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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 ...

Berdych puts away Nadal

Jan 27, 2015

Berdych puts away Nadal

Rafael Nadal’s lack of match fitness from nearly six months of inactivity finally caught up with the 14-time Grand Slam singles champion at the Australian Open on Tuesday. Nadal was never much of a factor in his quarterfinal match against seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych, losing ...

Kraft blasts NFL probe

Jan 27, 2015

Kraft blasts NFL probe

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft demanded an apology from the league once the Patriots are found to be not guilty of breaking any rules regarding using under-inflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game. A conclusion Kraft is certain will occur. In an unscheduled ...

Jan 27, 2015

Raiders give Woodson one-year deal

The Oakland Raiders signed pending free-agent safety Charles Woodson to a one-year contract extension on Monday, bringing him back for an 18th season in the NFL. The team announced the contract by releasing a picture on Twitter of Woodson signing the deal next to ...

Jan 27, 2015

Swimmer Park failed doping test

South Korea’s former Olympic swim champion Park Tae-hwan has failed a recent doping test, his agency said Tuesday. Team GMP said in a statement that Park tested positive for a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency but it didn’t immediately disclose what substance ...