Pro Sports

NFL: No Ruling Yet

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — The NFL said Friday it has interviewed dozens of people and collected physical evidence, but has no conclusions yet on how the New England Patriots used underinflated balls in their last game, offering no timetable for resolving the cheating accusations with the Super Bowl nine days away. The league said evidence shows the Patriots used underinflated footballs during the first half of the AFC championship game Sunday …

In Brief: Dartmouth’s Weibrecht Places Fifth in Austria

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Kitzbuehel, Austria — Italian skier Dominik Paris won his first career World Cup super-G, and Alexis Pinturault of France dominated the combined event for his eighth victory on Friday. Two years after his victory in the classic Hahnenkamm downhill on the same course, Paris finished the Streif in 1 minute, 9.99 seconds to beat Austrians Matthias Mayer by 0.06 seconds and Georg Streitberger …

Ali-Liston Gloves Going to Auction

Saturday, January 24, 2015

New York — Just months before the 50th anniversary of the heavyweight rematch between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston, boxing fans are getting a chance to own a piece of one of the most hotly debated title fights of all time. Both pairs of gloves from the May 25, 1965, bout in Lewiston, …

In Brief: Nadal, Sharapova Survive Second Round

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Melbourne, Australia — An agitated Roger Federer spat out the question that Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova easily could have asked the players who pushed them to the limits in the second round of the Australian Open. “Do you have to be that close?” Federer snapped at a …

Raising the Roof: Will Stadium Be Open or Closed?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Phoenix — The Super Bowl location in sunny Arizona will present a dilemma for league officials as they grapple with a question faced by many pro sports teams in an era of retractable roofs: whether to play the …

Embattled Cavs Coach Still Loved In Israel

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tel Aviv, Israel — Even casual Israeli basketball fans begin their day with an update on the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the newfound obsession with the NBA franchise has little to do with superstar LeBron James. Rookie head coach …

Hoop Laboratory: D-League Becoming Testing Ground for New Ideas

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Santa Cruz, Calif. — David Arseneault Jr. thought nothing of the email when it first appeared in his inbox. The message from Dean Oliver, the Sacramento Kings’ director of player personnel and analytics, just seemed like another inquiry …

Patriots: Cheating Scandal, or Just Hot Air?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Foxborough , Mass. — The NFL says its investigation into whether the New England Patriots used under-inflated footballs in the AFC championship game is ongoing after a report Tuesday night claimed the league found 11 balls were not …

In Brief: No Worries for Djokovic, Williams in First Round

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Melbourne, Australia — As a first-time dad with a baby at home, Novak Djokovic could see merits in the tale of Serena Williams’ mid-match espresso that has been brewing in the lead-up to the Australian Open. Hey, he …

Commentary: Vonn Worthy Of Star Status

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The most overused word in sports is “star.” It should be reserved only for the deserving few, those who constantly brighten our horizons with their exploits, who don’t wax, wane and flame out in a season or two …

Commentary: Is Belichick an Evil Genius or Foolish?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Bill Belichick is one of the most hated men in America today. People are throwing darts at him. Calling him potty-mouth names. Chants of “Beli-cheat” ring loud and clear from Indianapolis to the Indialantic. He is loving every …

Bruins Pull Away From Stars

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Dallas — Tuukka Rask made 36 saves, and Dougie Hamilton had a goal and an assist to lead the Boston Bruins past the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Tuesday night. Hamilton assisted on Gregory Campbell’s second-period goal that broke …

Scherzer Heading To D.C.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Washington Nationals radically altered the baseball landscape, ending a winter of relative inactivity by agreeing to a seven-year contract with free agent pitcher Max Scherzer, according to a person with direct knowledge of the talks. Though terms of the deal weren’t immediately available Sunday night, it almost …