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The NHL is launching its own network in the United States. The NHL Network, which has been available in Canada since 2001, will begin airing this month through carriage agreements with Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications, DirecTV, Dish Network and Time Warner Cable. The network will be accessible to 75 million homes, the league said.

  • NHL Network to launch in US this month

    The NHL is launching its own network in the United States. The NHL Network, which has been available in Canada since 2001, will begin airing this month through carriage agreements with Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications, DirecTV, Dish Network and Time Warner Cable. The network will be accessible to 75 million homes, the league said.

  • D Meyer claimed off waivers by Coyotes

    Defenseman Freddy Meyer was claimed off waivers by the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday from the New York Islanders. Meyer, scratched from the Islanders’ first two games of the season, was placed on waivers Sunday by New York for the purpose of sending him to Bridgeport of the AHL, but he was picked up by the…

  • Leafs’ Blake has treatable leukemia

    Maple Leafs forward Jason Blake has a rare form of leukemia that he said leaves him in no immediate danger and is highly treatable. The 34-year-old left wing has started treatment and doesn’t expect to miss any playing time. “When you find out that you have something it’s definitely shattering to your whole family and…

  • Pack suffers first loss, 27-20 to Bears

    Brett Favre flirted with another record performance, all right. Favre threw two second-half interceptions to tie George Blanda’s career NFL record of 277, allowing the Chicago Bears to rally for a 27-20 victory at Lambeau Field Sunday night. But Favre was responsible for only two of the Packers’ five turnovers against a banged-up but ball-hungry…

  • Brady throws 3 TDs, Patriots move to 5-0

    The Patriots have had plenty to celebrate this season. Junior Seau finally gave in to the temptation. Now he’s ready to pay the price. In a move more suited to an 18-year-old college player than an 18-year veteran like Seau, he raised the ball high while returning an interception in Sunday’s 34-17 win over the…

  • Cowboys tough test for banged-up Bills

    Go ahead and laugh. Safety Donte Whitner’s heard them all, including the jab about how the Bills’ defense will serve as a “punching bag,” as one national radio broadcaster put it, for the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night. “It’s funny to me hearing things like that. It really doesn’t bother me,” said the second-year player…

  • Cat Charmer wins Belmont’s Pebbles Stakes

    Cat Charmer made a strong inside run to capture the $111,000 Pebbles Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park on Monday. Cat Charmer hugged the fence for a half-length victory over Queen Joanne. The time was 1:34.85 for the mile on the firm turf course. Eibar Coa was aboard for trainer H. Graham Motion as…

  • In The Pits: Villeneuve avoids trouble at Talladega to complete solid first Nextel Cup start

    When Juan Pablo Montoya made the jump from Formula One to NASCAR, his move was met with anticipation.

  • Knicks C Curry to miss preseason opener

    New York Knicks center Eddy Curry has a tear in his right shoulder and will miss the preseason opener Monday night against Philadelphia. He will be re-evaluated by a team doctor in New York City on Tuesday. Curry, who averaged 19.5 points and 7.0 rebounds last season, had an MRI Sunday at Palmetto Richland Hospital,…

  • Rival Rockies, Arizona to meet in NLCS

    When the Arizona Diamondbacks look across the field at the Colorado Rockies this week, they may feel as if they’re looking into a mirror. The teams took similar routes to an unlikely destination — the NL championship series. “We’re going to have our hands full with Arizona, a tough team,” Rockies outfielder Jeff Baker said.

  • Hurdle pushing right buttons for Rockies

    Clint Hurdle has played his hunches during the Colorado Rockies’ incredible 17-1 streak, and almost every time they’ve been right. Managing a mix of mostly young players and a couple of wily veterans, the sixth-year manager said he’s listened as much to his gut as he has his coaching staff. “Sometimes they work and sometimes…

  • Piniella’s good first season ends badly

    For most of their first season under manager Lou Piniella, the Chicago Cubs reveled in the home atmosphere of Wrigley Field, where fans came in record numbers to join the party. The fun run ended Saturday night. Instead, the old neighborhood ballpark was filled with loud boos, especially for Aramis Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano, as…