Pro Sports

Fan Dies After Fall

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Atlanta (ap) — A fan died after falling from the upper deck at Turner Field during a game between the Braves and New York Yankees, Atlanta police said Saturday night. Lt. Charles Hampton of the Atlanta Police Department homicide unit confirmed death hours after the fall. Hampton said the man was in his early 60s. There was no immediate word on his identity pending notification of his next of kin. …

Sweep Success?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Ask Serena Williams what could prevent her from completing tennis’ first true Grand Slam in more than a quarter-century at the U.S. Open, and the response will not include the name of a single possible opponent. “Well,” she began when that question was posed, “I’m always one of my biggest competitors. I can …

Commentary: Cubs Appear Poised To Really Break ‘the Curse’

Saturday, August 29, 2015

George Orwell probably had the most sullen assessment of sports. He called it, “War minus the shooting.” In Orwell’s eyes, serious sport has nothing to do with fair play or sportsmanship. “It is bound up with hatred, jealously, boastfulness, disregard of all rules, and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence.” Orwell sounds as if …

Travers Time Is Here For American Pharoah

Friday, August 28, 2015

Saratoga Springs, n.y. — American Pharoah can run. But can he fly? You betcha. By now, everyone knows American Pharoah glided through the Triple Crown — overcoming stormy weather, too — won the Haskell Invitational this month and …

Illness Can’t Stop Hurdler

Friday, August 28, 2015

Beijing — When the doctors hooked Aries Merritt onto the dialysis machine two years ago, they told him his running days were over. The doctors were focused on his kidneys. They never looked at his heart. The American …

Red Sox Pitcher Buchholz Out for Season

Friday, August 28, 2015

New York — Boston pitcher Clay Buchholz is done for the season because of a strained flexor muscle in his right elbow, and his health is the key to whether the Red Sox pick up the option on …

Scully to Return for Record 67th Year

Friday, August 28, 2015

Los Angeles — The voice of summer in Los Angeles plans to return in 2016. Vin Scully will be back for a record 67th season in the broadcast booth for the Dodgers, who revealed the news in the second inning of Friday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs. …

Brady Gets On Track in Win Over Panthers

Friday, August 28, 2015

Charlotte, n.c. — Tom Brady overcame two early interceptions to lead his first touchdown drive of the preseason as the New England Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers 17-16 on Friday night. The preseason has been a titanic struggle for Brady, who is awaiting word on his appeal of …

IndyCar Drivers Return to Racing

Friday, August 28, 2015

Sonoma, Calif. — IndyCar drivers got back to work Friday, climbing into their cars as a distraction — albeit a temporary one — from their grief over Justin Wilson’s death. Wilson died Monday of a head injury suffered a day earlier when he was stuck by debris from …

Stewart: I Didn’t See Man On Track

Friday, August 28, 2015

New York — NASCAR star Tony Stewart said he didn’t see a driver walking on a dirt track in upstate New York last year before he struck and killed him, and noted the racer was impaired by marijuana …

Swihart’s Unlikely Homer Lifts Sox

Friday, August 28, 2015

New York — Blake Swihart hit an inside-the-park home run in the 10th inning and the Boston Red Sox stopped the New York Mets’ seven-game winning streak, holding on for a 6-4 victory Friday night. The Red Sox, …

Jays Hit 3 HRs in Win

Friday, August 28, 2015

Toronto — Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki hit back-to-back home runs, Jose Bautista also connected and the Toronto Blue Jays won for the eighth time in 10 games, beating the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Friday night. Ian Kinsler …

Commentary: Hall of Famer’s ‘Fall Guy’ Advice Makes Eyes Roll

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The NFL is now a full-on guilty pleasure. It’s making the Kardashians and pro wrestling look dignified. You can’t keep your eyes off the shoulder of the road for a second. You might miss the next version of …