Pro Sports

Injury bug again stings Pats’ D

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The “next man up” approach will be tested again after another injury to a key defender for the New England Patriots. Maybe this time they’ll do better. With top tackler Jerod Mayo missing his first game with a season-ending right knee injury, the New York Jets ran over and around New England last Thursday night. They rushed for a season-high 218 yards even though the Patriots held on … 0

Allen says Bears aren’t missing locker-room leader

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Jared Allen has only played six games as a Chicago Bear, not exactly a longstanding presence in the locker room after joining the organization in March. But with the New England Patriots up next at Foxborough Sunday (1 p.m.), the veteran defensive end wants it made perfectly clear that his views on leadership … 0

Pistorius handed five-year sentence

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, completing a transformation from an acclaimed sprinter at the 2012 Olympics to a convicted criminal led away in a police van with barred windows. Wearing a dark suit, the double-amputee athlete was subdued when Judge Thokozile Masipa announced the punishment in a Pretoria courtroom, … 0

Ridley helps Pats’ offense emerge

Thursday, October 9, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Stevan Ridley cracked a wry smile. Despite struggling through the first four weeks of the season, New England’s offense was never broken, or searching for an identity. The Patriots running back insists that it’s been there the entire time. He just helped it emerge again. After … 0

O’s Markakis savors postseason run

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BALTIMORE — Nick Markakis endured the lean years with the Baltimore Orioles, suffering through one losing season after another during the worst stretch in franchise history. If that wasn’t bad enough, when the Orioles finally turned things around in 2012, Markakis sat out the playoffs with a broken … 0

Butler, Gordon relish Royals’ playoff success

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — They endured it together, Billy Butler and Alex Gordon. All those years with 90 losses, the managerial changes and youth movements and empty seats come late September. Empty seats in July and August, too. They were supposed to be the two players who led … 0

New tight end Wright getting comfortable with Patriots

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tim Wright hurried to learn a different offense when he was traded to the New England Patriots less than two weeks before the season. The second-year tight end feels much more comfortable now. Comfortable enough to come up behind Tom Brady, pound on the star quarterback’s … 0

Bills’ Dareus on track for Pats game

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Marcell Dareus is getting back in the headlines, this time for the right reasons. After facing two separate arrests this offseason, the Buffalo Bills defensive tackle is beginning to consistently play up to his first-round draft pick expectations. Dareus had a career-best three sacks … 0

B’s edge Philly in opener, 2-1

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BOSTON — Chris Kelly scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:51 left in the third period, and Tuukka Rask made 21 saves to lead the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in their season opener … 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