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Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Antwon Blake runs on his way to a touchdown off an interception while playing the San Diego Chargers during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Bell’s 1-yard TD run at buzzer lifts Steelers over Chargers

Monday, October 12, 2015

SAN DIEGO — Le’Veon Bell scored on a 1-yard wildcat run as time expired to give Mike Vick and the Pittsburgh Steelers a stunning 24-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Monday night. With 5 seconds left, Bell took the direct snap, ran left and was buried in traffic before diving for the end zone and getting the ball …

As usual, Patriots playing down any intrigue in next game

Monday, October 12, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Nobody in the Patriots locker room is feeding into the hype of Sunday night’s AFC championship game rematch against the Indianapolis Colts. There’s plenty of potential for distraction after the “Deflategate” scandal when the Patriots were accused of deflating footballs in last January’s 45-7 conference title game rout of the Colts. …

Steven Stamkos earns 500th point in Tampa Bay’s 6-3 win over Bruins

Monday, October 12, 2015

BOSTON — Loaded with postseason experience on a roster that’s nearly identical to last season, the Tampa Bay Lightning are off to another strong start. Steven Stamkos scored his 500th career point with a tiebreaking power-play goal that sent Tampa Bay to a 6-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday afternoon. Brian …

Brady, Patriots pull away from Romo-less Cowboys 30-6

Sunday, October 11, 2015

ARLINGTON, Texas — Chants of “Bra-dy” arose several times from a large New England contingent in Tom Brady’s first visit to the $1.2 billion showplace of the Dallas Cowboys. First after a 1-yard plunge for his first rushing …

Tom Brady, perfect Patriots visit Cowboys sans Tony Romo, Dez Bryant

Saturday, October 10, 2015

ARLINGTON, Texas — Tom Brady called it a “bummer” that New England was catching the Dallas Cowboys when they were missing Tony Romo and Dez Bryant. The star quarterback for the Patriots didn’t say it was a letdown, …

John Lackey dominates, Cardinals beat Jon Lester, Cubs 4-0 in NLDS opener

Friday, October 9, 2015

ST. LOUIS — John Lackey lived up to his reputation as a pitcher who craves the ball in October, helping the St. Louis Cardinals cool off the upstart Chicago Cubs. Lackey outpitched old teammate Jon Lester, allowing two …

Blue Jays in deep hole after 6-4 loss in 14 innings

Friday, October 9, 2015

TORONTO — Two games into their first playoff appearance in 22 years, the Toronto Blue Jays have put themselves in a tight spot. Backup infielder Hanser Alberto hit a game-winning single in the 14th inning Friday, helping the …

Royals rally, beat Astros 5-4 to even ALDS at 1 game each

Friday, October 9, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ben Zobrist hit a go-ahead single in the seventh inning, reliever Wade Davis got replay help for a key pickoff in the ninth and the Kansas City Royals rallied from a three-run hole to …

Title contenders eyeing win at Charlotte to ease pressure

Friday, October 9, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. — Expect the intensity to pick up a tick in the opening race of the second round of NASCAR’s playoffs. The event at Charlotte Motor Speedway ended last year with mild-mannered Matt Kenseth jumping Brad Keselowski, …

Bae Sang-moon delivers big moment in Presidents Cup debut at home

Friday, October 9, 2015

INCHEON, South Korea — Bae Sang-moon never felt the kind of pressure that weighed on him Friday at the Presidents Cup. He only made news in South Korea this year during a failed bid to extend his waiver …

Collin McHugh pitches Astros to 5-2 win over Royals to open ALDS

Friday, October 9, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Collin McHugh and the Houston Astros beat the Kansas City Royals at their own game Thursday night, relying on sharp pitching and stingy defense for a 5-2 victory in the opener of their AL …

Josh Donaldson hurt as Blue Jays lose ALDS opener 5-3 to Rangers

Friday, October 9, 2015

TORONTO — After taking a knee to the head, Josh Donaldson didn’t make it to the end of Toronto’s first postseason game in 22 years. Robinson Chirinos hit a two-run homer against David Price, Rougned Odor had a …

Jets beat Bruins 6-2 in opener, snap 13-game losing streak in Boston

Thursday, October 8, 2015

BOSTON — Chris Thorburn and Nicolas Petan scored in the third period after Boston came within one goal, and the Winnipeg Jets opened the season with a 6-2 victory over the Bruins on Thursday night. It was the …