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This photo taken Nov. 29, 2010 shows NHL video reviewers working in the "war room" in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)

NHL Watchdogs Keeping An Eye on Player Safety

Friday, November 21, 2014

By Michael Russo Star Tribune New York — A decade or two ago, the standard line from NHL coaches and general managers after one of their players took a dirty hit was: “We’re sending the tape to the league.” They would pull a VHS tape out of the VCR and snail-mail it to league headquarters. When Damian Echevarrieta came to …

Gronk: ‘I Just Love Playing’

Friday, November 21, 2014

By Carlos Monarrez Detroit Free Press Rob Gronkowski was really close Wednesday. But he fell just short of achieving the same level of stonewalling mastery as Arian (“I’m just trying to the best teammate I can be”) Foster, Cam (“Donkey Kong Suh”) Newton or Robert (“We’re just focused on San Francisco”) Griffin III. …

Friday, November 21, 2014

NFL Standings AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div New England 8 2 0 .800 323 218 5-0-0 3-2-0 6-2-0 2-0-0 2-1-0 Miami 6 4 0 .600 249 180 3-2-0 3-2-0 5-2-0 1-2-0 2-1-0 Buffalo 5 5 0 .500 200 204 2-3-0 3-2-0 2-5-0 3-0-0 2-2-0 N.Y. Jets 2 8 0 .200 174 265 2-4-0 0-4-0 2-5-0 0-3-0 0-2-0 South W L T Pct PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div Indianapolis 6 4 0 .600 310 253 3-2-0 3-2-0 5-3-0 1-1-0 3-0-0 Houston 5 5 0 .500 229 204 2-2-0 3-3-0 4-2-0 1-3-0 1-1-0 Tennessee 2 8 0 .200 168 250 1-4-0 1-4-0 2-6-0 0-2-0 1-2-0 Jacksonville 1 9 0 .100 158 282 1-4-0 0-5-0 1-6-0 0-3-0 0-2-0 North W L T Pct PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div Cincinnati 6 3 1 .650 224 221 4-1-1 2-2-0 4-3-0 2-0-1 2-1-0 Pittsburgh 7 4 0 .636 288 263 4-1-0 3-3-0 6-3-0 1-1-0 2-2-0 Baltimore 6 4 0 .600 261 181 4-1-0 2-3-0 3-4-0 3-0-0 2-3-0 Cleveland 6 4 0 .600 216 195 4-2-0 2-2-0 4-4-0 2-0-0 2-2-0 West W L T Pct PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div Denver 7 3 0 .700 293 224 5-0-0 2-3-0 5-1-0 2-2-0 3-0-0 Kansas City 7 3 0 .700 241 171 4-1-0 3-2-0 5-2-0 2-1-0 1-1-0 San Diego 6 4 0 .600 218 192 4-1-0 2-3-0 5-3-0 1-1-0 2-2-0 Oakland 0 10 0 .000 152 265 0-5-0 0-5-0 0-8-0 0-2-0 0-3-0 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA Home Away NFC AFC Div Philadelphia 7 3 0 .700 299 251 5-0-0 2-3-0 4-3-0 3-0-0 2-0-0 Dallas 7 3 0 .700 261 212 3-3-0 4-0-0 4-3-0 3-0-0 1-1-0 N.Y. Giants 3 7 0 .300 205 263 2-3-0 1-4-0 2-6-0 1-1-0 1-2-0 Washington 3 7 0 .300 204 256 2-3-0 1-4-0 1-6-0 2-1-0 1-2-0 South W L T Pct PF PA Home Away NFC AFC Div Atlanta 4 6 0 .400 238 255 2-2-0 2-4-0 4-4-0 0-2-0 4-0-0 New Orleans 4 6 0 .400 261 252 3-2-0 1-4-0 4-4-0 0-2-0 2-1-0 Carolina 3 7 1 .318 215 300 2-4-0 1-3-1 3-5-0 0-2-1 1-2-0 Tampa Bay 2 8 0 .200 194 279 0-5-0 2-3-0 1-6-0 1-2-0 0-4-0 North W L T Pct PF PA Home Away NFC AFC Div Detroit 7 3 0 .700 188 156 4-1-0 3-2-0 5-2-0 2-1-0 2-0-0 Green Bay 7 3 0 .700 330 225 5-0-0 2-3-0 5-3-0 2-0-0 3-1-0 Chicago 4 6 0 .400 215 290 1-3-0 3-3-0 3-3-0 1-3-0 1-2-0 Minnesota 4 6 0 .400 181 220 2-2-0 2-4-0 4-4-0 0-2-0 0-3-0 West W L T Pct PF PA Home Away NFC AFC Div Arizona 9 1 0 .900 237 176 6-0-0 3-1-0 7-0-0 2-1-0 2-0-0 San Francisco 6 4 0 .600 211 212 2-2-0 4-2-0 5-3-0 1-1-0 1-2-0 Seattle 6 4 0 .600 260 215 4-1-0 2-3-0 4-2-0 2-2-0 0-1-0 St. …

Sinking Giants Host Niners

Sunday, November 16, 2014

East Rutherford, n.j. — The NFL is giving the New York Giants a rare chance for a do-over. A week after their fourth-quarter debacle in Seattle, the reeling Giants (3-6) will get a chance to get things right this time when they face the San Francisco 49ers on …

B’s Get Back on Track

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Boston — The Boston Bruins aren’t ready to let two embarrassing losses fade completely out of their minds with one victory. Seth Griffith and Patrice Bergeron scored first-period goals, Tuukka Rask stopped 33 shots and the Bruins rebounded …

NASCAR set to Crown a New Champion

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Homestead, Fla. — There was pushing, punching, one ambush in a darkened garage and a bloody brawl. There were thousands of hours spent analyzing the path to the Sprint Cup title as teams tried to adapt to NASCAR’s new championship format. For all the hand-wringing, all the skepticism …

In Brief: It’s Djokovic-Federer for Title

Sunday, November 16, 2014

London — Roger Federer saved four match points on Saturday to ensure the most successful player at the ATP Finals will take on the best player of the season in a mouthwatering final. Federer, a six-time champion, fought for nearly three hours to reach a ninth final in …

Cavs Crush Hawks

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Cleveland — LeBron James scored 32 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers made their first 11 3-point attempts, including nine in the first quarter, to rout the Atlanta Hawks 127-94 on Saturday night. The Cavaliers became the first team in NBA history to go 9 for 9 or better …

Magic Rule Bucks Again

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Orlando, Fla. — Tobias Harris had 26 points and 10 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic beat the Milwaukee Bucks 101-85 on Friday night. Victor Oladipo returned to Orlando’s lineup as the Magic earned their 17th consecutive home win against Milwaukee. Oladipo, who suffered a facial fracture right …

Devils Slip Past Capitals

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Washington — Braden Holtby made the only mistake in a game of stellar saves, getting caught behind the net and practically gifting Mike Cammalleri a third-period goal in the New Jersey Devils’ 1-0 win over the Washington Capitals on Friday night. Racing behind the net to clear the …

Commentary: Welcome to FIFA, Soccer’s Evil Empire

Friday, November 14, 2014

Every industry has an evil empire. College athletes bow to the NCAA. Super PACs devour politics. Comcast complicates our technological needs. Gannett ruins newspapers. Reagan railed against an evil empire. Rage Against the Machine named an album after one. Darth Sidious oversaw another. Soccer’s evil empire is an …

A Fun, Wild Time

Friday, November 14, 2014

Homestead, Fla. — After a wild playoff round filled with brawls and go-for-the-throat racing that left NASCAR’s biggest stars out of title contention, chairman Brian France said Friday the series would “be delighted” if winless Ryan Newman defied …

In Brief: U.S. Soccer Falters Late in Loss to Colombia

Friday, November 14, 2014

London — Teofilo “Teo” Gutierrez headed in a tiebreaking goal in the 87th minute, and Colombia rallied to beat the United States 2-1 Friday in an exhibition at Fulham’s Craven Cottage. Jozy Altidore converted a penalty kick in the 10th minute, his 25th international goal, after a hand …