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FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2012, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, left, and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, speak in the middle of the field after the Patriots beat the Broncos 31-21 in an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots are scheduled to play the Broncos in the AFC championship game on Sunday in Denver. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Brady and Manning Are Constants, Like Death and Taxes

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The football-watching world will focus its attention on Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady yet again Sunday. They will meet for the 16th time as NFL quarterbacks and, as has been the case so many times before, AFC superiority will be at stake. Manning’s Denver Broncos, who have the conference’s best record at 6-1, will visit Brady’s New England Patriots, who …

Sox Keep Closer For 2 Years

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Boston — The Boston Red Sox signed closer Koji Uehara for two more years. The All-Star reliever will earn $18 million through 2016. Uehara joined the Red Sox in 2013 and earned the closer’s role midway through the season. He was a key part of the team that won the franchise’s third World Series in 10 years, striking out Matt Carpenter for the …

New MLS Team Has High Hopes

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Los Angeles — Henry Nguyen and Peter Guber envision their new Major League Soccer team taking the field somewhere in the Los Angeles area in early 2017 in a sparkling new stadium filled with roaring fans. All they need now is a team name, colors, logo, offices, an entire business infrastructure, coaches, executives and players for those fans to support. And they need …

In Brief: Mississippi State, Florida State Top Inaugural Playoff List

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Grapevine, Texas — The College Football Playoff selection committee has spoken — and it likes the SEC. At least for now. Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn and Mississippi are the top four teams in the first College Football Playoff rankings. The first of seven Top 25 rankings compiled …

Pats Shower Praise Upon Manning

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia didn’t hesitate Tuesday when asked about Peyton Manning’s arm strength three years after major neck surgery. “I think Peyton Manning’s arm strength is just fine,” Patricia said on a conference call, as the Patriots began to prepare for …

Rondo a Naptime Decision for C’s Opener

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Waltham, Mass. — If Rajon Rondo knows whether he will play in the Boston Celtics opener tonight, he isn’t saying. The star point guard, who has missed most of training camp with a broken bone in his hand, told reporters that he will make up his mind after …

Son: Howe’s Health Failing

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mark Howe told his children: Go see my father, because his health is failing. The message prompted Howe’s daughter, Azia, to take her youngest child, Lahna, to see Gordie Howe this past weekend. It may be the last time they do so. Gordie Howe, the Detroit Red Wings …

Wild Rally Past Bruins

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Boston — Marco Scandella scored with 5:53 remaining as the Minnesota Wild rallied for three goals in the third period to beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Tuesday night. One night after allowing five goals in the third …

Royals Throttle Giants to Force Deciding Game

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — Lorenzo Cain looped a two-run single and Eric Hosmer chopped a two-run double over shortstop in a seven-run second inning as the Kansas City Royals battered the San Francisco Giants 10-0 Tuesday night to …

MLS Pulls Plug on Franchise

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Los Angeles — Chivas USA ceased operations on Monday after 10 troubled and unsuccessful years in Major League Soccer, with the league planning a new franchise for Los Angeles that will begin play in 2017 with new ownership and a new soccer-specific stadium. The league’s Board of Governors …

Spurs’ New Test: Cleveland

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

LeBron James returned to Cleveland, Kevin Love joined him and suddenly the Cavaliers had the makings of the latest superteam. The San Antonio Spurs are already one. No big changes were necessary for the Spurs, who simply kept …

Defense Failing Royals at Worst Possible Time

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Even in an era where every element of baseball can be reduced to analytics and metrics and purported predictability, the World Series, and this one in particular, retains its appeal. Because number-crunching really tells you nothing about the …

This Is No Quiz: Broncos Providing Patriots a Major Examination

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — A smiling Jonas Gray stood at the more prominent locker he got after being promoted from the New England Patriots’ practice squad. He showed he belongs by rushing for 86 yards in his second NFL game, a 51-23 rout of the Chicago Bears on Sunday. …