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Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2) looks to pass as he is pressured by Boston Celtics forward Brandon Bass (30) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday Jan. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Motiejunas scores 26, Rockets top Celtics for 4th win in row

Saturday, January 31, 2015

BOSTON — Donatas Motiejunas wasn’t thinking about a new career high when he took an alley-oop from James Harden and hit a layup as he fell to the floor late in the fourth quarter. Preserving a Houston Rockets victory was foremost on his mind. The big man scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, as the Rockets …

Former Amherst College coach leading the Patriots defense

Friday, January 30, 2015

In the hours leading up to his team’s biggest game of the season, Amherst College football coach E.J. Mills knows one of the first people who will send him some encouragement. Even while involved in final preparations for the next day’s game, New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia takes time to remember …

This Tom Brady in Belchertown sometimes mistaken for that other Tom Brady who plays football

Friday, January 30, 2015

The phone call came out of nowhere. A nameless man was so irate following a New England Patriots loss that he looked up the phone number of Tom Brady and voiced his displeasure to the apparent three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback. The man found a number and called it. The problem was it was …

‘Deflategate’ or not, New England fans should enjoy the Patriots’ success

Friday, January 30, 2015

If the Patriots win Sunday’s Super Bowl, the title will be tainted, an asterisked championship that won’t mean as much — at least that’s what the seemingly endless parade of talking heads, who breathlessly can’t wait to talk about “Deflategate,” are saying. Who exactly is going to consider …

Commentary: Goodell talks a lot, and says very little

Friday, January 30, 2015

PHOENIX — No, Roger Goodell is not going to give himself a pay cut. Won’t trim even a measly $1 million off his $44 million salary. Not voluntarily, anyway, even after a disastrous year that shook the NFL …

Djokovic beats Wawrinka to reach fifth Australian Open final

Friday, January 30, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic reached a fifth Australian Open final, avenged a long and arduous loss to Stan Wawrinka and ensured he’d renew an old rivalry with Andy Murray. The top-ranked Djokovic was so absorbed in the …

Woods posts 82, highest score of his pro career

Friday, January 30, 2015

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Tiger Woods never shot a score this high in his 1,267 official rounds as a pro. He never looked more lost on a golf course. Woods hit wedges fat and thin, but never close. He …

Judge: Jury can watch Super Bowl unless Hernandez mentioned

Friday, January 30, 2015

FALL RIVER — The 18 New England residents sitting on the jury in the murder trial of former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will be allowed to watch the home team play in Sunday’s Super Bowl, but the judge …

3-time Boston Marathon champ Jeptoo gets 2-year doping ban

Friday, January 30, 2015

NAIROBI, Kenya — Rita Jeptoo, a three-time winner of the Boston Marathon and two-time Chicago Marathon champion, was handed a two-year doping ban Friday in a case that has cast a shadow over Kenya’s famed distance runners. Jeptoo …

Tuukka Rask, Bruins cruise past Islanders 5-2

Thursday, January 29, 2015

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Kevan Miller helped the Boston Bruins get off to a winning start after the All-Star break. Miller scored the go-ahead goal with 3.4 seconds left in the second period, leading the Bruins to a 5-2 …

Super Bowl notebook: Richard Sherman looking forward to fatherhood

Thursday, January 29, 2015

PHOENIX — Richard Sherman has contingency plans in place should his girlfriend give birth to their first child — a son — before Sunday’s Super Bowl against New England. Sherman doesn’t seem worried about the potential arrival of …

Hoodie and scowl hide the Belichick impact

Thursday, January 29, 2015

PHOENIX — He’s been called the Evil Genius, and he’s been fined for spying on an opponent. And now there are questions about deflated footballs. Any visual portrait of Bill Belichick likely has him wearing a hoodie — …

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez goes on trial on murder charges

Thursday, January 29, 2015

FALL RIVER — With his ex-teammates about to play in the Super Bowl, former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez went on trial on murder charges Thursday, watching from the defense table as prosecutors said DNA on a …