Pro Sports

So What’s Next in ‘Deflategate’ Mess?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — Seven months. At least $3 million spent on lawyers — and probably twice that or more. Reports and responses and arbitration and appeals and even a college class at the University of New Hampshire called “Deflategate.” And it’s not over yet. U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman erased Tom Brady’s four-game suspension on Thursday, handing the four-time Super Bowl champion another victory in a career already full …

‘Lady in Black’ Race Returns to Labor Day

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Darlington, s.c. — Kyle Petty was never among the biggest fans of Darlington Raceway, once saying the big oval should be filled with water and turned into a stadium-sized bathtub. Still, the longtime NASCAR racer and NBC TV broadcaster never understood the Southern 500 leaving its historic spot on Labor Day weekend after 2003. That ends this year with the “Lady in Black” …

Commentary: Goodell, Owners in an Echo Chamber

Thursday, September 3, 2015

After eight months of what might be the silliest sports controversy ever taken seriously, an absurd amount of energy and brain power and billable hours devoted to an unnecessary and misrepresented investigation that never proved a thing, finally, like a glass of fresh spring water in the desert, we have a respite of …

Serena Williams Wouldn’t Change a Thing About Her Career

Monday, August 31, 2015

Serena Williams burst onto the professional tennis tour in Quebec City on Oct. 28, 1995, a powerful and precocious 14-year-old with a head full of beaded braids and dreams as big as her groundstrokes. Her older sister, Venus, …

Sox Can’t Complete Sweep

Monday, August 31, 2015

New York — With every swing, a healthy Michael Cuddyer is becoming a major player for the New York Mets. Cuddyer hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning and the NL East leaders stopped their five-game home …

Dixon Snatches Crown

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sonoma, Calif. — Scott Dixon captured a fourth IndyCar championship by winning the season finale Sunday to snatch the title from Juan Pablo Montoya. Montoya led the points from the season-opening race right until the final lap Sunday. …

Day’s Big Day Nets Barclays

Monday, August 31, 2015

Edison, n.j. — The toughest challenge Jason Day faced Sunday at The Barclays was convincing his peers that golf really isn’t this easy. He’s just making it look that way. Fresh off his first major at the PGA Championship, the 27-year-old Australian powered and putted his way to …

No Pharoah Commitment About Future Race Starts

Monday, August 31, 2015

Saratoga Springs, n.y. — They were waiting for their horse, ready to take pictures with cellphones and ready to feed him snacks. On the morning after a startling upset at the Travers Stakes, a small gathering of fans visited racing’s biggest celebrity. This group on Sunday morning was …

Blue Jays Keep Up Beat

Monday, August 31, 2015

Toronto — Edwin Encarnacion homered for the fourth time in two days, Josh Donaldson also connected and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the struggling Detroit Tigers 9-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep. Russell Martin and Kevin …

Arrieta Joins No-Hit List

Monday, August 31, 2015

Los Angeles — Jake Arrieta pitched the sixth no-hitter in the majors this season and second against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 10 days, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 2-0 victory Sunday night. Arrieta (17-6) struck out …

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 …

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 …

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, …