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Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0 )dunks the ball as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defends in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Salt Lake City.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Tayshaun Prince helps Celtics edge Jazz 99-90

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY — Tayshaun Prince scored 19 points, and the Boston Celtics held off the Utah Jazz for a 99-90 victory on Monday night. Tyler Zeller had 14 points and seven rebounds for Boston, which grabbed control with a big second quarter. Jared Sullinger had 12 points and nine rebounds, and Avery Bradley also scored 12. Prince, who was acquired from Memphis in a three-team trade on Jan. 12, was 7 for 10 from the field and 3 for 4 at the free-throw line. Gordon Hayward had 26 points for Utah, and Enes Kanter finished with 20. Reserve Trey Burke added 18 points, and …

Brandon Browner tells Pats to hit Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas where it hurts

Monday, January 26, 2015

Brandon Browner is telling his New England teammates not to hold back against Seattle’s Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas. In an interview with ESPN, Browner talked about the toughness both Sherman and Thomas showed in the NFC championship game playing with injuries. Sherman suffered a sprained elbow, while Thomas suffered a separated shoulder. …

Red Sox All-Star pitcher Bill Monbouquette dies at 78

Monday, January 26, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Bill Monbouquette, an All-Star pitcher who threw a no-hitter and had a 20-win season for his hometown Boston Red Sox, has died. He was 78. Monbouquette died Sunday at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston due to complications from leukemia, the Red Sox announced Monday. Monbouquette spent more than 50 …

Super Bowl notebook: Seattle CB Jeremy Lane doesn’t worry about Pats TE Rob Gronkowski

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Seattle Seahawks nickel cornerback Jeremy Lane said Thursday he doesn’t think New England All-Pro Rob Gronkowski is that good and being physical with the tight end is important. Asked what he thinks makes Gronkowski so good, Lane paused. “I actually don’t think he’s that good. He’s OK. He …

Colts linebacker says he noticed nothing wrong with Patriots’ football

Thursday, January 22, 2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Indianapolis Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson says he noticed nothing wrong with the football he intercepted against New England in last week’s AFC championship game. Talking after his Pro Bowl team practiced at Luke Air Force …

Not just NFL: Ball-tampering an issue for other sports, too

Thursday, January 22, 2015

PARIS — Scuffed balls, scratched balls, balls switched mid-game. Ball-doctoring isn’t only an issue for the NFL, which is investigating a report that the New England Patriots used underinflated footballs in the AFC championship game while beating the …

4-time NASCAR champ Jeff Gordon ending career after ‘15

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jeff Gordon, with a nagging back injury, a young family he wanted to spend more time with and a phenom waiting in the wings at Hendrick Motorsports, knew midway through last season that he had one more year …

Pedro Martinez’s Hall plaque to have Red Sox cap

Thursday, January 22, 2015

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Pedro Martinez’s Hall of Fame plaque will feature a Boston Red Sox cap. Now he is waiting for a decision on his hairstyle. The Hall of Fame announced on Thursday that Martinez will have …

Gasol brothers to start NBA All-Star game

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pau and Marc Gasol have been voted the first brothers to start in the NBA All-Star game, while Toronto’s Kyle Lowry made a late surge in fan balloting and will start for the Eastern Conference. Lowry passed Dwyane …

What trick will Bill Belichick pull from his hoodie sleeve next?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has long been a fan of trick plays. Some of them are even legal. But he won’t be alone in next week’s Super Bowl: Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll also …

LeGarrette Blount happy with Patriots after rocky time with Steelers

Thursday, January 22, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — A right cross to an opponent’s chin. An arrest on a marijuana possession charge. A decision to walk out on the Pittsburgh Steelers. And now, for LeGarrette Blount, a spot in the Super Bowl in a …

Teenage snowboarder Chloe Kim ready to soar in halfpipe

Thursday, January 22, 2015

ASPEN, Colo. — One of the best snowboarders in the world was too young to go to the Sochi Olympics a year ago. So teenager Chloe Kim watched the halfpipe competition in the comfort of her living room …

Venus Williams on an upswing at 34-years-old

Thursday, January 22, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia — There is a big difference between the Venus Williams of, say, the year 2000 and the Venus of 2015. The Venus of today says she might not be at the top of her game but …