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Boston Celtics' Brandan Wright (12) shoots over Brooklyn Nets' Alan Anderson (6) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Jack carries Nets past Celtics

Friday, December 26, 2014

BOSTON — Only later could Brooklyn coach Lionel Hollins crack a smile. “I was holding my breath,” he said. And with good reason. The Nets escaped with a 109-107 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday in a game that ended with Jared Sullinger’s shot at the buzzer rimming out. The miss came after Jarrett Jack nailed a tiebreaking jumper in the lane with 28 seconds to play and finished with 27 points. Boston had sliced it to 108-107 on Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left. Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson then went the line and sank the second of two free throws with 1.5 to … 0

Lots of goals to achieve for Pats

Friday, December 26, 2014

FOXBOUROUGH — Bill Belichick opened his regular Friday news conference with some un-Belichick comments. “Good morning. How are we looking today? Get everything that you asked Santa for,” the New England Patriots coach asked the gathered media. Asked, “How about you,” Belichick said, “Yeah, no complaints. No complaints.” But Belichick and his team need one more holiday gift to truly complete the season: … 0

Games to remember from 2014

Friday, December 26, 2014

They kept us on the edge of our seats and brought us to our feet. They sent us into joyful celebration or left us in anguished disbelief. When we look back at 2014, these are some of the games — not to mention stock car races, tennis finals and golf rounds — we’ll … 0

Much has changed since Patriots-Dolphins opener

Friday, December 12, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — When the Miami Dolphins played the New England Patriots in the season opener, Knowshon Moreno ran for 134 yards and Tom Brady was sacked four times. Since then, Moreno gained just 14 yards on the ground … 0

Blackhawks lose Toews, hang on to beat Bruins, 3-2

Thursday, December 11, 2014

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins got their captain back on the ice for the first time in seven weeks. The Chicago Blackhawks lost theirs, and they hope he won’t be gone much at all. The Blackhawks beat the … 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