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Patriots saw a lot of good things in win over Titans

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – When the dust settled, here’s what the New England Patriots and their fans saw in Saturday night’s 35-14 AFC Divisional Round playoff win Saturday night and could smile about going into next Sunday’s AFC Championship Game: They saw a quarterback, Tom Brady, who had ...

Bruins fall to Stars in OT thanks to Tyler Seguin

BOSTON (AP) – Tyler Seguin made a move at the left circle to get past one defender, then skated into the slot as the other two Bruins went to the ice. He swooped wide to Anton Khudobin’s glove side, inducing the goalie to leave his skates as well, and then flipped the puck into the net for ...

Patriots back in AFC Title Game with win over Titans

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Same as it ever was. To no one’s surprise, the New England Patriots will be playing in their record seventh AFC Championship Game. After trailing 7-0 early, they took control and never looked back en route to a 35-14 AFC Divisional Round win on Saturday night at chilly ...

Patriots have conquered the AFC Divisonal Round this decade

Divide and conquer? With one notable exception, the AFC Divisional Round playoff games, all at Gillette Stadium, have brought nothing but success for the New England Patriots this current decade Here’s a look, beginning, however, with a stunning loss that ended their 2010 season in early ...

Old school Bill Belichick facing older school Dick LeBeau

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Dick LeBeau vs. Bill Belichick. Doesn’t get much better than that for NFL fans. Tennessee linebacker Wesley Woodyard believes the rare matchup is a showdown for the ages. “Oh man, it’s going to be a battle of the masterminds,” Woodyard said when the Titans ...

Football definitely the focus in Foxborough

Will the focus be on football in Foxborough? Of course. Make no mistake, this week the New England Patriots will be, as they say, ignoring the noise as they prepare for Saturday night’s AFC Divisional Round playoff game vs. the upstart Tennessee Titans. Will the ESPN and other stories on ...

Gronk confident Belichick can keep Pats’ focus on Titans

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – Rob Gronkowski says coach Bill Belichick makes it easy for the New England Patriots to ignore distractions such as the one created by last week’s ESPN report. “Throughout my years here I’ve seen a lot of negative, a lot of positive,” Gronkowski said Tuesday as ...

BOSTON (AP) – Terry Rozier scored 20 points in 20 minutes, stealing the spotlight from LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas in a rematch of the Eastern Conference finals and leading the Boston Celtics to a 102-88 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night at TD ...

Patriots early playoff path seems pretty clear of trouble

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The down time work begins these few days at Gillette Stadium. The breakdown of film on three teams: Buffalo, Kansas City and Tennessee. The New England Patriots will play one of those three teams on Saturday night, Jan. 13 in the AFC Divsional Round at Gillette ...

Bruins bury Islanders, 5-1

NEW YORK (AP) – Patrice Bergeron had the go-ahead goal in the second period and the surging Boston Bruins scored three times in the third to pull away for a 5-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. Danton Heinen, Brad Marchand, Tim Schaller and Noel Acciari also scored for ...

Thomas returning to Garden with Cavaliers, but unlikely to play against Celtics

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) – When Brad Stevens studied the video of Boston’s last game against Cleveland, he skipped over a handful of plays and put the sound on mute. “I didn’t want to watch the injury or what happened after it,” the Celtics coach said on Tuesday, a day before his team was ...

Patriots handle the Jets — and the cold — to finish 13-3

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – And now they rest. Plus hopefully thaw out. The New England Patriots wrapped up a 13-3 regular season in ho-hum fashion, fitting for the bone chilling Gillette Stadium temps and sub-zero wind chills that dominated a 26-6 victory over the hapless New York Jets on ...

James Harrison shuts down questions about leaving Steelers for Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – James Harrison is happy to be with Patriots. He’s done talking about his departure from the Steelers. The 39-year-old linebacker would not say what factored into his decision to leave and would not address the critical comments by some former teammates since his ...

Capitals trip Bruins in shootout

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin made the most of a quick opportunity to make up for a shootout miss. Ovechkin scored in regulation and the tiebreaker, lifting the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night. The 32-year-old Ovechkin missed his shootout try ...

Patriots’ zone is a tough one to drag them out of

When they rise to the occasion, just how the heck do you beat the New England Patriots? They’re not infallible, but it’s clear they are able to reach into their treasure chest and pull out a different hero every week to tag team with the Tom Brady/Rob Gronkowski tandem. In this past ...

Lewis, Gronkowski lead Patriots past Bills, 37-16

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Everyone knew the Buffalo Bills had no answer for Rob Gronkowski. But it turns out they had no answer for his New England Patriot teammate, running back Dion Lewis, either. Lewis rushed for a career best 129 yards on 12 carries, scoring two touchdowns, one rushing, and ...

Washington Capitals trip Boston Bruins

BOSTON (AP) – Alex Chiasson scored two third-period goals, the second on a short-handed breakaway with 8:29 left, and the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 5-3 on Thursday night. Patrice Bergeron scored twice for Boston, moving past Bobby Orr on the team’s all-time list with his ...

Jimmy Garoppolo finally gets his shot at becoming NFL starting quarterback

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Jimmy Garoppolo sat down on the dais in between San Francisco general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan, leaned into the microphone and thanked the 49ers and the New England Patriots for the trade that gives him a chance to be a starter in the NFL. He already ...

Celtics star Isaiah Thomas unsure if he’ll need hip surgery

Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas wanted to keep playing in the Eastern Conference finals, but team doctors and officials convinced him he needed to shut down his season for his long-term health. “They had multiple people come in and talk to me about what’s more important,” Thomas ...

Seven-run seventh lifts Red Sox

BOSTON – Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston’s seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory. Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his ...