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Jimmy Garoppolo mimicks Peyton Manning in Patriots practice

Friday, October 31, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — New England rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo spent the week simulating Peyton Manning and his hurry-up offense. Except for one part of it. Garoppolo didn’t use Manning’s now-signature “Omaha!” when calling put the plays at the line. “No ‘Omahas’ — I had my own set of words, I guess,” Garoppolo said Friday, as the Patriots continued their work toward Sunday’s showdown with Manning and the Denver Broncos. Barring …

Aqib Talib even-keeled about his return to New England

Friday, October 31, 2014

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Another year, another homecoming for a Patriot-turned-Bronco star. Last season, it was Wes Welker returning to Foxborough, and that one didn’t go very well. His punt return gaffe late in overtime led to Stephen Gostkowski’s 31-yard field goal that completed New England’s comeback from a 24-0 halftime deficit. Aqib Talib is hoping for a happier homecoming Sunday when the Denver …

Cubs hire Joe Maddon as manager, fire Rick Renteria

Friday, October 31, 2014

CHICAGO — Right after Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with Tampa Bay, the Chicago Cubs were mentioned as a possible landing spot for one of baseball’s best managers. Flush with prospects and ready to make a splash in free agency, the Cubs already had a manager in Rick Renteria. But they …

NFL-backed study: $255M boost to UK from franchise

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

LONDON — An NFL franchise in London could generate more than $250 million a year for Britain, according to a study released Wednesday. The study by accountancy firm Deloitte, commissioned by the NFL and a London marketing agency, …

Wozniacki confident she can finish NYC Marathon

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NEW YORK — Caroline Wozniacki started having nightmares of being rolled off the New York City Marathon course in a wheelchair. As first-time marathoners are supposed to, she had planned one long training run of close to the …

Brady focused on Denver defense, not on Manning

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Fans get another chance to gauge the relative greatness of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning when the quarterbacks meet for the 16th time. Brady will be analyzing something more important. The New England Patriots star will …

Wild rally for 4-3 win at Boston

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — It was a difficult but rewarding split for the Minnesota Wild. The Wild rallied with three goals in the third period and beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Tuesday night, easing the pain from the …

MLS playoffs begin Wednesday, Thursday with knockout games

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Major League Soccer’s playoffs begin with knockout games in each conference between the clubs that finished in fourth and fifth place in the regular season. In the Western Conference, FC Dallas plays host to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday. The winner faces the first-place Seattle Sounders in one …

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 …