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CHARLOTTE, N.C | Saints’ D puts clamps on Newton in 12-9 win over Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Alvin Kamara had 103 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown, the Saints’ defense put the clamps on Cam Newton and New Orleans defeated the Carolina Panthers 12-9 on Monday night to take a big step toward locking up home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs. New Orleans’ defense, which has been among the … Continue reading CHARLOTTE, N.C | Saints’ D puts clamps on Newton in 12-9 win over Panthers

LAKE FOREST, Ill | Goldman, dominant defense leads Bears over Rams 15-6

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Eddie Goldman led a dominant effort by the defense, and the Chicago Bears shut down Jared Goff and Los Angeles’ high-powered offense in a 15-6 victory over the NFC West champion Rams on Sunday night. The Rams (11-2) missed a chance to secure a first-round playoff bye and fell into a … Continue reading LAKE FOREST, Ill | Goldman, dominant defense leads Bears over Rams 15-6

Texans, once 0-3, could sneak past Pats, Chiefs to top AFC

Here’s a crazy thought: The Houston Texans with home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. Yep, the team that began the season 0-3 just might sneak past the Chiefs and Patriots and claim that coveted spot. The Texans have won nine in a row. They’ve done so in all sorts of ways, from strong defense to … Continue reading Texans, once 0-3, could sneak past Pats, Chiefs to top AFC

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif | Back to back: Rams sight bigger goals after winning NFC West

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — The Los Angeles Rams seemed to come out of nowhere last season to win their first NFC West championship in 14 years. When the Rams clinched their second straight division title Sunday, everybody in the NFL had seen it coming all year long. The league-leading Rams (11-1) haven’t surprised anybody this … Continue reading THOUSAND OAKS, Calif | Back to back: Rams sight bigger goals after winning NFC West

2 of NFL’s top rivalries have turned sour

Two of the NFL’s most intense rivalries have turned sour. When the Chiefs visit the Raiders in a series that dates back to the AFL and has been as good as any in pro football, the oddsmakers see Oakland (2-9) getting routed — at home — by Kansas City. Most of America sees it that … Continue reading 2 of NFL’s top rivalries have turned sour

BOSTON | Yankees tie HR mark, beat Red Sox 11-6, home for wild card

BOSTON— The New York Yankees clinched home-field advantage for the AL wild-card game on Friday night, hitting four homers to tie the major league single-season record and beat the Boston Red Sox 11-6. Reigning Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge hit his first homer since coming off the disabled list Sept. 14, and Gary Sanchez, … Continue reading BOSTON | Yankees tie HR mark, beat Red Sox 11-6, home for wild card

NEW YORK | Wright completes long comeback, Mets lose to Marlins 8-1

NEW YORK — David Wright finally made it back into a major league game Friday night, grounding out in his first plate appearance for the Mets in nearly 2½ years as New York lost 8-1 to the Miami Marlins. Sidelined by neck, back and shoulder injuries since May 27, 2016, the 35-year-old Wright pinch-hit leading … Continue reading NEW YORK | Wright completes long comeback, Mets lose to Marlins 8-1

NEW YORK | Wright grounds out on 1st swing for Mets in almost 2½ years

NEW YORK — David Wright finally made it back into a major league game Friday night, grounding out in his first plate appearance for the New York Mets in nearly 2½ years. Sidelined by neck, back and shoulder injuries since May 27, 2016, Wright came up as a pinch-hitter against the Miami Marlins and received … Continue reading NEW YORK | Wright grounds out on 1st swing for Mets in almost 2½ years

LEADING OFF: deGrom seeks 1 last quality start; Sale for Sox

A look at what’s happening around the majors on Wednesday: ONE MORE TIME Jacob deGrom will make the final start of what has been a remarkably consistent season that has him a favorite for the NL Cy Young Award. It also is the last chance for deGrom (9-9) to have a winning record and reach … Continue reading LEADING OFF: deGrom seeks 1 last quality start; Sale for Sox