Pro Sports

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, celebrates with head coach Bill Belichick after defeating the Miami Dolphins 41-13 in an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

A Look at the NFL’s Most Underappreciated and Overblown

Friday, December 19, 2014

Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and the rest of the Dallas Cowboys head into Sunday’s game against the Colts leading the NFC East and on the verge of a playoff berth. A ton of the credit for that should go to head coach Jason Garrett’s assistants. Garrett’s the one thought to be on the hot seat entering the season. He’s the …

Second-Period Goal Sends Jets Past Bruins

Friday, December 19, 2014

Winnipeg, Manitoba — Michael Hutchinson made 30 saves and Dustin Byfuglien broke a tie with 23 seconds left in the second period in the Winnipeg Jets’ 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday night. Evander Kane also scored for Winnipeg. Defenseman Jay Harrison, acquired by the Jets in a trade with Carolina on Thursday, had an assist on his first shift. Tuukka …

Sox Pitcher Gets Warm Welcome

Friday, December 19, 2014

Boston — Rick Porcello didn’t hesitate when asked to recall memories of pitching in Fenway Park. In his rookie season, he hit Boston’s Kevin Youkilis in the back with the first pitch of the second inning. “There it is,” said Porcello, smiling about the question. “Getting thrown out in the second inning my …

Rematches Reign With UEFA Powers

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Nyon, Switzerland — A UEFA Champions League draw heavy with reunions on Monday paired Real Madrid and Barcelona with the same last 16 opponents as last season and sent Arsene Wenger back to the club where he made …

Another Savior? Batter Up

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chicago — Jon Lester insisted there’s no reason the Chicago Cubs can’t contend next year and even capture their first World Series title since 1908, around the time the Model T was rolling off the assembly line. “I’m …

Patriots Target Larger Goals

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — The souvenirs from Darrelle Revis’ first division title in his brilliant eight-year career were safely stowed in his bag. For long-time New England players, the T-shirt with the message “Patriots Run the East” and the championship hat are just the latest in a huge collection …

Union Sues NFL Over Peterson Decision

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Minneapolis — The NFL Players Association has filed a federal lawsuit for Adrian Peterson, asking the court to dismiss an arbitrator’s decision to uphold the NFL’s punishment of the star running back. The petition was filed Monday in …

Nats, Harper Come to Terms on Two-Year Deal

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Washington — A person familiar with the agreement says Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals have come to terms on a $7.5 million, two-year contract, avoiding a grievance hearing. Harper gets a $2.5 million salary in 2015, and $5 million in 2016. The person spoke to The Associated …

Kings Fire Coach

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento Kings fired coach Michael Malone just 24 games into his second season over philosophical differences over the team’s style of play. General manager Pete D’Alessandro said Monday that he decided to make the …

Voynov Will Face Felony Charges

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Los Angeles — A judge says Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov should stand trial on a felony domestic violence charge. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Hector M. Guzman ruled there was enough evidence again Voynov to allow the case to proceed. Guzman issued his ruling Monday after …

Celts Extend 76ers’ Misery

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Philadelphia — Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens might talk to Kelly Olynyk about playing hard before every game. Olynyk scored a career-high 30 points after a pep talk from his coach, leading the Celtics to a 105-87 victory …

Hats, T-Shirts for Everybody

Monday, December 15, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Tom Brady was upset that his New England Patriots hardly looked like a division champion in the first half. So upset that the slow-footed quarterback made a rare scramble for a first down that sparked …

Packers Legend Thurston Dies; Won Six Titles

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Associated Press Green Bay, Wis. — Former Packers guard Fuzzy Thurston, a member of the great Green Bay teams of the 1960s, has died. He was 80. The team confirmed Sunday that Thurston died after several years of health issues. Born Fred Thurston, he was best known …