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Belichick, Brady salute Manning mark

Monday, October 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and star quarterback Tom Brady both paid tribute to rival Peyton Manning on Monday, a day after Manning broke Brett Favre’s record for career touchdown passes. “He’d probably be waiting a lot longer to pass that record if he hadn’t played against me so many times,” Belichick quipped to reporters during a conference call. “He certainly threw a lot of them against … 0

Bumgarner/Shields in Game 1

Monday, October 20, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A six-pack won’t be enough for Madison Bumgarner if the San Francisco Giants win the World Series. The Giants ace chugged four beers after beating Pittsburgh in the NL wild-card game, upped the count to five following the NL Division Series clincher against Washington and six when San Francisco … 0

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 … 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

Patriots savor revival victory

Monday, October 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady fired a pass for a 20-yard gain on the very first play. It was like a dart that punctured the criticism that followed him after his offense’s awfulness in the previous game. Over-the-hill? An offensive line that can’t protect him? Receivers who can’t get … 0

Cruz, O’s sweep Tigers

Sunday, October 5, 2014

DETROIT — Nelson Cruz, Buck Showalter and an unheralded bunch from Baltimore swept aside Detroit’s Cy Young winners. Cruz sliced a two-run homer for his latest big postseason hit, and the Orioles held off the Tigers 2-1 Sunday to reach the AL Championship Series for the first time … 0

Bengals visit Pats Sunday in prime-time showdown

Friday, October 3, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — One team is thriving with a stingy defense. The other is struggling with an inept offense. Both face a critical test when they meet Sunday night. Are the unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals that good? Are the New … 0

Patriots president expresses support for Goodell

Thursday, October 2, 2014

BOSTON — New England Patriots president Jonathan Kraft expressed support Thursday for commissioner Roger Goodell and said the NFL will go forward with him in charge. “Roger’s our commissioner and we are very happy with him,” said Kraft, whose father, Robert, owns the Patriots. Goodell originally suspended Ray … 0

Patriots’ defense looking to rebound from big loss

Thursday, October 2, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — There weren’t too many bright spots for the New England Patriots’ defense during a 27-point blowout to Kansas City. The fact that it occurred in a Monday night game is one small positive. Kansas City’s 41-14 dismantling of the Patriots in front of a national audience … 0

Bengals out to drop, stop Brady again

Thursday, October 2, 2014

CINCINNATI — The Bengals gave Tom Brady one of the worst afternoons of his career the last time they got together. They sacked Brady the first time he dropped to pass. They prevented the Patriots from getting into the end zone on a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line. … 0

Brady tries to keep an even keel during slow, troubling start

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady tries not to get too high when things are going well or too low when they’re not. Good thing, considering how poorly the season has gone for him and the New England Patriots offense. The winner of two MVP awards in both the regular … 0

With receiver Jones on way back, Bengals getting better

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CINCINNATI — The Bengals are in position to get a lot better in the one area where they’re lacking on offense. Receiver Marvin Jones is close to rejoining the Bengals (3-0) as they get ready to play at New England (2-2) on Sunday night. Jones is one of … 0