First Place

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In 2011, Yankees Just Can’t Beat The Red Sox

When the Yankees needed a big effort Wednesday night, A.J. Burnett came up small. That’s the way it has gone for them almost all season against the rival Red Sox.


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Bronx Invasion: Yankees-Red Sox Set To Battle For AL East Lead

The last time Boston came to the Bronx, it was tied for last place in the AL East. This time, the Yankees and archrival Red Sox will be in their more customary roles of playing for the division lead.


BenJarvus Green-Ellis #42 of the New England Patriots scores a touchdown in the third quarter as Kevin Williams #93 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on at Gillette Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Patriots Pass Jets Atop AFC East

With the New York Jets losing to the Green Bay Packers earlier Sunday, the Patriots’ win over Minnesota sends them to the top of the AFC East at 6-1.


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Streaking Jets Get Back To Work, Ready To Improve

Rex Ryan and his coaching staff huddled up before the bye-week break and drew up a game plan for an imposing opponent: the New York Jets. It was time for some self-scouting.


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NFL Praise For Clean Play A First For Belichick

Bill Belichick has seen a lot in his 36 NFL seasons. But a league executive praising a player who simply observed the rules?


Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England points at the defense at the line of scrimmage against the San Diego Chargers during their NFL game on October 24, 2010 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Patriots Win, Catch Idle Jets Atop AFC East

While New England pulled into a tie with the idle New York Jets atop the AFC East, the four-time defending AFC West champion Chargers tumbled to 2-5, their worst start in four seasons under Norv Turner.


Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon argues a call with home plate umpire James Hoye during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Tampa Bay Rays Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Rays Slip Behind Yankees In AL East

Bruce Chen, a journeyman left-hander who began the season in the minors and had a 1-13 record in the previous four years in the majors, knocked the Tampa Bay Rays into second place in the AL East.


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Yankees, Rays Continue AL East Battle In Tampa

After splitting two extra-inning games, the Yankees and Rays conclude their current series Wednesday night.


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Yankees Turn To Sabathia With AL East On The Line

Seven upcoming meetings between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays could go a long way toward determining the AL East champion. The first may also help sort out the race for the AL Cy Young Award.


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Yankees Beat A’s To Take Over First Place

The Yankees beat up on Oakland again Tuesday night in a 9-3 win over the Athletics. The win moved the team into sole possession of first place.