Pro Sports

Something’s Gotta Give

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 period, they were in the middle of the pack, allowing …

Manning, Broncos suddenly looking vulnerable

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Miami (6-4) at Denver (7-3) The Broncos suddenly are looking fragile. They need to end their November swoon quickly or even could face the possibility of not playing in January. Peyton Manning and the defending AFC champions played their two worst games in the past three weeks, falling at New England at St. Louis. Today, they take on a Miami team that is …

Swiss Grab 2-1 Lead at Davis Cup Finals

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Associated Press Lille, France — Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka defeated Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 to give Switzerland a 2-1 lead over France in the Davis Cup final on Saturday. Federer and Wawrinka did not concede a single break and dominated the key points to withstand their opponent’s charge in the second set. The teams ended the first …

Montreal Masters B’s

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Boston — Carey Price made 33 saves, Tomas Plekanec had a goal and an assist, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins 2-0 on Saturday night. Andrei Markov added his 100th career goal for the Canadiens, who …

No. 13 No Luckier for Philadelphia Than the First 12

Sunday, November 23, 2014

New York — Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, Amare Stoudemire added 16 points and 11 rebounds, and the New York Knicks dropped the Philadelphia 76ers to 0-13 with a 91-83 victory on Saturday night. Jose Calderon made his …

Pacquiao in Need of Signature Win against Algieri

Friday, November 21, 2014

Macau — Boxing is a hurt business, as Manny Pacquiao found out when he ended up face down on the canvas after being knocked out just three fights ago by Juan Manuel Marquez. It’s also a risky business, …

Done in Pittsburgh, Blount Rejoins Pats

Friday, November 21, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — There was no name over his locker stall, and he had yet to officially secure the number he’ll wear on Sunday. Still, it was clear LeGarrette Blount was happy to be back with the New …

‘Moneypuck’: Advanced Statistics Gaining Foothold in NHL Thinking

Friday, November 21, 2014

Far removed from punishing hits on the ice, the real crunching in the NHL these days is being done in front offices around the league with the numbers involved in the complex, lengthy calculations of analytics. The Moneyball …

Snowy Exile Won’t Alter Bills’ Plans

Friday, November 21, 2014

Detroit — Bills president Russ Brandon says the team is planning to return to Buffalo after Monday night’s game in Detroit against the New York Jets. It remains to be seen if the weather will cooperate. The Bills’ schedule has been in flux because of a lake-effect storm …

Report: Free Agent LaRoche Signs Deal With White Sox

Friday, November 21, 2014

Chicago — A person familiar with the situation says free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche has agreed to a contract with the Chicago White Sox. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Friday night on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the deal. The …

Bruins’ Rookie Prevails in Shootout Win

Friday, November 21, 2014

Columbus, Ohio — Boston Bruins goalie Niklas Svedberg figured it had to be great television after Alex Khokhlachev ended the cliffhanger with a dramatic flourish. Khokhlachev scored the winner in the seventh round of a shootout in his …

Memphis Powers Past Boston

Friday, November 21, 2014

Memphis, Tenn. — Marc Gasol matched his career high with 32 points, Zach Randolph added 16 points and 16 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Boston Celtics 117-100 on Friday night. Jon Leuer had a season-high 19 …

Sparano, Raiders Savoring Rare Moment of Success

Friday, November 21, 2014

Alameda, Calif. — Tony Sparano gathered the Oakland Raiders in a victorious locker room and praised them for sticking together through a 16-game losing streak. Left tackle Donald Penn then presented Oakland’s interim coach with a game ball …