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Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand (63) celebrates his NHL hockey game-winning goal with teammate Patrice Bergeron (37) during the overtime session against the  Buffalo Sabres Thursday, Oct., 30, 2014, in  Buffalo , N.Y. Boston won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Bruins slip past Sabres 3-2 in OT

Thursday, October 30, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Brad Marchand’s status was a game-time decision that paid off for the Boston Bruins. His availability was in question due an undisclosed injury, but Marchand had two goals, including at 1:20 of overtime, and the Boston Bruins won their third straight road game with a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. “It was all …

Red Sox sign closer Koji Uehara for 2 years

Thursday, October 30, 2014

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox have signed Koji Uehara for two more years, committing $18 million to the reliever who closed out the 2013 World Series but struggled along with the team this season. One year to the day after Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter to seal Boston’s third title in 10 years, the team gave him a deal that will pay …

Peyton Manning-Tom Brady rivalry began in obscurity

Thursday, October 30, 2014

DENVER — The greatest quarterback rivalry in NFL history began quietly with plenty of empty seats on a cloudy, cool and windy afternoon at Foxboro Stadium on Sept. 30, 2001. Baby-faced backup Tom Brady, a sixth-round draft pick from Michigan the year before, made his first career NFL start in place of Drew …

Patriots praise Peyton Manning’s neck surgery recovery

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia didn’t hesitate Tuesday when asked about Peyton Manning’s arm strength three years after major neck surgery. “I think Peyton Manning’s arm strength is just fine,” Patricia said on a conference call, as the Patriots began to prepare for …

Rajon Rondo can’t commit to opening night for Celtics

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WALTHAM — If Rajon Rondo knows whether he will play in the Boston Celtics opener on Wednesday night, he isn’t saying. The star point guard, who has missed most of training camp with a broken bone in his …

Giants, Royals ready for wild World Series finish

Monday, October 27, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey was annoyed. Playfully so. The Giants catcher wanted Madison Bumgarner to do more than barely break a smile after a brilliant pitching performance put San Francisco one win from another World Series title. …

Patriots prepare for biggest test against Broncos

Monday, October 27, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — A smiling Jonas Gray stood at the more prominent locker he got after being promoted from the Patriots practice squad. He showed he belongs by rushing for 86 yards in his second NFL game, a 51-23 …

Jets GM John Idzik says his performance ‘unsatisfactory’

Monday, October 27, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — John Idzik blames himself for the mess that has become the New York Jets’ season. No, the general manager isn’t happy with the job he has done. And, no, this isn’t what he envisioned …

Trustworthy folks for rest of 2014 NFL season

Monday, October 27, 2014

NEW YORK — At this point in their careers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have earned the trust of everyone in the NFL: coaches, players, officials, fans and executives. As they prepare for, what, their 1,000th head-to-head meeting …

LeBron back home, Spurs back on top as NBA returns

Monday, October 27, 2014

LeBron James returned to Cleveland, Kevin Love joined him and suddenly the Cavaliers had the makings of the latest superteam. The San Antonio Spurs are already one. No big changes were necessary for the Spurs, who simply kept …

Chivas USA disbands after 10 troubled years

Monday, October 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chivas USA ceased operations on Monday after 10 troubled and unsuccessful years in Major League Soccer, with the league planning a new franchise for Los Angeles that will begin play in 2017 with new ownership and a new soccer-specific stadium. The league’s Board of …

Points still matter in new NASCAR Sprint Cup championship format

Monday, October 27, 2014

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — When NASCAR chairman Brian France revealed the changes to the championship format, he vowed that winning would be the most important element and would ultimately reward “the most worthy, battle-tested” driver with the Sprint Cup …

Prosecution will appeal Pistorius verdict

Monday, October 27, 2014

JOHANNESBURG — South African prosecutors will appeal the verdict and sentencing of Oscar Pistorius, who was handed a 5-year prison term after being convicted of culpable homicide, the country’s National Prosecuting Authority said Monday. “We are appealing it,” …