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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady plants as he throws a touchdown pass to running back Shane Vereen during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Pats take weekend off after 3 wins in 12 days

Friday, October 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Julian Edelman may spend Sunday afternoon nibbling appetizers and watching NFL games. Chris Jones plans to see some college football today. After a busy 12 days in which they won three games, the New England Patriots deserve a break. So let them chow down while watching other players knock each other around. “Obviously, you’re going to feel a little tired,” Jones said Friday, “but we have a break now to get our bodies back. We need that.” The defensive tackle made sure the Patriots (5-2) went into their free weekend on a roll when he blocked Nick Folk’s 58-yard field goal attempt on … 0

Seasoned Giants ready to face well-rested Royals in World Series

Friday, October 17, 2014

Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain and the go-go-go Kansas City Royals played perfect ball to zip through the playoffs. Plus, they recently flattened Buster Posey and his Giants. So how come this bunch that’s rapidly become a fan favorite all across the country isn’t the favorite against San Francisco in the World Series? “When … 0

Pro Roundup: Habs beat B’s in home opener, 6-4

Thursday, October 16, 2014

MONTREAL — Brendan Gallagher and P.A. Parenteau each had two goals and the Montreal Canadiens won their home opener, 6-4 over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night. Max Pacioretty had a goal and two assists, while Jiri Sekac got his first NHL goal for Montreal. Zdeno Chara, Carl Soderberg, Loui Eriksson and Simon Gagne, with his first as a Bruin, scored for Boston. … 0

Bills seek to end role of playing Patriots’ patsy

Friday, October 10, 2014

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Forget the individual motivation. In the eight months since departing New England and signing with Buffalo, linebacker Brandon Spikes can appreciate what it would mean for the Bills to beat the Patriots on Sunday. … 0

Red Wings open up with 2-1 win over B’s

Thursday, October 9, 2014

DETROIT — Gustav Nyquist’s power-play goal in the second period lifted Detroit to a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night in the Red Wings’ season opener. Justin Abdelkader also scored for Detroit, which lost to the Bruins in the first round of last season’s playoffs. … 0

Ridley helps Pats’ offense emerge

Thursday, October 9, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Stevan Ridley cracked a wry smile. Despite struggling through the first four weeks of the season, New England’s offense was never broken, or searching for an identity. The Patriots running back insists that it’s been there the entire time. He just helped it emerge again. After … 0

O’s Markakis savors postseason run

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BALTIMORE — Nick Markakis endured the lean years with the Baltimore Orioles, suffering through one losing season after another during the worst stretch in franchise history. If that wasn’t bad enough, when the Orioles finally turned things around in 2012, Markakis sat out the playoffs with a broken … 0

Butler, Gordon relish Royals’ playoff success

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — They endured it together, Billy Butler and Alex Gordon. All those years with 90 losses, the managerial changes and youth movements and empty seats come late September. Empty seats in July and August, too. They were supposed to be the two players who led … 0

New tight end Wright getting comfortable with Patriots

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tim Wright hurried to learn a different offense when he was traded to the New England Patriots less than two weeks before the season. The second-year tight end feels much more comfortable now. Comfortable enough to come up behind Tom Brady, pound on the star quarterback’s … 0

Bills’ Dareus on track for Pats game

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Marcell Dareus is getting back in the headlines, this time for the right reasons. After facing two separate arrests this offseason, the Buffalo Bills defensive tackle is beginning to consistently play up to his first-round draft pick expectations. Dareus had a career-best three sacks … 0

B’s edge Philly in opener, 2-1

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BOSTON — Chris Kelly scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:51 left in the third period, and Tuukka Rask made 21 saves to lead the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in their season opener … 0

Bruins kick off season at home against Flyers

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BOSTON — The Flyers open their season tonight by playing on the road against a Boston Bruins team that is favored to win the Eastern Conference. “It’s a good measuring stick,” defenseman Nick Grossmann said after Tuesday’s practice at TD Garden. The Bruins outscored the Flyers, 14-6, while … 0

Pats improve offensive balance

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New England is using balance to break out of its offensive slump. A statement win over Cincinnati on Sunday night helped even though the stats show the Patriots have had a mediocre offense so far this year. New England is 10th in the AFC in total offense; ninth … 0