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New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) runs against the Carolina Panthers in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

Saints Pull Away From Panthers

Friday, October 31, 2014

Charlotte, n.c. — Drew Brees overcame a shaky start and threw for one touchdown and ran for another and the New Orleans Saints defeated the Carolina Panthers 28-10 Thursday night to take over first place in the NFC South. The Saints (4-4) piled up 375 yards to snap a seven-game losing streak on the road that dated back to last November. Brees finished 24 of 34 for 297 yards and Mark Ingram turned in another solid performance with 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Brees threw an interception and fumbled in the first quarter before settling down late in the second quarter and leading touchdown …

Brady and Manning Are Constants, Like Death and Taxes

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The football-watching world will focus its attention on Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady yet again Sunday. They will meet for the 16th time as NFL quarterbacks and, as has been the case so many times before, AFC superiority will be at stake. Manning’s Denver Broncos, who have the conference’s best record at 6-1, …

Sox Keep Closer For 2 Years

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Boston — The Boston Red Sox signed closer Koji Uehara for two more years. The All-Star reliever will earn $18 million through 2016. Uehara joined the Red Sox in 2013 and earned the closer’s role midway through the season. He was a key part of the team that won the franchise’s third World Series in 10 years, striking out Matt Carpenter for the …

Pats Try to Fend Off Road Warriors

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — It’s been a rough stretch for the Chicago Bears with three losses in four games, and a loud, emotional locker room after the latest one. Now they must play in strange surroundings and get booed by New England Patriots fans. But that actually may help …

Lions Loving Life in England

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bagshot, England — Most of the NFL teams that have arrived early and spent a week practicing in England have praised the local facilities and the team-bonding environment of being overseas. The Detroit Lions and coach Jim Caldwell, however, are really, really loving their home away from home. …

Shiffrin Shares GS Win in Season Opener

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Soelden, Austria — Mikaela Shiffrin wasted no time fulfilling her ambition to start winning giant slaloms this season. The 19-year-old American and former Lyme resident, already dominating the women’s slalom circuit for two years, clinched her first GS win Saturday, sharing victory with overall World Cup champion Anna …

Harvick Has Work Cut Out For Him at Martinsville

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Martinsville, Va. — Kevin Harvick has picked his way through traffic before at Martinsville Speedway, never when the stakes were so high. A poor qualifying effort has Harvick starting 33rd, behind all the other title contenders, in today’s …

Maddon, Cubs Make A Perfect Fit

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Driving along I-57 in the 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle he just bought at a car dealership in New Lenox, Ill., Joe Maddon commented to his passenger how much he loved coming to Chicago. This was April 2010 and Maddon, then the Rays manager, was in-between taking two out of …

MacKenzie’s Ace Gives Him Share of Lead

Sunday, October 26, 2014

St. Simons Island, Ga. — Will MacKenzie made a hole-in-one that hardly anyone saw and finished with a 45-foot birdie putt that gave him a 5-under 65 on Saturday and a share of the lead with Andrew Svoboda going into the final round of the McGladrey Classic. Svoboda, …

B’s Cruise Past Leafs

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Toronto — Patrice Bergeron earned his 500th point on the first of two assists and Tuukka Rask continued his mastery over Toronto as the Boston Bruins, in their first game without injured captain Zdeno Chara, defeated the Maple …

Just Like That, Series Is Tied

Sunday, October 26, 2014

San Francisco — Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval charged up a pulsating crowd with their shouts and swings, and the San Francisco Giants surged past the Kansas City Royals 11-4 Saturday to tie the World Series at two …

In Brief: Pats’ Sacks Leader Jones Out

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Defensive end Chandler Jones, who leads New England with 4 1/2 sacks, will not play this weekend against the Chicago Bears. The Patriots listed Jones as out for Sunday’s game with a hip injury. He is expected to be sidelined for about a month. Jones, …

Maddon Leaves Rays

Saturday, October 25, 2014

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Joe Maddon’s highly successful run as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays is over. After discussions on a new deal bogged down with the Rays, Maddon is now free to listen to offers from …