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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Patriots seek to slow down fast-starting Packers

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots are one of the NFL’s best teams in the first half. Just not as good as the fast-starting Green Bay Packers when they’re at home. That’s where the Patriots (9-2) will be putting their seven-game winning streak on the line Sunday in their fourth straight game against a division leader. “We’re playing Green Bay …

Red Sox make it official, introduce Pablo Sandoval

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BOSTON — Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez spent the last two seasons as NL West rivals. Now they’re teammates, signing with the Boston Red Sox as free agents to try to boost Boston out of the AL East cellar. “It’s exciting for me to be with Hanley and David Ortiz,” Sandoval said Tuesday …

Red Sox delete tweet; 2nd gaffe by Boston pro team

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BOSTON — Boston’s teams are having a bad month on social media. The latest gaffe: an innocuous, but ill-timed, tweet that the Red Sox rushed to delete. The tweet — “So how was everyone’s Monday?” — went out a minute after a Missouri prosecutor announced a grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown, an …

RB Blount rejoins Pats after being cut by Steelers

Friday, November 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — LeGarrette Blount’s teammates are glad to have him back in a New England Patriots uniform. Which one he wears, though, is still up in the air. Some players had trouble recognizing the 6-foot, 250-pound running back …

Williams leads UNC to 45-20 rout of No. 25 Duke

Friday, November 21, 2014

DURHAM, N.C. — Marquise Williams threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two more, and North Carolina beat No. 25 Duke 45-20 on Thursday night. Williams was 18 of 27 for 276 yards with touchdown passes covering 3 …

Raiders snap 16-game skid with 24-20 win vs. KC

Friday, November 21, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. — Rookie Derek Carr gave the Oakland Raiders something to celebrate for a change. Carr threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to James Jones with 1:42 remaining, and the Raiders snapped a 16-game losing streak with a …

FIFA to review World Cup corruption report

Thursday, November 20, 2014

GENEVA — FIFA will further review the 2018 and 2022 World Cup corruption investigation, putting the status of hosts Russia and Qatar back in question. The head of FIFA’s auditing committee will examine the full 430-page confidential report by American prosecutor Michael Garcia into impropriety during the bid …

Bass leads Celtics past winless Sixers, 101-90

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — Brandon Bass scored 23 points, Jared Sullinger added 22 and the Boston Celtics sent Philadelphia to its 11th straight loss to start the season with a 101-90 victory over the 76ers on Wednesday night. Rajon Rondo …

NBA suspends Hornets’ Jeffery Taylor 24 games

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The NBA has suspended Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor for 24 games without pay after he pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property. Taylor will get credit …

Lawyer asks judge to approve NFL concussion deal

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — The NFL on Wednesday urged a judge to approve an estimated $1 billion settlement of concussion lawsuits despite concerns raised by former players or survivors who feel left out. The 65-year fund would resolve thousands of …

NFL sends domestic violence video to schools

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NEW YORK — The NFL sent a 17-minute video Wednesday to high school and college coaches nationwide to encourage them to be aware of and act against domestic violence and abuse. Entitled “NFL Call To Coaches — Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness,” the video includes strong messages …

Gronkowski leads wave of new group of tight ends

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Rob Gronkowski makes a twisting, leaping, one-handed catch. The super-sized tight end swats away would-be tacklers. He celebrates touchdowns with a powerful spike that, somehow, doesn’t knock the air out of the ball. “Imagine trying to …

Big deals on minds of owners during MLB meetings

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Yankees President Randy Levine offered a succinct response when asked what he thought about the Marlins and outfielder Giancarlo Stanton breaking the record for richest contract that had been held by Alex Rodriguez for …