Pro Sports

In Brief: Ex-Big Green Catcher Traded to Braves Organization

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Atlanta — The Braves pulled off another trade in their busy offseason Friday, dealing right-handed pitchers David Hale and Gus Schlosser to the Colorado Rockies for minor league catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O’Dowd, a former Dartmouth College player. Hale pitched 45 games for the Braves last season, going 4-5 with a 3.30 ERA, and had been expected to compete for a spot in the starting rotation. O’Dowd split the …

Special Teams Could Be Factor

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Phoenix — While Russell Wilson was throwing interceptions in the NFC championship game, punter Jon Ryan kick-started Seattle’s rally with his arm. Could the Seahawks try another fake field goal against New England in the Super Bowl? “This overall arching thought that once a trick play has happened that you can’t do another one, I don’t think that’s the way it is,” Seahawks …

Commentary: Tone-Deaf Goodell Hasn’t Changed

Friday, January 30, 2015

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell behaves like a man who believes, with the wave of his hand and the sound of his dismissive voice, he can create his own convenient reality. He acts like he expects everyone else will see what he wants them to see, even in the face of immediate evidence to …

Ex-Seahawk Tries to Turn the Tables

Friday, January 30, 2015

Phoenix — Brandon Browner has L.O.B. inked on his arm, a tribute to his days in Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” secondary. Now, the punishing New England cornerback is looking to tattoo some Seahawks on Sunday in the Super …

Injured Olympian Returns

Friday, January 30, 2015

Berkeley, Calif. — Amy Van Dyken pushed herself across one of Berkeley’s busy streets in her wheelchair and up a ramp into her special broadcast booth overlooking the pool deck, beaming the whole way. The six-time Olympic gold …

It’s Djokovic-Murray for Championship

Friday, January 30, 2015

Melbourne, Australia — Novak Djokovic reached a fifth Australian Open final, avenged a long and arduous loss to Stan Wawrinka and ensured he’d renew an old rivalry with Andy Murray. The top-ranked Djokovic was so absorbed in the moment, he lost track of the score during Friday’s semifinal. …

Tiger’s 82 Misses Cut

Friday, January 30, 2015

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Rain wasn’t the only thing that put a damper on the Phoenix Open on Friday. The rowdiest event on the PGA Tour goes into Super Bowl weekend without Tiger Woods, who had the worst score …

Rockets Ground Celtics

Friday, January 30, 2015

Boston — Donatas Motiejunas scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Houston Rockets over the Boston Celtics 93-87 Friday night for their fourth straight win. Motiejunas also had 12 rebounds as the Rockets …

Rangers Hit Scoring Slump

Friday, January 30, 2015

New York — Henrik Lundqvist can do only so much to help the New York Rangers. The star goalie is playing well, yet his margin of error is getting slimmer every night as the Broadway Blueshirts look to find the offense that has suddenly left them. During a …

NFL: Ref Inspected Footballs Properly

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Phoenix — NFL officiating chief Dean Blandino said the inspection of the footballs by referee Walt Anderson before the AFC championship game was handled properly. Blandino also said Thursday the process of checking the footballs and security surrounding …

Serena Aims for 19th Major Title

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Melbourne, Australia — It wasn’t until Serena Williams forced herself to relax, and not focus too intently on a milestone Grand Slam title, that she rediscovered the art of winning the biggest events in tennis. Now she’s on …

A Corner Comparison: Super Bowl Features Two of NFL’s Elite Defenders

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Phoenix — They won’t line up across from one another. They won’t even be on the field at the same time. But the New England Patriots’ Darrelle Revis and the Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman are perhaps the NFL’s …

In Brief: Woods Stumbles, but Bradley Shines

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Tiger Woods helped attract a record, raucous crowd to the Phoenix Open on Thursday, the first big event in a week that concludes with the Super Bowl. They didn’t see much of a game — at least not from Woods. In his first appearance at …