Pro Sports

Lester Now Looms Large

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The stage for Jon Lester suddenly got bigger. According to two reports, the Boston Red Sox — who are competing for Lester with the Chicago Cubs and other teams — have agreed to terms with free agents Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez. Sandoval, a 28-year-old switch-hitting third baseman, has agreed to a five-year contract with close to $100 million, according to CBS Sports. Sandoval won three World Series in the …

Red Sox Go on a Holiday Shopping Spree

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Boston — The Boston Red Sox are hoping to spend their way out of the AL East cellar with two big free agent signings. The first team in major league history to go from worst to first and back again has agreed to terms third baseman Pablo Sandoval, his agent confirmed Monday night. …

Patriots Typically Low-Key Over Quality Victories

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — The New England Patriots have piled up points and big victory margins against NFL division leaders. Now they’re preparing to face another one and leaving all those routs behind. “Nobody is happier than I am when we win, but right now all that doesn’t really mean anything going into Green …

F1 Champ: I Can Go Faster

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — British driver Lewis Hamilton vows to race even faster next year when he defends his Formula One title. Hamilton sealed his second F1 title in style on Sunday, winning the 11th race of his campaign at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to …

Chinese Are Learning to Love Boxing

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Macau — Bob Arum learned something about Chinese boxing fans earlier this year at his company’s first fight card in Shanghai, where the crowd yelled and cheered for the home country boxers all the way up until the …

Bend Backward Like Beckham

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Before most television cameras start rolling and fans enter the stadium, Odell Beckham Jr. practices making acrobatic, one-handed catches in pregame warmups. It paid off for the rookie receiver. Beckham’s spectacular, leaping, right-handed grab while falling backward and …

Bills Unleash a Scoring Avalanche on Jets

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Detroit — After a week of frightening weather and an abbreviated practice schedule, the Buffalo Bills played one of their best games of the season. Kyle Orton threw two touchdown passes, Robert Woods pulled off a slick one-handed catch and Scott Chandler added a snow-themed celebration as the …

Malkin’s OT Missile Sinks Bruins

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Boston — Evgeni Malkin scored his second goal of the night 32 seconds into overtime, giving the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday. Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists, including a …

Cavs Bust Four-Game Funk

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cleveland — LeBron James scored 29 points, including 16 in the first quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers broke a four-game losing streak with a 106-74 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday night. After bluntly assessing his own …

Pele Back in Hospital

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sao Paulo — Brazilian soccer great Pele has been hospitalized for a “medical evaluation.” The Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo says the three-time World Cup champion is “stable” after being admitted late Monday. Brazilian media says Pele has a urinary infection, but the information could not be …

Detroit Put in A Cage

Monday, November 24, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — The New England Patriots showed off their passing game one week after a brilliant rushing performance. The outcome was the same: a blowout win over a top team. Throw in a defense that held the …

Pacquiao-Mayweather May Only Be a Matter of Timing

Monday, November 24, 2014

Macau — Manny Pacquiao is done taking the high road, tired of pretending he doesn’t care. At long last he has Floyd Mayweather Jr. right where he wants him. And this time he’s not about to let him slip away without a fight. “I think it’s time to …

Revolution Gets Early Edge in MLS Eastern Finals

Monday, November 24, 2014

Harrison, n.j. — If the New England Revolution are going to shed their mantle as the team that can’t quite seal the deal, maybe it’ll be the midseason addition of Jermaine Jones that helped them finally get over …