Pro Sports

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) passes in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh. Defending against the NFL's best quarterbacks is as difficult as ever these days, with the quality of passing play at an all-time high, the complexity of modern offenses and stricter rules about downfield contact. Don't forget one of the most basic tools in the quarterback’s belt: the pump fake. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar, File)

Pump Fake Still an Old Standby Tool

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers had first-and-goal at Carolina, poised to break open that September game in the third quarter. Roethlisberger looked left, cocked his arm and completed his entire throwing motion, luring a Panthers linebacker toward the anticipated trajectory. The ball never came out, but a crowd of defenders gathered in that part of the field. Big Ben …

In Brief: Niners’ Harbaugh Mum on Reported Offer

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Santa Clara, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is declining to respond to reports that he is weighing an offer from Michigan to become the new football coach at his alma mater. Harbaugh has one season remaining on the $25 million, five-year contract he signed in January 2011. Several media outlets, …

Vonn May Condense Repertoire

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Val D’isere, France — Lindsey Vonn’s days of competing in all five ski disciplines may be behind her, since the four-time overall World Cup champion is seriously considering giving up slalom in her comeback from a career-threatening knee injury. The 30-year-old American racer thinks she is still somewhat off the pace in speed events, despite clinching her first victory in nearly two years …

Guard Gone: C’s Trade Star to Mavs

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Boston — The Boston Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, cutting ties with the last remnant of their last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title. …

Penguins Win in OT

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Pittsburgh — Blake Comeau scored with 2:36 left in overtime to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Colorado Avalanche 1-0 on Thursday night. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots, registering his sixth shutout of the season just hours after …

Jags Win Clash of Have-Nots

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Jacksonville, Fla. — Jordan Todman juked one defender and stiff-armed another on his way to a 62-yard touchdown run that helped the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Tennessee Titans 21-13 on Thursday night. Todman’s first carry was the biggest …

Kurt Busch Denies Allegations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dover, Del. — NASCAR driver Kurt Busch had his turn on the witness stand Wednesday and testified that he repeatedly told his ex-girlfriend to leave his motorhome the night she claims he assaulted her. Testifying at a hearing …

Sox Add Pitcher

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Boston — The Red Sox obtained Anthony Varvaro from the Atlanta Braves for Aaron Kurcz in a swap of right-handed pitchers. Varvaro was 3-3 with a 2.63 ERA for the Braves last year, his fifth season in the majors. The Red Sox also sent cash to the Braves. …

Niners Cut Player Amid Legal Woes

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Santa Clara, Calif. — Citing a pattern of behavior and off-field issues, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke informed defensive lineman Ray McDonald that he was released Wednesday amid a sexual assault investigation by San Jose police. …

Pats’ Revis Returns to Old Stomping Grounds

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Florham Park, n.j. — Darrelle Revis has been back before, as an opposing player taking on the New York Jets. Not this way, though. This time around, he’s an enemy. He’s a member of the playoff-bound New England …

Bruins Edge Wild in Overtime

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

St. Paul, Minn. — Loui Eriksson’s goal 1:30 into overtime gave Boston a 3-2 win over Minnesota on Wednesday night, only the second victory for the Bruins in eight games and the fourth loss for the Wild in …

Celts Snuff Out Magic

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Boston — Rajon Rondo had 13 points, 15 assists and seven rebounds to lead balanced scoring that carried the Boston Celtics to a 109-92 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. Brandon Bass scored 18 points, and …

Title Elusive to Elite Point Guard

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The secret behind Chris Paul’s uncanny ability to see the entire floor, whip passes through improbable creases, find just enough wiggle room for a pull-up jumper in pick-and-rolls and toss the most delectable lobs is simpler than one …