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In this image supplied by the Football Association on Monady Sept. 15, 2014  former England international soccer star  Michael Owen. left,  coaches  Afghanistan captain Islamuddin Amiri , right, and an unidentified female member of the delegation from the Afghanistan FA during the  training session at St Georges Park on  Friday Sept. 5, 2014 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. The paths that took Wayne Rooney and Islamuddin Amiri into football couldn’t have been more different. When a 9-year-old Rooney was catching the eye of talent spotters in Liverpool in 1995 and joining up with Premier League club Everton, Amiri was enduring hardship and horror under Taliban rule in Kabul, where Afghanistan’s national stadium was used for public executions and brutal punishments.  (AP Photo/Michael Regan/The FA) NO ARCHIVE

British Trading Bullets for Soccer Balls as Afghanistan War Role Ends

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

London — The paths that took Wayne Rooney and Islamuddin Amiri into football couldn’t have been more different. When a 9-year-old Rooney was catching the eye of talent spotters in Liverpool in 1995 and joining up with Premier League club Everton, Amiri was enduring hardship and horror under Taliban rule in Kabul, where Afghanistan’s national stadium was used for public …

‘I Am ... Not a Child Abuser’

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Adrian Peterson was back in the building Monday, reinstated by the Minnesota Vikings less than 24 hours after a 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots without their star running back. But Peterson, who is facing a felony charge in Texas of injuring one of his children, was not in the locker room Monday during the 45-minute period open to media, forcing teammates …

Patriots Still Have Work to Do

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — The New England Patriots host the Oakland Raiders this week hoping to rediscover their normally potent offense. The Patriots moved to 1-1 with Sunday’s 30-7 win at Minnesota. But after the game, which saw the defense pick off four of Matt Cassel’s passes and turn a blocked field goal into a touchdown, much of the talk was about the struggles …

Gronk Wants More

Friday, September 12, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Rob Gronkowski looks to be in midseason form, at least when he’s spiking the ball after a touchdown. The rest of his game might take a while to get there. The New England Patriots star …

United States Pulls Away From Lithuania for Trip to Final

Friday, September 12, 2014

The gold-medal matchup seemingly everyone wanted in the Basketball World Cup — maybe even some U.S. players — won’t be happening. The Spanish were upset in the quarterfinals, ending the predicted No. 1 vs. No. 2 game Sunday on Spain’s home court. “I think that’s one of the …

Short-Handed Ravens Roll

Friday, September 12, 2014

Baltimore — A short and tumultuous work week for the Baltimore Ravens ended with a surprisingly lopsided victory. Playing three days after running back Ray Rice was released, the Ravens got a pair of touchdown passes from Joe …

Source Says Rice Video Sent to NFL in April

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Atlantic City, n.j. — A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive five months ago, while Commissioner Roger Goodell has insisted the league didn’t see the violent …

In Brief: Hawks Cancel Meeting With Civil Rights Leaders

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Atlanta — The Atlanta Hawks cancelled a scheduled meeting between their CEO and city civil rights leaders Wednesday, prompting one of the group’s leaders to say his community was greatly offended. The Rev. Markel Hutchins said the meeting with CEO Steve Koonin was called off “at the last …

Former Teammates Face Off

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Eden Prairie, Minn. — Take away the supermodel wife, the Ugg boots commercials and the three Super Bowl trophies. Take away the two MVP awards and the guest appearances on Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons. Take Tom …

Pedroia Done for Season

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Boston — The postseason hopes for the World Series champion Boston Red Sox have all but faded away. Now, Dustin Pedroia’s season is over, too. Red Sox manager John Farrell said the star second baseman will have season-ending …

More Than Rice: Other NFL Players Face Domestic Abuse Issues

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Charlotte, n.c. — Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy has been convicted on two counts of domestic violence and is still playing. Ray McDonald, of the San Francisco 49ers, also remains active while he is being …

France Upsets Spain in Quarterfinals

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Madrid — France upset Spain 65-52 in front of its stunned fans in the quarterfinals of the Basketball World Cup on Wednesday. After dominating its first six games and blowing out France by 24 points in the group phase, Spain appeared to be the main candidate to dethrone …

McCutcheon’s HR Leads Pirates

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Philadelphia — Andrew McCutchen hit the first inside-the-park home run of his career and the Pittsburgh Pirates protected their lead in the NL wild-card race, beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 Wednesday night. The Pirates began the day with a 11/2-game lead over Atlanta and Milwaukee for the second …