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Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova again, wins 19th Grand Slam title

Sunday, February 1, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams stuck out a fist in mock triumph and mouthed “C’mon,” careful not to push her point too far. The 33-year-old Williams was closing in on her 19th Grand Slam singles title, her 16th straight win over Maria Sharapova and her sixth Australian Open championship when she was docked a point by the chair umpire for hindrance — for yelling in celebration too early when she thought she’d hit a service winner. She didn’t let that, or another early celebration on match point, or a hacking cough that made her sick, become distractions. Instead, Williams maintained her composure to beat Sharapova …

Brad Marchand leads Bruins over Kings 3-1

Sunday, February 1, 2015

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins were sorry to see January come to an end. The Bruins closed out a stellar run through the month with a 3-1 win over Los Angeles on Saturday, answering a strong push from the Kings in the third period with two late goals to finish off the defending …

Aaron Rodgers wins MVP, J.J. Watt unanimous top AP defensive player

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX — Just living the dream. And looking for more. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers won his second MVP award Saturday night, and J.J. Watt swept away the voters the way he sweeps quarterbacks off their feet to take top defensive honors. Rodgers, also the 2011 Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award winner, …

Worcester Sharks among 5 AHL teams moving to California

Thursday, January 29, 2015

For more than eight years, the San Jose Sharks have been shuttling young players to and from Worcester, Massachusetts, for depth on their NHL roster or development at the AHL level. Soon, the Sharks will be able to shed the cross-country flights from their budget and make those …

Local physics professor, high school quarterback weigh in on deflategate

Thursday, January 29, 2015

As the NFL seeks a Columbia University physics professor’s help with the science in the New England Patriots deflated football investigation, a local university instructor said the advantage to using an under inflated football is minimal. “Almost irrelevant,” …

Kevin Martin’s return sparks Timberwolves over Celtics, 110-98

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Martin had not played in more than two months, a fractured wrist forcing him to watch from the bench as his Minnesota Timberwolves plummet to the bottom of the standings. In his first chance to …

Patriots not dwelling on last Super Bowl loss in Arizona

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

CHANDLER, Ariz. — The road to perfection reached a dead end in the Arizona desert. Now the New England Patriots are back where a Super Bowl championship — and an unbeaten record — barely eluded them seven years …

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 …