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Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand (63) celebrates his NHL hockey game-winning goal with teammate Patrice Bergeron (37) during the overtime session against the  Buffalo Sabres Thursday, Oct., 30, 2014, in  Buffalo , N.Y. Boston won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Bruins slip past Sabres 3-2 in OT

Thursday, October 30, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Brad Marchand’s status was a game-time decision that paid off for the Boston Bruins. His availability was in question due an undisclosed injury, but Marchand had two goals, including at 1:20 of overtime, and the Boston Bruins won their third straight road game with a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. “It was all …

Red Sox sign closer Koji Uehara for 2 years

Thursday, October 30, 2014

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox have signed Koji Uehara for two more years, committing $18 million to the reliever who closed out the 2013 World Series but struggled along with the team this season. One year to the day after Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter to seal Boston’s third title in 10 years, the team gave him a deal that will pay …

Peyton Manning-Tom Brady rivalry began in obscurity

Thursday, October 30, 2014

DENVER — The greatest quarterback rivalry in NFL history began quietly with plenty of empty seats on a cloudy, cool and windy afternoon at Foxboro Stadium on Sept. 30, 2001. Baby-faced backup Tom Brady, a sixth-round draft pick from Michigan the year before, made his first career NFL start in place of Drew …

Bruins lose Zdeno Chara for 4-6 weeks with knee injury

Friday, October 24, 2014

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins will spend the next four to six weeks trying to fill the hole left by an injury to the tallest player in NHL history. Defenseman Zdeno Chara tore the posterior cruciate ligament in …

Joe Maddon exercises opt-out, won’t return to Rays

Friday, October 24, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Joe Maddon’s highly successful run as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays is over. After discussions on a new deal bogged down with the Rays, Maddon is now free to listen to offers from …

Jamie McMurray bests Chase drivers to win pole

Friday, October 24, 2014

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Jamie McMurray bumped all eight of NASCAR’s championship contenders with a surprising pole-winning run Friday at Martinsville Speedway. McMurray, who did not qualify this year for the Chase for the Sprint Cup title, set a …

Celtics assistant coach denies larceny charge

Friday, October 24, 2014

FRAMINGHAM (AP) — Boston Celtics assistant coach and former player Walter McCarty has pleaded not guilty to larceny for allegedly failing to pay $18,000 he owes for the purchase and installation of cabinets. Prosecutors say the 40-year-old McCarty ordered more than $30,000 worth of cabinetry for the home …

Judge halts New Jersey’s sports betting plan

Friday, October 24, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. — A federal judge on Friday granted a request from the four major U.S. professional sports leagues and the NCAA to temporarily stop New Jersey from allowing legalized sports betting. U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp issued a temporary restraining order after a request by the NFL, …

New-Look NBA: A coach’s perspective, Quin Snyder

Friday, October 24, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY — The Associated Press will periodically look at the changing landscape of the NBA during the upcoming season from varied perspectives: A player’s viewpoint, from the bench, and from the business side. An interview with …

All hail King James: LeBron rules NBA

Friday, October 24, 2014

CLEVELAND — His shirt soaked with champagne after winning his fourth title in 2007, Tim Duncan had one more move before celebrating further with his Spurs teammates. He pivoted in a hallway inside Quicken Loans Arena, pulled 22-year-old …

Cavs, Bulls the expected frontrunners in East

Friday, October 24, 2014

LeBron James is again surrounded by an All-Star caliber guard, a big man who can score and 3-point sharpshooters. Sounds familiar. What’s old is new again for James, who left home for four years, learned plenty and returns …

Western Conference, defending champs tough as ever

Friday, October 24, 2014

Calling it the Wild West just doesn’t do it justice anymore. The NBA’s Western Conference is brutal. It’s loaded with talent. And the eight teams that make it through a gruelingly competitive regular season to reach the playoffs …

Bruins fall to Islanders, lose Zdeno Chara to injury

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins lost the game to the New York Islanders 3-2 and then waited to find out how long they will be without their captain and No. 1 defenseman, Zdeno Chara. The 2009 Norris Trophy …