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Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley shoots the game-winning three point shot as Cleveland Cavaliers' Iman Shumpert, right, watches in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Cleveland. The Celtics won 104-103. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer at horn gives Celtics 104-103 win

Friday, February 5, 2016

CLEVELAND — Once he got control of the ball and let his shot fly, Avery Bradley prepared to get mobbed. The Celtics had pulled off the improbable. Bradley made a 3-pointer from the corner at the horn to give Boston a stunning 104-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night, the Celtics’ eighth win in nine games. “I knew it was there,” said Bradley, who had to regain his dribble before launching the winner. “It’s a great feeling. I lost the ball for a second and I didn’t even think I had enough time to get the shot off — but I did.” After …

Manning last game? Newton’s finest moment? We’ll see

Friday, February 5, 2016

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Peyton Manning’s last game? Cam Newton’s finest moment? For all the golden tinge the NFL is placing on Super Bowl 50, this one just might come down to how the two star quarterbacks deal with the dynamic defenses bent on humbling them. There can’t be a better storyline than …

Goodell proposes what might be called Odell Beckham Jr. Rule

Friday, February 5, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — Call it the Odell Beckham Jr. Rule. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is pushing to require the ejection of any player who is flagged for two personal fouls in a game. “We should take that out of the hands of the officials when it gets to that point. They will obviously …

Practice squad receiver helped Peyton Manning get to Super Bowl 50

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jordan Taylor sauntered into the locker room, a spiffy custom-made charcoal suit slung over his right shoulder. “Let me see it,” Peyton Manning asked excitedly. The Denver Broncos’ practice squad receiver unzipped the white …

IndyCar puts safety at top of priority list entering 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS — IndyCar officials are trying to make racing safer and more appealing in 2016. After spending a busy offseason trying to stop cars from flipping and limiting the dangers of flying debris, Mark Miles spent Tuesday explaining …

Indoor pole vault record came as no surprise for Jenn Suhr

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

BOSTON — Defending Olympic pole vault champion Jenn Suhr was injury-free, avoided the flu bug this season and the warm weather made it easier to train at her home-made facility in western New York. So she scouted the area for a meet and found one in Brockport, about …

Zika virus overshadows buildup to Rio de Janeiro Olympics

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO — The Zika virus is overshadowing the final preparations for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, even eclipsing concerns over deep budget cuts and severe water pollution. Hundreds of reporters packed Olympic headquarters on Tuesday to …

NASCAR’s Tony Stewart hospitalized with back injury

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart was hospitalized Tuesday with a back injury and Stewart-Haas Racing said the team was unsure of the extent of his injuries just a week before he is expected in Daytona …

Panthers, Broncos meet reporters at Super Bowl media circus

Monday, February 1, 2016

SAN JOSE, Calif. — What happens when you put Peyton Manning, Miss Universe, an orange-and-blue leprechaun and 200 TV cameras into the same room? Answer: Super Bowl Opening Night. The NFL took a good idea gone surreal — …

Pharrell, Metallica part of Super Bowl concerts lineup

Monday, February 1, 2016

NEW YORK — The Super Bowl takes place a week before the Grammys, but the big game is rivaling the awards shows with a plethora of live concerts and on-site musicians, from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and …

Bruins goalie Jonas Gustavsson on injured list

Monday, February 1, 2016

BOSTON — The Bruins have placed goalie Jonas Gustavsson on the injured list and recalled goaltender Malcolm Subban from the Providence Bruins on an emergency basis. Boston general manager Don Sweeney said Monday that Gustavsson is waiting to be cleared for full participation by the medical staff. Gustavsson …

Blackhawks reign again, but West challengers are chasing

Monday, February 1, 2016

Those offseason predictions of the Chicago Blackhawks’ decline were a bit premature. The Western Conference leaders and defending Stanley Cup champions still face a host of challenges to their reign when the West playoff race resumes Tuesday. Chicago …

Capitals running away with the East, Penguins stirring

Monday, February 1, 2016

It certainly looks like the Washington Capitals are running away with the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. The 14-point gap between the Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals and the second-place New York Rangers is almost as big as …