Pro Sports

In Brief: NASCAR Penalizes Newman’s Team

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Charlotte, n.c. — NASCAR levied harsh penalties against Ryan Newman’s race team Tuesday after determining Richard Childress Racing manipulated the tires Newman used at Auto Club Speedway in California. There had been rampant speculation throughout the Sprint Cup garage that teams were drilling tiny holes in their tires to allow air to escape during a race. The process is known as “bleeding tires,” and NASCAR last week at Martinsville Speedway …

Baseball Salaries Go Up, Up, And Away

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New York — Even before the first pitch of the 2015 season is thrown, an eye-popping baseball record will be set. The average salary when opening-day rosters are finalized Sunday will break the $4 million barrier for the first time, according to a study of all major league contracts by The Associated Press. …

Net Loss: Goals Are Scarce for NHL’s Leading Scorers

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Denver — When it comes to scoring, Sid the Kid’s pace this season is no match for the greatest by the Great One. Pittsburgh forward Sidney Crosby is in line to win the scoring title with what can be projected to be about 85 points. That’s a number Wayne Gretzky reached by midseason …

Nine-Run Ninth Sends Red Sox Past Rays

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Port Charlotte, Fla. — Blake Swihart drove in three runs with a triple and a single in Boston’s nine-run ninth inning Tuesday and the Red Sox beat a Tampa Bay Rays split squad 11-8. The Red Sox rallied with eight hits and three walks off minor league pitchers …

U.S. Settles for Draw With Swiss

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Zurich — Leading by one goal at halftime against Switzerland, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann warned his players: “never joke with an Italian referee.” They didn’t listen. Jozy Altidore was ejected in the 68th minute for a foul followed by what appeared to be a profane comment to Italian …

Nets Leapfrog C’s Into 8th

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New York — Brook Lopez had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets reclaimed sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference by beating the Indiana Pacers 111-106 on Tuesday night for their season-high fourth …

Ovechkin Bags Goal No. 50

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Washington — Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 50th goal, reaching that mark for the sixth time and tying a team record with the 472nd of his career, and added an assist to help the Washington Capitals beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 Tuesday night. With his team pushing to …

Lucic’s Goal Gives B’s 3rd Straight Win

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Boston — Milan Lucic scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:09 left as Boston rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 Tuesday night, giving the Bruins their third straight win and two valuable points as the try to hang …

Francona Has Tribe Laughing Its Way Through Spring Training

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Cleveland — The Cleveland Indians are pitching, hitting, bunting and doing everything else they need to work on for the upcoming season at spring training. And laughing every step of the way. No team seems to be enjoying …

UConn Slams Indiana Law, Wants Final Four Moved

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Albany, n.y. — Connecticut’s governor and UConn’s athletic director called on the NCAA on Monday to consider moving next year’s Women’s Final Four out of Indianapolis unless changes are made to Indiana’s new religious-objections law. Gov. Dannel P. …

Sox’ Magee Juggling Baseball, Football

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Fort Myers, Fla. — Not the typical transaction path: Cut from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, join the Boston Rex Sox at minor league camp. But linebacker and would-be outfielder Brandon Magee is a confident enough athlete that he’s sought two-sport advice from Bo Jackson. “Just told me to …

Manfred: Baseball’s Montreal Return Tied to Stadium

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Montreal — Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Monday that Montreal needs a new stadium to have any chance of bringing the sport back to the city. “The key thing in Montreal would be to have a plan for an adequate facility that could support baseball over …

Philadelphia Not Looking Like a Franchise on Tank Patrol

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

They have the look of such favorites that Las Vegas likes them twice this week, once while on a back-to-back and the other time on the road. Weren’t these Philadelphia 76ers supposed to be tanking? The team that was widely expected to be the NBA’s biggest loser — …