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FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2014, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws his 509th career touchdown pass, breaking Brett Favre's mark, to set the NFL record, during a football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

Wild and Wacky

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Glendale, Ariz. — The NFL has reached the pinnacle of its season with the Super Bowl just around the corner. Although it’s the most popular sport in the U.S., for many Americans and millions around the world, the Super Bowl is the only football game they will watch all year. Some people know more about the NFL’s domestic violence policy …

Blount Glad He’s Back With Patriots

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — A right cross to an opponent’s chin. An arrest on a marijuana possession charge. A decision to walk out on the Pittsburgh Steelers. And now, for LeGarrette Blount, a spot in the Super Bowl in a revived career. “It’s had its ups and downs,” the hard-hitting running back for the …

Razzle-Dazzle Time

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Trick plays stand out in a Super Bowl a little like clown suits at a cocktail party. In this highest-of-high-stakes contest, the appetite for NFL coaches whose strategies lean more conservative than not is typically low for gadgets and gimmicks. Surprising the other team with a safety blitz or deep pass, sure, but …

In Brief: No Worries for Djokovic, Williams in First Round

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Melbourne, Australia — As a first-time dad with a baby at home, Novak Djokovic could see merits in the tale of Serena Williams’ mid-match espresso that has been brewing in the lead-up to the Australian Open. Hey, he …

Commentary: Vonn Worthy Of Star Status

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The most overused word in sports is “star.” It should be reserved only for the deserving few, those who constantly brighten our horizons with their exploits, who don’t wax, wane and flame out in a season or two …

Commentary: Is Belichick an Evil Genius or Foolish?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Bill Belichick is one of the most hated men in America today. People are throwing darts at him. Calling him potty-mouth names. Chants of “Beli-cheat” ring loud and clear from Indianapolis to the Indialantic. He is loving every …

Bruins Pull Away From Stars

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Dallas — Tuukka Rask made 36 saves, and Dougie Hamilton had a goal and an assist to lead the Boston Bruins past the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Tuesday night. Hamilton assisted on Gregory Campbell’s second-period goal that broke …

Scherzer Heading To D.C.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Washington Nationals radically altered the baseball landscape, ending a winter of relative inactivity by agreeing to a seven-year contract with free agent pitcher Max Scherzer, according to a person with direct knowledge of the talks. Though terms of the deal weren’t immediately available Sunday night, it almost …

NFL Investigating Patriots for Charge of Underinflated Pigskins

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The NFL is investigating whether the New England Patriots deflated footballs that were used in their AFC championship game victory over the Indianapolis Colts. “We are looking into it,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy wrote in an email to …

L.A. Trip Is No Holiday for Celtics

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Los Angeles — Blake Griffin scored 22 points, DeAndre Jordan had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Boston Celtics 102-93 Monday after losing most of a 23-point lead. J.J. Redick and …

Wilfork Aids in Accident

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — Tom Brady earned his latest Super Bowl berth, then left Gillette Stadium with his supermodel wife. Patriots coach Bill Belichick probably went straight to the film room. And it’s best not to ask too many …

Wawrinka Opens Australian Open Title Defense

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Melbourne, Australia — Stan Wawrinka began the defense of his Australian Open title with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 win over Turkey’s Marsel Ilhan today. Wawrinka was barely tested against the No. 100-ranked Ilhan, striking 34 winners and saving the only two break points he faced. The Swiss player …

Arsenal Turns Table on City

Monday, January 19, 2015

London — Arsenal dealt Manchester City’s Premier League title defense a blow on Sunday, while Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi lit up Spain with multi-goal scoring performances. City’s 2-0 home loss to Arsenal left it flagging five points …