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B’ s take down Isles, 5-2

Thursday, January 29, 2015

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Kevan Miller scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, Tuukka Rask stopped 43 shots, and the Boston Bruins beat the New York Islanders 5-2 Thursday night. Reilly Smith, Patrice Bergeron, Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara also scored for Boston, which won for the seventh time in 10 games. Smith and Milan Lucic also had two assists each. John Tavares and Michael Grabner scored for New … 0

Less-known players often shine

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

PHOENIX — Almost all football fans know Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski. The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks wouldn’t be playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday if it weren’t for their superstars. But both teams got here with lesser-known players coming up big at key times. Jermaine Kearse caught a touchdown pass in overtime in … 0

T’wolves defeat Celts, 110-98

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Martin scored 21 points in his first game in more than two months and Gorgui Dieng added 16 points and 14 rebounds to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 110-98 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. Zach LaVine added 17 points and six assists and Martin scored nine straight points during a crucial stretch of the fourth quarter … 0

Some things to know as Pats’ probe develops

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The NFL is very precise about its game and equipment — including the number of footballs prepared for games, how much each must weigh, and who monitors them until kickoff. One rule is very clear: Don’t tamper with a football once it has been inspected for use in … 0

How Patriots’ ball boy became America’s Most Wanted villain

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The most wanted rule-breaker in America today is a New England Patriots ball boy. So whether you think “Deflategate” is a big deal or not, consider this: If the allegations are true, the fall guy won’t be the quarterback married to a supermodel or the multimillionaire coach. Just … 0

Deflated balls latest asterisk in Belichick legacy

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Add underinflated footballs to the list of incidents giving Bill Belichick a reputation for guile and playing above the rules. Softer footballs wouldn’t explain all of a rout that earned the New England Patriots a spot in the Super Bowl. But it’s another example of Belichick’s reputation of … 0

Harbaugh: Ravens ‘didn’t notice anything’ about Patriots’ footballs

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said on a conference call Wednesday that the team didn’t notice if the New England Patriots deflated their offensive footballs in the teams’ AFC divisional playoff game, as the Patriots have been accused of doing a week later against the Indianapolis Colts. The NFL … 0

Deflategate closing in on Pats

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The NFL says its investigation into whether the New England Patriots used underinflated footballs in the AFC championship game is ongoing after a report Tuesday night claimed the league found 11 balls were not properly inflated. Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president for football operations, told The … 0

Blowouts pave Patriots’ road to Super Bowl

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Once Tom Brady gets their offense rolling, the New England Patriots are tough to stop. Some of the NFL’s top teams — Denver, Detroit, Cincinnati and Indianapolis — all lost to the AFC champions by at least 22 points. Now the Patriots are in the Super … 0

Seahawks’ Jermaine Kearse was there when it counted

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

RENTON, Wash. — Jermaine Kearse was having an NFC championship game to forget. The first two times Kearse even got his fingers on a pass from Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, the ball ended up in the hands of a Green Bay defensive back. Those two deflected interceptions were … 0

Kubiak returns to Denver to again help Elway

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Gary Kubiak was all set to stay in Baltimore, where he’d had a terrific comeback as the Ravens offensive coordinator after getting fired from his head coaching job in Houston the year before. He turned down opportunities to interview for the head coaching vacancies with … 0

Source: Colts noticed deflated football after interception

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday he will cooperate with an NFL investigation into whether the Patriots used footballs that were not fully inflated during Sunday’s 45-7 win over the Colts in the AFC Championship Game. NFL spokesman Michael Signora confirmed to Newsday early Monday morning that the … 0

Patriots brush off chatter about deflated footballs

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots are brushing off and even finding humor in questions about whether they used under-inflated footballs in the game that put them in the Super Bowl. The NFL hasn’t indicated how long its investigation will last into whether the team improperly let air … 0