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 …

In Brief: Merritt Leads by 3 in South Carolina

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hilton Head Island, s.c. — Troy Merritt shot a 2-under 69 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the RBC Heritage, while defending champion Matt Kuchar and Masters winner Jordan Spieth stayed within reach. A day after tying the course record with a …

Bryant Helps Cubs Past Padres

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Chicago — Kris Bryant drew a standing ovation after blooping an RBI single for his first major league hit, and reached base five times Saturday as the Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 7-6 in 11 innings. A day after the prized prospect went 0 for 4 …

Orioles Blast Buchholz

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Boston — Forget opening day. Clay Buchholz can’t seem to find his groove again. Buchholz gave up 11 hits in six innings Saturday but limited the Orioles to just two runs in Boston’s 4-1 loss to Baltimore. Coming …

Fox Hires Hit King

Sunday, April 19, 2015

New York — Pete Rose is getting back in baseball while he awaits a ruling on his reinstatement request — as a television analyst. The career hits leader, who agreed to a lifetime ban from the sport 26 years ago, has been hired by Fox as a guest …

A-Rod Surprised By Early Success

Sunday, April 19, 2015

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Alex Rodriguez is the first one to admit it. He is surprised by his start this season after missing all of last year while serving a drug suspension. Rodriguez is batting .344 with four homers and 11 RBIs through his first 10 games with …

In Brief: Spieth Bounces Back in South Carolina

Friday, April 17, 2015

Hilton Head Island, s.c. — Troy Merritt shot a 10-under 61 on Friday to tie the course record at the RBC Heritage only a few hours after Masters champion Jordan Spieth finished off a bounce-back 62. Merritt matched David Frost’s tournament mark set in 1994 and topped the …

LeBron Begins Title Chase

Friday, April 17, 2015

Cleveland — For LeBron James, his homecoming season with the Cavaliers went up, down and sometimes sideways, like three seasons rolled into one. The fourth is about to begin. The only one that matters. James has his sights …

Don’t Overlook Low Seeds

Friday, April 17, 2015

Having trouble envisioning an upset in the Eastern Conference playoffs? That’s understandable, since three teams in the eight-team field didn’t finish above .500. Milwaukee (41-41), Boston (40-42) and Brooklyn (38-44) wouldn’t have even qualified for the postseason in …

Childress Begins to Move Past Penalties

Friday, April 17, 2015

Bristol, Tenn. — Richard Childress Racing had the foresight to send an interim crew chief to a test session this week with Ryan Newman, a move that may pay dividends this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. RCR lost …

Two Weeks Before Big Fight, Not a Ticket to Be Seen

Friday, April 17, 2015

Las Vegas — Don’t expect to snag a $1,500 nosebleed ticket — or any other ticket — at the box office for the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. Just two weeks before the bout, tickets for the most anticipated fight in recent times have yet …