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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady walks off the field following the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Denver. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-18 to advance to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Analysis: Pats Won’t Go Away

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The football-watching world’s obsession with the New England Patriots was put on hold after their elimination from the playoffs with their near-miss defeat to the Denver Broncos in the AFC title game. There has been a temporary cessation in the DeflateGate talk and the always fierce debate over whether the Patriots are cheaters or victims of the jealousies of less-successful …

C’s Prevail in Overtime

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Boston — Isaiah Thomas had 36 points and 11 assists, including a fade away jumper that sent the game to an extra period, to help the Boston Celtics overtake the Los Angeles Clippers 139-134 in overtime on Wednesday night. Jared Sullinger added 21 points and 11 rebounds. Jae Crowder finished with 19 points, …

In Brief: U.S. Women Win Qualifying Opener

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Frisco, Texas — Alex Morgan scored 12 seconds in and added another goal in the 62nd minute and the U.S. women’s team opened CONCACAF qualifying for the Rio Olympics with a 5-0 victory over Costa Rica on Wednesday night. Morgan’s goal was the fastest in CONCACAF Olympic qualifying history, and the team said it is believed to be the fastest in U.S. history. …

Cuba Still Losing Its Stars to U.S. Pros

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic — Star Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel and his younger brother slipped away from their hotel in the Dominican Republic early Monday in an apparent effort to launch careers in Major League Baseball. The departure …

Pens’ Crosby on High Boil

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Pittsburgh — Sidney Crosby scored on a pair of breakaways to extend his goal streak to a career-best seven games and added two assists to help the Pittsburgh Penguins continue their surge with a 6-2 win over the …

Floundering Knicks Dump Coach

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Associated Press Greenburgh, n.y. — Derek Fisher had just finished a long playing career when Phil Jackson picked him to coach the New York Knicks. Just 1½ seasons later, Jackson decided he needed someone else. Fisher was …

Ho, Hum: Chelsea, Man U Tie

Monday, February 8, 2016

London — A second stalemate of the season between Chelsea and Manchester United saw the fallen powers slip further from relevance in this unusual Premier League season. The 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge did little to help either …

NFL’s Goodell Still Defending the Indefensible

Monday, February 8, 2016

San Francisco — Hope you were careful Sunday sitting on your sofa watching the Super Bowl. As NFL commissioner Roger Goodell informed us at his annual state of the game address on Friday, football might be hazardous, but “there are risks in life. There are risks sitting on …

Overaggressiveness Costs Fowler a Win

Monday, February 8, 2016

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Rickie Fowler hit two balls into the water on the par-4 17th hole to give Hideki Matsuyama an unexpected victory Sunday in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. After blowing a two-shot lead on the 317-yard hole in regulation when he blasted a driver through the …

Another Ovechkin Record in Another Victory

Monday, February 8, 2016

Washington — Alex Ovechkin became the third player in NHL history to reach 30 goals in his first 11 seasons, and Braden Holtby made 33 saves as the Washington Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in their traditional …

Celtics’ Attack Crowns Kings

Monday, February 8, 2016

Boston — The Boston Celtics enjoyed a season-high scoring day to keep their current winning stretch rolling along. Avery Bradley scored 25 points, Isiah Thomas had 22 and the Celtics held off the Kings 128-119 on Sunday for …

Carolina Will Remain a Force

Monday, February 8, 2016

Santa Clara, Calif. — The Carolina Panthers’ numbing defeat in Super Bowl 50 will be difficult to come back from. It was the kind of no-show performance that will haunt them throughout the offseason and when they arrive …

Punked Panthers: Denver’s Defense Provides Manning Storybook Win in Likely Last Game

Monday, February 8, 2016

Santa Clara, Calif. — Peyton Manning got his second Super Bowl ring. Now he can ride off into the sunset a winner. But it was the Denver Broncos’ defense — and in particular Super Bowl MVP Von Miller …