FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Saying his team “followed every rule to the letter,” New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating.
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Zach Randolph had 17 points and 14 rebounds and Jeff Green scored 18 as the Memphis Grizzlies coasted to a 101-83 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.
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Hall of Fame slugger Ernie Banks, the two-time MVP who never lost his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite years of playing on losing Chicago Cubs teams, died Friday night. He was 83.
LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant tore his right rotator cuff in the Los Angeles Lakers’ latest defeat, the club announced Thursday.
Jeff Gordon, with a nagging back injury, a young family he wanted to spend more time with and a phenom waiting in the wings at Hendrick Motorsports, knew midway through last season that he had one more year in him.
Tom Brady, the handsome pitchman of a quarterback who has won MVPs with his arm and hearts with his megawatt smile, was asked the question no athlete wants to face. As he stood in front of a packed news conference yesterday to address reports that the Patriots used deflated footballs to gain an illegal advantage in Sunday’s AFC title game, his very integrity and legacy were called into focus with just four words:
HONOLULU – The University of Hawaii men’s basketball team enters a crucial two-game homestand with Big West Conference games against UC Davis and UC Irvine.
MELBOURNE, Australia — Rafael Nadal fought off cramping, illness to defeat American qualifier Tim Smyczek 6-2, 3-6, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 7-5 to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry got involved in a rare altercation before finishing with 22 points and 10 assists, and the Golden State Warriors held off the Houston Rockets 126-113 on Wednesday night for their franchise-record 17th straight home win.
Long before Deflategate, Bill Belichick replaced New York Jets coach Bill Parcells as the Pro Bowl coach. This was after the 1998 season. The Jets were AFC runner-ups and health reasons made Parcells cede to Belichick, his defensive coordinator.
Goalkeeper Hope Solo has been suspended from the U.S. women’s national team for 30 days and won’t participate in matches next month in Europe.
MELBOURNE, Australia — Maria Sharapova had a narrow escape in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday, saving two match points with big forehand winners before beating No. 150-ranked Alexandra Panova 6-1, 4-6, 7-5.
NEW YORK — Walt Frazier, the flamboyantly attired, loquacious broadcaster, Hall of Fame guard and two-time NBA champion with the New York Knicks could only speak in single word sentences when describing this nightmarish season for the tenants of Madison Square Garden.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots are brushing off and even finding humor in questions about whether they used under-inflated footballs in the game that put them in the Super Bowl.