Pro Sports

Fight to Avert 2017 NBA Lockout Starts

Friday, November 28, 2014

By Ira Winderman Sun Sentinel So when exactly is the “appropriate time” for billionaire owners and multimillionaire players to talk about their unimaginable riches? To former Miami Heat guard Roger Mason Jr., now might be as good a time as any. As a preemptive measure, he might be right, at least if you have any hopes of watching NBA basketball in 2017-18. That’s when both the NBA and its players …

Interest in Lester Reaching New Heights

Friday, November 28, 2014

By Mark Gonzales Chicago Tribune Judging from the various degrees of interest, the only stress free agent left-hander Jon Lester will encounter will be saying ”no thanks” to the teams he’ll turn down. The interest in Lester, 30, has swelled and become more public in recent days with the measuring stick rising. According to a report Tuesday by CSN Chicago, the Cubs have …

NFL Might Not Flex Any Sunday Night Games

Friday, November 28, 2014

By Rachel Cohen AP Sports Writer New York — For the first time since flexible scheduling came to Sunday Night Football in 2006, the NFL could go an entire season without needing it. No way Cowboys-Eagles gets swapped out in Week 15. NFC East showdowns are huge ratings draws even if both teams are struggling, and this one might decide the division title. …

Dartmouth’s ‘War Horse’ Eyes an Elusive Podium Finish

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Copper Mountain, Colo. — The end of a ski season usually brings another surgery for Andrew Weibrecht followed by weeks and weeks of recovery. No operations this summer, though. Not one ache or pain, either. It’s been ages …

In Brief: Browns Star Felt Ostracized During Suspension

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Berea, Ohio — As his teammates and coaches went about their season, Josh Gordon felt like an outsider. He was exiled on his own team. Unable to practice or play during his 10-game NFL suspension, the star wide receiver was so isolated that he said it felt as …

Cowboys Battle Eagles for NFC East Lead

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Arlington, Texas — Tony Romo still talks about wishing he had been on the field instead of at home following back surgery when the Cowboys lost a playoffs-or-bust finale to Philadelphia last season. Eleven months and yet another back injury later, the Dallas quarterback will be out there …

Pack’s Goal: Stop Gronk

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Green Bay, Wis. — Micah Hyde has seen the film of New England’s Rob Gronkowski, and he is understandably impressed. The Green Bay Packers safety would be just fine if didn’t have to cover the Patriots’ 6-foot-6 behemoth …

James, Cavaliers Throttle Wizards

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cleveland — LeBron James scored 29 points, Kevin Love added 21 and the Cleveland Cavaliers exacted a little revenge on Washington with a 113-87 win over the Wizards on Wednesday night. Five days after they were embarrassed in a 91-78 loss to Washington, the Cavs controlled this one …

Slow Pace of Acceptance

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

New York (ap) — Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star Robbie Rogers wants some company, now that he’s the last man standing as an openly gay athlete in a U.S. professional league. Jason Collins recently retired from the NBA, …

Giants Set to Meet With Free Agent Lester

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

San Francisco — The Giants are turning their attention to Jon Lester following Pablo Sandoval’s departure. The free agent pitcher has plans to meet with the World Series champions next week, a person with knowledge of the meeting said Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because …

Commentary: The NFC South Is Historically Awful

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The NFC South is NFL parity taken to its logical extreme. The league’s structure (salary cap and free agency) means that every year several mediocre teams aspire to be pretty good. It was inevitable, then, that eventually a …

No Rest for Patriots: Powerful Pack Next

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — The New England Patriots are one of the NFL’s best teams in the first half. Just not as good as the fast-starting Green Bay Packers when they’re at home. That’s where the Patriots (9-2) will be putting their seven-game winning streak on the line Sunday …

Sox Go Back to Breaking the Bank

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Boston — Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez spent the last two seasons as NL West rivals. Now they’re teammates in Boston, the result of a $183 million spending spree the Red Sox are hoping will lift them out …