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In this Nov. 18, 2014 photo, Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao, right, trains at the Cotai Arena Gym of the Venetian Resort and Casino in Macau. Pacquiao and Chris Algieri of the United States are scheduled to meet in a title fight on Sunday, Nov. 23, in Macau. (AP Photo/Team Pacquiao, Mike Young) EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO SALES

Pacquiao in Need of Signature Win against Algieri

Friday, November 21, 2014

Macau — Boxing is a hurt business, as Manny Pacquiao found out when he ended up face down on the canvas after being knocked out just three fights ago by Juan Manuel Marquez. It’s also a risky business, and there are some in the sport who believe Pacquiao is taking a big one when he gets up Sunday morning in …

Done in Pittsburgh, Blount Rejoins Pats

Friday, November 21, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — There was no name over his locker stall, and he had yet to officially secure the number he’ll wear on Sunday. Still, it was clear LeGarrette Blount was happy to be back with the New England Patriots. “It feels real good. I was excited to hear about it,” the running …

‘Moneypuck’: Advanced Statistics Gaining Foothold in NHL Thinking

Friday, November 21, 2014

Far removed from punishing hits on the ice, the real crunching in the NHL these days is being done in front offices around the league with the numbers involved in the complex, lengthy calculations of analytics. The Moneyball approach popularized in baseball has slowly become as much a part of the NHL as …

Gordie Howe Taking Turn for the Worse

Monday, November 17, 2014

Lubbock, Texas — Gordie Howe’s family says the hockey Hall of Famer “has taken a turn for the worse” after suffering another stroke recently. Mark Howe said Sunday his father’s most recent stroke occurred about a week ago in Lubbock, where the 86-year-old former Detroit Red Wings star …

DEA Agents in Surprise Raid of at Least 2 NFL Medical Staffs

Monday, November 17, 2014

By Jim Litke AP Sports Writer Federal drug enforcement agents showed up unannounced Sunday to check at least two visiting NFL teams’ medical staffs as part of an investigation into former players’ claims that teams mishandled prescription drugs. There were no arrests, Drug Enforcement Agency spokesman Rusty Payne …

A New Champ

Monday, November 17, 2014

By Jenna Fryer AP Auto Racing Writer Homestead, Fla. — Kevin Harvick charged through the field, picking off car after car, passing two other title contenders on a series of restarts. As he aggressively chased the victory and his first Sprint Cup title, it was clear that winning …

Rams Rough Up Broncos

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Associated Press St. Louis — Shaun Hill was effective in his first start since regaining the quarterback job and the St. Louis Rams defense made life miserable for Peyton Manning in a 22-7 victory over the AFC …

Blackhawks Rally For Four Goals in 3rd Period

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Associated Press Chicago — Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg each had a goal and two assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied with four goals in the third period to defeat the Dallas Stars 6-2 on Sunday night. Kane connected from a sharp angle early in the third …

Bucks Beat Slumping Heat

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Associated Press Miami — Brandon Knight made three 3-pointers down the stretch and scored 20 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks downed the slumping Miami Heat 91-84 on Sunday night. Jabari Parker added 13 points for the Bucks …

Pats Make Their Own Luck in 42-20 Win

Monday, November 17, 2014

By Michael Marot AP Sports Writer Indianapolis — Tom Brady keeps finding ways to beat Indianapolis. On Sunday night, he relied on New England’s running game to deliver the body blows. Then he came up with the knockout punch. Jonas Gray rushed for a career-high 199 yards and …

Colts in Need of a Win vs. Pats

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Indianapolis — Andrew Luck has lived with his mistakes from last year’s loss to the Patriots all through the offseason. It’s time to move on. The Colts’ quarterback, who threw four interceptions in last season’s playoff loss to …

Sinking Giants Host Niners

Sunday, November 16, 2014

East Rutherford, n.j. — The NFL is giving the New York Giants a rare chance for a do-over. A week after their fourth-quarter debacle in Seattle, the reeling Giants (3-6) will get a chance to get things right this time when they face the San Francisco 49ers on …

B’s Get Back on Track

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Boston — The Boston Bruins aren’t ready to let two embarrassing losses fade completely out of their minds with one victory. Seth Griffith and Patrice Bergeron scored first-period goals, Tuukka Rask stopped 33 shots and the Bruins rebounded …