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Celtics Handle Nets in Abbreviated Preseason Game

Monday, October 20, 2014

New York — Jared Sullinger had 21 points and 19 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 95-90 on Sunday in an experimental 44-minute game. Jeff Green added 14 points for Boston (4-3). Backup point guard Jarrett Jack and reserve center Jerome Jordan each had 17 points for the Nets (2-1). The idea of a shortened game arose during the NBA coaches’ offseason meeting as a way …

Blown Call in ’85 Series Still Looms Large

Monday, October 20, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — Of course Don Denkinger plans to watch the World Series. He always does. He’ll tune in to root for the umpires, check out familiar faces on the Giants and Royals, and see how Kansas City is looking these days. Chances are he’ll see himself, too. “Nobody wants to have …

2012 Champ Still Alive

Monday, October 20, 2014

Talladega, Ala. — Coming off a tumultuous week and backed into a must-win situation, Brad Keselowski pulled off one of his biggest victories. Keselowski drove a perfect final two laps in overtime Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, where he had to win to advance into the third round of NASCAR’s championship race. Anything but …

Fringe Players Look For Another Chance

Friday, October 17, 2014

Omaha, Neb. — Only a couple of seasons ago, Adrian Hamilton was learning the ways of the NFL from the likes of Ed Reed and Ray Lewis. He went from the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad to the active roster for two December games, and he has a Super …

Rangers Hire New Manager

Friday, October 17, 2014

Arlington, Texas — The Texas Rangers hired Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as their new manager. Banister got the nod over two other finalists, interim manager Tim Bogar and Cleveland Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash. General manager Jon Daniels said Thursday night that Banister won over the …

Series Is Destiny vs. Dynasty

Friday, October 17, 2014

Lorenzo Cain gearing up to run on Buster Posey. Pablo Sandoval trying to launch long balls, Alex Gordon banging into walls chasing them. Madison Bumgarner and James Shields starting big games, with lights-out bullpens poised to close ‘em. …

Seguin’s Late Goal Lifts Stars

Friday, October 17, 2014

Pittsburgh — Tyler Seguin scored a power-play goal with 2.9 seconds remaining to give the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night. Seguin’s goal capped a furious comeback as Dallas scored twice in the final 2:57 to win its second straight and snap …

Canadiens Surge Past Bruins

Friday, October 17, 2014

Montreal — Brendan Gallagher and P.A. Parenteau each had two goals and the Montreal Canadiens won their home opener, 6-4 over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night. Max Pacioretty had a goal and two assists, while Jiri Sekac got his first NHL goal for Montreal. Zdeno Chara, Carl …

Giants Win the Pennant

Friday, October 17, 2014

San Francisco — From the first day of spring training, the Giants quietly joked about the fact that this is an even year, so of course they would represent the National League in the World Series. On Thursday, …

Brady, Pats Hold Off Jets

Friday, October 17, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes to lead the New England Patriots to a 27-25 victory over the New York Jets that came down to the last play. Chris Jones blocked Nick Folk’s 58-yard field …

Giants Take 3-1 Series Lead

Thursday, October 16, 2014

San Francisco — Buster Posey drove in three runs and the San Francisco Giants took advantage of some clunky defense by St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams, beating the Cardinals 6-4 on Wednesday night to move within one victory of the World Series. Chasing their third title in …

Celtics Edged in Maine Event

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Portland, Maine — Louis Williams made a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left to give the Toronto Raptors a 92-89 victory over the Boston Celtics in an exhibition game Wednesday night. Jordan Hamilton led the Raptors (4-1) with 16 points, Williams added 15, and Terrence Ross and Patrick Patterson …

Patriots Look to Make Jets Latest Victim

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — The New England Patriots turned their season around in plenty of time. It’s probably too late for the New York Jets, especially if they drop their sixth straight game when they visit the heavily favored …