Pro Sports

Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a shot in the fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Jack Sock of the U.S. to win in four sets 6-3, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Monday, June 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Nadal-Djokovic on Deck; Sharapova Ousted, Serena Slow to Start

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Paris — For the third match in a row at the French Open, Serena Williams was oddly out of sorts at the outset and dropped the opening set. And for the third match in a row, almost as though this was the plan all along, Williams righted herself to pull out a victory. In a riveting, two-hour showdown between the …

Belmont Hopefuls Lack Stamina of Yore

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

When American Pharoah seeks to complete a sweep of the Triple Crown at Belmont Park on Saturday, racing fans will hope to see a great race and perhaps a definitive confirmation that the winner has earned a lofty place in the sport’s history. Based on recent history, it won’t happen. Once billed as …

Taking The 5th

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

United States defender Christie Rampone has been to four World Cups, including the last time the Americans won in 1999. She’ll head to her fifth this week, joining a group of just four other women internationally who have appeared in as many. She’s seen the team through the elation of hoisting the trophy …

Cards Get Tearful Win

Monday, June 1, 2015

St. Louis — Carlos Martinez wiped away tears during a pregame tribute to late teammate Oscar Taveras, then pitched one-hit ball for seven shutout innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals over the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 Sunday. …

Verlander Shaky in Rehab Start

Monday, June 1, 2015

Indianapolis — Detroit Tigers star Justin Verlander struggled in his first rehabilitation start, giving up three runs in 2 2⁄ 3 innings for Triple-A Toledo on Sunday. The former American League MVP and Cy Young winner is trying …

South Africans Stunned by Charges

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Johannesburg — In the spring of 2004, a frail, unwell Nelson Mandela ignored his doctor’s advice and flew halfway around the globe to meet with a prominent soccer official. The purpose of the trip to Trinidad and Tobago …

Scandal Stings, but Soccer’s Fans, Coaches and Players Still Love Game

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Morgan Wright has invested a lot in being a soccer nut. He pays extra cable fees to watch international matches on the widescreen in his Maryland living room. He spent thousands to go see the 2006 World Cup in Germany. His marks of devotion include surgical scars on …

FIFA Decisions Have Human Toll

Sunday, May 31, 2015

In the end, it only took a $150 million scandal to make Americans care about soccer. FIFA, the notoriously corrupt and yet seemingly invincible governing body of world soccer, has finally landed itself an indictment that some would …

Nike’s Deal With Brazil Questioned

Sunday, May 31, 2015

After Nike signed what was then the biggest sports deal in history, a $200 million sponsorship of Brazil’s triumphant soccer squad, company executives said the agreement was as crucial to its success as its legendary pact with Michael Jordan. But a federal investigation into FIFA corruption has cast …

Beef-and-Beer Football: Indoor League More About Fun Than Money

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Omaha , Neb. — Chuck Wright was hooked the first time he tried professional indoor football. His pay for that game: a $10 bill and six-pack of Bud Light. “If I never did anything else,” he said, “I …

In Brief: Bowditch Take Two-Stroke Lead in Texas

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Irving, Texas — Steven Bowditch positioned himself Saturday for his second PGA Tour win in Texas. Hometown favorite Jordan Spieth might have to keep waiting for his first. Bowditch shot a 4-under 65 on Saturday in the AT&T Byron Nelson to take a two-stroke lead and leave Spieth …

Nats Star on DL

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Cincinnati — The Washington Nationals put Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday, a day after he had to leave a start after 16 pitches because of a stiff neck. Strasburg had a rough May, failing to last four innings in four of his five starts. …

Dover Kind to Johnson

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Dover, Del. — For Jimmie Johnson, it might as well be all or nothing at Dover International Speedway. Johnson has won nine times during his Sprint Cup career at the Monster Mile, and will go for No. 10 …