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Pats edge Jets, 17-16, clinch first-round playoff bye

Monday, December 22, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Tom Brady and the Patriots will be resting at home for the start of the playoffs. The only question left is whether the AFC’s road to the Super Bowl will run through New England. Jonas Gray scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter after New England intercepted Geno Smith, and …

7 hurt when lightning strikes near Tampa Bay game

Monday, December 22, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. – Lightning struck a car in a parking lot near the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium after their game with Green Bay yesterday, injuring …

Jets players speak out on murdered NYPD officers

Monday, December 22, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Sheldon Richardson was stunned when he heard the news Saturday that two New York City police officers were killed in the …

Pats’ Belichick now fourth in all-time wins

Monday, December 22, 2014

Patriots Coach Bill Belichick moved into sole possession of fourth place for all-time wins for an NFL coach. 1. Don Shula 347 (328 regular season) 2. George Halas 324 (318 regular season) 3. Tom Landry 270 (250 regular …

Cowboys rout Colts to end playoff drought

Monday, December 22, 2014

Dallas ended a four-year playoff drought yesterday in a dominating 42-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, with Tony Romo throwing four touchdown passes and breaking Troy Aikman’s franchise record for passing yards. The Cowboys (11-4) emphatically ended a …

Heat snap 5-game home slide, top Celtics, 100-84

Monday, December 22, 2014

MIAMI – Finding out shortly before the game that Dwyane Wade would be sitting out with a bruised right knee could have sent the reeling Miami Heat into an even bigger tailspin. Instead, it proved inspiring. And the …

Bruins rally for 4-3 overtime win against Sabres

Monday, December 22, 2014

BOSTON – Dougie Hamilton got the Boston Bruins to overtime, and then Loui Eriksson stepped up again. Eriksson scored 2:14 into the extra session, and the Bruins rallied to beat the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3, last night. Hamilton scored …

Steelers, Packers win, move into playoffs

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers both qualified for the NFL playoffs with wins yesterday. Next week, they will play for division titles at home. Defending Super Bowl champion Seattle also qualified, routing Arizona, 35-6, and moved …

Ellis leads Mavericks over Spurs, 99-93, Rondo’s Mavs debut

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Monta Ellis equaled his season high with 38 points, including 11 during the final four minutes, to spark a late rally as the Dallas Mavericks beat the depleted San Antonio Spurs, 99-93, last night in Rajon Rondo’s debut …

Despite rifts, U.S. and Cuba share baseball ties

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Despite deep political and ideological differences over the years, Cuba and the United States always have shared a love of baseball. From the Negro Leagues to the current crop of Cuban stars, the communist island and the U.S. …

Playing Patriots still special for Ryan, Jets

Sunday, December 21, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Rex Ryan still isn’t backing down. Sure, his future with the New York Jets appears dim. But the coach is conceding nothing, and that means he has every intention of beating the New England …

Patriots-Jets capsule

Saturday, December 20, 2014

NEW ENGLAND (11-3) at NEW YORK JETS (3-11) 1 p.m., CBS OPENING LINE – Patriots by 11. RECORD VS. SPREAD – New England 9-5, New York 5-9 SERIES RECORD – Patriots lead, 57-53-1 LAST MEETING – Patriots beat Jets, 27-25, Oct. 16, 2014 LAST WEEK – Patriots beat …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Saturday, December 20, 2014

ALPINE SKIING Vonn wins women’s World Cup downhill in France VAL D’ISERE, France – American skier Lindsey Vonn won a World Cup downhill race yesterday on the same course where she re-injured her troublesome right knee one year …