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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during an event at Gillette Stadium Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass., to promote the NHL Winter Classic hockey game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins, scheduled to be played there on New Year's day 2016. At rear are Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney, left, and Bruins President Cam Neely, right.  (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Winter Classic Brings Bruins, Habs to Home of Pats

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — The Winter Classic is coming to the home of the New England Patriots. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman joined officials from the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday to say the Original Six rivals would meet at Gillette Stadium on New Year’s Day. The Bruins will be the first team to host the event twice. They also hosted it in 2010, at Fenway Park. Patriots owner Robert Kraft also spoke at the ceremony, just hours after his impassioned “Deflategate” defense. Bettman noted that the three organizations are among the most successful in their sports, with 34 championships. The Canadiens have won 24 …

‘Miracle on Ice’ Goalie to Auction Memorabilia

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

New York — The American flag that goalie Jim Craig wrapped around his shoulders after the U.S. Miracle on Ice victory at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics is on the auction block. The flag is one of 19 items in “The Jim Craig ‘Miracle on Ice’ Collection,” which also includes Craig’s Olympic gold medal, the jersey he wore against the vaunted Soviet …

Brady to Battle NFL; Kraft Wishes He Had

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — Tom Brady took the fight over his “Deflategate” suspension to social media and federal court on Wednesday, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft backed the three-time Super Bowl MVP, saying “I was wrong to put my faith in the league.” One day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell rejected Brady’s …

Fireworks on Tour de France as Top Cyclists Clash

Friday, July 24, 2015

La Toussuire, France — Chris Froome always expected his rivals to throw everything at him and his Tour de France race lead. He just didn’t expect that would happen when he was stopped by the side of the road. Showing bristle beneath his mild manners, the British rider …

Fill-In Wins for L.A.

Friday, July 24, 2015

New York — Justin Turner homered and drove in three runs against his former club, emergency starter Ian Thomas hurled five effective innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Mets 7-2 on Friday night. The …

Red Sox Snap Skid

Friday, July 24, 2015

Boston — Xander Bogaerts’ single up the middle off Blaine Hardy in the 11th inning drove home the winning run, and the Boston Red Sox snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night. Hardy (3-2) gave up a leadoff walk …

Astros Add Standout Lefty From A’s

Friday, July 24, 2015

Oakland, Calif. — Scott Kazmir is heading to his hometown Houston Astros and into the thick of a pennant race, and the Oakland Athletics are starting their summer sell-off. The A’s began their expected changes leading up to the July 31 trade deadline, sending left-hander to the Astros …

Maple Leafs Hire Longtime Devils Executive Lamoriello as GM

Friday, July 24, 2015

Toronto — The Toronto Maple Leafs hired longtime NHL executive Lou Lamoriello as general manager on Thursday, bringing in an experienced executive to try to turn around the franchise. Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan said he wanted NHL experience. He got almost three decades of it in Lamoriello, …

No Deal on Brady Between NFL, Union

Friday, July 24, 2015

The players union proposed a settlement on Tom Brady’s four-game suspension last week that was “met with silence” by the NFL, a person familiar with the proposal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity …

Yanks Sweep Orioles

Friday, July 24, 2015

New York — Jacoby Ellsbury finished a triple shy of the cycle and drove in four runs and Chase Headley hit a three-run double in the first inning as the New York Yankees completed a three-game sweep of …

Two Stages Down, Two to Go in Alps

Friday, July 24, 2015

Saint-Jean-De-Maurienne, France — The road snaked back and forth like spaghetti stuck to a wall, 18 hairpin bends, climbed for the first time in the 112-year history of the Tour de France. Curiously, there were no crowds on this spectacular vista just perfect for the television age. Police …

After Stunning Loss, U.S. Thinking Positive

Friday, July 24, 2015

Atlanta — Jurgen Klinsmann strolled into the room in the basement of the Georgia Dome, not looking overly concerned about the biggest upset loss in U.S. men’s soccer history. Sure, the coach was disappointed that his team won’t be heading to the Gold Cup final Sunday, having been …

Cubs Rookie Has No. 2-Selling Jersey

Friday, July 24, 2015

Chicago — The Chicago Cubs are playing better baseball these days and it’s showing up in merchandise sales. Rookie Kris Bryant’s jersey has been the top-seller since he was called up from the minors in mid-April, Major League Baseball said Thursday. World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner had the …