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Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley, who hit the go-ahead basket, celebrates as time runs out against the Denver Nuggets in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Denver. The Celtics won 100-99. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Avery Bradley’s go-ahead 3 helps Celtics beat Nuggets 100-99

Saturday, January 24, 2015

DENVER — Avery Bradley scored 18 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:24 left, and the Boston Celtics hung on to beat Denver 100-99 on Friday night, sending the Nuggets to their fifth loss in a row. The Nuggets played without star guard Ty Lawson, who was away from the team for what the club said were personal reasons following …

Cubs legend Ernie Banks dead at 83

Friday, January 23, 2015

Ernie Banks, one of baseball’s most ebullient and optimistic ambassadors, died Friday, his wife, Liz, confirmed. Known worldwide as “Mr. Cub,” Banks became the Cubs’ first African-American player on Sept. 17, 1953, and went on to become an 11-time All-Star and two-time National League Most Valuable Player (1958-59). Banks, who hit 512 home runs and had 1,636 RBIs, was inducted into the Hall …

NFL says no conclusion yet on Pats’ deflated footballs

Friday, January 23, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The NFL said Friday it has interviewed dozens of people and collected physical evidence but has no conclusions yet on how the New England Patriots used underinflated balls in their last game, offering no timetable for resolving the cheating accusations with the Super Bowl nine days away. The league said evidence …

Seahawks recognize need for improvement vs Patriots

Monday, January 19, 2015

SEATTLE — Now that they’ve pulled off a comeback for the ages, the Seattle Seahawks must recognize how fortunate they are to be in a second consecutive Super Bowl. And how much better they must play on Feb. …

Double trouble: Seahawks to face Patriots in Super Bowl

Monday, January 19, 2015

Tom Brady against ol’ pal Richard Sherman and the rest of the best defense in the NFL. Russell Wilson against Darrelle Revis, former teammate Brandon Browner and whatever schemes Bill Belichick dreams up. Marshawn Lynch and LeGarrette Blount …

John Fox ‘looking forward’ to challenge with Bears

Monday, January 19, 2015

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — John Fox was not backing down from the challenge as the Chicago Bears’ new coach. No matter how tough it is, he was not shying away. “I’m looking forward to this challenge,” Fox said …

Patriots Vince Wilfork helps accident victim after AFC title game

Monday, January 19, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady earned his latest Super Bowl berth, then left Gillette Stadium with his supermodel wife. Patriots coach Bill Belichick probably went straight to the film room. And it’s best not to ask too many questions …

Gary Kubiak hired as Denver Broncos head coach

Monday, January 19, 2015

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — John Elway and Gary Kubiak are back together drawing up blueprints for the Denver Broncos to get back to the Super Bowl. Elway hired Kubiak on Monday, inking his former backup QB and offensive coordinator …

Clippers beat Celtics 102-93 for 8th win in 11 games

Monday, January 19, 2015

LOS ANGELES — The Clippers blew most of a 23-point lead and they got away with it against the struggling Boston Celtics. Blake Griffin scored 22 points and DeAndre Jordan had 19 points and 12 rebounds in a …

Lindsey Vonn sets World Cup win record

Monday, January 19, 2015

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy — The whole gang was there when Lindsey Vonn finally became the most successful women’s World Cup skier of all time. Her mother had come to Europe for the first time. The American’s once-estranged father …

Tony Verna, inventor of TV instant replay, dies at 81

Monday, January 19, 2015

PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) — Tony Verna, a television director and producer who invented instant replay for live sports 51 years ago, has died. He was 81. Verna died Sunday at his Palm Desert home after battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia, daughter Tracy Soiseth said. CBS used instant replay …

Super matchup: Seahawks face Patriots for NFL championship

Monday, January 19, 2015

For Russell Wilson’s Seattle Seahawks to become the first team in a decade to win consecutive Super Bowls, they’ll have to beat the most recent group to do it, Tom Brady’s New England Patriots. In an enticing matchup …

Seahawks rally stuns Packers in OT for NFC title

Sunday, January 18, 2015

SEATTLE — The loudest stadium in America was silent. A return trip to the Super Bowl was slipping away. Time for the Seattle Seahawks to show why they are champions. “You have the belief these guys have in …