Pro Sports

Something’s Gotta Give

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — It’s no surprise that the New England Patriots lead the NFL in scoring. In the past four seasons, they’ve done that twice and finished third twice. But the Detroit Lions allowing the fewest points? Now there’s a surprise. In the past seven seasons, they gave up the most points three times. In their stingiest season in that period, they were in the middle of the pack, allowing …

Manning, Broncos suddenly looking vulnerable

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Miami (6-4) at Denver (7-3) The Broncos suddenly are looking fragile. They need to end their November swoon quickly or even could face the possibility of not playing in January. Peyton Manning and the defending AFC champions played their two worst games in the past three weeks, falling at New England at St. Louis. Today, they take on a Miami team that is …

Swiss Grab 2-1 Lead at Davis Cup Finals

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Associated Press Lille, France — Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka defeated Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 to give Switzerland a 2-1 lead over France in the Davis Cup final on Saturday. Federer and Wawrinka did not concede a single break and dominated the key points to withstand their opponent’s charge in the second set. The teams ended the first …

Worthy Of the Weight?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

How much does $325 million weigh? That unfathomable money was as light as the few sheets of paper that comprised the contract Giancarlo Stanton ceremoniously signed at a full-house news conference Wednesday at Marlins Park. Now we find out the actual weight, though, because now the heavy lifting …

World Cup Bid Critic Concerned

Thursday, November 20, 2014

London — A whistleblower in the World Cup bidding controversy fears her treatment by FIFA will prevent people from coming forward with allegations of corruption and says she was approached three years ago by the FBI, which was worried about her safety. Former Qatar bid worker Phaedra Almajid …

Butler Finalizes $30M Deal With A’s

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Oakland, Calif. — Billy Butler came so close to winning it all with Kansas City that it stings to be leaving his only professional team after such a special run, and with some unfinished business. Then the Oakland …

Collins, NBA’s First Openly Gay Player, Retires

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New York — Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in one of the four major North American professional leagues, announced his retirement Wednesday after 13 years in the NBA. “It’s time, and I’m very much looking forward …

C’s Drop Hapless 76ers

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Philadelphia — Brandon Bass scored 23 points, Jared Sullinger added 22 and the Boston Celtics sent Philadelphia to its 11th straight loss to start the season with a 101-90 victory over the 76ers on Wednesday night. Rajon Rondo …

Talbot Blanks Flyers

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New York — Cam Talbot made 31 saves for his first win of the season and fourth career NHL shutout, and the New York Rangers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night. New York beat the Flyers for the …

Adrian Peterson Ban Conditional; Vikings Back Could Return Soon

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The NFL brought some clarity to Adrian Peterson’s playing status by announcing Tuesday morning it had suspended the standout running back for the Minnesota Vikings without pay for at least the remainder of the 2014 season. But the …

A One-Time Comic, Pats’ Gray No Joke

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Have you heard the one about the little-known running back who went from stand-up comic in college to sudden sensation for the AFC’s best team? Please welcome to the stage Jonas Gray. “Back in the day,” he said, “I called myself a funny guy.” Now …

U.S. Fate Changed With Flick of Caligiuri’s Foot

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Paul Caligiuri changed the direction of American soccer 25 years ago. The U.S. had failed to qualify for nine straight World Cups since 1950. The North American Soccer League had folded after the 1984 season, and the U.S. …

Champ Bailey Retires After 15 Years

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Englewood, Colo. — Champ Bailey said goodbye to the NFL on Tuesday after signing a ceremonial one-day contract with his beloved Denver Broncos. Bailey retired at age 36 with a cornerback-record dozen Pro Bowl selections, more interceptions (52) …