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Sharper takes plea deal in drugging, rape cases

Mar 24, 2015

Sharper takes plea deal in drugging, rape cases

Former NFL star Darren Sharper removed all doubt Monday that he drugged and raped women, taking the first of several steps to own up to sex assaults in four states that will send him to federal prison for about nine years. In two separate ...

Mar 24, 2015

NFL drops blackouts for 2015

The NFL is saying bye-bye to blackouts. At least for 2015. No NFL games will be blocked from local television next season, the league said Monday at the owners’ meetings. The teams voted for a one-year suspension of the long-standing blackout policy for the ...

Mar 24, 2015

Park gets 18-month doping ban

Former Olympic champion Park Tae-hwan of South Korea was banned 18 months Monday for doping after testing positive for testosterone in an out-of-competition drug test, the latest in a series of high-profile doping cases in swimming. The ban will begin retroactively the day of ...

Rangers flex muscle against Ducks

Mar 23, 2015

Rangers flex muscle against Ducks

Cam Talbot finally had a night in which he didn’t have to be nearly perfect to help the New York Rangers win. The Rangers managed only 13 goals in the previous eight games, but went 6-1-1 in that stretch, with Talbot backstopping all but ...

Djokovic triumphs in three-set duel against Federer

Mar 23, 2015

Djokovic triumphs in three-set duel against Federer

Move over Roger Federer, there is another guy with a share of your crown as king of the desert. Novak Djokovic defeated Federer 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2 to win his fourth BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, tying him with Federer for the most titles ...

Mar 23, 2015

New Zealand loses Milne to injury

Fast bowler Adam Milne has been ruled out of New Zealand’s Cricket World Cup squad with a heel injury in a major blow on the eve of Tuesday’s semifinal against South Africa. The 23-year-old quick Matt Henry, who has taken 21 wickets in his ...

Mar 23, 2015

Ito sets mark on table tennis tour

Mima Ito beat Petrissa Solja of Germany in the women’s singles final at the German Open Sunday, becoming the youngest to win on the table tennis World Tour. The 14-year-old Ito, ranked 38th in the world, defeated world No. 4 Feng Tianwei in the ...

Mar 23, 2015

Kodaira wins overall distance title

Nao Kodaira placed third in the women’s 500 meters in the season-ending speed-skating World Cup, giving her enough to win her first career individual overall distance title on Sunday. Kodaira timed 38.49 seconds, behind Americans Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe, who were first and ...

Mar 23, 2015

Sam runs drills at veteran combine

The strain and sweat on their faces showed just how much one more chance in the NFL means to Michael Sam and 104 others. Except for pro days for college players entering the draft, March isn’t usually a time for running sprints and drills ...

Wide receiver Kurihara invited to NFL Veteran Combine

Mar 22, 2015

Wide receiver Kurihara invited to NFL Veteran Combine

Wide receiver Takashi Kurihara on Sunday will participate in the inaugural NFL Veteran Combine at the Arizona Cardinals’ practice facility in Tempe, Arizona. The Veterans Combine will present an opportunity to free agent players to showcase their skills to the NFL club just like ...

Sens stretch unbeaten streak to six

Mar 22, 2015

Sens stretch unbeaten streak to six

A victory over the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs might not seem that impressive these days, but for the Ottawa Senators it was satisfying. Kyle Turris had the winning goal and the Senators extended their unbeaten streak to six games, beating the Leafs 5-3 on ...

Nole, Federer showdown set

Mar 22, 2015

Nole, Federer showdown set

Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray 6-2, 6-3 to reach the final of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday, handing Murray his worst hard-court loss against the world’s top-ranked player since 2007. Djokovic will play for his fourth career title in the desert in Sunday’s ...