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New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, right, watches from the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/James Kenney)

Playing Patriots still special for Rex Ryan, Jets

Saturday, December 20, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Rex Ryan still isn’t backing down. Sure, his future with the New York Jets appears dim. But the coach is conceding nothing, and that means he has every intention of beating the New England Patriots on Sunday. And, no, he wouldn’t take back his statement shortly after he was hired in 2009 that he didn’t come …

Michael Hutchinson makes 30 saves, Jets beat Bruins

Friday, December 19, 2014

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Boston draft pick Michael Hutchinson had some fun at the Bruins’ expense. Hutchinson made 30 saves and Mathieu Perreault broke a tie with 23 seconds left in the second period in the Winnipeg Jets’ 2-1 victory over the Bruins on Friday night. “I get energy from watching the guys …

Celtics start post-Rondo era with win over Wolves

Friday, December 19, 2014

BOSTON — Celtics coach Brad Stevens was curious how his team would play in its first game without Rajon Rondo. Boston did just fine. Moving the ball crisply one day after the NBA assists leader was traded to the Dallas Mavericks, the Celtics beat the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves 114-98 on Friday night. “I’m …

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 …

Yankees GM Brian Cashman: A-Rod now a full-time DH

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez faces a diminished role in his return to the New York Yankees, who have stripped A-Rod of his third-base job and plan to limit his role to full-time designated hitter — at most. …

Role players keying Steelers’ playoff push

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PITTSBURGH — The numbers have become so sublimely routine, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is getting tired of talking about them. Every week it seems Le’Veon Bell, Ben Roethlisberger or Antonio Brown are setting a new club record …

Bears coach Marc Trestman laments lack of consistency

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman ran through the faults he saw in his team during its latest loss and it sure sounded familiar. The Bears have dropped six of their last eight games, occupy last …

Terrance ‘Pot Roast’ Knighton issues Super Bowl prediction for Broncos

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — John Fox has no problem with nose tackle Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton’s Super Bowl bravado. “I think that’s been the goal all season,” the Denver Broncos coach said when asked for his take on Knighton’s …

1998 World Cup winner Thierry Henry retires

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PARIS — In announcing the end of a distinguished 20-year career, Thierry Henry made it clear where he felt more cherished. It wasn’t France, for which he won the 1998 World Cup, remains the national team’s leading goal-scorer, …

Saints beat Bears 31-15, grab South lead

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

CHICAGO — Drew Brees and the Saints found a cure for their problems — playing the Bears. Brees threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns, and New Orleans beat Chicago 31-15 on Monday night to grab the NFC …

Kelly Olynyk scores 30 in Celtics’ 105-87 win over 76ers

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens might talk to Kelly Olynyk about playing hard before every game. Olynyk scored a career-high 30 points after a pep talk from his coach, leading the Celtics to a 105-87 victory …

Patriots chase bigger goals after clinching division

Monday, December 15, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The souvenirs from Darrelle Revis’ first division title in his brilliant eight-year career were safely stowed in his bag. For longtime New England players, the T-shirt with the message “PATRIOTS RUN THE EAST” and the championship …

Damarcus Beasley retires from US national team

Monday, December 15, 2014

CHICAGO — DaMarcus Beasley, the first American to play in four World Cups, said Monday he is retiring from the U.S. national team after 14 years. The 32-year-old scored 17 goals and made 121 international appearances — fifth …