Pro Sports

Showdown Looms for Hawks, Cavs

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Atlanta — The Atlanta Hawks are blowing away everyone in the Eastern Conference. Yet, there’s always a sense that LeBron James will be standing in the way when they get to the playoffs. That scenario adds an extra bit of intrigue to tonight’s matchup in Atlanta between the Hawks and James’ Cleveland Cavaliers. The front-running Hawks insist they’re not treating this game any different. Of course, that’s what you would …

Pats, Wilfork Part Ways

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The New England Patriots are letting prominent nose tackle Vince Wilfork walk away, immediately making the 11-year veteran an unrestricted free agent. Wilfork, who restructured his contract last season to remain with New England, announced the news on his Facebook page in a statement to his fans. He also stated that he’s still …

No Criminal Charges for Kurt Busch

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Dover, Del. — NASCAR driver Kurt Busch will not face criminal charges over claims by his ex-girlfriend that he smashed her head into a bedroom wall and choked her, Delaware prosecutors said Thursday. The decision by the state attorney general’s office ends the criminal investigation of Busch, known in NASCAR circles as “The …

In Brief: Pedroia Slams, but Red Sox Fall to Twins

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Fort Myers, Fla. — Torii Hunter drove in a run in his first plate appearance with the Minnesota Twins in eight years, helping defeat the Boston Red Sox 9-8 on Thursday night. Hunter, who spent his first 10 seasons with the Twins, finished 1-for-3. Dustin Pedroia had three …

MLS Kicks O ff Year 20

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Major League Soccer’s 20th season also could be its biggest in a variety of ways. When the reigning champion Los Angeles Galaxy kicks off against the Chicago Fire at 7 p.m. Friday, it will begin an MLS season …

Flames Take Shootout

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Boston — Sean Monahan scored Calgary’s first goal at Boston in more than eight years, and the Flames earned their first road win against the Bruins since 2003 with a 4-3 shootout victory on Thursday night. David Schlemko …

Manning To Return In ’15

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Englewood, Colo. — Hold that gold watch. Peyton Manning is taking one more shot at the silver trophy. Weeks of speculation about the five-time MVP’s future ended Wednesday with word that he’s returning for an 18th season in the NFL and fourth in Denver. A person with knowledge …

After Losing Lead, C’s Beat Jazz at the Buzzer

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Boston — Tyler Zeller banked in a shot from under the basket as time expired to give the Boston Celtics an 85-84 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night. Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 21 points, Jae …

A-Rod 1-for-2 in Return

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Tampa, Fla. — Alex Rodriguez walked from the batter’s box to home plate in the bottom of the first inning, eye black smeared across his face, and said hello to Philadelphia catcher Tommy Joseph, who was just 1 …

MLS, Players Reach Deal

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Major League Soccer and its players union agreed in principle to a five-year labor contract, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press, averting a possible strike ahead of Friday’s season opener. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement had not been …

Middlebrooks Seeking A Revival With Padres

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Peoria, Ariz. — For the first time in more than a year, it doesn’t hurt when Will Middlebrooks swings. Now in San Diego, a healthy Middlebrooks looks to revitalize a career that went from a sure thing at third base in Boston to an injury- and strikeout-filled two …

Surprise in Cub Colors: Dartmouth’s Hendricks In Chicago’s Plans

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mesa, Ariz. — Studying has never been a problem for Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks, who has a degree in economics from Dartmouth College. The right-hander enjoys baseball’s scouting reports and video work almost as much as being …

A Kick in the Future?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Washington — Major League Soccer careened toward the first work stoppage in its 20-season history Tuesday as the sides in labor negotiations appeared to make little progress toward brokering a new collective bargaining agreement. Three days before the …