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Bucks stop Celtics

BOSTON – Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 16 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter, and the Milwaukee Bucks opened their season with a 108-100 victory over Boston on Wednesday night to spoil the homecoming of a Celtics team coming off a late and emotional season opener. One night after a ...

Inconsistent Patriots still a work in progress

Six weeks of the National Football League season are in the books. What do we know about the New England Patriots now that we didn’t know six weeks ago? Plenty, and not much. Plenty in as far as they aren’t the dynamic, dominant force that everyone felt they would be at the start of the ...

Jaylen Brown may be ‘x-factor’ for Celtics

BOSTON – One of Jaylen’s Brown’s nicknames is “Old Man.” It sounds like a strange moniker for a 20-year-old NBA player, until you spend just a few minutes inside Brown’s world. During the Celtics’ massive overhaul this summer, the focus was on the trio of new Boston additions: ...

Astros eliminate Red Sox in Game 4 of ALDS

BOSTON – The Houston Astros poured back onto the field after advancing to their first AL Championship Series, posing for pictures with the Green Monster as a backdrop before a few players bellyflopped in the puddles in the infield dirt. They were already soaked with celebratory beer and ...

Avalanche buries Bruins, 4-0

BOSTON – The Colorado Avalanche are heading into their home opener feeling pretty good. Another win in Boston certainly helped. Semyon Varlamov stopped 29 shots, Nail Yakupov scored two goals and the Colorado Avalanche continued their recent success in Boston with a 4-0 win over the Bruins on ...

Red Sox keep hope alive with Game 3 win over Astros

BOSTON – Hanley Ramirez waved a “Believe in Boston” flag during pregame introductions, drawing cheers from a Fenway Park crowd fearful of a second straight postseason sweep. Then he gave the Red Sox exactly what they wished for: more October baseball. “I just tried to wake everybody ...

Nashua South boys soccer posts seventh win, tops Salem 4-2

BOYS SOCCER Nashua South 4, Salem 2 Alvaro Ramirez had a pair of goals and two assists while Nate Hyde and Josh Reeder each scored as the Panthers improved to 7-3-1. Emmanuel Orozco had two assists. Hanover 5, Nashua North 0 The visiting Marauders grabbed a 2-0 lead midway through the first ...

Red Sox-Astros begin with dueling aces – Sale vs. Verlander

HOUSTON – Houston manager A.J. Hinch loves that Justin Verlander, his starter for Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, has a ton of postseason experience. Hinch, however, is still plenty concerned about Red Sox starter Chris Sale despite this ...

Like it not, sports on free TV is fading away

Hoping to head off the frothing phone callers poised to dial here at 4:01 this afternoon: The Red Sox game is not on NESN, it is not on Fox, it is not on TBS, it is not on any channel that is part of your basic cable package. Game 1 of the Red Sox-Astros American League Division Series is on ...

Winston, Tampa Bay primed for challenge facing Patriots

TAMPA, Fla. – Jameis Winston is excited about the next challenge in the maturation of the young Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a prime-time test against Tom Brady and the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. “Really just a blessing for me personally,” the 23-year-old quarterback said, looking ...

Drew Pomeranz will start Game 2 for Red Sox against Astros

BOSTON – David Price is more likely to be used as a closer in the playoffs than a starter, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said Monday. While the pitching rotation for the AL Division Series against the Houston Astros hasn’t been set beyond left-handers Chris Sale and Drew Pomeranz in ...

Cassidy has full season to mold Bruins into his style

BOSTON – For the first time since 2006, the Boston Bruins are entering the season with someone other than Claude Julien as their head coach. After they decided to fire Julien and promote assistant coach Bruce Cassidy to the lead job in February, the Bruins went 18-8-1, increased their scoring ...

Patriots caught up in season’s strange first quarter

We have reached the quarter pole in the National Football League season already, and you can bet some teams would love a do-over. Are the New England Patriots one of them? Maybe. Their defense doesn’t scare anyone. It has been victimized by quarterbacks routinely through the first four weeks, ...

One last breakdown ruins Patriots in loss to Panthers

Gano field goal lifts Panthers over Patriots 33-30 By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have been patiently waiting for the kind of performance from Cam Newton that had elevated him to the elite among NFL quarterbacks. He finally delivered — ...

Red Sox nail down AL East crown, will see Astros again

BOSTON – The hard chopper bounced off first baseman Mitch Moreland’s glove and high into the air. Second baseman Brock Holt jumped to glove the ball and flipped it to first, where David Price was covering. When the Boston Red Sox needed him, Price was there. The one-time ace came out of the ...

Carolina defense knows slowing Patriots will be a challenge

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Carolina Panthers’ defense made a statement during the first two weeks of the season when it held the San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills to a combined six points in back-to-back victories. It took a step backward in last week’s loss 34-13 to New Orleans, but ...

Astros keep Red Sox on hold

BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox once again failed to clinch the AL East title, losing to the Houston Astros 3-2 Friday night as Alex Bregman homered and drove in three runs. The Red Sox magic number remained at one to close out the New York Yankees, who beat Toronto 4-0. Boston leads the Yankees ...

Patriots’ Brady formula continues to work with little risk

Warning, New England Patriots: Man does not live by Brady alone. Or shouldn’t, anyway — even as incredible as he is. The quarterback bailed his team – specifically, his team’s defense – once again on Sunday. It’s happened so often over the last 17 years, even the Patriots may be ...

Blue Jays hammer Chris Sale, Red Sox

BOSTON – Chris Sale matched a career worst by giving up four home runs in a playoff tuneup, including a pair to Josh Donaldson, and the Boston Red Sox lost 9-4 to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night. Teoscar Hernandez hit one of his two homers off Sale, and Kendrys Morales had the other ...

Slimmer Marcus Smart vows to be Celtics leader

NEWPORT, R.I. – Marcus Smart is walking around a lot more with his shirt off. And it may be a positive sign for the Boston Celtics this season. The fourth-year guard developed a reputation as one of the Celtics’ toughest players in his first three years in the NBA. While filling primarily a ...