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Bumgarner, Giants beat KC, 3-2, in Series Game 7

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons. With both starters chased early, this became a matchup of bullpens. And no one stood taller than the 6-foot-5 Bumgarner, who added to his postseason legacy with a third victory … 0

Brady focused on Denver D, not Manning

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Fans get another chance to gauge the relative greatness of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning when the quarterbacks meet for the 16th time. Brady will be analyzing something more important. The New England Patriots star will have his eyes on an improved Denver Broncos defense that could test his limited skills at escaping the pass rush on Sunday. The Broncos (6-1) … 0

Celtics win opener

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BOSTON — Rajon Rondo returned from a broken hand and had 13 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds in the season opener Wednesday night to help the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 121-105. Kelly Olynyk had 19 points and Jeff Green added 17 for Boston, which opened a 29-point lead at the end of the third quarter and coasted to the win. … 0

Brady leads Patriots over Bills, 37-22

Sunday, October 12, 2014

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — After all these years, Tom Brady still has difficulty pinpointing a reason he and the Patriots consistently beat the Buffalo Bills. Brady threw four touchdowns to up his career record to 23-2 against Buffalo … 0

Bills seek to end role of playing Patriots’ patsy

Friday, October 10, 2014

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Forget the individual motivation. In the eight months since departing New England and signing with Buffalo, linebacker Brandon Spikes can appreciate what it would mean for the Bills to beat the Patriots on Sunday. … 0

Red Wings open up with 2-1 win over B’s

Thursday, October 9, 2014

DETROIT — Gustav Nyquist’s power-play goal in the second period lifted Detroit to a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night in the Red Wings’ season opener. Justin Abdelkader also scored for Detroit, which lost to the Bruins in the first round of last season’s playoffs. … 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