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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. …

USSF Moves to Seal Suit

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The U.S. Soccer Federation’s original lawsuit against the union for its champion women’s national team has been sealed after the governing body realized it had disclosed the home addresses and email accounts of many players. A day after the original complaint was filed, the USSF filed a motion …

Player Suspended 20 Games For Cross-Chekcing Official

Thursday, February 4, 2016

New York — The NHL suspended Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman 20 games on Wednesday for cross-checking a linesman last week during a game, the second-longest suspension in NHL history for abusing an official. Wideman was suspended for violating the league rule on physical abuse of officials after …

Commentary: Football’s Brain Issue Won’t Go Away

Thursday, February 4, 2016

San Francisco — For a guy who loved a good party, it’s hard to imagine Ken Stabler ever thought he’d be crashing one this week. Not at this Super Bowl, the 50th anniversary version that has been carefully …

C’s Hold Off Pistons

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Boston — Isaiah Thomas had 17 points and seven assists to help the Boston Celtics hold off the Detroit Pistons 102-95 on Wednesday night. Avery Bradley added 15 points for Boston, which has won six straight home games …

U.S. Soccer Federation Sues Women’s Union

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Chicago — The U.S. Soccer Federation sued the union of its world championship women’s soccer team on Wednesday, saying it fears players may attempt to strike ahead of this year’s Olympics. In a complaint filed in federal court in Chicago, the USSF said Richard Nichols, who became executive …

Browns Ready to Give Manziel the Bum’s Rush

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Cleveland — The Cleveland Browns are about to throw Johnny Football away. The team issued a strong statement Tuesday, condemning quarterback Johnny Manziel’s actions and pointing to his release in March, a move that has seemed inevitable for …

Suns Go Young With Interim Coach

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Phoenix — Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough says coach Jeff Hornacek was fired because the players weren’t responding to him. Now the job has gone on an interim basis to Earl Watson, who at 36 becomes the …

Five-Year-Old Afghan Boy May Meet Messi

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Kabul, Afghanistan — A 5-year-old Afghan boy who made a splash on the Internet by wearing a homemade Lionel Messi jersey might get the chance to meet the Barcelona great. The Afghan Football Federation said it is planning …

‘We Aren’t Out There Picking Daisies’

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

San Francisco — Like many rookies, Josh Norman spent part of his bonus on a new ride when he signed with the Carolina Panthers a few years back. Delta 747 he calls him and, just like Norman, the …

Weather Makes a Second-Guesser of Everyone

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

San Diego — Nothing brings out hindsight in golf like the weather. One year when the Match Play Championship was in Arizona, the opening round was delayed by snow that covered Dove Mountain. And while it took five …