Pro Sports

New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork warms up before an NFL football game against the New York Jets Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Scaled-Down Wilfork Ready to Roll

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Chandler, Ariz. — For a 32-year-old defensive lineman tipping the scale at well over 300 pounds, a torn Achilles tendon could have been career-ending. Instead, Vince Wilfork was determined to continue his NFL life. Aided by his wife, Bianca, Wilfork committed to remake his body. A year later, Wilfork is a defensive rock for a team playing in the Super …

Super Players, Not-So- Super Jobs

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Phoenix — Landon Cohen is a Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle who’s getting ready to play in the Super Bowl, so it’s not unusual that he’s been behind the wheel of some beautiful automobiles. “You name it,” he said, “Ferraris, top-of-the-line Mercedes, Corvettes, all kinds of stuff.” But this might surprise you: Cohen was …

Commentary: Pats Know How to Do It

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Phoenix — Go ahead, pile on the Patriots. Declare the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era over after they split their first four games this season. Call them cheaters when their footballs lose too much air. Predict the Legion of Boom will bring the hammer down on Rob Gronkowski. Then jump on the New England …

Commentary: Seahawks’ ‘D’ Will Rule

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Phoenix — The sideshow is over, which means Marshawn Lynch can go back to not talking and this realization can become obvious again: The Seattle Seahawks are still the best defensive team in football. And as we saw …

For Ex-NFLer, Skiing’s the Game

Sunday, February 1, 2015

South Pomfret — Ralph Kurek caught the skier’s bug while joining Chicago Bears teammates on the slopes of the Rocky Mountains. A different kind of bug years later helped him choose to retire in Vermont. A Bears running …

Laird Remains in Control at Phoenix Open

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Scottsdale, Ariz. — For all his birdies Saturday, two big pars kept Martin Laird in control at the Phoenix Open. Laird made 10-footers for par on the 16th and 18th holes and had a 3-under 68, giving him …

Serena Shines Again

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Melbourne, Australia — Serena Williams stuck out a fist in mock triumph and mouthed “C’mon,” careful not to push her point too far. The 33-year-old Williams was closing in on her 19th Grand Slam singles title, her 16th …

Seau Leads Group of Hall of Famers

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Phoenix — Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley and Will Shields were elected Saturday to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The class of 2015, announced a day before the Super Bowl, also includes a pair …

IOC Leader: Protest Groups Don’t Stop Boston’s Chances

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Scottsdale, Ariz. — In town for the Super Bowl, the leader of the Olympics posed for a picture with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “I had a ball in my hands, and I was checking,” International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said. The verdict: No deflation. If the leaders …

Marchand Leads B’s Over Kings

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Boston — Chris Kelly broke a 1-all tie with 5:27 left in the third period and Brad Marchand added an empty-netter for his second goal of the game as the Boston Bruins beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 …

In Brief: Ex-Big Green Catcher Traded to Braves Organization

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Atlanta — The Braves pulled off another trade in their busy offseason Friday, dealing right-handed pitchers David Hale and Gus Schlosser to the Colorado Rockies for minor league catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O’Dowd, a former Dartmouth College player. Hale pitched 45 games for the Braves last season, …

Special Teams Could Be Factor

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Phoenix — While Russell Wilson was throwing interceptions in the NFC championship game, punter Jon Ryan kick-started Seattle’s rally with his arm. Could the Seahawks try another fake field goal against New England in the Super Bowl? “This overall arching thought that once a trick play has happened …

Commentary: Tone-Deaf Goodell Hasn’t Changed

Friday, January 30, 2015

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell behaves like a man who believes, with the wave of his hand and the sound of his dismissive voice, he can create his own convenient reality. He acts like he expects everyone else will …