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FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount (27) warms up before an  NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Pittsburgh. The Steelers have released running back LeGarrette Blount. The move comes less than 24 hours after Blount left the field early in a victory over the Tennessee Titans on Monday night, Nov. 17. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Return of the sledgehammer

Friday, November 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — There was no name over his locker stall and he had yet to officially secure the number he’ll wear this 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 back said after Friday’s practice. After walking to … 0

Patriots brace for Lions’ D

Friday, November 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — It’s no surprise that the New England Patriots lead the NFL in scoring. In the past four seasons, they’ve done that twice and finished third twice. But the Detroit Lions allowing the fewest points? Now there’s a surprise. In the past seven seasons, they gave up the most points three times. … 0

B’s roar back for 4-3 win

Friday, November 21, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Alex Khokhlachev scored the winner in the seventh round of a shootout in his second NHL game, leading the Boston Bruins over the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 Friday night. Khokhlachev was called up from American Hockey League Providence on Thursday to add insurance up the middle for the Bruins. His forehand goal came after Niklas Svedberg stopped all seven Columbus … 0

Gray takes center stage in Patriots’ run game

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Have you heard the one about the little-known running back who went from standup comic in college to sudden sensation for the AFC’s best team? Please welcome to the stage Jonas Gray. “Back in the day,” … 0

Offensive woes finally caught up to Lions

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — For a while, the Detroit Lions looked as though they might keep their streak of dramatic, come-from-behind victories alive. But Detroit finally fizzled at Arizona, losing 14-6 despite another stout defensive performance. The Lions had won four straight games, including exhilarating fourth-quarter rallies against … 0

Rask, Bruins shut out hot Blues, 2-0

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BOSTON — Tuukka Rask made 33 saves for his first shutout of the season and the Boston Bruins snapped a six-game home losing streak against St. Louis with a 2-0 win over the Blues on Tuesday night. Patrice Bergeron and Torey Krug scored for the Bruins, outshot 33-17. … 0

Surging Pats ride strong passing, running, defense

Monday, November 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Need a quarterback to throw for four touchdowns or a running back to rush for four? The New England Patriots have those. How about a defense to dominate the NFL’s highest scoring team? The Patriots have … 0

Pack, Rodgers riding high to top of division

Monday, November 17, 2014

GREEN BAY, Wis. — After spending half of last season on the sideline with a broken collarbone, Aaron Rodgers has been a spectator a lot lately, too, though for a different reason. The Green Bay Packers offense is so good that Rodgers is not even playing a full … 0

Morris, Suns turn back C’s 118-114

Monday, November 17, 2014

BOSTON — Markieff Morris scored a career-high 30 points and Eric Bledsoe had a key steal and breakaway dunk in the closing minute to lift the Phoenix Suns to a 118-114 victory over the Boston Celtics on Monday night. Goran Dragic had 22 points, Alex Len scored 19 … 0

Patriots a measuring stick for Luck, Colts

Friday, November 14, 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 New England, is ready to make amends in Round 3. … 0

James ( 41), Cav s edge Celt s, 122-121

Friday, November 14, 2014

BOSTON — LeBron James scored a season-high 41 points, and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 122-121 on Friday night. James made one of two free throws with 36 seconds left to give Cleveland that one-point lead. The Celtics then lost … 0

Pacioretty scores 2; Habs beat B’s, 5-1

Thursday, November 13, 2014

MONTREAL — Max Pacioretty had two goals, Dale Weiss scored on a penalty shot, and the Montreal Canadiens downed the rival Boston Bruins 5-1 on Thursday night for their fourth straight win. Lars Eller and Jiri Sekac also scored for Montreal (12-4-1), which saw Sergei Gonchar’s debut after … 0

Patriots D preparing to stop Colts QB Luck

Thursday, November 13, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — New England quarterback Tom Brady this week praised nearly everything about Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck. On Thursday, Pats defenders said they also admire the guy they’re hoping to stop. “He’s a leader, he’s everything you want in a football player, and especially to be a quarterback,” … 0