Pro Sports

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

Fans send off Pats in style

Monday, January 26, 2015

BOSTON — Brushing aside the controversy over deflated footballs, jubilant New England fans gathered downtown Monday for a spirited send-off as the Patriots headed to Arizona for the Super Bowl. Several thousand fans packed City Hall Plaza in Boston, chanting “Brady! Brady!” and waving signs that read “Finish … 0

Manning has lots to consider as he ponders future

Monday, January 26, 2015

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — As Peyton Manning considers whether to take the gold watch or make one more run at the silver trophy, there are many factors he’s weighing: age, desire, vitality, security, relationships. General manager John Elway said “the bottom line is we want him back.” So, he … 0

Super Bowl host city still reeling over sports deals

Monday, January 26, 2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The entire world will be watching Glendale on Sunday as it hosts the Super Bowl and the legions of fans who are shelling out big bucks to see the big game. What may be not visible amid all the hoopla is a sobering reality about … 0

Celts fall short, 114-111

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Stephen Curry had 22 points and 11 assists, Klay Thompson scored 31 points and the Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics 114-111 on Sunday night for their 19th consecutive home win in Oakland. Andrew Bogut added 13 points and 13 rebounds and Draymond Green had 14 points … 0

Football issues have simple solution

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Only the NFL could come up with the convoluted system it has for delivering a football into the field of play during a game and the steps that lead up to it. Did they ask the IRS to help devise it? It is only exasperated for how they … 0

Patriots' corner gets second chance at Super Bowl ring

Sunday, January 25, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Brandon Browner received a Super Bowl ring last year even though he was watching from home 3,000 miles from the Seattle Seahawks when they won the title. Now the hard-hitting cornerback has a shot at more … 0

Sherman doubts Pats’ punishment

Sunday, January 25, 2015

PHOENIX — Relishing no longer being in the “villain” role, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is painting his team’s Super Bowl opponent as occupying that position. He also doubts that the Patriots will be punished by the NFL if … 0

NFL says no conclusion yet on Pats’ deflated footballs

Friday, January 23, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The NFL said Friday it has interviewed dozens of people and collected physical evidence but has no conclusions yet on how the New England Patriots used underinflated balls in their last game, offering no timetable for … 0

Like a safety in the Super Bowl? Stand in line — in Las Vegas

Friday, January 23, 2015

LAS VEGAS — For some bettors, there’s just not much value picking either the New England Patriots or Seattle Seahawks in a Super Bowl that is a tossup almost everywhere in this gambling city. But betting on whether … 0

A summary of the wild 2014 NFL season

Friday, January 23, 2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The NFL has reached the pinnacle of its season with the Super Bowl just around the corner. Although it’s the most popular sport in the U.S., for many Americans and millions around the world, the … 0