Pro Sports

In Brief: Mexico Coach Fired After Claim He Punched Reporter

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mexico City — Mexican national team coach Miguel Herrera was fired Tuesday following a television reporter’s claim that man known as “El Piojo” punched him. The ouster came just two days after Herrera led Mexico to victory in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. But Decio de Maria, who on Saturday becomes president of the Mexican Soccer Federation, said the incident with the journalist was not in keeping with “the spirit of …

Trade of Star Shortstops Highlights a Day of Big Dealing

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Denver — The Colorado Rockies and Toronto Blue Jays swapped star shortstops. The teams confirmed the blockbuster trade Tuesday that sent Jose Reyes and right-handed pitchers Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman and Jesus Tinoco to the Rockies for Troy Tulowitzki and right-handed reliever LaTroy Hawkins. Both shortstops have remarkably similar career statistics but also a history of injuries. Tulowitzki is a five-time All-Star and …

Denied: Brady’s Suspension Upheld by Goodell

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

New York — Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game has been upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The league announced the decision Tuesday, with Goodell saying that the New England quarterback told an assistant to destroy Brady’s cellphone on or just before March …

Commentary: In NFL’s System, Only Lawyers Win

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The NFL’s disciplinary system is so badly broken it may as well not exist. It is grounded in empty posturing. The initial rulings it produces are a weigh station at best, a misuse of power at worst and …

‘Dr. Jen’ Embraces Breakthrough Coaching Role

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tempe, Ariz. — Jen Welter accepts the title of trailblazer, embraces the chance to be a role model for girls and, perhaps most of all, can’t wait to get beyond the hype and on to work when the …

A Ceremony as Unique as Pedro Himself

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Boston — The script called for Jason Varitek to remain in the dugout until it was time for the ceremonial first pitch. Pedro Martinez was never one to follow the script. Calling his former catcher out to join …

Chisox Beat Up Bosox

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Boston — Jose Abreu and Geovany Soto homered and drove in three runs apiece and Jeff Samardzija pitched eight strong innings for the Chicago White Sox in a 9-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. …

SNHU, MLS Begin Unique Scholarship Partnership

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Concord — Major League Soccer is striking a multiyear deal with Southern New Hampshire University that will provide full scholarships for players and internship opportunities for the school’s current students. The partnership being announced Monday is the first of its kind for the 20-year-old league, which has 20 …

Acquiring Hamels Should Cost a Lot

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

When the July 31 trade deadline passed without the Philadelphia Phillies making a single move last season, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was openly ridiculed. He was accused by rival executives of asking too much for his players, …

A Halo for Victorino

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Anaheim, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels acquired veteran outfielder Shane Victorino and more than $3.8 million from the Boston Red Sox on Monday for infielder Josh Rutledge. The 34-year-old Victorino is a two-time World Series champion, a …

Mets Foil Nats’ Hope for Clippard Reunion

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

New York — The active New York Mets acquired first-rate reliever Tyler Clippard from Oakland for a minor league pitcher Monday, completing their second trade in four days and sending another signal they’re serious about contending this year. …

Sources: NFL Nearing New Football Air Rules

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The NFL is preparing to send out instructions to game officials and teams explaining new rules for inspecting footballs. Two people familiar with the league’s plans tell The Associated Press on Monday that proper inflation of the footballs …

Dear NASCAR: Try Again

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Indianapolis — Run, NASCAR, don’t walk, back to the drawing board to figure out how to liven up racing. The rules package used for the Brickyard 400 was a failure no matter how the race is dissected. The …