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Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler talks to reporters after an NFL football practice at the team's headquarters Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

This time, Patriots-Broncos is all about defense

Saturday, November 28, 2015

DENVER — For once, the matchup between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos isn’t all about the quarterbacks. With Peyton Manning in a walking cast and Tom Brady’s supporting cast in disarray, this showdown in the snow Sunday night likely comes down to which dominant defense handles the atmosphere, the pressure and the passer the best. “Obviously when you say the New England Patriots, you think Tom Brady, but this defense is going to be the best defense we played all year,” Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders said. Same goes for the Patriots. Brady was equally impressed by Denver’s pass rushers, led by Von Miller, …

Celtics run away from Wizards 111-78

Friday, November 27, 2015

BOSTON — Two nights after narrowly avoiding an embarrassing loss, the Boston Celtics rolled to an easy win. Jared Sullinger had 18 points and 15 rebounds in three quarters and Isaiah Thomas scored 21 points, leading the Celtics to a 111-78 rout of the Washington Wizards on Friday. “From the beginning of the …

Bruins extend streak with 4-3 win over Rangers

Friday, November 27, 2015

BOSTON — With less than 4 minutes left and their modest winning streak in jeopardy, the Boston Bruins pulled off a comeback that would have seemed improbable a few weeks ago. Ryan Spooner and David Krejci scored 2:03 apart late in the third period and the Bruins rallied to beat the New York …

Wladimir Klitschko out to silence Tyson Fury, prolong heavyweight reign

Thursday, November 26, 2015

BERLIN — Tyson Fury’s promise to end Wladimir Klitschko’s long heavyweight reign in Duesseldorf on Saturday is nothing the defending champion hasn’t heard before. Unbeaten in 22 fights since April 2004, when he lost by TKO to Lamon …

Former Minuteman Frank Vatrano scores 2nd of game in OT, Bruins beat Red Wings 3-2

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

DETROIT (AP) — The Boston Bruins are steadily gaining ground in their division. Frank Vatrano scored his second goal of the game at 3:32 of overtime, giving the Bruins a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on …

Celtics rally to drop 76ers to 0-16

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Philadelphia 76ers found a way to tie the longest losing streak in major U.S. professional sports history. Blowing a late five-point lead in an 84-80 loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night, the 76ers tumbled to …

NY court hears arguments on fantasy sports

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NEW YORK — A judge said Wednesday he would not take long to rule on a motion by New York’s top law enforcement official to stop the country’s two biggest daily fantasy sports companies from operating following two …

Tom Brady says despite no matchup, he still respects Peyton Manning

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Tom Brady is too busy concerning himself with what he calls “the best defense in the NFL” to spend much time thinking about missing another matchup with Peyton Manning. That’s not keeping the New England Patriots quarterback from tipping his helmet to his long-time adversary. …

Thanksgiving fete: Brett Favre to be honored during Bears-Packers

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GREEN BAY, Wis. — A prime-time game between the longtime NFC North rivals Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers is usually enough to make for must-watch viewing on Thanksgiving. It will have to compete on Thursday with Brett …

Rams WR Stedman Bailey has surgery after being being shot in Florida

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

ST. LOUIS — Many St. Louis Rams players woke to the news that Stedman Bailey had been shot in the head. They were relieved to learn the wide receiver is expected to recover. “I think immediately your thoughts …

Surging Cowboys face unbeaten Panthers

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

ARLINGTON, Texas — Carolina coach Ron Rivera sees a Dallas team on the verge of a run with Tony Romo back and trying to keep the Cowboys in the playoff picture. Rivera should know. That’s exactly what the …

Eagles hoping to halt ‘panic’ with win at Detroit

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

DETROIT — There won’t be any mud puddles on the field when the Detroit Lions host Philadelphia this Thanksgiving. No snow, either. These two teams — who have a bit of a history of bad-weather games — will play indoors in the comfortable confines of Ford Field, where …

Frank Gifford’s family says CTE found in his brain

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — The family of Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford says signs of the degenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy were found in his brain after his death. In a statement released through NBC News …