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New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman catches a pass during practice Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz. The Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks in NFL football Super Bowl XLIX Sunday, Feb. 1. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Special teams could determine Super Bowl champ

Friday, January 30, 2015

PHOENIX — While Russell Wilson was throwing interceptions in the NFC championship game, punter Jon Ryan kick-started Seattle’s rally with his arm. Could the Seahawks try another fake field goal against New England in the Super Bowl? “This overall arching thought that once a trick play has happened that you can’t do another one, I don’t think that’s the way it is,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “We try to pull it off at the time when it works out right for us and we can take the most advantage of it and we always have to be on the lookout, we always have to … 0

Seahawks-Patriots: key matchups in Super Bowl

Friday, January 30, 2015

Matchups for the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots at University of Phoenix Stadium: When the Seahawks (14-4) have the ball: If the Patriots can tame the Beast, they will have a big head start toward a fourth NFL championship since 2001. RB Marshawn Lynch (24) will try to impose his will on a solid but … 0

Goodell seeks to look past ‘tough year,’ to future

Friday, January 30, 2015

PHOENIX — As if wishing made it so, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described his league — and himself — as having addressed missteps on difficult matters such as domestic violence and being ready to move on. “As an organization, and as an individual, it’s been a tough year,” Goodell said Friday during his … 0

Motiejunas scores 26 as Rockets top Celtics

Friday, January 30, 2015

BOSTON — Donatas Motiejunas scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Houston Rockets over the Boston Celtics 93-87 Friday night for their fourth straight win. Motiejunas also had 12 rebounds as the Rockets … 0

B’ s take down Isles, 5-2

Thursday, January 29, 2015

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Kevan Miller scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, Tuukka Rask stopped 43 shots, and the Boston Bruins beat the New York Islanders 5-2 Thursday night. Reilly Smith, Patrice Bergeron, Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara also scored for Boston, which won for the … 0

Less-known players often shine

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

PHOENIX — Almost all football fans know Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski. The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks wouldn’t be playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday if it weren’t for their superstars. But both teams got here with lesser-known players … 0

T’wolves defeat Celts, 110-98

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Martin scored 21 points in his first game in more than two months and Gorgui Dieng added 16 points and 14 rebounds to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 110-98 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. Zach LaVine added 17 points and six … 0

Brady on career: ‘I hope the best is yet to come’

Thursday, January 29, 2015

CHANDLER, Ariz. — Tick tock, Tommy. With all of the things bearing down on Tom Brady in the past two weeks, from an NFL investigation to preparing to face the NFL’s best defense to now fighting his way through the sniffles, the one element that the Patriots’ quarterback … 0

Deflated topic: air pressure in footballs

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX — Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s pre-emptive strike the previous night took the issue of air pressure in footballs on Super Bowl media day and, well, deflated it. Not only was the topic rarely raised in questioning of players from both sides Tuesday, but Kraft’s protesting how his … 0

Bill and The Beast say little at Media Day

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX — Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch knew he had to talk. It didn’t mean he had to say anything. So, in essence, he didn’t. And now, onto our regularly scheduled Super Bowl Media Day, where the players and coaches are window dressing, and it’s really more about … 0

Pats firing led to Carroll’s reinvention

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX — Looking back at the championships he won at Southern Cal and the Super Bowl title a season ago with Seattle, Pete Carroll can see exactly where the foundation for all that success was built. The 2000 … 0

Long after Twitter feud fades, Revis, Sherman pledge respect

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX — Darrelle Revis long reigned supreme among NFL cornerbacks. Then came along this upstart Richard Sherman, who proclaimed himself the best then backed it up. Now they get to state their case on the NFL’s biggest stage … 0

Wilson recalls watching Brady’s titles as a boy

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX — Tom Brady began winning Super Bowls when Russell Wilson was still a teenager, tuning in to see the big game on TV. “Of course I remember watching Brady,” Wilson said Tuesday. “He won some incredible games. Incredible comebacks. Incredible throws. Incredible plays. Hopefully he doesn’t make … 0