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Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley shoots the game-winning three point shot as Cleveland Cavaliers' Iman Shumpert, right, watches in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Cleveland. The Celtics won 104-103. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer at horn gives Celtics 104-103 win

Friday, February 5, 2016

CLEVELAND — Once he got control of the ball and let his shot fly, Avery Bradley prepared to get mobbed. The Celtics had pulled off the improbable. Bradley made a 3-pointer from the corner at the horn to give Boston a stunning 104-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night, the Celtics’ eighth win in nine games. “I knew it was there,” said Bradley, who had to regain his dribble before launching the winner. “It’s a great feeling. I lost the ball for a second and I didn’t even think I had enough time to get the shot off — but I did.” After …

Manning last game? Newton’s finest moment? We’ll see

Friday, February 5, 2016

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Peyton Manning’s last game? Cam Newton’s finest moment? For all the golden tinge the NFL is placing on Super Bowl 50, this one just might come down to how the two star quarterbacks deal with the dynamic defenses bent on humbling them. There can’t be a better storyline than …

Goodell proposes what might be called Odell Beckham Jr. Rule

Friday, February 5, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — Call it the Odell Beckham Jr. Rule. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is pushing to require the ejection of any player who is flagged for two personal fouls in a game. “We should take that out of the hands of the officials when it gets to that point. They will obviously …

15 Hall of Fame finalists, 4 connected to Polian

Friday, February 5, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — Bill Polian entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year, making one of the most dynamic speeches heard at the Canton shrine. This year, Polian has nearly as strong a connection to the hall. …

Dave Mirra, who broke barriers on a BMX bike, dies at 41

Friday, February 5, 2016

Dave Mirra did things few people could on a BMX bike, using a combination of natural ability, fearlessness and innovation to take the sport to places many never thought possible. He was a giant in the big-air world of action sports, becoming one of the most decorated athletes …

Johnny Manziel’s father worried quarterback self-destructing

Friday, February 5, 2016

CLEVELAND — With Johnny Manziel’s professional career in doubt and his personal life crumbling, his father fears for the troubled quarterback’s safety. Manziel is facing a criminal investigation by police following allegations that he hit his former girlfriend …

Ryan Spooner leads Bruins past Sabres 3-2 in shootout

Thursday, February 4, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Five players on the Buffalo Sabres had a chance to stop Brad Marchand before the streaking Boston Bruins forward finished his end-to-end rush with a flourish. Marchand scored his eighth goal in eight games to …

NFL critic crashes news conference about concussions

Thursday, February 4, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — An uninvited guest at the NFL’s annual pre-Super Bowl news conference about health and safety, Chris Nowinski stood nearby and listened Thursday as one of the league’s chief advisers about concussions declined to acknowledge a …

Peyton Manning’s legal team looked into documentary

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Private investigators working for Peyton Manning visited the source of a report that he and other star athletes had obtained performance-enhancing drugs before the documentary aired late last year, according to a report from The Washington Post on …

Police: BMX rider Dave Mirra dies at 41 of apparent suicide

Thursday, February 4, 2016

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police say veteran X Games biker Dave Mirra has died in North Carolina. He was 41. Greenville police said Thursday night that Mirra’s body was found earlier in the day with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities say they responded to an apparent suicide …

Amherst snowshoe runner Erik Wight taking advantage of trip to Italy for world championships

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Erik Wight’s wife called him weak. She was kidding, “ribbing him,” as he calls it. The longtime endurance runner and Amherst resident had been running exclusively on trails since he was in his mid-40s. Winter historically hibernated that …

Jack Riley, US hockey coach at 1960 Olympics, dies at 95

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Jack Riley, the Army coach who in 1960 guided the U.S. to its first Olympic gold medal in hockey, has died. He was 95. Riley died Wednesday on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, the U.S. Military Academy said Thursday. …

Injured Tony Stewart to miss start of final NASCAR season

Thursday, February 4, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tony Stewart will miss the start of his final NASCAR season after fracturing his back in an accident on an all-terrain vehicle, Stewart-Haas Racing said Thursday. The three-time NASCAR champion sustained a “burst fracture of …