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Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller (44) slams a dunk against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Celtics start post-Rondo era with win

Friday, December 19, 2014

BOSTON — Kelly Olynyk scored 21 points and the Boston Celtics showed crisp ball movement as they began the post-Rajon Rondo era with a 114-98 win over the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. One day after trading their star point guard to the Dallas Mavericks, the Celtics had six players score in double figures in their third straight victory, all against teams that have combined for just 17 wins this season. Leading 95-92 midway through the fourth quarter, the Celtics scored the next eight points and 12 of 14 to take a 107-94 lead with 3:25 remaining. They stayed ahead by at least 12 … 0

Hutchinson makes 30 saves, Jets beat Bruins

Friday, December 19, 2014

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Michael Hutchinson made 30 saves and Dustin Byfuglien broke a tie with 23 seconds left in the second period in the Winnipeg Jets’ 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday night. Evander Kane also scored for Winnipeg. Defenseman Jay Harrison, acquired by the Jets in a trade with Carolina … 0

Playing Pats still special for Ryan, Jets

Friday, December 19, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Rex Ryan still isn’t backing down. Sure, his future with the New York Jets appears dim. But the coach is conceding nothing, and that means he has every intention of beating the New England Patriots on Sunday. And, no, he wouldn’t take back his statement shortly after he was … 0

NFL owners approve new personal conduct policy

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

IRVING, Texas — NFL owners moved quickly and unanimously Wednesday to change the league’s personal conduct policy. Now the question is how, or whether, the players’ union responds. The league announced it will hire a special counsel for … 0

Oklahoma judge to rule on disputed playoff game

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma County judge has delayed ruling on a request by an Oklahoma City school to have part or all of a high school football playoff game replayed. Judge Bernard Jones said after hearing arguments Wednesday that he will hand down a ruling Thursday morning. … 0

Manziel moves into starter’s role with Browns

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

BEREA, Ohio — Johnny Manziel seemed a little taller. Not in height, but definitely in stature. The playmaking, headline-making, love-him-or-hate-him sensation who has spent the majority of his rookie season as an orange-helmeted spectator, Manziel is now the … 0

NHL enforcers — and fights — are slowly vanishing

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — Dave Schultz would drop his gloves in a flash, his bare fists pummeling away at unprotected faces in fits of fury so ferocious he became known as “The Hammer.” Schultz was the intimidating backbone of Philadelphia’s … 0

A closer look at some of the NHL’s all-time top enforcers

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Fighting has been a part of the NHL for about as long as the sport has existed, but the fraternity of enforcers is dwindling as teams place a premium on skill and speed in an era of heightened … 0

Panthers’ Newton suffers back fractures in car crash

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suffered fractures to his lower back in a two-car crash Tuesday and will spend the night in the hospital, a team spokesman said Tuesday. Newton was in fair condition, had no … 0

White Sox making moves at winter meetings

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

SAN DIEGO — The Chicago White Sox are making the biggest moves at the winter meetings, trying to regain relevance in the AL Central after losing 188 games over two seasons. Hours after reaching a $46 million, four-year … 0

Commissioner: No relocation plans for any NHL team

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

BOCA RATON, Fla. — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is playing down the possibility of relocating struggling franchises in Arizona and Florida. One day after putting the brakes on the prospect of expansion, Bettman reaffirmed Panthers owner Vinny Viola’s … 0

Stricker’s semi-retirement could see a significant change

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

WINDEMERE, Fla. — Steve Stricker’s easy ride into semi-retirement could be coming to a crossroads. Not that it’s been easy lately. The year began with his older brother, Scott, in the hospital waiting for a liver. He had … 0

A new sponsor for a tour in need of attention

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

WINDERMERE, Fla. — The Ladies European Tour concludes its season in Dubai with a new sponsor that Laura Davies hopes will bring the circuit some more attention. Swiss-based Omega continued to expand its presence in golf when it … 0