Pro Sports

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 years in which he clashed with the Red Sox before being traded. “It was tough,” Middlebrooks said Tuesday. “It was a process …

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 on the mound. So sure, Hendricks noticed when manager Joe Maddon said he was likely …

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 season is scheduled to begin, the league and players union remained locked in discussions with …

Aussie Rugby Star Will Try to Earn 49ers Roster Spot

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

San Francisco — Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne is getting his shot to play in the NFL. Hayne passed a physical and signed a three-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday. The team announced the deal …

Sox Sweep College Opponents

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Fort Myers, Fla. — Clay Buchholz started with one perfect inning and Boston Red Sox pitchers dominated the rest of the day in sweeping a pair of college teams, beating Northeastern 2-1 and edging Boston College 1-0 Tuesday. Rick Porcello relieved Buchholz and retired six straight batters as …

Peterson Ruling Leaves Ripples

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Boston — There is a defensive end heading for free agency who had 15 sacks in his last full season. The kind of player a team can build a pass rush around, if he were spending more time on the football field and less in the courts fighting …

Diamond Debut For Speed Rules

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Goodyear, Ariz. — With large, glowing red numbers, the timer on the center-field wall at Goodyear Ballpark ticked down Tuesday, counting off seconds and ushering in change. Baseball, the timeless game of endless summers, went on the clock. Major League Baseball introduced its new pace-of-play initiatives during five …

Ryder Cup Task Force Damaging PGA Tour

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Doral, Fla. — Now that players on the task force have solved their Ryder Cup problems, the next job is to repair damage to their own tour. One week ago, Davis Love III was introduced as the next U.S. captain for the 2016 matches at Hazeltine. That was …

James, Cavs Cap Celtics

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Cleveland — LeBron James doesn’t usually spend a lot of time talking about personal accomplishments, but he made an exception Tuesday night. James scored 27 points to move into 21st place on the NBA’s career list, and the …

Amid Six-Game Slide, Nuggets Fire Shaw

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Denver (ap) — The Nuggets fired coach Brian Shaw after 1½ seasons on Tuesday, with the team at 20-39 and on a six-game losing streak. Assistant coach Melvin Hunt will be the interim coach. The timing of the dismissal was somewhat surprising given that just last week general …

Devils Win to Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Newark, n.j. — Cory Schneider made 33 saves, and the playoff-hopeful New Jersey Devils beat NHL-leading Nashville 3-1 on Tuesday night, sending the Predators to their season-worst fourth straight loss. Adam Larsson and Eric Gelinas scored first-period goals …

Racer to Follow Guidelines Toward Reinstatement

Monday, March 2, 2015

Charlotte, n.c. — Kurt Busch has agreed to follow NASCAR’s recommended guidelines to be eligible for eventual reinstatement. The 2004 champion was indefinitely suspended Feb. 20 after a Delaware judge said he believed Busch likely committed an act …

War-Torn Stadium: Fighting in Eastern Ukraine Displaces Soccer Team

Monday, March 2, 2015

Lviv, Ukraine — The sleek stadium, built six years ago and host to some of Europe’s biggest soccer matches, is silent. It sits in the middle of the city of Donetsk, a war zone controlled by pro-Russian separatists …