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Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2) looks to pass as he is pressured by Boston Celtics forward Brandon Bass (30) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday Jan. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Motiejunas scores 26, Rockets top Celtics for 4th win in row

Saturday, January 31, 2015

BOSTON — Donatas Motiejunas wasn’t thinking about a new career high when he took an alley-oop from James Harden and hit a layup as he fell to the floor late in the fourth quarter. Preserving a Houston Rockets victory was foremost on his mind. The big man scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, as the Rockets …

Former Amherst College coach leading the Patriots defense

Friday, January 30, 2015

In the hours leading up to his team’s biggest game of the season, Amherst College football coach E.J. Mills knows one of the first people who will send him some encouragement. Even while involved in final preparations for the next day’s game, New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia takes time to remember …

This Tom Brady in Belchertown sometimes mistaken for that other Tom Brady who plays football

Friday, January 30, 2015

The phone call came out of nowhere. A nameless man was so irate following a New England Patriots loss that he looked up the phone number of Tom Brady and voiced his displeasure to the apparent three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback. The man found a number and called it. The problem was it was …

Surprise players often star in Super Bowls

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

PHOENIX — Almost all football fans know Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski. The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks wouldn’t be playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday if it weren’t for …

Novak Djokovic, Madison Keys both loving being in Australian Open semis

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia — It was difficult to tell who was more pleased with reaching the Australian Open semifinals: No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic, advancing to his 25th at a Grand Slam tournament, or 19-year-old Madison Keys, who beat Venus …

Russell Wilson recalls watching as a kid while Tom Brady won Super Bowls

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX — Tom Brady began winning Super Bowls when Russell Wilson was still a teenager, tuning in to see the big game on TV. “Of course I remember watching Brady,” Wilson said Tuesday. “He won some incredible games. …

Belichick and The Beast talk but don’t say much at Media Day

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX — Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch knew he had to talk. It didn’t mean he had to say anything. So, in essence, he didn’t. And now, onto our regularly scheduled Super Bowl Media Day, where the players …

Long after Twitter feud, Darrelle Revis, Richard Sherman pledge respect

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX — Darrelle Revis long reigned supreme among NFL cornerbacks. Then came along this upstart Richard Sherman, who proclaimed himself the best then backed it up. Now they get to state their case on the NFL’s biggest stage …

Healthy Rob Gronkowski ready to roll in Super Bowl

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX — Rob Gronkowski’s ankle is fine. So are his forearm and knee. He’s way past those injuries that ruined his last three postseasons. You can’t even hurt his feelings. So when Seattle nickel back Jeremy Lane says …

Deflated topic: air pressure in footballs

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX — Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s pre-emptive strike the previous night took the issue of air pressure in footballs on Super Bowl media day and, well, deflated it. Not only was the topic rarely raised in questioning of …

Getting fired from New England led to Pete Carroll’s reinvention

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX — Looking back at the championships he won at Southern Cal and the Super Bowl title a season ago with Seattle, Pete Carroll can see exactly where the foundation for all that success was built. The 2000 …

Tony Stewart returns with a swagger not seen in 2 years

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tony Stewart, walking without a limp for the first time in 18 months, declared himself pain-free and never more eager to start a season. After a tumultuous two seasons that affected him physically and mentally, …

Nadal’s Australian Open goes true to his prediction

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia — Rafael Nadal kept telling anyone who would listen that his fitness levels wouldn’t stand up to the rigors of a two-week Grand Slam tournament. Tomas Berdych proved him right. Nadal, who had played only eight …