Pro Sports

NFL: No Ruling Yet

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — The NFL said Friday it has interviewed dozens of people and collected physical evidence, but has no conclusions yet on how the New England Patriots used underinflated balls in their last game, offering no timetable for resolving the cheating accusations with the Super Bowl nine days away. The league said evidence shows the Patriots used underinflated footballs during the first half of the AFC championship game Sunday …

In Brief: Dartmouth’s Weibrecht Places Fifth in Austria

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Kitzbuehel, Austria — Italian skier Dominik Paris won his first career World Cup super-G, and Alexis Pinturault of France dominated the combined event for his eighth victory on Friday. Two years after his victory in the classic Hahnenkamm downhill on the same course, Paris finished the Streif in 1 minute, 9.99 seconds to beat Austrians Matthias Mayer by 0.06 seconds and Georg Streitberger …

Ali-Liston Gloves Going to Auction

Saturday, January 24, 2015

New York — Just months before the 50th anniversary of the heavyweight rematch between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston, boxing fans are getting a chance to own a piece of one of the most hotly debated title fights of all time. Both pairs of gloves from the May 25, 1965, bout in Lewiston, …

Federer’s Semifinal Streak Comes to an End

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Melbourne, Australia — Roger Federer will look back on it and wonder, just as he did on court, why he just watched as Andreas Seppi went down the line and ended his streak of reaching the Australian Open …

Ernie Banks, ‘Mr. Cub,’ Dies

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Ernie Banks, one of baseball’s most ebullient and optimistic ambassadors, died Friday, his wife, Liz, confirmed. Known worldwide as “Mr. Cub,” Banks became the Cubs’ first African-American player on Sept. 17, 1953, and went on to become an …

Commentary: ‘Deflategate’ Has Us Gabbing About Football

Thursday, January 22, 2015

It doesn’t matter if we want Deflategate. It doesn’t matter if we don’t want Deflategate. We NEED Deflategate. Whether the Patriots purposely took some of the air out of their footballs Sunday as they were taking all of …

In Brief: Martinez’s Plaque to Have Sox Cap

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Cooperstown, n.y. — Pedro Martinez’s Hall of Fame plaque will have the cap of the Boston Red Sox and John Smoltz’s will have the Atlanta Braves. The Hall of Fame made the announcement Thursday. It said last week that Randy Johnson’s plaque will have the cap of the …

Mum’s the Word on Deflated Footballs

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — The two men most responsible for delivering wins for the New England Patriots both said Thursday they have no explanation for how footballs used to reach the Super Bowl were underinflated by 2 pounds per …

Commentary: Gordon Leaves Legacy as Driver, Ambassador

Thursday, January 22, 2015

True confession: I’m a big fan of Jeff Gordon. As an extremely-talented driver. As a person who treated others with respect. As one of the greatest ambassadors in professional sports. His announcement that he will retire as a …

Venus Williams On an Upswing at Age 34

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Melbourne, Australia — There is a big difference between the Venus Williams of, say, the year 2000 and the Venus of 2015. The Venus of today says she might not be at the top of her game but she is more strategic, she understands the game better and …

C’s Win in Final Second

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Portland, Ore. — Evan Turner hit a 3-pointer with one second left and the Boston Celtics overcame the shorthanded Portland Trail Blazers 90-89 on Thursday night. Avery Bradley had 18 points to lead the Celtics, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Jared Sullinger added 17 points and nine …

Braves Sign Gomes

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Atlanta Braves agreed to contract terms with veteran outfielder Jonny Gomes on a one-year, $4 million contract that includes a vesting option, a person familiar with the situation said Thursday night. He’ll likely be part of a left-field platoon and is known for being a strong leader …

A Deflating Situation: Some Things to Know as NFL Investigates Patriots’ Footballs

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The NFL is very precise about its game and equipment — including the number of footballs prepared for games, how much each must weigh, and who monitors them until kickoff. One rule is very clear: Don’t tamper with …