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Lions’ stingy defense faces high-scoring Pats

Sunday, November 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – It’s no surprise that the New England Patriots lead the NFL in scoring. In the past four seasons, they’ve done that twice and finished third twice. But the Detroit Lions allowing the fewest points? Now there’s a surprise. In the past seven seasons, they gave up the most points three times. In their stingiest season in that …

Patriots-Lions capsule

Sunday, November 23, 2014

DETROIT (7-3) at NEW ENGLAND (8-2) 1 p.m., Fox OPENING LINE – Patriots by 7 RECORD VS. SPREAD – Detroit 5-5, New England 6-4 SERIES …

New Chase a smashing success – but questions for the future linger

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Start with the fact – this year, the Chase for the Sprint Cup got it right. Whether you were a supporter of the Sprint Cup’s …

Monarchs, O’Neill roll past Sharks, 5-1

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Brian O’Neill had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist for a three-point game to lead the Manchester Monarchs over the Worcester Sharks, 5-1, yesterday. With Manchester up 1-0 after a Zach O’Brien first-period goal, O’Neill made it 2-0 with a shorthanded tally 7:58 into the second …

Bass leads Celtics past winless Sixers, 101-90

Thursday, November 20, 2014

PHILADELPHIA – Brandon Bass and the Boston Celtics didn’t take the winless 76ers lightly. Bass scored 23 points, Jared Sullinger added 22 and Boston sent Philadelphia to its 11th straight loss to start the season with a 101-90 …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NFL Browns waive running back Tate CLEVELAND – The Browns waived disgruntled running back Ben Tate, who had just two carries in Sunday’s loss to Houston, his former team. Tate signed as a free agent with Cleveland in …

Steelers release running back LeGarrette Blount

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

PITTSBURGH – LeGarrette Blount’s early exit Monday night cost the volatile running back his job. The Pittsburgh Steelers cut Blount yesterday, less than 24 hours after he jogged off LP Field with the clock still running in a …

Jonas Gray on center stage in Patriots run game

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Have you heard the one about the little-known running back who went from standup comic in college to sudden sensation for the AFC’s best team? Please welcome to the stage Jonas Gray. “Back in the …

Raiders running out of time to ‘just win, baby’

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Ever since Al Davis arrived in Oakland more than a half-century ago to build his beloved Raiders into one of pro sports’ most successful franchises, his team has been closely associated with Davis’s favorite saying, …

NFL suspends Peterson for at least rest of season

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS – Adrian Peterson’s future with the Minnesota Vikings dimmed further yesterday, with the NFL suspending the star running back without pay for at least the rest of the season. As his representatives initiated an appeal, Peterson remained …

Rask makes 33 saves as Bruins shut out Blues, 2-0

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BOSTON – The Boston Bruins were content being outshot by nearly a 2-to-1 ratio against St. Louis. The Bruins focused on defense, forcing the Blues outside for shots that Tuukka Rask saw clearly and had no trouble stopping …

Seau, Warner, Dungy named Hall semifinalists

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Junior Seau, Kurt Warner and Tony Dungy are among 26 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2015. Seau and Warner are among eight first-year candidates in the balloting. Dungy is in his second year on the ballot. Former general managers Bill Polian and Ron …

Patriots looking more and more versatile as season progresses

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Need a quarterback to throw for four touchdowns or a running back to rush for four? The New England Patriots have those. How about a defense to dominate the NFL’s highest scoring team? The Patriots …