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Eriksson lifts Bruins past Wild in OT

The Boston Bruins needed a win like this. Well, any win, really. Loui Eriksson’s goal 1:30 into overtime gave Boston a 3-2 win over Minnesota on Wednesday night, only the second victory for the Bruins in eight games and the fourth loss for the Wild in the past six. Carl ...

Yamada joins Aussie rugby club

Japan international Akihito Yamada has joined Australian Super Rugby club Western Force, the club said on Thursday. The dynamic outside ...

Dec 18, 2014

Luck lands NCAA executive post

West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck is joining the NCAA as executive vice president of regulatory affairs. The NCAA is creating a new position for Luck that will bring academic and membership affairs, the eligibility center and enforcement under one umbrella. He will oversee ...

Dec 18, 2014

Pettine responds to Kosar critique

Browns coach Mike Pettine calls former Cleveland quarterback Bernie Kosar’s harsh condemnation of the team’s front office “a little dramatic.” Kosar blasted the organization Monday, a day after the Browns were shut out by Cincinnati in rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel’s starting debut. Pettine says ...

49ers release McDonald following latest run-in with law

Dec 18, 2014

49ers release McDonald following latest run-in with law

Citing a pattern of behavior and off-field issues, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke informed defensive lineman Ray McDonald that he was released Wednesday amid a sexual assault investigation by San Jose police. Baalke spoke with McDonald and his agent by phone around ...

Gordon stars on big stage

Dec 17, 2014

Gordon stars on big stage

by Kaz Nagatsuka

In a marquee matchup of American quarterbacks, which likely led fans to expect an aerial game, running back Gino Gordon stole the show with his stellar performance on the ground. Gordon rushed for 112 yards and scored four touchdowns to guide the Fujitsu Frontiers ...

Panthers triumph in epic shootout

Dec 17, 2014

Panthers triumph in epic shootout

Nick Bjugstad took a deep breath before his second attempt in the longest shootout in NHL history. And when he finally exhaled and scored, the Florida Panthers had outlasted the Washington Capitals in a whopping 20 rounds. “I’ve never seen anything like that,” Florida ...

Dec 17, 2014

Pound to lead Russia doping probe

Former World Anti-Doping Agency chairman Dick Pound vowed Tuesday to get to the bottom of allegations of systematic doping in Russia as he leads an investigation into a case that has shaken the sport of track and field. “We’re not there to whitewash anything,” ...

Dec 17, 2014

IAAF notifies Kipsang of missed test

Kenya’s former world marathon record-holder Wilson Kipsang has been notified of a missed doping test by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), Athletics Kenya (AK) said on Tuesday. The notification followed the failure by Kipsang, the 2012 Olympic medalist and New York marathon ...

Dec 16, 2014

Houston close to hiring Herman

A person familiar with the situation said that the University of Houston is negotiating with Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman to be its new head coach. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because a deal hadn’t been completed. Houston fired coach Tony ...

Saints run over lowly Bears

Dec 16, 2014

Saints run over lowly Bears

Turns out all Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints needed to solve their problems was to show up in Chicago. Nothing like playing the Bears to break a slump. Even better, the Saints jumped into first place. Brees threw for 375 yards and ...

Eakins done with Oilers

Dec 16, 2014

Eakins done with Oilers

Dallas Eakins was fired Monday as coach of the Edmonton Oilers, who have lost 15 of 16 games and are well on the way to missing the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season. General manager Craig MacTavish will coach the team until the job ...