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Patriots lead Jets 42-12 in 4th quarter

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Patriots lead Jets 42-12 in 4th quarter

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Tom Brady and the New England Patriots led the turnover-prone New York Jets 42-12 early in the fourth quarter Thursday night.

Brady threw for three touchdown passes and had a scoring run. New England turned four New York turnovers into touchdowns as they piled up 35 points in the second quarter to break the game open.

Brady opened the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker on the first play of the second quarter, and the Jets made it easy for the Patriots after that.

Shonn Greene's fumble gave the ball back to the Patriots, and Brady needed only one play, an 83-yard pass to Shane Vereen to put New England up 14-0.

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez fumbled on New York's next possession, and Steve Gregory scooped up the loose ball for a 32-yard return and a 21-0 lead.

And the Jets gave them one more.

Joe McKnight fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Julian Edelman ran it in from 22 yards, New England's third touchdown in a 52-second span.

Brady hit Edelman with 56-yard scoring pass with 3:08 left as the Patriots widened the lead to 35-0, and Jets fans started chanting for Tim Tebow to replace Sanchez.

The Jets finally scored on Nick Folk's 32-yard field goal with 3 seconds remaining.

In the third, the Jets heard a chorus of boos from the home crowd when they failed to score on four tries from the 3 with Greene stopped on fourth down from a half-yard out.

The Jets did wind up with two points on the exchange when Patriots running back Stevan Ridley was called for a chop block in the end zone, giving the Jets a safety that reduced the Patriots lead to 35-5.

The safety gave the Jets possession of the ball, and they converted for their first touchdown with 4:41 left in the quarter. New York needed only four plays to cover 71 yards with Bilal Powell running in from 4 yards.

In the fourth, Brady sneaked in from the 1 to give New England a 42-12 lead.

The Patriots played without star tight end Rob Gronkowski. He's expected to miss at least a month because of a broken left forearm.

New England activated tight end Aaron Hernandez. He missed the last three games because of an ankle injury.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick needs a victory to become the eighth NFL coach to reach 200 wins.

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Team USA reclaims women's hockey gold from Canada in instant Olympic classic

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Team USA reclaims women's hockey gold from Canada in instant Olympic classic

GANGNEUNG, South Korea  -- The Americans' gold medal drought in women's hockey -- finally -- is over.

Even though they needed the first shootout in an Olympic women's final to do it.

Twenty long years after taking gold when the sport debuted in 1998 at Nagano, the United States snapped Canada's streak of four straight Olympic golds Thursday with a 3-2 shootout victory.

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored in the sixth round of the shootout to start the Americans piling over the boards, throwing gloves in the air before huddling and hugging on the ice.

Gigi Marvin and Amanda Kessel also scored in the shootout. Monique Lamoureux-Morando tied it up with a breakaway with 6:21 left in regulation.

Hilary Knight also had a goal.

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Maddie Rooney made 29 saves for the win against their archrival. The 20-year-old goalie stopped the last two Canadian shooters in the shootout in Brianne Jenner and then Meghan Agosta on her second attempt.

It was sweet redemption for the 10 Americans who watched the Canadians snatch gold from their hands in 2014 at Sochi after tying it up with 54.6 seconds left in regulation and winning 3-2 in overtime.

Not only did the Americans snap the Canadians' stranglehold on Olympic gold, they ended a skid of five straight against their rival coming into this game, including a 2-1 loss to wrap up pool play a week ago.

Marie-Philip Poulin and Haley Irwin each scored goals for Canada. Agosta and Melodie Daoust scored in the shootout.

The Americans had been dominating in non-Olympic years, winning the last four and eight of the last 10 world championships, including a 3-2 overtime victory over Canada last spring.

Their domination on the world stage only made the lack of gold at the Olympics all the more noticeable, and Canada has been in their way since losing the inaugural gold in Nagano. Canada had won 24 straight Olympic games to go along with four consecutive gold medals. It's a streak of success in a women's team sport second only to the United States' basketball team's current streak of six straight gold.

This was the eighth time these North American rivals met in the Olympics and the fifth with gold on the line. None of the previous seven were decided by more than two goals.

U.S. coach Robb Stauber went with the 20-year-old Rooney in net for the biggest game of her career, but she was the goalie for each of the three games the Americans beat Canada last fall during their pre-Olympic exhibition tour, including Four Nations Cup title in November.

Canada had Shannon Szabados, 31, in goal for her third Olympic gold medal game, and her teammates made her job very easy by keeping the puck in front of Rooney for most of the first period by dictating play. The Americans couldn't use their speed or get organized even with two power plays until Sarah Nurse went in the box for interference late in the period.

Knight gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead with 25.4 seconds left in the first, redirecting a shot from Sidney Morin through Szabados' pads giving the Americans a jolt of energy.

That lasted only 2 minutes into the second when Irwin tipped a pass from Blayre Turnbull over Rooney's left leg for Canada. When Morin lost the puck, Melodie Daoust grabbed it and passed to Meghan Agosta who hit Poulin for the wrister into the left side of the net at 6:55 for a 2-1 lead.

 

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With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

WASHINGTON  -- The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.

The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.

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Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. 

He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.

He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.

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