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  • Sports deaths: elegant Tony Gwynn, Jean Beliveau

    For one, the tool of choice was a bat. For the other, a stick. Tony Gwynn and Jean Beliveau died in 2014, unparalleled craftsmen who made the supremely difficult look almost easy. They played with…

  • Friday’s Sports in Brief

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — NHL Pete DeBoer, who coached the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup finals in his first season in 2011-12, was fired Friday, with his aging and diminished team in danger…

  • Good, bad and weird of NFL season

    Every NFL season offers much to marvel at or laugh about, and plenty of chances to shake our heads in befuddled wonderment. That final description certainly fits the mind-numbing off-field news that plagued the league…

  • Broncos see a much better Raiders team this time

    DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning won’t be chasing history and Derek Carr won’t be running from it when the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders meet in their regular-season finale. Not long ago, it appeared Manning…

  • Vikings stadium builders work on career highlight

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have been in transition all year. Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is learning on the job. Coach Mike Zimmer is shaping his new team’s mindset. Dave Mansell is making sure…

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EST

    ‘The Interview’ earns $1 million in theaters; will major studios rethink day-and-date release? LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Interview” was never supposed to be a paradigm-shifting film. But unusual doesn’t even begin to describe the…

  • Friday’s Sports Transactions

    BASEBALL National League WASHINGTON NATIONALS — Agreed to terms with 2B Dan Uggla, 1B Clint Robinson, 3B Ian Stewart and RHPs Heath Bell, Mitch Lively and Scott McGregor on minor league contracts. BASKETBALL National Basketball…

  • Davis, Roman meet over tweet

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers tackle Anthony Davis is fairly outspoken. Still, he had little to say about his tweet that challenged his offensive coordinator’s choices this year. Davis and Greg Roman…

  • NFL Injury Report

    NEW YORK (AP) — The updated National Football League injury report, as provided by the league: CAROLINA PANTHERS at ATLANTA FALCONS — PANTHERS: QUESTIONABLE: LB A.J. Klein (knee). PROBABLE: RB DeAngelo Williams (hand). FALCONS: QUESTIONABLE:…

  • Chargers running back Mathews rule out of KC game

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Running back Ryan Mathews has been ruled out of San Diego’s game Sunday at Kansas City, which the Chargers must win to clinch a wild-card berth. Mathews will miss his third…

  • Okung cleared for Seattle, Unger to be game-time decision

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks could get two key offensive linemen back for their regular-season finale against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. Left tackle Russell Okung has been cleared to play after…

  • Friday’s Sports Transactions

    BASEBALL National League WASHINGTON NATIONALS — Agreed to terms with 2B Dan Uggla, 1B Clint Robinson, 3B Ian Stewart and RHPs Heath Bell, Mitch Lively and Scott McGregor on minor league contracts. BASKETBALL National Basketball…

  • Browns rookie Connor Shaw to start finale

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Rookie quarterback Connor Shaw will come off Cleveland’s practice squad and start the season finale on Sunday against Baltimore. With Brian Hoyer still slowed by a sore right throwing shoulder, Shaw…

  • Chiefs QB Alex Smith out with lacerated spleen

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Smith thought he had some indigestion. It turned out to be a lacerated spleen. Now, the Kansas City Chiefs will put their already slim playoff hopes in the hands…

  • Colston a mainstay for Saints

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — For much of the past nine years, Marques Colston has been consistently mentioned as a prime example of a late-round draft steal by New Orleans. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound receiver out of…