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Green Bay Packers free safety Micah Hyde, left, intercepts a pass in front of Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings, right, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Improving Packers defense gets test with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski

Friday, November 28, 2014

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Micah Hyde has seen the film of New England’s Rob Gronkowski, and he is understandably impressed. The Green Bay Packers safety would be just fine if didn’t have to cover the Patriots’ 6-foot-6 behemoth of a tight end. Unfortunately for Hyde, this likely will not be the case come Sunday when the Packers’ improving defense tries …

Ray Rice wins appeal; NFL suspension vacated

Friday, November 28, 2014

NEW YORK — An arbitrator Friday threw out Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension by the NFL for punching his then-fiancee and now wife in a hotel elevator, freeing him to play again. The NFL said Rice, a free agent, is “eligible to play upon signing a new contract.” Whether any team will consider signing …

Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose carry Bulls past Celtics 109-102

Friday, November 28, 2014

BOSTON — It’s no secret that the Chicago Bulls are a much better team with a healthy Derrick Rose. He showed that again on Friday afternoon when the Bulls were struggling to get consistent offense. Rose scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half — 12 coming early in the third …

Patriots get another blowout win against top team

Monday, November 24, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots have piled up points and big victory margins against NFL division leaders. Now they’re preparing to face another one and leaving all those routs behind. “Nobody is happier than I am when …

Red Sox spend on Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez to shake cellar

Monday, November 24, 2014

BOSTON — The Red Sox are hoping to spend their way out of the AL East cellar with two big free agent signings. The first team in major league history to go from worst to first and back …

Pablo Sandoval reaches multiyear deal with Red Sox

Monday, November 24, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Kung Fu Panda is moving to Boston. Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a multiyear contract, and the switch-hitting slugger informed the San Francisco Giants he’s leaving. …

Chiefs place S Eric Berry on non-football illness list

Monday, November 24, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs safety Eric Berry was placed on the non-football injury list Monday after a mass was found in his chest following last week’s game in Oakland. Team trainer Rick Burkholder said Berry may have lymphoma. Burkholder said that doctors are “75 percent” of the …

Lions coach Jim Caldwell: ‘We don’t condone’ actions by Raiola, Mosley

Monday, November 24, 2014

When head coach Jim Caldwell came to Detroit 10 months ago, he promised a better behaved Detroit Lions team that was more disciplined on and off the field. A day after Sunday’s 34-9 loss to the New England Patriots, Caldwell spent most of his shorter-than-usual news conference answering …

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants Pacquiao-Mayweather fight at AT&T Stadium

Monday, November 24, 2014

If Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. ever agree to a boxing match, Jerry Jones would push hard for AT&T Stadium to host what would be the biggest fight in years and the richest fight in history. AT&T Stadium has already hosted two prime-time fights, including Pacquiao’s win …

AP Source: Pablo Sandoval reaches deal with Red Sox

Monday, November 24, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a multiyear contract, a person with knowledge of the deal said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of …

Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson highlight Hall of Fame ballot

Monday, November 24, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are among 17 newcomers on baseball’s 2015 Hall of Fame ballot. Craig Biggio, who fell two votes short of the 75 percent needed in the 2014 balloting, …

Longtime NHL coach, executive Pat Quinn dies at 71

Monday, November 24, 2014

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Pat Quinn, a former defenseman and longtime NHL coach and executive who brought a gruff and passionate presence to hockey across the decades, has died at 71. He died Sunday night in Vancouver …

Soviet hockey coach Viktor Tikhonov dies at 84

Monday, November 24, 2014

MOSCOW (AP) — Viktor Tikhonov, the Soviet hockey coach whose teams won three Olympic gold medals but fell to the United States in the “Miracle on Ice,” died after a long illness. He was 84. Russia’s Kontinental Hockey …