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Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley, who hit the go-ahead basket, celebrates as time runs out against the Denver Nuggets in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Denver. The Celtics won 100-99. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Avery Bradley’s go-ahead 3 helps Celtics beat Nuggets 100-99

Saturday, January 24, 2015

DENVER — Avery Bradley scored 18 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:24 left, and the Boston Celtics hung on to beat Denver 100-99 on Friday night, sending the Nuggets to their fifth loss in a row. The Nuggets played without star guard Ty Lawson, who was away from the team for what the club said were personal reasons following …

Cubs legend Ernie Banks dead at 83

Friday, January 23, 2015

Ernie Banks, one of baseball’s most ebullient and optimistic ambassadors, died Friday, his wife, Liz, confirmed. Known worldwide as “Mr. Cub,” Banks became the Cubs’ first African-American player on Sept. 17, 1953, and went on to become an 11-time All-Star and two-time National League Most Valuable Player (1958-59). Banks, who hit 512 home runs and had 1,636 RBIs, was inducted into the Hall …

NFL says no conclusion yet on Pats’ deflated footballs

Friday, January 23, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The NFL said Friday it has interviewed dozens of people and collected physical evidence but has no conclusions yet on how the New England Patriots used underinflated balls in their last game, offering no timetable for resolving the cheating accusations with the Super Bowl nine days away. The league said evidence …

Hope Solo suspended for 30 days from US national team

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Goalkeeper Hope Solo has been suspended from the U.S. women’s national team for 30 days and won’t participate in matches next month in Europe. U.S. Soccer did not specify the reason for the suspension, announced Wednesday night. It …

Deflated balls latest in Belichick’s reputation for guile

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Add underinflated footballs to the list of incidents giving Bill Belichick a reputation for guile and playing above the rules. Softer footballs wouldn’t explain all of a rout that earned the New England Patriots a spot in the …

Son of Northampton native Gene DeFilippo hired as Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CLEVELAND — The Browns have their sixth offensive coordinator in six years. Cleveland hired John DeFilippo, a former Oakland assistant who has a reputation for developing young quarterbacks, to run its offense on Wednesday. He fills the vacancy …

Some things to know as NFL investigates Patriots’ footballs

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The NFL is very precise about its game and equipment — including the number of footballs prepared for games, how much each must weigh, and who monitors them until kickoff. One rule is very clear: Don’t tamper with …

NFL probe continues; ESPN report cites 11 deflated balls

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The NFL says its investigation into whether the New England Patriots used under-inflated footballs in the AFC championship game is ongoing after a report Tuesday night claimed the league found 11 balls were not properly inflated. Troy Vincent, …

Bill Vinovich is Super Bowl referee, among 4 1st-timers on crew

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NEW YORK — Bill Vinovich will be the referee for the Super Bowl, heading a seven-man crew that includes four officials working the title game for the first time. The NFL made the announcement Tuesday. The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks play Feb. 1 in Glendale, Arizona. …

Agent for NFL players arrested, charged with mail fraud

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The agent for a handful of NFL players has been charged with mail fraud and accused of trying to swindle his clients out of millions of dollars he claimed would be invested in 13 Burger King franchises across Virginia. Vinnie Porter, who is certified by the NFL Players …

Report: Golfer Dustin Johnson says cocaine not his ‘issue’

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Golfer Dustin Johnson says in a magazine interview that cocaine is not the reason he chose to sit out the last six months to get his life in order. “I did not have a …

Patriots path to Super Bowl capped by another blowout

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Once Tom Brady gets their offense rolling, the New England Patriots are tough to stop. Some of the NFL’s top teams — Denver, Detroit, Cincinnati and Indianapolis — all lost to the AFC champions by at least 22 points. Now the Patriots are in the Super …

Seahawks’ Jermaine Kearse was there when it counted

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

RENTON, Wash. — Jermaine Kearse was having an NFC championship game to forget. The first two times Kearse even got his fingers on a pass from Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, the ball ended up in the hands of …