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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick to a reporter's question during a media availability at the NFL football team's facility Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots play the Chicago Bears Sunday in Foxborough. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Injury to Chandler Jones puts pressure on Patriots defense

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The “next man up” approach will be tested again after another injury to a key defender for the New England Patriots. Maybe this time they’ll do better. With top tackler Jerod Mayo missing his first game with a season-ending right knee injury, the New York Jets ran over and around New England last Thursday night. They rushed for a season-high 218 yards even though the Patriots held on for a 27-25 win when Nick Folk’s a last-play field goal attempt was blocked. But New England suffered a big loss in that game when its most disruptive pass rusher, defensive end Chandler Jones, hurt …

NBA owners fail to pass lottery reform

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the biggest issues on the agenda when the NBA’s owners arrived in New York for the board of governors meetings was thwarting the tanking strategy employed most brazenly by the Philadelphia 76ers. A proposal that would reduce the incentive for teams to lose games on purpose in an effort to get a better pick in the draft …

Bill Polian, Rob Wolf nominated for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CANTON, Ohio — Former general managers Bill Polian and Ron Wolf were selected Wednesday as contributor finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2015. Polian and Wolf were chosen by the Hall of Fame’s contributor committee. Inductees will be selected on Jan. 31, the day before the Super Bowl, in Phoenix. Mick Tingelhoff is the senior committee nominee, and there …

Bumgarner, Giants stop Royals 7-1 in Series opener

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants put a sudden stop to the Kansas City Royals’ perfect postseason roll. Bumgarner pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, Hunter Pence homered early and the Giants …

Bruins hold off Sharks to win 5-3

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BOSTON — Boston’s power play finally came through with two early goals Tuesday night. The other side of the Bruins’ special teams unit delivered in the end. Gregory Campbell netted the game-winner with less than 10 minutes remaining …

Bears QB Jay Cutler still a slouch in City of Big Shoulders

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CHICAGO — There’s no truth to the rumor Jay Cutler is about to be charged with starting the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. But everything else that’s gone wrong here the last five years? Feel free to pin …

Titans trade LB Akeem Ayers to Patriots

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has traded linebacker Akeem Ayers to the New England Patriots in what coach Ken Whisenhunt says gives the linebacker a fresh start. “A situation that was probably the best for both parties,” Whisenhunt said Tuesday night on his weekly radio show. “Somebody that …

Briefs: DEA complaint charges alleged MLB drug supplier

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DEA complaint charges alleged MLB drug supplier MIAMI (AP) — U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents on Tuesday arrested a South Florida man suspected of manufacturing and supplying banned performance-enhancing drugs to clinics that distributed them to Major League Baseball players and other athletes. A DEA criminal complaint unsealed …

Despite problems, Patriots have won 3 straight

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — A three-day break gave the New England Patriots time to savor three straight wins. Now they can focus on fixing the problems the winning streak couldn’t hide. A suspect run defense. A mediocre offensive line. Replacing injured players. The Patriots returned to practice Tuesday hoping to …

LeBron James eyeing his third title, first for Cavaliers

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CLEVELAND — Four years away from home changed LeBron James. He came back more mature, more focused, more complete — in a class by himself as a player. More significantly, playing with Dwyane Wade in Miami taught him …

Another down year expected for Celtics

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics didn’t get the franchise player they need from the draft. Now general manager Danny Ainge must decide whether to buy another ticket for the NBA lottery or put together a package of picks …

Aaron Hernandez on track for May trial in double killing

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez remains on track for a May trial on two murder charges. His lawyers and prosecutors agreed Tuesday to another pre-trial hearing on Nov. 25 during a brief court appearance in Suffolk Superior Court. The lawyers largely talked privately …

US tops Haiti to advance in Women’s World Cup qualifying

Monday, October 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — The U.S women’s soccer team is winning in a no-win situation. Of course, the Americans should beat Haiti by a bunch of goals. And, of course, the Haitians are going to park themselves in front of …