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Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler talks to reporters after an NFL football practice at the team's headquarters Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

This time, Patriots-Broncos is all about defense

Saturday, November 28, 2015

DENVER — For once, the matchup between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos isn’t all about the quarterbacks. With Peyton Manning in a walking cast and Tom Brady’s supporting cast in disarray, this showdown in the snow Sunday night likely comes down to which dominant defense handles the atmosphere, the pressure and the passer the best. “Obviously when you say the New England Patriots, you think Tom Brady, but this defense is going to be the best defense we played all year,” Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders said. Same goes for the Patriots. Brady was equally impressed by Denver’s pass rushers, led by Von Miller, …

Celtics run away from Wizards 111-78

Friday, November 27, 2015

BOSTON — Two nights after narrowly avoiding an embarrassing loss, the Boston Celtics rolled to an easy win. Jared Sullinger had 18 points and 15 rebounds in three quarters and Isaiah Thomas scored 21 points, leading the Celtics to a 111-78 rout of the Washington Wizards on Friday. “From the beginning of the …

Bruins extend streak with 4-3 win over Rangers

Friday, November 27, 2015

BOSTON — With less than 4 minutes left and their modest winning streak in jeopardy, the Boston Bruins pulled off a comeback that would have seemed improbable a few weeks ago. Ryan Spooner and David Krejci scored 2:03 apart late in the third period and the Bruins rallied to beat the New York …

David Krejci scores in shootout, Bruins beat Maple Leafs

Monday, November 23, 2015

TORONTO (AP) — David Krejci scored the only goal in the shootout and Patrice Bergeron extended his point streak to eight games as the Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Monday night to sweep a …

Warriors look to follow up NBA title by posting record start

Monday, November 23, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. — Anyone who thought the Golden State Warriors would be content after winning one NBA title was sadly mistaken. With Stephen Curry hitting 3-pointers at a record-setting pace and the rest of his teammates playing with …

Dodgers hire Dave Roberts as team’s 1st minority manager

Monday, November 23, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Dave Roberts overcame long odds during his playing days in the major leagues and survived a bout with cancer in recent years. He had no managerial experience when he went after the vacant Los Angeles …

NCAA committee to provide procedures for filling bowl games

Monday, November 23, 2015

The NCAA football oversight committee will provide guidelines for matching bowls with sub.-500 teams if there are not enough bowl-eligible squads to fill the record 80 postseason spots available this year. Bowl officials are hoping the committee, which is led by Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, can provide …

Green Bay, Seattle, Indy send reminders they should not be dismissed

Monday, November 23, 2015

Like Dikembe Mutombo waving his finger at anyone so unwise to challenge him in the paint, several NFL teams sent reminders Sunday that they’re still viable in the playoff race. Green Bay, Seattle and Indianapolis delivered the messages …

Peyton Manning seeking second opinion, Brock Osweiler gets second start

Monday, November 23, 2015

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Brock Osweiler is preparing for his second consecutive start for the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning is seeking a second opinion on his injured left foot. Manning flew to Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday to …

At 18, Lydia Ko’s dominance may just be beginning

Monday, November 23, 2015

NAPLES, Fla. — Lydia Ko had just been handed a $1 million bonus for the second consecutive year, and the first thing she thought about buying with those newfound additional riches was a new phone. She’s had a …

FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he was near death in hospital

Monday, November 23, 2015

ZURICH (AP) — Without specifying his illness, Sepp Blatter said in excerpts from a television interview that he was near death when hospitalized for stress-related problems this month. The suspended FIFA president was “between the angels singing and …

Commentary: Maturity helps Kyle Busch finally win 1st Cup title

Monday, November 23, 2015

HOMESTEAD, Fla. There was a time early in Kyle Busch’s career that his talent could not save his job. Wrecked race cars and temper tantrums helped wear out his welcome with Rick Hendrick, who let Busch go knowing …

NFL Capsules: Cam Newton throws 5 TDs as Carolina stays unbeaten

Sunday, November 22, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton threw a career-high five touchdowns passes, and the Carolina Panthers improved to 10-0 on the season with a 44-16 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Newton completed 21 of 34 passes for 246 yards and threw TD passes to five different …