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Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) hangs from the rim after slamming a dunk against the Charlotte Hornets during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. The Celtics defeated the Hornets 106-98. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Celtics rally from big deficit to beat Hornets 106-98

Saturday, February 28, 2015

BOSTON — The ever-changing Boston Celtics have found a second unit that comes with a lot of offensive firepower. Newcomers Isaiah Thomas and Jonas Jerebko and relative newcomer Jae Crowder combined for more than half of the Celtics’ points and led a 16-point comeback in Boston’s 106-98 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night. Led by Thomas, who scored …

Spooner scores 1st NHL goal, Bruins beat Devils in OT

Saturday, February 28, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. — For the Boston Bruins, Ryan Spooner could not have picked a better time to get his first NHL goal. Spooner scored with 2:14 left in overtime and the Bruins defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-2 Friday night to win for only the second time in nine games (2-5-2). “It was …

Who’s the ace? Red Sox starters want to prove they have many

Friday, February 27, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Who’s the ace? It’s a question the Boston Red Sox have been asked to address since Jon Lester was traded last summer and then signed a $155 million, six-year contract with the Chicago Cubs rather than return to Fenway Park. “There’s only so many times you can ask somebody, …

Commentary: Best thing about A-Rod apology is it was in cursive

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Alex Rodriguez finally said he was sorry, though his handwritten apology on the eve of his return to the New York Yankees seemed to fall flat. Not really surprising, but give A-Rod some credit for trying. Doesn’t anyone …

Chelsea fans implicated in ugly incident at Paris station

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

PARIS (AP) — With a racist song ringing in his ears, a black man trying to board a subway train in Paris stands back after twice being pushed away by a group of Chelsea soccer fans. It happened …

NFL Combine Day 1: ‘The doctor will see you now.’

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Prospective NFL draftees don’t flinch at benching 225 pounds until exhaustion or trying to beat their personal best at the 40-yard dash. They do dread one sentence: “The doctor will see you now.” The NFL combine …

Tony Stewart seeks to end string of defeat in Daytona 500

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — In hindsight, 2002 might have been an omen of how heartbreaking the Daytona 500 would be for Tony Stewart. He had established himself as the driver to beat, but never even get a chance …

NASCAR notes: Danica Patrick to a backup car after wreck in practice

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Danica Patrick and Denny Hamlin wrecked during Daytona 500 practice at Daytona International Speedway Wednesday. Patrick’s No. 10 Chevrolet sustained enough damage that she was forced to switch to a backup car and will …

Tail-wagging beagle wins best in show at Westminster

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

NEW YORK — A soft-spoken beagle really raised a ruckus. Wagging her tail a mile a minute, Miss P became America’s top dog Tuesday night by winning best in show in a big surprise at the Westminster Kennel …

A-Rod gives apology but no explanation ahead of return

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

NEW YORK — It appears the only place Alex Rodriguez might detail his drug use is on a witness stand. The ever controversial New York Yankees star decided against holding a news conference ahead of his return to …

‘Miracle’ mementoes: Herb Brooks’ Olympic stuff up for auction

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The “Miracle on Ice” was a triumph years in the making under the careful, demanding and creative guidance of coach Herb Brooks. Some of the documents that were part of the improbable U.S. victory over the Soviet Union …

All in, or sit out: NBA teams decide as trade deadline nears

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

NEW YORK — The East was a two-team race at last year’s trade deadline, and Larry Bird made the move he thought would win it. When the Indiana Pacers acquired Evan Turner from rebuilding Philadelphia, they hoped it …

TJ Brodie lifts Flames over Bruins 4-3 with 2 ticks left in OT

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — TJ Brodie scored with 2 seconds left in overtime to give the Calgary Flames a 4-3 comeback victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday night. As Brodie cut down the wing, he sent the …