Pro Sports

New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell, top, is upended by St. Louis Rams cornerback E.J. Gaines after catching a pass for a 4-yard gain during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

NFL Roundup: Cowboys Dismantle Colts

Monday, December 22, 2014

Arlington, Texas — Dallas ended a four-year playoff drought Sunday in a dominating 42-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, with Tony Romo throwing four touchdown passes and breaking Troy Aikman’s franchise record for yards passing. The Cowboys (11-4) emphatically ended a three-game home losing streak, scoring touchdowns on their first four possessions. Dallas had an opening for its first NFC …

In Brief: FSU QB Cleared in Conduct Hearing

Monday, December 22, 2014

Tallahassee, Fla. — Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged sexual assault two years ago, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press on Sunday. Former Florida Supreme Court judge Major Harding wrote in a letter to Winston that the evidence was “insufficient to satisfy the burden of …

Patriots Escape With a Win and a Bye

Monday, December 22, 2014

East Rutherford, n.j. — Tom Brady and the Patriots will be resting at home for the start of the playoffs. The only question left is whether the AFC’s road to the Super Bowl will run through New England. Jonas Gray scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter …

Heat Torch Celtics to End Home Slide

Monday, December 22, 2014

Miami — Luol Deng scored 23 points, James Ennis scored 10 of his 16 in the fourth quarter and the Miami Heat ended a five-game home losing streak with a 100-84 victory over the Boston Celtics on Sunday …

B’s Stop Sabres in OT

Monday, December 22, 2014

Boston — Loui Eriksson scored 2:14 into overtime, and the Boston Bruins rallied to beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on Sunday night. Dougie Hamilton scored twice for Boston, including a tying goal with 1:31 left in the third …

Fish-Tagging Program Saving Sport data, engage anglers

Sunday, December 21, 2014

By Sue Cocking Miami Herald With more and more fisheries being closed or restricted worldwide in the name of conservation, Bill Dobbelaer, general manager of Gray Taxidermy in Pompano Beach, Fla., saw a negative impact on his business …

Get the Younger Generation Outdoors, Along With Parents

Sunday, December 21, 2014

By Dennis Anderson Star Tribune Challenges facing outdoors enthusiasts in many cases are the same challenges, on a grander scale, the world faces. Example: North American hunters and anglers have led the charge over the past century and a half to conserve the continent’s water, habitat and wildlife. …

Jets Try To Play Grinch On Pats

Sunday, December 21, 2014

East Rutherford, n.j. — Rex Ryan still isn’t backing down. Sure, his future with the New York Jets appears dim. But the coach is conceding nothing, and that means he has every intention of beating the New England …

Russian-Based Hockey League Feels the Pinch

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Moscow — The Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League saw itself as the oil-rich rival to the NHL, offering a tempting, if less prestigious, alternative to playing in North America. As the league planned to expand as far as Britain, the money on offer even attracted Russian stars like Ilya …

In Brief: Victorious Vonn on Verge of History

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Val D’isere, France — Just four races back into her skiing career, Lindsey Vonn is on the verge of World Cup history. After clinching a second straight win — and third consecutive podium — with a victory in …

Dodgers Chart New Course

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Los Angeles — Andrew Friedman has thoroughly overhauled a 94-win team in his first two months running the Los Angeles Dodgers. None of his myriad moves made a bigger, more baffling splash than his trade of popular slugger …

Eagles On the Brink

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Landover, Md. — The Philadelphia Eagles are just about done in the playoff race, and they’re in no position to argue that they deserve any better. Penalties, missed field goals, two more turnovers by Mark Sanchez and an inability to keep track of former teammate DeSean Jackson when …

In Brief: Padres Trade for Star Outfielder

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Atlanta — Landing another of baseball’s top power hitters, the San Diego Padres acquired Atlanta outfielder Justin Upton on Friday in a trade that sent four prospects to the Braves. The Padres already made two huge trades in …