Pro Sports

Atlanta Braves' Daniel Castro goes airborne into home past San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, scoring on a single by Nick Markakis during the third inning in a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Jays Fly Over Twins

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Toronto — Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki hit solo home runs, Marco Estrada pitched 62⁄3 innings to win consecutive starts and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 3-1 on Tuesday night. Toronto’s sixth win in seven games moved the Blue Jays ahead of the Twins and into the second AL wild-card spot. Minnesota has been held to just …

In Brief: More Records Fall at Swimming Worlds

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Kazan, Russia — Australia dominated the 100-meter backstroke events at the world swimming championships Tuesday, winning the men’s title and going 1-2 in the women’s final. Two more world records fell on the third night of swimming at Kazan Arena, where a cool breeze swept through the soccer stadium. Mitchell Larkin won the men’s 100 back in 52.40 seconds. Camille Lacourt of France …

Former College Player Makes Save of a Lifetime

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Instinctively one day last January on the DePaul University campus in Chicago, Jake Douglas saw a number calling he didn’t recognize and declined to answer his smartphone. “I thought it was a telemarketer,” recalled Douglas, a recent graduate who started for the DePaul soccer team. It turned out the caller had nothing to sell but hope. When Douglas finally listened to the message …

No Longer A Boys’ Club: Women’s Ranks Increase in NFL

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

You can count the number of women working on the field in the NFL on one hand, and four of them were hired in recent months. Three are athletic trainers. One a coach. And the other a referee. These hires are historic, a sign of changing times, but …

Gronk Ready to Play Ball

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — Rob Gronkowski was asked if he dances his way to the bank with a $4 million New England Patriots’ check in his pocket. “I guess so,” the smiling tight end said Tuesday, talking about his …

Brady ‘Deflategate’ Testimony Released

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

New York — Tom Brady denied under oath to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that he tampered with footballs before the AFC title game, and investigator Ted Wells said in a transcript that he never warned the New England Patriots quarterback he would be punished if he didn’t turn …

Tigers Show GM Dombrowski the Door

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Detroit — The end of Dave Dombrowski’s tenure in Detroit came suddenly and unexpectedly — like so many of the moves he made to build the Tigers into an American League powerhouse. Dombrowski is out after nearly 14 …

Rookie Decent; Sox Are Not

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

New York — Brian McCann and Chris Young hit three-run homers during a nine-run burst in the seventh inning and the New York Yankees broke loose once again, romping past the Boston Red Sox 13-3 Tuesday night. Down …

Ex-Prodigy Adu Running Low on Chances

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

If there was ever any small part of Freddy Adu’s imagination that envisioned playing at WakeMed Soccer Park, surely it was for the U.S. national team, perhaps during one of its pre-tournament training camps in Cary, N.C. If …

Weep Not for ESPN, at Least Not Until 2020s

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

It’s been a rocky year for ESPN, which shed high-priced, high-profiletalent — reportedly under orders from Disney to cut costs — and continued to lose cable subscribers. These two facts coupled together — ESPN cuts costs while losing subscribers — has triggered a wave of coverage speculating these …

Bat Boy, 9, Dies From Injuries

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Kansas City, Mo. — The National Baseball Congress suspended using batboys and girls during its World Series games in Kansas following the death of a 9-year-old boy who was accidentally hit in the head with a bat during …

Hammon In Position To Inspire

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

New York — Becky Hammon believes the possibilities are limitless for women coaching in pro sports. One year ago this week, she broke the gender barrier becoming the first full-time paid female assistant coach in the NBA. Now Hammon’s happy to see she’s no longer the only woman …

St. Louis’ Effort to Build Rams Stadium Gets Boost

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

St. Louis — The effort to build a new riverfront football stadium in St. Louis got a big boost Monday when a judge ruled that approval from city voters is not necessary to use city tax money for the project. St. Louis Circuit Judge Tomas Frawley’s ruling voided …