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Jan 30, 2015

Gordon cites drinking for problems

Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon said on Thursday that his latest trouble with the NFL results from having a few drinks with teammates. Gordon said in an open letter on Medium that he accepts responsibility for a failed alcohol test that could bring another ...

Jan 30, 2015

Hernandez murder trial begins

With his ex-teammates about to play in the Super Bowl, former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez went on trial on murder charges Thursday, watching from the defense table as prosecutors said DNA on a shell casing and security-camera video from his own home ...

Murray outlasts Berdych in tough semifinal showdown

Jan 29, 2015

Murray outlasts Berdych in tough semifinal showdown

Britain’s Andy Murray stormed into his fourth Australian Open final with a commanding four-sets win over Czech Tomas Berdych on Thursday. The two-time Grand Slam champion, seeded sixth, beat the seventh seed 6-7 (6-8), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 and will play either Novak Djokovic or ...

Serena, Sharapova book spots in Australian Open final

Jan 29, 2015

Serena, Sharapova book spots in Australian Open final

Serena Williams weathered a barrage of big serves and heavy groundstrokes early and needed nine match points before beating Madison Keys 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 to set up an Australian Open final against second-seeded Maria Sharapova. Top-ranked Williams, bothered by a cold in recent days, ...

Patriots over painful defeat

Jan 29, 2015

Patriots over painful defeat

The road to perfection reached a dead end in the Arizona desert. Now the New England Patriots are back where a Super Bowl championship — and an unbeaten record — barely eluded them seven years ago in the desert. Not that they dwell on ...

Jan 29, 2015

Ovechkin strikes twice as Capitals blank Pens

Alex Ovechkin scored goals. Sidney Crosby lost faceoffs. Lots and lots of faceoffs. The latest Ovi-Sid showdown was a no-contest. Ovechkin netted twice to take the NHL lead in goals, and Crosby struggled mightily in his return from his latest injury as the Washington ...

Jan 29, 2015

Fernandez way out front at Euros

Javier Fernandez of Spain took a strong lead in his quest for a third consecutive European figure skating championship with a dynamic short program to the raucous rocker “Black Betty” on Wednesday. Fernandez stepped out of his opening, speedy quadruple salchow, and out of ...

Nishikori reflects on Aussie Open exit

Jan 28, 2015

Nishikori reflects on Aussie Open exit

Kei Nishikori’s hopes of reaching the semifinals at all four of tennis’ Grand Slam tournaments this year ended on Wednesday, when he was beaten in straight sets in the Australian Open quarterfinals by Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka. Nishikori was blown out of the first set ...

Wilson set for duel against Super Bowl hero Brady

Jan 28, 2015

Wilson set for duel against Super Bowl hero Brady

Tom Brady began winning Super Bowls when Russell Wilson was still a teenager, tuning in to see the big game on TV. “Of course I remember watching Brady,” Wilson said Tuesday. “He won some incredible games. Incredible comebacks. Incredible throws. Incredible plays. Hopefully he ...

Islanders beat rival Rangers again

Jan 28, 2015

Islanders beat rival Rangers again

Jaroslav Halak faced more traffic on the ice inside than in the snow outside. He handled both nearly flawlessly and carried the New York Islanders to yet another win over the New York Rangers. Halak stopped 40 shots, falling 8.1 seconds short of his ...

Jan 28, 2015

McQuaid: Armstrong 'was scapegoat'

Banned cyclist Lance Armstrong was the victim of “a witch hunt” and made a scapegoat by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), says former International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid. A cancer survivor and once a hero to millions, Armstrong was stripped of ...

Jan 28, 2015

England's Farrell out of Six Nations

England flyhalf Owen Farrell was ruled out of the Six Nations on Tuesday, two days after badly twisting his left knee in club rugby action. A scan on Monday revealed Farrell suffered a high-grade medial ligament strain. England said in a statement he will ...