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In this Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 photo, Kurt Busch stands in his garage during a practice session for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, in Daytona Beach, Fla. In a stunning move just two days before the season-opening Daytona 500, NASCAR suspended Busch indefinitely on Friday, Feb. 20, after a judge said the former champion almost surely strangled and beat an ex-girlfriend last fall and there was a "substantial likelihood" of more domestic violence from him in the future. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Racer to Follow Guidelines Toward Reinstatement

Monday, March 2, 2015

Charlotte, n.c. — Kurt Busch has agreed to follow NASCAR’s recommended guidelines to be eligible for eventual reinstatement. The 2004 champion was indefinitely suspended Feb. 20 after a Delaware judge said he believed Busch likely committed an act of domestic violence against a former girlfriend and there was a “substantial likelihood” of him doing it again. Busch lost two rounds …

War-Torn Stadium: Fighting in Eastern Ukraine Displaces Soccer Team

Monday, March 2, 2015

Lviv, Ukraine — The sleek stadium, built six years ago and host to some of Europe’s biggest soccer matches, is silent. It sits in the middle of the city of Donetsk, a war zone controlled by pro-Russian separatists battling Ukrainian troops. The $425 million Donbass Arena now serves as a depot and distribution …

In Brief: Harrington Wins Classic in Playoff

Monday, March 2, 2015

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. — Padraig Harrington captured his first PGA Tour title in more than six years Monday when he won the Honda Classic by making a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole in regulation and beating 21-year-old rookie Daniel Berger on the second playoff hole. Leave it to Harrington to emerge the winner of the craziest final round on the …

In Brief: Notable NFL Names Receive Their Pink Slips

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Owings Mills, Md. — Jacoby Jones was cut Tuesday by the Baltimore Ravens. The wide receiver and kicker returner was a major contributor to the Ravens’ Super Bowl championship. The 30-year-old Jones played three seasons with Baltimore after a five-year run with Houston. Jones’ most memorable plays with …

Latest Injury to Rose Hits Bulls Hard

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Chicago — The news that Derrick Rose will have knee surgery again hit the Chicago Bulls and their fans hard and left them in a familiar spot — trying to get by without their star point guard. The torn meniscus in his right knee was announced Tuesday night, …

In Brief: ESPN Personality in Trouble

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bristol, Conn. — Keith Olbermann was taken off his ESPN show for the rest of the week after making insulting comments about Penn State students on Twitter. On Monday, a Penn State alum tweeted to Olbermann the phrase “We Are!” and a link to an article about students …

Cubs Hire Pair of Ex-Sox

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mesa, Ariz. — Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis have been hired by Chicago Cubs executive Theo Epstein, their old boss on the Boston Red Sox. After serving as a player-coach for Triple-A Iowa during the second half of last season, Ramirez was announced Tuesday as the Cubs’ hitting …

Larger Than Life, Big Papi Has Arrived

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fort Myers, Fla. — Big Papi arrived at spring training with a weighty quip about new teammate Pablo Sandoval. “My belly hasn’t grown like Panda,” David Ortiz said Tuesday, joking about new Boston Red Sox teammate Sandoval. Ortiz, …

B’s Lack Goals in Loss

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Boston — Zack Kassian broke a 1-1 tie with a goal early in the third period and Eddie Lack preserved the lead with 13 of his 40 saves in the final period for the Vancouver Canucks in a …

Red Sox Take a Gamble: Pursuit of Moncada Underscores Commitment

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fort Myers, Fla. — The Boston Red Sox are all in on Cuba, with their pursuit of acclaimed prospect Yoan Moncada the latest example. Moncada’s representative, David Hastings, said Tuesday he is hopeful the contract with a $31.5 …

KG Glad to Be Back in Minny

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Minneapolis — Nearly eight years after he left Minnesota, Kevin Garnett’s goal hasn’t changed. He still wants to bring a championship to the Timberwolves. That may not happen as a player for the 38-year-old. But maybe it will …

U.S. Ryder Cup Team Hires a Familiar Face

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. — Davis Love III was on his porch in Sea Island taking part in a conference call for the first Ryder Cup Task Force meeting, and he was shocked by what he heard. First, the PGA of America really was going to let the …

PawSox Sold, Moving to Providence

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Providence, r.i. — A group of investors headlined by Boston Red Sox president Larry Lucchino announced Monday they had purchased the Pawtucket Red Sox and would relocate the team to Rhode Island’s capital. Lucchino and several Rhode Island businessmen purchased the Triple-A baseball club for an undisclosed price …