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Patriots’ Browner gets a second chance at a Super Bowl ring

Monday, January 26, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Brandon Browner received a Super Bowl ring last year even though he was watching from home 3,000 miles from the Seattle Seahawks when they won the title. Now the hard-hitting cornerback has a shot at more diamonds and another title, going face-to-face with receivers when the New England Patriots play his former team on Sunday. It’s a …

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 …

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. …

Scherzer’s $210M deal done, Nationals think about ‘winning’

Thursday, January 22, 2015

WASHINGTON – Forgive Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner if he got swept up in the scene. Speaking after a news conference yesterday to announce the addition – via a $210 million, seven-year contract – of 2013 AL Cy …

Roof open or closed for Super Bowl?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

PHOENIX – The Super Bowl location in sunny Arizona will present a dilemma for league officials as they grapple with a question faced by many pro sports teams in an era of retractable roofs: whether to play the …

Some things to know as NFL investigates Patriots’ footballs

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The NFL is very precise about its game and equipment – including the number of footballs prepared for games, how much each must weigh, and who monitors them until kickoff. One rule is very clear: Don’t tamper with …

Jets’ new era takes flight as Bowles, Maccagnan introduced

Thursday, January 22, 2015

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – No bold statements. No wild guarantees. Just two serious football guys from New Jersey aiming to turn the New York Jets’ fortunes around. Coach Todd Bowles and General Manager Mike Maccagnan presented a united …

Steelers president doubts 2015 playoff expansion

Thursday, January 22, 2015

PITTSBURGH – Don’t look at NFL expansion of the playoffs as a slam dunk. Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney said yesterday he doesn’t expect the league to expand the playoffs by two teams in 2015. Adding another wild-card team in each conference has been discussed for several years …

So close: Nadal, Sharapova survive second round at Aussie Open

Thursday, January 22, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia – An agitated Roger Federer spat out the question that Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova easily could have asked the players who pushed them to the limits in the second round of the Australian Open. “Do …

Deflated balls latest in Belichick’s reputation for guile

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Add underinflated footballs to the list of incidents giving Bill Belichick a reputation for guile and playing above the rules. Softer footballs wouldn’t explain all of a rout that earned the New England Patriots a spot in the …

Jim Litke column: How Pats ball boy became America’s Most Wanted

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The most wanted rule-breaker in America today is a New England Patriots ball boy. So whether you think “Deflategate” is a big deal or not, consider this: If the allegations are true, the fall guy won’t be the …

Browns hire DeFilippo as offensive coordinator

Thursday, January 22, 2015

CLEVELAND – The Browns have their sixth offensive coordinator in six years. Cleveland hired John DeFilippo, a former Oakland assistant who has a reputation for developing young quarterbacks, to run its offense yesterday. He fills the vacancy created …

Blackhawks top Penguins in shootout

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane beat Marc-Andre Fleury in a shootout to lift the Chicago Blackhawks over the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-2, last night. Toews flipped a shot between Fleury’s legs in the first round, and Kane followed with a wrist shot over Fleury’s glove to help the Blackhawks …