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 …

Ainge Explains Trade

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Boston — Rajon Rondo wanted to avoid rush-hour city traffic, so he met at the Boston Celtics suburban practice facility with the man who traded him. “I shared with him how much I appreciated all he had done …

A Look at the NFL’s Most Underappreciated and Overblown

Friday, December 19, 2014

Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and the rest of the Dallas Cowboys head into Sunday’s game against the Colts leading the NFC East and on the verge of a playoff berth. A ton of the credit for that should …

Second-Period Goal Sends Jets Past Bruins

Friday, December 19, 2014

Winnipeg, Manitoba — Michael Hutchinson made 30 saves and Dustin Byfuglien broke a tie with 23 seconds left in the second period in the Winnipeg Jets’ 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday night. Evander Kane also scored for Winnipeg. Defenseman Jay Harrison, acquired by the Jets …

Sox Pitcher Gets Warm Welcome

Friday, December 19, 2014

Boston — Rick Porcello didn’t hesitate when asked to recall memories of pitching in Fenway Park. In his rookie season, he hit Boston’s Kevin Youkilis in the back with the first pitch of the second inning. “There it …

Presidential Flub: It’s Franco, Not Flacco

Friday, December 19, 2014

Baltimore — Call it a Presidential fumble: Barack Obama mistakenly used the last name of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco when referring to actor James Franco in a speech Friday. Lashing out at Sony Pictures for its decision to halt the release of the movie The Interview, Obama …

Pump Fake Still an Old Standby Tool

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers had first-and-goal at Carolina, poised to break open that September game in the third quarter. Roethlisberger looked left, cocked his arm and completed his entire throwing motion, luring a Panthers linebacker toward …

In Brief: Niners’ Harbaugh Mum on Reported Offer

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Santa Clara, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is declining to respond to reports that he is weighing an offer from Michigan to become the new football coach at his alma mater. Harbaugh has one season …

Vonn May Condense Repertoire

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Val D’isere, France — Lindsey Vonn’s days of competing in all five ski disciplines may be behind her, since the four-time overall World Cup champion is seriously considering giving up slalom in her comeback from a career-threatening knee injury. The 30-year-old American racer thinks she is still somewhat …

Guard Gone: C’s Trade Star to Mavs

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Boston — The Boston Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, cutting ties with the last remnant of their last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title. …

Penguins Win in OT

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Pittsburgh — Blake Comeau scored with 2:36 left in overtime to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Colorado Avalanche 1-0 on Thursday night. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots, registering his sixth shutout of the season just hours after …