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 …

Spieth Stumbles at First PGA Playoff Event

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Edison, n.j. — The start of the FedEx Cup playoffs brought out the worst score from Jordan Spieth in three months. In his first tournament as No. 1 in the world, Spieth had a pair of three-putt bogeys, hit a tee shot in the water, shot 40 on …

TV Legend Letterman Struggling With Love of Racing

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sonoma, Calif. — This kind of list makes David Letterman sick to his stomach and question his love of auto racing. The retired late-night comedian and IndyCar team co-owner rattled off a number of racing deaths — Justin …

Many Possibilities for Serena

Thursday, August 27, 2015

New York — Serena Williams could play an All-American U.S. Open. As she seeks the first Grand Slam since 1988, the top-ranked Williams might find herself competing against the past and future of her country’s championship hopes. A …

‘Chocolate Thunder’ Darryl Dawkins Dies

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Darryl Dawkins was once summoned in the Philadelphia 76ers’ locker room to come meet a celebrity who wanted to meet the man known for dunking with backboard-breaking force. The guest was Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder. The entertainer …

Royals Hold Off O’s

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Kansas City, Mo. — Yordano Ventura struck out a career-high 11 in just six innings, Paulo Orlando homered and the Kansas City Royals hung on to beat the struggling Baltimore Orioles 5-3 on Thursday. Ventura (9-7) allowed two …

Verlander Appears to Be Far From Done

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Detroit — In many ways, Justin Verlander is the perfect symbol of an uncertain future for the Detroit Tigers. When he spent more than two months on the disabled list and then struggled in his first few starts …

Bolt Wins Gold, Takes a Hit

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Beijing — Turns out, only a man on wheels can take down Usain Bolt. Shortly after the Jamaican great won a fourth 200-meter title and a 10th gold overall at the world championships, a cameraman on a two-wheel vehicle banged into Bolt from behind. Suddenly, the Olympic champion …

Mexico Advances at LLWS

Thursday, August 27, 2015

South Williamsport, Pa. — A swing-and-a-miss ended the lopsided game. Mexicali players ran from their positions to a spot between the mound and the plate, celebrating their berth in the International championship game. One player was missing. The last one to arrive was Daniel Zaragoza, who had to …

In Brief: Worker Killed, Another Hurt at New Vikings Stadium Site

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Minneapolis — The contractor overseeing construction of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium said it’s not yet known how a worker fell to his death on the project. The worker was dead on arrival at a Minneapolis hospital after falling 50 feet while doing roofing work on the stadium’s …

American Pharoah Arrives

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Saratoga Springs, n.y. — Hail to the king. A van carrying American Pharoah rolled into Saratoga’s backstretch at 2:59 p.m. EDT Wednesday after a nine-hour trip from Southern California. The first Triple Crown winner since 1978 will try to win his ninth consecutive stakes race in Saturday’s 146th …