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Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, right, cannot reach a pass as New England Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan defends during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Minneapolis. The Patriots won 30-7. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Patriots’ Pieces in Place: New England Rebounds, Routs Vikes

Monday, September 15, 2014

Minneapolis — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots took advantage of Adrian Peterson’s absence. Matt Cassel’s four interceptions, too. Chandler Jones returned a field goal he blocked for a touchdown right before halftime, and Brady and the Patriots cruised from there for a 30-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday to give coach Bill Belichick his 200th career …

NFL’s All Shock And No Awe

Monday, September 15, 2014

I miss reading about athletes taking steroids. I miss reading about athletes smoking marijuana. I miss minor vices decorating the sports page like parsley on steak. The past week in sports has made me want to dive headfirst from a tall building into a small bottle of hand sanitizer. While anyone possessing a thimbleful of sense knew that Ray Rice injured his fiancée …

Sox Are Royal Pains Again

Monday, September 15, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — Boston slugger David Ortiz left the ballpark early due to what Red Sox manager John Farrell called a family emergency. “He got called away from this game,” Farrell said. “There was a family emergency that he had to attend to and he jumped on a flight late this afternoon. …

McCutcheon’s HR Leads Pirates

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Philadelphia — Andrew McCutchen hit the first inside-the-park home run of his career and the Pittsburgh Pirates protected their lead in the NL wild-card race, beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 Wednesday night. The Pirates began the day with a 11/2-game lead over Atlanta and Milwaukee for the second …

In Brief: Group Bids $1.4 Billion to Keep Bills in Buffalo

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Orchard Park, n.y. — Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula took a highly aggressive approach by bidding an NFL-record $1.4 billion to get the Buffalo Bills and keep them in western New York. A person with direct knowledge of the sale process confirmed the winning bid to …

Patriots Prep for Vikings

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels knows the Patriots’ offense needs a better performance against Minnesota than it showed against Miami. After taking a 20-10 halftime lead, the Patriots wilted in the Florida heat and …

U.S. Beats Slovenia to Reach Hoop Cup Semifinals

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Barcelona, Spain — James Harden and Stephen Curry went into halftime with no points and no panic. “We just stick to the program. We know it’s tough for any team to run with us for 40 minutes because of how deep we are and how hard we work …

Goodell: ‘We Asked for Video’ of Ray Rice

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Atlantic City, n.j. — As questions arose about the NFL’s original investigation of Ray Rice, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday the league asked for, but was not given, a just-released video showing the ex-Ravens running back punching his …

Commentary: NFL, Goodell Repeatedly Dropped the Ball

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

It is sickening in its violence. A powerful athlete named Ray Rice throws a left-handed jab that knocks then-fiancee Janay Palmer into an elevator railing and sends her crumpling to the ground. It is shocking in its callousness. Rice stares idly down at the unconscious woman as if …

Baseball Notes: Pedroia Out of Game; Season Next?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Boston — Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia could miss the rest of the season with soreness in his left hand and left wrist. Boston manager John Farrell raised the possibility before Tuesday night’s game with the Baltimore Orioles. Farrell said Pedroia has been bothered by the ailment …

Rays Block Out Yanks

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New York — Left fielder Matt Joyce threw out Stephen Drew in the fifth inning when catcher Ryan Hanigan blocked the sliding runner, and the Tampa Bay Rays held on to beat the fading New York Yankees 4-3 …

Orioles Stay Powerful Against Red Sox

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Boston — Alejandro De Aza hit two homers, Adam Jones added another and the Baltimore Orioles won for the 10th time in 13 games with a 4-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. Chris Tillman (12-5) gave up one run in five innings, his 18th …

Buckle Up, Folks: Baseball’s Wild Ride Is Here

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

September is always the best month of the baseball season, and with tight races in four of the six divisions and in both wild-card hunts, it could be one of the more memorable finishes in years. Here are a few things to watch as we head into the …