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USOC decides to bid for 2024; city still undecided

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The U.S. Olympic Committee will try to land the 2024 Olympics and end a 28-year drought without the Summer Games. Which city will it pick? Stay tuned. After hearing presentations from the four candidates Tuesday — Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington — USOC board members voted to join the race, but not until they have a chance to mull over the candidates during the holidays. “It’s a four-way …

Derek Roy’s shootout goal lifts Predators to 3-2 win over Bruins

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Derek Roy scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. Mike Fisher and Mike Ribeiro had goals in regulation for Nashville, which has won three of four. Milan Lucic and Reilly Smith scored for Boston. The …

Patriots defense getting healthier, stingier

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Chandler Jones is tackling the quarterback again, Vince Wilfork is stuffing the middle and Darrelle Revis is smothering receivers. The New England Patriots defense is getting stingier and healthier as the playoffs approach. Tom Brady and his prolific offense enjoy watching that from the sideline. “There’s pressure to score every time …

Red Sox, Tigers agree to Cespedes-Porcello swap

Thursday, December 11, 2014

SAN DIEGO — Less than five months after acquiring Yoenis Cespedes as part of a big deadline deal, the Boston Red Sox traded the slugging outfielder to help bolster their rotation. The Detroit Tigers were happy to take …

Ex-Celtic Al Jefferson leads Hornets to 96-87 win over former club

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Al Jefferson finally quit thinking about what he wanted to do with the ball on the court, and just started doing it. That showed in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics, as Jefferson scored …

Max Scherzer could be seeking more than Clayton Kershaw

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SAN DIEGO — Clayton Kershaw is considered the top pitcher in baseball, with three Cy Young Awards in four years for the Los Angeles Dodgers, an NL Most Valuable Player award and a $215 million, seven-year contract. Max …

A century later, mythic thud of ball still heard from Christmas Truce

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

PLOEGSTEERT, Belgium — On the side of a windswept field filled with scorpion weed, a simple wooden cross marks a unique event in football history. At its base, amid wreaths of poppies, lie a smattering of balls and …

Brandon Bolden makes big impact on Patriots special teams

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Brandon Bolden figured he’d have to make an impact on special teams with the New England Patriots after a solid career as a college running back. Undrafted rookies don’t get the ball very often in the …

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington wishes he had more talk with Jon Lester

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SAN DIEGO — Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington says he wishes he had a little more conversation with Jon Lester last season. Only hours after getting a goodbye call from Lester around 10 p.m. Tuesday before it …

Ex-Steeler, Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount in deal to dismiss pot charge

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

PITTSBURGH — New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount would have a marijuana possession charge dismissed if he completes 50 hours of community service by a February court date, a western Pennsylvania judge ruled Wednesday. Blount, 28, was …

Peyton Manning: ‘There’s different ways to win’

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Peyton Manning is tied for the NFL lead with 36 touchdown passes and he’s 90 yards shy of his 14th 4,000-yard season. So, why all the angst? Because he hurt fantasy owners in their playoffs …

Panthers coach: Derek Anderson replacing Cam Newton at QB vs. Bucs

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers coach Ron Rivera wants Cam Newton to get some rest and not worry about football. Rivera said Wednesday that his fourth-year quarterback will not play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, allowing him a …

NFL owners approve new personal conduct policy

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

IRVING, Texas — NFL owners moved quickly and unanimously Wednesday to change the league’s personal conduct policy. Now the question is how, or whether, the players’ union responds. The league announced it will hire a special counsel for …