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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick to a reporter's question during a media availability at the NFL football team's facility Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots play the Chicago Bears Sunday in Foxborough. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Injury to Chandler Jones puts pressure on Patriots defense

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The “next man up” approach will be tested again after another injury to a key defender for the New England Patriots. Maybe this time they’ll do better. With top tackler Jerod Mayo missing his first game with a season-ending right knee injury, the New York Jets ran over and around New England last Thursday night. They rushed for a season-high 218 yards even though the Patriots held on for a 27-25 win when Nick Folk’s a last-play field goal attempt was blocked. But New England suffered a big loss in that game when its most disruptive pass rusher, defensive end Chandler Jones, hurt …

NBA owners fail to pass lottery reform

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the biggest issues on the agenda when the NBA’s owners arrived in New York for the board of governors meetings was thwarting the tanking strategy employed most brazenly by the Philadelphia 76ers. A proposal that would reduce the incentive for teams to lose games on purpose in an effort to get a better pick in the draft …

Bill Polian, Rob Wolf nominated for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CANTON, Ohio — Former general managers Bill Polian and Ron Wolf were selected Wednesday as contributor finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2015. Polian and Wolf were chosen by the Hall of Fame’s contributor committee. Inductees will be selected on Jan. 31, the day before the Super Bowl, in Phoenix. Mick Tingelhoff is the senior committee nominee, and there …

NASCAR: Kevin Harvick at ease at tense Talladega

Thursday, October 16, 2014

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Guaranteed of a spot in the third round of NASCAR’s playoffs, Kevin Harvick has no reason to race hard Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. If it was up to him, he wouldn’t race at all. Four of NASCAR’s top drivers will see their title hopes come …

Giants beat Cardinals 6-4, move 1 win from Series

Thursday, October 16, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey drove in three runs and the San Francisco Giants took advantage of some clunky defense by St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams, beating the Cardinals 6-4 on Wednesday night to move within one …

Krejci, Smith lead Bruins past Red Wings in SO

Thursday, October 16, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — After a night of struggling against Detroit’s Jimmy Howard, Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien went with the only thing that was working. David Krejci and Reilly Smith, the only two players to beat Howard in …

Louis Williams lifts Raptors past Celtics, 92-89

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Louis Williams made a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left to give the Toronto Raptors a 92-89 victory over the Boston Celtics in an exhibition game Wednesday night. Jordan Hamilton led the Raptors (4-1) with …

Royals hold off Orioles 2-1, finish ALCS sweep

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Crown these Royals the American League champions. After nearly three decades spent trying to return to the playoffs, Kansas City is taking its perfect postseason ride all the way to the World Series. With …

Jets hope to turn season around with upset of Patriots

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots turned their season around in plenty of time. It’s probably too late for the New York Jets, especially if they drop their sixth straight game when they visit the heavily favored Patriots …

MLS commissioner calls Jurgen Klinsmann’s US future into question

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NEW YORK — Jurgen Klinsmann’s future as U.S. coach was called into question Wednesday when Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber criticized him for not taking Landon Donovan to the World Cup and for saying Clint Dempsey and …

Royals edge Orioles 2-1 to take 3-0 lead in ALCS

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals have embraced the bloop, bunt and sacrifice fly all postseason. Add in more sparkling defense and that dominant bullpen, and the wild-card Royals are suddenly one win from the World …

Giants beat Cardinals in 10th on Randy Choate wild throw

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Once the Giants finally got a bunt down, the rest was easy. A wild throw by reliever Randy Choate on a bunt allowed Brandon Crawford to score the winning run in the bottom of the …

With RB Stevan Ridley hurt, Patriots look to fill gap

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — One thing is certain about the New England Patriots running game. Stevan Ridley won’t be part of it for a while. Just who will play an increased role after the Patriots top rusher suffered a serious …