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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Defense has been the theme from Day 1 for the Golden State Warriors, determined to do all the little things even better on both ends of the floor on the heels of their second NBA championship in three years. They’re blocking shots. Jumping into the passing lanes for timely...
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Martellus Bennett is disputing the reason that the Green Bay Packers cited in releasing the tight end this week. The New England Patriots claimed Bennett on Thursday, a day after he was waived by the Packers. The team cited a “failure to disclose a physical condition” as...
OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Highly touted Japanese pitcher-outfielder Shohei Otani will be posted by the Nippon Ham Fighters, allowing him to sign with a major league team next season. “Everyone in our ballclub accepts his thoughts,” Fighters manager Hideki Kuriyama said on Friday. “It’s not just me but...
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Jermaine Kearse is no fan of Thursday night games. The New York Jets wide receiver echoed what has become a growing sentiment among NFL players who think the league should get rid of short work weeks because they are detrimental to their health and safety. “You’re...
(AP) — The arrow was pointing up for the Cowboys, sideways or down for the Falcons. Then a federal court on Thursday upheld the six-game league suspension for Ezekiel Elliott, a damaging blow to Dallas. When they meet Sunday in a critical NFC match, the winner will be in decent position for a run...
The Athol Red Raiders get set prior to the snap on a first-quarter play against the Amherst-Pelham Hurricanes on Friday night in Amherst. The Red Raiders won 15-12. Photo by Adam Lewis
AMHERST — Following Friday night’s game against Amherst-Pelham, Athol head coach Bill LaRose walked off the field with his fists raised, a smile across his face, feeling giddier than ever and for good reason. Amherst’s Isaiah Moyston stepped out of bounds as he corralled the catch in the end zone...
Mahar running back Jon Gariepy breaks free and takes the ball 39 yards and into the end zone for the 40-0 Senator lead. The run also surpassed 1,000 total rushing yards on the season for Gariepy. Photo by Mike Phillips
ORANGE — Rarely does a high school football team play on Thursday night but there were the Mahar Senators, taking on the Monument Mountain Spartans, controlling the entirety of the game on all sides of the ball, giving everyone something to cheer about. The team won 40-8, running back Jon...
This undated photo provided by The Strong shows the three toys inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame Class of 2017, from top left, the Wiffle Ball, the paper airplane and the board game Clue. The trio was honored at the upstate New York hall on Thursday, Nov. 9. Victoria Gray/The Strong via AP
The board game Clue. In the National Toy Hall of Fame. With the Wiffle Ball and paper airplane. The mystery of which toys earned the status of toy superstardom was solved Thursday with the announcement of the hall of fame’s Class of 2017. The whodunit game Clue, where players also must name...
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) lies injured on the turf after tackling Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown during the second half of Thursday night's game in Glendale, Ariz. Sherman did not return to the game after the injury. AP Photo/Rick Scuteri
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Russell Wilson has been confounding the Arizona Cardinals with his escape antics for a long time. He did it again Thursday night in the biggest play of the Seattle Seahawks’ 22-16 victory. In what his coach Pete Carroll called “an extraordinary play,” Wilson eluded the...
BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez suffered substantial damage to parts of the brain that affect memory, judgment and behavior from the most severe case of a degenerative disease linked to head blows ever found in someone so young, a researcher said Thursday. Dr....

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