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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates his second touchdown pass to Timothy Wright in the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Brady passes Patriots to 34-9 win over Lions

Sunday, November 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots showed off their passing game one week after a brilliant rushing performance. The outcome was the same: a blowout win over a top team. Throw in a defense that held the Detroit Lions without a touchdown and two outstanding special teams plays, and the team with the AFC’s best record rolled over the team …

Blazers beat Celtics, extend win streak to 7

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BOSTON — LaMarcus Aldridge likes the attitude the Portland Trail Blazers have during this winning streak. Aldridge had 20 points and 14 rebounds, reserve Chris Kaman scored 16 points and the Trail Blazers extended their streak to seven games with a 94-88 victory over the Boston Celtics on Sunday night. “I like it …

high-scoring Patriots face Lions’ stingy defense

Saturday, November 22, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — It’s no surprise that the New England Patriots lead the NFL in scoring. In the past four seasons, they’ve done that twice and finished third twice. But the Detroit Lions allowing the fewest points? Now there’s a surprise. In the past seven seasons, they gave up the most points three times. …

Colts looking for a win against Patriots

Friday, November 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck has lived with his mistakes from last year’s loss to the Patriots all through the offseason. It’s time to move on. The Colts’ quarterback, who threw four interceptions in last season’s playoff loss to …

Pro sports leagues gradually embrace gambling

Friday, November 14, 2014

We’ve come a long way since Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays were banned from baseball for associating with gamblers — not betting on games or tipping them off about injuries, but by shaking their hands …

Unbeaten Kubrat Pulev confident of toppling heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko

Friday, November 14, 2014

Unbeaten Kubrat Pulev believes he’s the man to end Wladimir Klitschko’s reign as world heavyweight champion when they face off on Saturday in Hamburg. Pulev is the mandatory challenger of the International Boxing Federation and is undefeated in 20 fights. Klitschko has been ruling the heavyweight division since …

Patriots linebacker Jonathan Casillas enjoying being with elite team

Friday, November 14, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Jonathan Casillas isn’t about to forget Oct. 28, 2014. That’s the day he went from the bottom of the NFL to near the top. “It’s a blessing to basically go from the worst to the best,” the linebacker said Friday when asked about the trade-deadline …

Patriots apologize after thanking racist tweeter

Friday, November 14, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The New England Patriots are apologizing after sending out a tweet to thank a “fan” with a racist Twitter handle. The Patriots were holding a promotion to celebrate becoming the first NFL team with 1 million Twitter followers. The team asked fans to retweet a …

Canadiens blow out Bruins, 5-1

Thursday, November 13, 2014

MONTREAL (AP) — Max Pacioretty had two goals, Dale Weiss scored on a penalty shot, and the Montreal Canadiens downed the rival Boston Bruins 5-1 on Thursday night for their fourth straight win. Lars Eller and Jiri Sekac …

Patriots defense prepping to stop Colts QB Luck

Thursday, November 13, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — New England quarterback Tom Brady this week praised nearly everything about Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck. On Thursday, Pats defenders said they also admire the guy they’re hoping to stop. “He’s a leader, he’s everything you want …

Colts gear up for Patriots QB Tom Brady

Thursday, November 13, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts defense is well aware of the task at hand. The players know exactly what Tom Brady is capable of. “Probably the best quarterback in the NFL right now,” Indianapolis cornerback Greg Toler said. “A …

Clayton Kershaw, Mike Trout win MVP awards

Thursday, November 13, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Clayton Kershaw became the first pitcher to win the National League MVP award in nearly a half-century, coasting an easy victory Thursday. Mike Trout was a unanimous pick for the AL honor after finishing …

Tom Brady backups to battle when Browns face Texans

Thursday, November 13, 2014

BEREA, Ohio — There won’t be a parade and there’s not a sponsor lined up, but Sunday’s Browns-Texans matchup will be a pseudo bowl game — the Tom Brady Backup Bowl. Cleveland quarterback Brian Hoyer and Houston’s Ryan …