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Buffalo Sabres goaltender Chad Johnson (31) gets beat by Boston Bruins center Ryan Spooner (51) as he scored the game-winning goal during the team shootout of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 in Buffalo, N.Y.  Boston won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Ryan Spooner leads Bruins past Sabres 3-2 in shootout

Thursday, February 4, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Five players on the Buffalo Sabres had a chance to stop Brad Marchand before the streaking Boston Bruins forward finished his end-to-end rush with a flourish. Marchand scored his eighth goal in eight games to help Boston erase a two-goal deficit, and Ryan Spooner scored in regulation and the shootout to lead the Bruins to a 3-2 …

NFL critic crashes news conference about concussions

Thursday, February 4, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — An uninvited guest at the NFL’s annual pre-Super Bowl news conference about health and safety, Chris Nowinski stood nearby and listened Thursday as one of the league’s chief advisers about concussions declined to acknowledge a link between football and the brain disease called CTE. “I wanted to see the talking …

Peyton Manning’s legal team looked into documentary

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Private investigators working for Peyton Manning visited the source of a report that he and other star athletes had obtained performance-enhancing drugs before the documentary aired late last year, according to a report from The Washington Post on Thursday. In December, Al Jazeera reported that an intern at an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic was …

Angelique Kerber upsets Serena Williams in three sets to win Australian Open title

Saturday, January 30, 2016

MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams put up both hands after sending a forehand long and high over the baseline in the first set. She wanted nothing to do with yet another unforced error in her Australian Open final …

Celtics run past Magic 113-94 for 5th consecutive win

Friday, January 29, 2016

BOSTON — Kelly Olynyk and Marcus Smart scored 16 points apiece as the Boston Celtics won a season-high fifth straight game, beating the slumping Orlando Magic 113-94 on Friday night. The Magic have now lost eight consecutive games …

True or not, match-fixing reports overshadow Australian Open

Friday, January 29, 2016

MELBOURNE, Australia — The “Happy Slam” got off to a somber start when allegations of match-fixing in tennis overshadowed the opening day of play at the Australian Open. Hours before the tournament started, the BBC and BuzzFeed reported …

Patriots fan gets tattoo declaring Super Bowl win

Friday, January 29, 2016

BOSTON — A New England Patriots fan was a bit premature when he got a tattoo declaring the team champions of a game they never reached — yet he says he has no regrets. Thirty-one-year-old Burke O’Connell says he strongly believed the Patriots would win the AFC Championship …

Serena Williams within 1 win of 7th Australian Open title

Thursday, January 28, 2016

MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams provided another reminder of her dominance in women’s tennis with a 6-0, 6-4 win in the Australian Open semifinals against Agnieszka Radwanska, who is soon to move to the No. 3 ranking. Six-time …

Avery Bradley matches season-high 27, Celtics down Nuggets 111-103

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BOSTON — If the Celtics are going to be a threat in the playoffs this season, they will need consistent effort on the defensive end. They did that for spurts in their 111-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets …

Cam Newton: ‘I’m an African American QB that scares people’

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suggested for the first time Wednesday that race may play a factor in why he’s become a lightning rod for public criticism. “I’m an African-American quarterback that scares people because they …

Broncos learned their lessons from Super Bowl letdowns

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Before his whirlybird spin in the air forever etched him in NFL lore, two-time Super Bowl champion John Elway called his mother on the team flight from Pittsburgh after winning the AFC championship on Jan. …

Kerber, Konta win on another distracting day in Melbourne

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

MELBOURNE, Australia — Angelique Kerber and Johanna Konta advanced to the Australian Open semifinals Wednesday on another day when the integrity of tennis was part of the tournament conversation. The first Grand Slam of the season has been …

Corey Perry, Ducks pull away to beat Bruins 6-2

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BOSTON — The Anaheim Ducks aren’t exactly itching to take a breather right now. Corey Perry scored his 20th goal and added an assist and the Ducks continued their recent surge with a 6-2 win over the Boston …