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Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova again, wins 19th Grand Slam title

Sunday, February 1, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams stuck out a fist in mock triumph and mouthed “C’mon,” careful not to push her point too far. The 33-year-old Williams was closing in on her 19th Grand Slam singles title, her 16th straight win over Maria Sharapova and her sixth Australian Open championship when she was docked a point by the chair umpire for hindrance — for yelling in celebration too early when she thought she’d hit a service winner. She didn’t let that, or another early celebration on match point, or a hacking cough that made her sick, become distractions. Instead, Williams maintained her composure to beat Sharapova …

Brad Marchand leads Bruins over Kings 3-1

Sunday, February 1, 2015

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins were sorry to see January come to an end. The Bruins closed out a stellar run through the month with a 3-1 win over Los Angeles on Saturday, answering a strong push from the Kings in the third period with two late goals to finish off the defending …

Aaron Rodgers wins MVP, J.J. Watt unanimous top AP defensive player

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX — Just living the dream. And looking for more. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers won his second MVP award Saturday night, and J.J. Watt swept away the voters the way he sweeps quarterbacks off their feet to take top defensive honors. Rodgers, also the 2011 Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award winner, …

Sons represent late Junior Seau at Hall of Fame announcement

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX — One by one, the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame stepped onto the stage as their names were called. When the eighth man elected Saturday, the late Junior Seau, was announced, his two …

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 …

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 …

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 …

‘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 …