Pro Sports

Mike Esterman poses for a photo in front of a sign for Super Bowl XLIX Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in downtown Phoenix. The New England Patriots face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

NFL: Ref Inspected Footballs Properly

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Phoenix — NFL officiating chief Dean Blandino said the inspection of the footballs by referee Walt Anderson before the AFC championship game was handled properly. Blandino also said Thursday the process of checking the footballs and security surrounding the inspections will be enhanced for Sunday’s Super Bowl. As the league’s investigation into the Patriots’ use of under-inflated footballs moves along, …

Serena Aims for 19th Major Title

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Melbourne, Australia — It wasn’t until Serena Williams forced herself to relax, and not focus too intently on a milestone Grand Slam title, that she rediscovered the art of winning the biggest events in tennis. Now she’s on the verge of a 19th major championship after beating 19-year-old Madison Keys 7-6 (5), 6-2 …

A Corner Comparison: Super Bowl Features Two of NFL’s Elite Defenders

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Phoenix — They won’t line up across from one another. They won’t even be on the field at the same time. But the New England Patriots’ Darrelle Revis and the Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman are perhaps the NFL’s two most accomplished cornerbacks, so their “matchup” in Sunday’s Super Bowl has led to plenty …

Healthy Gronkowski Is ‘Ready to Roll’

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Phoenix — Rob Gronkowski’s ankle is fine. So are his forearm and knee. He’s way past those injuries that ruined his last three postseasons. You can’t even hurt his feelings. So when Seattle nickel back Jeremy Lane says, …

New England Firing Led Carroll to Reinvent Self

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Phoenix — Looking back at the championships he won at Southern Cal and the Super Bowl title a season ago with Seattle, Pete Carroll can see exactly where the foundation for all that success was built. The 2000 …

Jet-Setters Pack Ariz. Airports

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Phoenix — For some travelers visiting Arizona for the Super Bowl, the trip may be just as memorable as the game. Hundreds of luxury jets will arrive at the eight airports around metropolitan Phoenix by kickoff Sunday, adding to the thousands of flights expected over the weekend. The …

Woods Ready for Phoenix, and That’s the Tooth

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Tiger Woods was all smiles Tuesday — and with a full set of teeth. Woods gave a play-by-play account of how his front tooth was knocked out in Italy on Jan. 19 while celebrating girlfriend …

Keys Dismisses V. Williams From Open

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Melbourne, Australia — American teenager Madison Keys overcame a left thigh injury to beat Venus Williams 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 at the Australian Open on Wednesday, ensuring there would be no Williams sisters semifinal. The 19-year-old Keys will play …

Cavs Streak to 7th Straight Win

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Auburn Hills, Mich. — Kyrie Irving matched his season high with 38 points and LeBron James added 32 to lift the Cleveland Cavaliers to their seventh straight victory Tuesday night, 103-95 over the Detroit Pistons. The Cavs avenged a 23-point home loss to Detroit late last month. That …

Isles Exert Superiority

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Uniondale, n.y. — Jaroslav Halak stopped 40 shots, falling 8.1 seconds short of his second consecutive shutout of the New York Rangers, and the Islanders beat their biggest rivals 4-1 on Tuesday night in their return from the …

FA Cup Still Defies Logic

Monday, January 26, 2015

London — Forget for a moment how illogical it was that $300 million worth of soccer talent lost to a team which cost $12,000 to assemble. Forget how embarrassing it was for Jose Mourinho to see his Premier …

Her Choices May Knock Solo From World Cup

Monday, January 26, 2015

Goalkeeper Hope Solo faces the possibility of being left off the American roster for this year’s Women’s World Cup if she fails to complete tasks set for her by the U.S. Soccer Federation, which may include alcohol counseling. The 33-year-old was suspended for 30 days last Wednesday for …

Patriots Hit Road

Monday, January 26, 2015

Boston — Brushing aside the controversy over deflated footballs, jubilant New England fans gathered downtown Monday for a spirited send-off as the Patriots headed to Arizona for the Super Bowl. Several thousand fans packed City Hall Plaza in …