Pro Sports

In Brief: Driver Stewart Sidelined

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Charlotte, n.c. — Tony Stewart will miss the start of his final NASCAR season after fracturing his back in an accident on an all-terrain vehicle. Stewart-Haas Racing said the three-time NASCAR champion sustained a “burst fracture of the L1 vertebra” when he crashed on an ATV Sunday. He had surgery Wednesday. A timetable for Stewart’s return has not been determined, but the team said he is expected to make a …

Bruins’ Spooner Sticks Fork in Sabres

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Buffalo, n.y. — Ryan Spooner scored in regulation and the shootout to lead the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. Brad Marchand helped Boston erase a two-goal deficit, and Tuukka Rask made 26 saves in the win. Evander Kane and Sam Reinhart scored for the Sabres. …

Spurs Star Out at Least a Month

Thursday, February 4, 2016

San Antonio — Spurs guard Manu Ginobili is out for at least a month after surgery Thursday for a testicle injury he suffered during the team’s win over New Orleans earlier this week. Ginobili was injured with 2:26 remaining in the game Wednesday night. New Orleans forward Ryan Anderson had his back turned to Ginobili as he was working toward the basket when …

Big Risk, Big Reward: Broncos’ Hire of Kubiak Works Out

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Santa Clara, Calif. — It’s hard to know who took the bigger risk. Was it the team, the Denver Broncos, who were hiring a coach with recent health problems and a penchant for not maxing out talent? Or …

USSF Moves to Seal Suit

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The U.S. Soccer Federation’s original lawsuit against the union for its champion women’s national team has been sealed after the governing body realized it had disclosed the home addresses and email accounts of many players. A day after the original complaint was filed, the USSF filed a motion …

Player Suspended 20 Games For Cross-Chekcing Official

Thursday, February 4, 2016

New York — The NHL suspended Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman 20 games on Wednesday for cross-checking a linesman last week during a game, the second-longest suspension in NHL history for abusing an official. Wideman was suspended for violating the league rule on physical abuse of officials after …

Commentary: Football’s Brain Issue Won’t Go Away

Thursday, February 4, 2016

San Francisco — For a guy who loved a good party, it’s hard to imagine Ken Stabler ever thought he’d be crashing one this week. Not at this Super Bowl, the 50th anniversary version that has been carefully …

C’s Hold Off Pistons

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Boston — Isaiah Thomas had 17 points and seven assists to help the Boston Celtics hold off the Detroit Pistons 102-95 on Wednesday night. Avery Bradley added 15 points for Boston, which has won six straight home games …

U.S. Soccer Federation Sues Women’s Union

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Chicago — The U.S. Soccer Federation sued the union of its world championship women’s soccer team on Wednesday, saying it fears players may attempt to strike ahead of this year’s Olympics. In a complaint filed in federal court in Chicago, the USSF said Richard Nichols, who became executive …

Browns Ready to Give Manziel the Bum’s Rush

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Cleveland — The Cleveland Browns are about to throw Johnny Football away. The team issued a strong statement Tuesday, condemning quarterback Johnny Manziel’s actions and pointing to his release in March, a move that has seemed inevitable for …

Suns Go Young With Interim Coach

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Phoenix — Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough says coach Jeff Hornacek was fired because the players weren’t responding to him. Now the job has gone on an interim basis to Earl Watson, who at 36 becomes the …

Five-Year-Old Afghan Boy May Meet Messi

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Kabul, Afghanistan — A 5-year-old Afghan boy who made a splash on the Internet by wearing a homemade Lionel Messi jersey might get the chance to meet the Barcelona great. The Afghan Football Federation said it is planning …

‘We Aren’t Out There Picking Daisies’

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

San Francisco — Like many rookies, Josh Norman spent part of his bonus on a new ride when he signed with the Carolina Panthers a few years back. Delta 747 he calls him and, just like Norman, the …