Pro Sports

New England Patriots strong safety Patrick Chung (23) breaks up a pass in the end zone intended for Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria (80) in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Detroit Put in A Cage

Monday, November 24, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — The New England Patriots showed off their passing game one week after a brilliant rushing performance. The outcome was the same: a blowout win over a top team. Throw in a defense that held the Detroit Lions without a touchdown and two outstanding special teams plays, and the team with the AFC’s best record rolled over the team with the NFL’s stingiest defense, 34-9 on Sunday, for their seventh straight win. “Everyone is linked together,” quarterback Tom Brady said, “so we all feed off each other — offense, defense, special teams.” Brady threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns exactly 14 years …

Pacquiao-Mayweather May Only Be a Matter of Timing

Monday, November 24, 2014

Macau — Manny Pacquiao is done taking the high road, tired of pretending he doesn’t care. At long last he has Floyd Mayweather Jr. right where he wants him. And this time he’s not about to let him slip away without a fight. “I think it’s time to say something,” Pacquiao said Sunday after dispatching Chris Algieri in convincing fashion in this Chinese …

Revolution Gets Early Edge in MLS Eastern Finals

Monday, November 24, 2014

Harrison, n.j. — If the New England Revolution are going to shed their mantle as the team that can’t quite seal the deal, maybe it’ll be the midseason addition of Jermaine Jones that helped them finally get over the hill. Jones, who played for the United States at this past summer’s World Cup, …

Butler Finalizes $30M Deal With A’s

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Oakland, Calif. — Billy Butler came so close to winning it all with Kansas City that it stings to be leaving his only professional team after such a special run, and with some unfinished business. Then the Oakland …

Collins, NBA’s First Openly Gay Player, Retires

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New York — Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in one of the four major North American professional leagues, announced his retirement Wednesday after 13 years in the NBA. “It’s time, and I’m very much looking forward …

C’s Drop Hapless 76ers

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Philadelphia — Brandon Bass scored 23 points, Jared Sullinger added 22 and the Boston Celtics sent Philadelphia to its 11th straight loss to start the season with a 101-90 victory over the 76ers on Wednesday night. Rajon Rondo …

Talbot Blanks Flyers

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New York — Cam Talbot made 31 saves for his first win of the season and fourth career NHL shutout, and the New York Rangers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night. New York beat the Flyers for the …

Adrian Peterson Ban Conditional; Vikings Back Could Return Soon

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The NFL brought some clarity to Adrian Peterson’s playing status by announcing Tuesday morning it had suspended the standout running back for the Minnesota Vikings without pay for at least the remainder of the 2014 season. But the …

A One-Time Comic, Pats’ Gray No Joke

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Have you heard the one about the little-known running back who went from stand-up comic in college to sudden sensation for the AFC’s best team? Please welcome to the stage Jonas Gray. “Back in the day,” he said, “I called myself a funny guy.” Now …

U.S. Fate Changed With Flick of Caligiuri’s Foot

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Paul Caligiuri changed the direction of American soccer 25 years ago. The U.S. had failed to qualify for nine straight World Cups since 1950. The North American Soccer League had folded after the 1984 season, and the U.S. …

Champ Bailey Retires After 15 Years

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Englewood, Colo. — Champ Bailey said goodbye to the NFL on Tuesday after signing a ceremonial one-day contract with his beloved Denver Broncos. Bailey retired at age 36 with a cornerback-record dozen Pro Bowl selections, more interceptions (52) …

U.S. Ends With Thud

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dublin — The United States’ winless streak stretched to four games Tuesday night with a year-ending 4-1 loss to a second-string Ireland team. Ireland changed all 11 starters from Friday’s 1-0 loss at Scotland in European Championship qualifying …

Alabama New No. 1 in College Grid Playoff Rankings

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Alabama is the new No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings, and Mississippi State remains in the top four after losing to the Crimson Tide. Alabama jumped from fifth to first after handing previously undefeated and top-ranked Mississippi State its first loss on Saturday. Oregon was bumped …