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New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) heads downfield for a touchdown during the second half of an AFC divisional NFL playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Tim O’Sullivan column: Ground attacks could determine Super Bowl outcome

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Super Bowl Sunday, at last. Time for deflated balls, Tom Brady sniffles and Marshawn Lynch mumbles to take a back seat. Time to focus on a game that deserves it. Okay, sorry, one last thing about the allegedly altered balls – it has created a dramatic backdrop in New England of Us vs. Them. But that’s only the beginning of the Super Bowl XLIX matchup menu. It’s the best team from last year against the best team of this century with legacies on the line. It’s the established greatness of Brady vs. the rising star of Russell Wilson. It’s a showcase for the two best …

Monitor staff split on outcome of Super Bowl

Sunday, February 1, 2015

You’ll have to go back decades to find a Super Bowl predicted to be this close. Let alone one with this much riding on it. The game that will either return New England to glory and establish Bill Belichick and Tom Brady as the ultimate coach-quarterback combination or christen Seattle as the league’s …

High schools: Winnisquam’s Mills wins third Capital City Classic title; Concord takes third place

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Richie Mills hadn’t wrestled in three weeks, was recovering from the flu and looked sluggish and sloppy in his opening match at the 25th annual Capital City Classic. But none of that stopped Mills from beating his first opponent or anyone else who stood in his way yesterday at Concord High. “I have …

Kelly’s late goal stands after review, lifts Bruins over Kings 3-1

Sunday, February 1, 2015

BOSTON – Chris Kelly broke a 1-all tie with 5:27 left in the third period and Brad Marchand added an empty-netter for his second goal of the game as the Boston Bruins beat the Los Angeles Kings, 3-1, …

Seahawks vs. Patriots: key matchups in Super Bowl

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Matchups for the Super Bowl today between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots at University of Phoenix Stadium: When the Seahawks (14-4) have the ball: If the Patriots can tame the Beast, they will have a big …

Pats backup QB Garoppolo helps defense prepare for Wilson

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX – A rookie who probably won’t play in the Super Bowl could help the New England Patriots win it. By the time the game starts tonight, Jimmy Garoppolo will have done his primary job of preparing the …

Seahawks repeat a scary prospect for NFL

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX – Here are some scary thoughts for the rest of the NFL: A win tonight will stamp the Seahawks as one of the best teams of the Super Bowl era. And, given Seattle’s makeup and philosophy, the …

Tim Dahlberg column: Brady the greatest ever in Super Bowl? Not so fast

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX – His teammates were mostly showered and gone, but Tom Brady was having trouble even bringing himself to move. He sat in front of his locker in Indianapolis, pulling on a pair of boots with a pained …

Former Patriots linebacker Seau among eight voted into Hall of Fame

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX – Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley and Will Shields were elected yesterday to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The class of 2015, announced a day before the Super Bowl, also includes a pair …

Serena Williams defeats Maria Sharapova to capture Australian Open title

Sunday, February 1, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia – Serena Williams stuck out a fist in mock triumph and mouthed “C’mon,” careful not to push her point too far. The 33-year-old Williams was closing in on her 19th Grand Slam singles title, her 16th …

Ellis has 25, Mavs send Magic to 8th straight loss, 108-93

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Monta Ellis had 25 points and 13 assists as the Dallas Mavericks sent the Orlando Magic to their eighth straight loss, 108-93, last night. Tyson Chandler finished with 20 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks, who held …

Outdoor Adventures: Woman of many hats, Torrey leads Jackson Ski Touring Foundation

Sunday, February 1, 2015

About six years ago, Breanne Torrey was working the front desk at Jackson Ski Touring Foundation part-time as a ticket seller and question answerer. Armed with five years of employment with the U.S. Forest Service, including working as …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Sunday, February 1, 2015

NFL Chancellor ‘looked pretty good’ as Seahawks finish prep TEMPE, Ariz. – Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor “looked pretty good” yesterday, according to Coach Pete Carroll as Seattle went through its final preparations for today’s Super Bowl against …