Pro Sports

Switzerland's Roger Federer clenches his fist after scoring a point  as he plays Bosnia and Herzegovina's Damir Dzumhur during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Friday, May 29, 2015 in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Federer: So Far, So Good

Friday, May 29, 2015

Paris — One of Roger Federer’s 5-year-old twin daughters had her nose buried in a comic book. The other was glued to a mobile phone. Shame, really, that they didn’t look up, because the tennis their father wove on the French Open center court verged on art. The canvas for Federer’s strokes, the backhand as smooth as a cat’s paw and the forehand with crackle and pop, was Damir Dzumhur. The 23-year-old, the first Bosnian man to play at a major tournament, idolizes the 17-time Grand Slam champion. He had to pinch himself as they warmed up in a chilly breeze for their third-round match …

Warriors Guard Has Concussion

Friday, May 29, 2015

Oakland, Calif. — Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has been diagnosed with a concussion and will not practice until he is symptom free. The Warriors announced the diagnosis Friday after Thompson went through neurological tests earlier in the day. The All-Star guard took a knee to the head from Houston’s Trevor Ariza …

Pats Coach Mum on Footballs

Friday, May 29, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — Coach Bill Belichick shed little light Friday in his first public remarks since the report was issued on the Patriots’ use of deflated footballs. He avoided direct answers to most of the 10 questions he was asked about Tom Brady, backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and how the team was handling …

Patriots Keep Focus On No. 1 Draft Pick

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — Robert Kraft spent 80 seconds Wednesday making his first public remarks since saying eight days earlier he wouldn’t appeal the Patriots’ punishment for using underinflated footballs. Not one of those seconds was devoted to the …

Pedroia’s Power Not Enough for Red Sox

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Minneapolis — Given an early two-run lead by Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox starter Rick Porcello was trying to provide a shutdown inning. Porcello walked Aaron Hicks with one out. And it led to a big inning for the Twins. The next four batters reached and the Twins grabbed …

LeBron Has Some Unfinished Business

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cleveland — LeBron James has already proven his ambition by spurning the adoration of a long-suffering, sports-crazed fan base in his home state to win a couple of championships with his buddies, only to leave those buddies behind on the beach to rebuild hope back home. If he …

A-Rod Passes Gehrig

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

New York — Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer to break Lou Gehrig’s American League record for RBIs, and the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 Wednesday to finish a three-game sweep. Michael Pineda (6-2) …

Home Nation Rules Roost at French Open

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Paris — Gael Monfils delivered one final ace, his 21st, and closed out his latest raucous, five-set victory on Court Philippe Chatrier to the delight of roaring, partisan spectators. An entertainer at heart, Monfils pounded his chest with his right fist repeatedly and, after hugging opponent Diego Schwartzman …

Dodgers, Braves Make Trade

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Los Angeles — The Los Angeles Dodgers dealt third baseman Juan Uribe to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday in a six-player trade that was initially blocked. The Dodgers also sent right-handed pitcher Chris Withrow to the Braves for infielder Alberto Callaspo, left-handers Eric Stults and Ian Thomas, and …

Sam Ready to Make Tackles, Not Waves, in CFL

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Montreal — Michael Sam says his priority is helping the Montreal Alouettes win, not making history as the first openly gay player in the Canadian Football League. Sam signed a two-year deal with the Alouettes last week. “I’m …

Imagine That: An American Who Loves Clay

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Paris — Ah, the French Open, the time of year when a certain question is asked repeatedly by American tennis fans: Why can’t the country’s players, particularly the men, find success on red clay? Now comes along Jack …

Don’t Get a Grip

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A couple of pitchers around baseball were recently suspended using illegal substances while pitching to doctor the ball, and it has brought a long-debated topic back into the forefront. Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Will Smith and Baltimore Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz were each suspended eight games in the past …

All Eyes on Manziel at Workouts

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Berea, Ohio — Except for sporting a tighter haircut under his orange helmet, Johnny Manziel looked pretty much the same. He scrambled from defenders and zipped passes. He talked to his coaches after plays, and joked around with Browns teammates during water breaks. Manziel is back on the …