Players ache for the big game

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How do NFL players overcome Sunday’s crushing hits to return to the field each week? The answer lies in their training and tolerance for pain -- and when that fails, powerful drugs.

Not feeling the Patriot spirit

Un-Patriotic New Englanders will cheer against what some call Bill Belichick’s Evil Empire and yearn for a performance befitting the team’s old nickname, The Patsies.

Patriots taking their own tweet time

During the two-week buildup to Super Bowl XLVI, Rich Ohrnberger did the most with the allotted 140 characters Twitter permits per comment.

McCourty remains confident

Patriot Devin McCourty’s confidence was never rattled this season, even as he got off to a rocky start unexpected from a player who went to the Pro Bowl last year as a rookie.

UN plans vote after more than 200 killed in Syria

The UN Security Council convened a rare weekend session following what activists called one of the bloodiest days of the country’s 11-month uprising.

Vast new wind farm site proposed off Martha’s Vineyard

Federal officials will conduct an environmental assessment of about 1,300 square miles they said could produce up to 10 times the amount of electricity as Cape Wind.

Teamsters shut down ‘dysfunctional’ local

The Teamsters Union has shut down Local 82, concluding that years of infighting and allegations of corruption and nepotism had made it too “dysfunctional’’ to survive.

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Kevin White, clever rogue

An attempt by Kevin White’s former press secretary to deny he misled a political reporter about his plans to retire downplayed the true memory of the storied mayor. Gingrich blasts Romney ahead of caucuses today

The two candidates made their closing arguments yesterday before today’s Republican presidential caucuses in Nevada.

“These numbers cannot hide the fact that President Obama’s policies have prevented a true economic recovery. We can do better.”

Mitt Romney,  on the unemployment rate

Globe Insiders

Globe Talks | Feb. 15, 6 p.m.[1].jpg Oscar Talk

Join the Boston Globe’s movie critics, Ty Burr and Wesley Morris, for a conversation about this year’s Academy Awards.


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To date, 116 dolphins have been stranded on Cape Cod beaches, and 84 of those dolphins have died.

Cape dolphin strandings unprecedented

An animal welfare official told a group of congressmen yesterday that the recent string of common dolphin strandings is the largest in Cape Cod’s history.

Nation & World

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6 die as protests over Egypt’s handling of soccer riot spread

Protesters filled the streets and clashed for a second day yesterday with police as concerns spread about lawlessness and collapsing security a year after Egypt’s uprising.


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Tower would rival Hub’s tallest buildings

The development firm taking control of the former Filene’s property in downtown Boston said it will create a new magnet for shoppers, diners, and residents.


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Celtics 91, Heat 89

Boston Ma 02/03/2012 Boston Celtics player Brandon Bass (cq) left reaches out to team mate Paul Pierce (cq) right late in the 4th period after what was believed a three point shot. Pierce, had the three point shot taken away after it was reviewed by officals. Boston Celtics Vs New York Knicks. Boston Globe Staff / Photographer: Jonathan Wiggs Reporter:Section: Sports: Reporter:Slug

Celtics make a stand

The Celtics were behind most of the game but rallied to defeat the New York Knicks for their seventh win in the last eight games.