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Brady’s TD Pass Clinches 23-14 Win For Patriots

December 8, 2014
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws a pass against the San Diego Chargers during the first half of Sunday night's game in San Diego. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP)

The Patriots (10-3) clinched their 12th straight 10-win season for the second-longest such streak in NFL history.

LA Galaxy Win MLS Cup 2-1, Beat NE Revs On Keane’s Goal

December 7, 2014
Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan, left, grabs the arm of New England Revolution's Lee Nguyen during the first half of the MLS Cup championship soccer match Sunday. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Robbie Keane scored a brilliant breakaway goal in the 111th minute, and Landon Donovan retired as a champion Sunday with the LA Galaxy’s 2-1 victory over the New England Revolution in the MLS Cup. It’s the team’s fifth MLS Cup victory.

Marchand, Rask Help Bruins Beat Coyotes, 5-2

December 7, 2014

Brad Marchand scored twice, Tuukka Rask stopped 31 shots and Boston used a quick start to beat the reeling Arizona Coyotes 5-2 Saturday night and avoid a winless road trip.

News Of The Week With Charlie Pierce

December 6, 2014
Five members of the St. Louis Rams took the field with their hands raised last Sunday. Charlie Pierce weighs in on whether it was an appropriate way to make a statement on the events in Ferguson, Missouri. (L.G. Patterson/AP)

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston’s “confidential” disciplinary hearing statement, the Philadelphia 76ers close call with an NBA record, and reasons to tune in for the MLS Cup.

Perry Wallace’s Success And Struggles As SEC’s First Black Basketball Player

December 6, 2014
Former Vanderbilt basketball player Perry Wallace was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. (Frank Empson, The Tennessean. © 2014)

Andrew Maraniss’ new book “Strong Inside” explores the The Struggles And Success Of of Vanderbilt’s Perry Wallace, the fist black player in the SEC. Wallace made his varsity debut in 1967. Maraniss and Wallace join Bill Littlefield.

Bellarmine University Basketball’s Most Faithful Fan

December 6, 2014
Kaelin Rybak keeps her eye on the ball and a pen and paper nearby. She jots down players' numbers as substitutions happen. It helps her stay on top of who's on the court and who's sitting on the bench. (Mickie Winters)

At Bellarmine University, a small Catholic university in Kentucky, there’s a stats crew volunteer who’s served for 45 years. Without her, game day just wouldn’t be the same.  Anne Marshall has the story from Louisville.

Remembering Jean Beliveau: Canadiens Icon Dies At 83

December 6, 2014
(AP Photo/File)

Montreal Canadiens legend Jean Beliveau passed away this week. Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette joins Bill Littlefield to remember the man known as a “gentle giant.”

Scandal Surrounds Tampa Homeless Hiring Program Linked To Pro Teams

December 6, 2014
(Doug Benc/Getty Images)

New Beginnings, a charity for homeless people in Tampa Bay, is accused of (among other things) sending homeless people to work without pay at concession stands at local sports arenas. Will Hobson, the Tampa Bay Times reporter who broke the story, joins Bill Littlefield to explain.

Controversial Science: Football Helmets And Concussions

December 6, 2014
Consumers have relied on STAR ratings when to assess the safety of football helmets. But researchers are now questioning the rating system. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Concern over concussions suffered by football players has led to the development of new helmets which, according to some researchers, can diminish the dangers. Reporter Patrick Hruby tells Bill Littlefield why those researchers may be wrong.

MLS Cup Preview: Revolution Vs. Galaxy

December 6, 2014
The stakes will be high for Landon Donovan's final game: On Sunday he and the Galaxy face the New England Revolution in the MLS Cup. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

While the Revolution seeks its first MLS Cup, the Galaxy is hoping to send retiring star Landon Donovan off with his sixth title. Bill Littlefield has more on Sunday’s matchup.

Zeller Leads Celtics To 113-96 Win Over Lakers

December 6, 2014

Tyler Zeller scored a career-high 24 points and he can thank Rajon Rondo for most of them. The point guard assisted on seven of Zeller’s 10 baskets as Boston’s new starting center led the Celtics to a 113-96 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

Revolution's Charlie Davies Revels In Life’s 2nd Chances At MLS Cup

December 5, 2014
Charlie Davies takes a shot at Gillette Stadium in a game against the Chicago Fire, Sept. 7, 2014. (Gretchen Ertl/Revolution Communications)

New Hampshire native Charlie Davies scored the playoff goals that put New England through to the MLS Cup – capping an excruciating journey from a devastating car accident in 2009 back to the top of his game.

Bruins Fall To Sharks 7-4 In San Jose

December 5, 2014
Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask stops a shot from San Jose Sharks center Tommy Wingels as Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller closes in. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Fresh off the injured list, the San Jose Sharks’ Tyler Kennedy scored two goals – including the winner – to beat Boston 7-4 on Thursday night.

Philadelphia 76ers Get Their First Win, Avoid NBA Record

December 4, 2014
The Philadelphia 76ers finally had a reason to smile on Wednesday when they got their first win of the season, but the squad is still on pace to be the worst team in NBA history. (Hannah Foslien/AP Photo)

The Philadelphia 76ers are off to a really, really bad start, but after Wednesday night’s victory over Minnesota, it’s not the worst start in NBA history. But the worst record ever? That’s still within reach.

Sports Columnist Bob Ryan On The Celtics’ Recent Struggles

December 4, 2014
Boston Celtics guard Evan Turner (11) drives on Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston on Wednesday. (Elise Amendola/AP)

The Boston Celtics are a month into the season and, so far, the team is struggling.

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