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New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski takes a selfie during media day for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Tim O’Sullivan column: Gronkowski, Chancellor truly a super matchup

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Super Bowl Media Day is the place where the NFL flies its freak flag. Where professional football transforms into a wacky, larger-than-life, anything-goes circus. In other words, it’s the perfect place for Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots mountainous tight end was in all his Gronk glory yesterday amid the throngs at US Airways Center in Phoenix. He sang Katy Perry songs …

Deflated topic: air pressure in footballs

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX – Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s pre-emptive strike the previous night took the issue of air pressure in footballs on Super Bowl Media Day and, well, deflated it. Not only was the topic rarely raised in questioning of players from both sides yesterday, but Kraft’s protesting how his franchise is being portrayed seemed …

NASCAR’s Brian Vickers eager to race after heart surgery

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Brian Vickers is eager to get back on the racetrack and prove to everyone he still has what it takes to win Sprint Cup races following emergency open heart surgery last month. “Reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated,” Vickers said yesterday during NASCAR’s annual media week. “I am …

Coach K gets 1,000th win as No. 5 Duke tops St. John’s, 77-68

Monday, January 26, 2015

Coach 1K Mike Krzyzewski earned his 1,000th career win yesterday, making him the first NCAA Division I men’s coach to reach the milestone, when No. 5 Duke surged past St. John’s in the second half for a 77-68 …

Murray beats Dimitrov, prepares for challenge in Aussie teen

Monday, January 26, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia – After the clock ticked past midnight, Andy Murray became aware that it was officially Australia Day and he already knew from the crowd reaction what to expect in the quarterfinals. Murray, a two-time Grand Slam …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Monday, January 26, 2015

NFL Source: Browns WR Gordon fails another drug test CLEVELAND – Josh Gordon’s troubles have deepened. He may be out of chances – and time. The wide receiver for the Browns has failed yet another drug test, a …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hoops tourney champions The Bow 3 girls’ basketball team won the Merrimack Basketball Tourney 3/4 Pee Wee Girls Division Championship. Bow beat Brookline, 31-5, in the semifinals. Offensively, Bow was led by Lyndsey LaPerle (16 points) and Catherine …

Tim O’Sullivan column: It’s time to root for the bad boys of the NFL

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The NFL may never find any illicit deflating proof, but it seems fairly apparent now: Something shady happened to those footballs last Sunday in Foxborough, despite Bill Belichick’s denials in yesterday’s bizarre and impromptu press conference. When the …

Belichick on deflated balls: ‘We try to do everything right’

Sunday, January 25, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Saying his team “followed the rules to the letter,” New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they …

UNH’s hot start cooled off by Maine goalie in 4-0 loss

Sunday, January 25, 2015

DURHAM – Time is slipping away from the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team, and the Wildcats took the Whittemore Center ice like they knew it. UNH attacked Maine from the opening faceoff, zipping through the Black Bears defense and peppering goalie Matt Morris with chance after …

High schools: Concord girls’ team, Hopkinton’s Nadeau off to good starts in N.H. Coaches Series

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Local Nordic skiers fared well at the New Hampshire Coaches Series Race yesterday, especially on the girls’ side, with Concord winning the race and Hopkinton’s Sarah Nadeau taking the individual title in the 5K skate race hosted by White Mountains. The NH Coaches Series, featuring public and private …

Wagner wins third U.S. title with record-setting scores

Sunday, January 25, 2015

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Ashley Wagner won her third U.S. title, bouncing back better than ever from last year’s miserable performance. Knowing she needed to up the difficulty of her jumps to compete with the world’s best, Wagner added …

Sherman, Seahawks take the trash-talk lead over Patriots

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Richard Sherman gave Tom Brady an earful and trolled him on Twitter a few years ago. Now the All-Pro cornerback says the star quarterback isn’t really a choir boy. Sherman vs. Brady. Jeremy Lane vs. Rob Gronkowksi. Doug …