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Patriots sign special teams ace Matthew Slater to 2-year contract extension

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — NFL Players Association records show New England special teams captain Matthew Slater has signed a two-year contract extension. Slater called the extension “humbling” on Wednesday but declined to go into details. The Patriots don’t announce contract extensions. The total value of the deal is $4 million. Slater said he’d rather talk about his team’s game on Sunday against Green Bay. “I’m just so thankful for what the …

Panda heads put away with Pablo Sandoval’s departure

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Those oversized panda heads are being put away — at least the ones seen in the first row at AT&T Park. Pablo Sandoval’s bamboo-eating buddies aren’t following him to Beantown. Sam Li, a San Francisco Giants fan often inside one of the four humongous panda heads, said Wednesday he and …

Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones ready for anything from Red Bulls

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — New England midfielder Jermaine Jones wouldn’t be surprised if the New York Red Bulls target him and try to get him upset with the referee. He didn’t seem to care, either. “Maybe,” he said on Wednesday. “They tried it a little already on Twitter.” Jones, who played for the United States …

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 …

Giancarlo Stanton signs record $325M deal at news conference

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

MIAMI — Giancarlo Stanton stood on the Miami Marlins’ field Wednesday and scanned a sea of empty seats, mindful the stands look much the same at games. He had just signed a record $325 million, 13-year contract and …

Detroit’s passing game still a work in progress

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Calvin Johnson is back on the field, the season is more than half over and the Detroit Lions are still waiting for more production from their passing game. “It’s a lot of different variables …

Eli: Lots of good years left

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Eli Manning believes he has a lot of good years of football left and he hopes to continue playing them with the New York Giants. The 33-year-old quarterback said Monday that he still loves …

Brady likely to have increased role against Lions

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady didn’t have to throw much or especially well for the New England Patriots to get their sixth straight win. He figures to play a bigger role when they go for their seventh. One week …

Collins, NBA’s 1st openly gay player, to retire

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NEW YORK — Jason Collins, the first openly gay man to play in one of the four major North American professional leagues, announced his retirement Wednesday after 13 years in the NBA. The 35-year-old Collins disclosed his plans …