Pro Sports

Format Takes Pressure Off Injured Drivers

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bristol, Tenn. — There was a time in NASCAR when skipping a race because of illness or injury was simply not considered. Rather than sit out with swollen eyes, Ricky Rudd used tape to keep them open. Richard Petty ran three races hiding a broken neck from NASCAR officials. That bravado — foolishness? — in drivers is no more. Denny Hamlin became the fourth Sprint Cup Series driver to require …

Sox Given Gift of Errors From O’s

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Boston — The way Justin Masterson was pitching, he didn’t need much help. The Orioles gave it to him, anyway. On a rainy, chilly Patriots’ Day holiday, Baltimore made three errors that led to five unearned runs, Wei-Yin Chen struggled with his control and the Boston Red Sox won 7-1 Monday in a …

Riley Takes Heat for Bad Season

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Miami — Pat Riley finds himself leaning his head to the left quite a bit these days. There’s an irritated nerve in his neck, and it’s far from comfortable. “It’s killing me,” Riley said. “But I’m not going to make an excuse for it.” Such was the metaphor that Basketball Hall of Famer and President of the Miami Heat used to assess the …

Korver, Hawks Cut Brooklyn

Monday, April 20, 2015

Atlanta — Kyle Korver scored 21 points, including five 3-pointers, and the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks held off the pesky Brooklyn Nets 99-92 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoff series Sunday night. The Hawks led nearly the entire game and pushed the margin as high as 16 …

Orioles’ Hit Parade a Sour Tune for Sox

Monday, April 20, 2015

Boston — For most of the past three seasons, the Baltimore Orioles have had their way with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, and few games over that time have been void of strangeness. Their four-game wraparound …

Harvey Purring Along

Monday, April 20, 2015

New York — Matt Harvey won his third straight start to begin his comeback season and the banged-up New York Mets, despite losing two important players to injuries, held off the Miami Marlins 7-6 Sunday for their eighth …

In Aaron Hernandez Murder Case, Question Lingers: Why?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Fall River, Mass. — Aaron Hernandez had it all. Fame, as a star tight end with the New England Patriots, which took him to the Super Bowl. Fortune, with a $40 million NFL contract. Family, with a fiancee …

Wizards Pierce Raptors

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Toronto — Paul Pierce scored five of his 20 points in overtime, Nene had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards beat the Toronto Raptors 93-86 on Saturday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. …

Tampa Bay Ties Series

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Tampa, Fla. — Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop stopped 24 shots for his first NHL playoff victory Saturday, a 5-1 win over Detroit that evened their opening-round Eastern Conference series at one game apiece. Tyler Johnson had two goals for the Lightning, who dropped Game 1 while outplaying the …

LeBron Looks for Payback vs. Celtics

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Cleveland — Five years ago, LeBron James left the floor after Game 5 against Boston in disgrace. There were boos from the home fans, even some whispers he’d quit on the Cavaliers. Today, in his first playoff game …

Kenseth Has No Intention to Retire Soon

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Bristol, Tenn. — Matt Kenseth is just a year younger than Jeff Gordon, who has already said he’ll retire at the end of this season. The 43-year-old former champion won’t use Gordon’s exit as a reason to consider his own future in NASCAR. He’s got no plans to …

Mixed Emotions for Roy at 40

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Boston — Fifteen rows up, Travis Roy watched from his wheelchair as the goalie for his former team scored for the opponent in the NCAA championship game. He could sense Matt O’Connor’s heartbreak. The mistake tied the game. …

Dartmouth Alum Wins 5K Race in Record Time

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Boston — Score another one in the record books for Hanover’s Ben True. True, a 2009 Dartmouth College graduate who set multiple Big Green track and field records, on Saturday won the Boston Athletic Association 5K in a U.S. record 13 minutes, 22 seconds. True’s time was two …