Pro Sports

New York Jets kicker Nick Folk (2) watches as New England Patriots' Vince Wilfork (75) celebrates with teammates after Folk missed a field goal during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Patriots outlast Jets, 17-16; clinch 1st-round playoff bye

Sunday, December 21, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Tom Brady and the Patriots will be resting at home for the start of the playoffs. The only question left is whether the AFC’s road to the Super Bowl will run through New England. Jonas Gray scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter after New England intercepted Geno Smith, and … 0

Bruins rally for 4-3 overtime win against Sabres

Sunday, December 21, 2014

BOSTON — Loui Eriksson scored 2:14 into overtime, and the Boston Bruins rallied to beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on Sunday night. Dougie Hamilton scored twice for Boston, including a tying goal with 1:31 left in the third after the Bruins pulled goalie Tuukka Rask. Chris Kelly also scored for Boston, and defenseman … 0

Heat snap 5-game home slide, top Celtics

Sunday, December 21, 2014

MIAMI — Luol Deng scored 23 points, James Ennis scored 10 of his 16 in the fourth quarter and the Miami Heat ended a five-game home losing streak with a 100-84 victory over the Boston Celtics on Sunday night. Norris Cole scored 15 and Mario Chalmers had 11 points and 10 assists for … 0

Hornets outlast Celtics, 96-87

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Al Jefferson had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and the Charlotte Hornets withstood Boston’s fourth-quarter rally and beat the Celtics 96-87 on Wednesday night. Kemba Walker added 18 points and Lance Stephenson had 13 for … 0

Bolden makes big impact on Pats’ special teams

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Brandon Bolden figured he’d have to make an impact on special teams with the New England Patriots after a solid career as a college running back. Undrafted rookies don’t get the ball very often in the … 0

Scherzer may seek more than Kershaw; Lester, Cubs agree

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SAN DIEGO — Clayton Kershaw is considered the top pitcher in baseball, with three Cy Young Awards in four years for the Los Angeles Dodgers, an NL Most Valuable Player award and a $215 million, seven-year contract. Max … 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