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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton passes against the Cleveland Browns in the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Bengals heading back into withering spotlight

Thursday, December 18, 2014

CINCINNATI — Two big goals are still out there for the Cincinnati Bengals: Shine in prime time, win in the playoffs. The AFC North leaders have a chance to put a dent in the first one on Monday night when they host Denver (11-3), which has already clinched the AFC West. Throughout their history, the Bengals (9-4-1) have been at …

Air Marty offense mostly grounded with Jets

Thursday, December 18, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Marty Mornhinweg’s reputation in NFL circles is that of a guy who likes to throw the ball in an attack-style offense that piles up points. That air approach has been mostly grounded in his two seasons with the New York Jets. The offensive coordinator has had to stick to more of a run-first philosophy, relying more on the running …

Patriots must gear up for Jets’ running game

Thursday, December 18, 2014

FOXBOUROUGH (AP) — The Patriots know they’re preparing for a Jets offense that will run, run and run some more when the divisional foes meet Sunday in New Jersey. “This team wants to run the ball. They let you know the want to run the ball, that’s their motto, that’s what they stand for,” Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork said Thursday. “You talk …

Patriots face Dolphins, positioned to win East

Friday, December 12, 2014

FOXBOUROUGH (AP) — Vince Wilfork says the New England Patriots will have more on their minds Sunday than clinching their sixth straight AFC East title when they host the Miami Dolphins. “For the majority of the time, we’ve …

Red Sox bolster rotation with three quick moves

Friday, December 12, 2014

BOSTON — Just like that, the Boston Red Sox have a starting rotation again. One day after acquiring a pair of starters, the Red Sox picked up a third, rebuilding their starting rotation this offseason almost as quickly …

Judge: 2012 killings, some text messages not allowed in Aaron Hernandez case

Friday, December 12, 2014

FALL RIVER — Prosecutors in a murder case against Aaron Hernandez won’t be allowed to tell a jury about two other killings with which the ex-New England Patriot is charged or the final text messages the victim sent …

Gregorius arrives in New York with title: Sir Didi

Friday, December 12, 2014

NEW YORK — Derek Jeter earned five titles for the New York Yankees. His successor at shortstop already has one: Sir Didi Gregorius, proud member of Order of Orange-Nassau. New York’s newest infielder was knighted after playing for …

Blackhawks lose Toews, but beat Bruins 3-2

Friday, December 12, 2014

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins got their captain back on the ice for the first time in seven weeks. The Chicago Blackhawks lost theirs, and they hope he won’t be gone much at all. The Blackhawks beat the …

Browns expecting some Manziel magic on Sunday

Thursday, December 11, 2014

BEREA, Ohio — Johnny Manziel should come with a warning sticker: Watching can be hazardous to your health. On Sunday, the NFL will get its first extended look at Manziel, who routinely turned broken plays into touchdowns at …

Mumps spreading through suddenly sick NHL

Thursday, December 11, 2014

NEW YORK — Once mumps invades a professional sports dressing room, it finds a fertile breeding ground and the NHL is finding that it is not easy to get rid of. Multiple players on multiple teams from coast …

Old-style swaps dominate MLB winter meetings

Thursday, December 11, 2014

SAN DIEGO — Baseball’s winter meetings ended with an old-style spurt of swaps, with All-Stars switching teams at a rapid pace and executives scrambling to fill roster voids. Alfredo Simon, Dee Gordon, Yoenis Cespedes, Miguel Montero, Jeff Samardzija, …

With labor peace, WNBA eyes ways to keep growing

Thursday, December 11, 2014

NEW YORK — WNBA President Laurel Richie was all smiles after the annual Board of Governors meetings this week. It’s hard to blame her. The league has labor stability after a six-year collective bargaining agreement was ratified in March. The WNBA also is in the midst of a …

Defensive newcomers fitting in with Patriots

Thursday, December 11, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots needed help on defense so they added three experienced players at midseason. Turns out they’re also solid students. Linebackers Akeem Ayers and Jonathan Casillas and defensive tackle Alan Branch dove into coach Bill Belichick’s complex playbook then produced on the field. “We’re …