoenis Cespedes as part of a big deadline deal, the Boston Red Sox traded the slugging outfielder to help bolster their rotation. The Detroit Tigers were happy to take …

War Delay: In ‘Christmas Truce,’ Soccer Took Precedent Over Battle

Friday, December 12, 2014

Ploegsteert, Belgium — On the side of a wind-swept field covered with scorpion weed, a simple wooden cross marks a unique event in soccer history. At its base, amid wreaths of poppies, lie a smattering of balls and …

All-Stars Head to New Homes

Friday, December 12, 2014

San Diego — Baseball’s winter meetings ended with an old-style spurt of swaps, with All-Stars switching teams at a rapid pace and executives scrambling to fill roster voids. Alfredo Simon, Dee Gordon, Yoenis Cespedes, Miguel Montero, Jeff Samardzija, Brandon Moss, Dan Haren and Howie Kendrick were among the …

Chara Back, B’s Lose

Friday, December 12, 2014

Boston — Ben Smith assisted on the Blackhawks’ first goal and scored their second to lead Chicago to its eighth consecutive victory, 3-2 over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night. The Blackhawks lost captain and No. 2 scorer Jonathan Toews in the second period when Dennis Seidenberg hit …

Cards QB Hurt in Victory

Friday, December 12, 2014

St. Louis — Chandler Catanzaro kicked four field goals and the Arizona Cardinals overcame the loss of quarterback Drew Stanton with stifling defense, moving closer to clinching a playoff spot with a 12-6 victory over the St. Louis …

In Brief: Newton Out of Hospital, Won’t Play Sunday

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Charlotte, n.c. — Cam Newton will not play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while recovering from an automobile crash that left him with two fractures in his lower back. Panthers coach Ron Rivera confirmed Wednesday that Derek Anderson will start and Joe Webb will be his backup. …

Special Teams Ace Paves Way for Pats

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Brandon Bolden figured he’d have to make an impact on special teams with the New England Patriots after a solid career as a college running back. Undrafted rookies don’t get the ball very often in …

Owners Approve New Personal Conduct Policy

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Irving, Texas — NFL owners moved quickly and unanimously Wednesday to change the league’s personal conduct policy. Now the question is how, or whether, the players union responds. The league announced it will hire a special counsel for investigations and conduct to oversee initial discipline, but Commissioner Roger …