Pro Sports

In Brief: NASCAR Penalizes Newman’s Team

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Charlotte, n.c. — NASCAR levied harsh penalties against Ryan Newman’s race team Tuesday after determining Richard Childress Racing manipulated the tires Newman used at Auto Club Speedway in California. There had been rampant speculation throughout the Sprint Cup garage that teams were drilling tiny holes in their tires to allow air to escape during a race. The process is known as “bleeding tires,” and NASCAR last week at Martinsville Speedway …

Baseball Salaries Go Up, Up, And Away

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New York — Even before the first pitch of the 2015 season is thrown, an eye-popping baseball record will be set. The average salary when opening-day rosters are finalized Sunday will break the $4 million barrier for the first time, according to a study of all major league contracts by The Associated Press. …

Net Loss: Goals Are Scarce for NHL’s Leading Scorers

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Denver — When it comes to scoring, Sid the Kid’s pace this season is no match for the greatest by the Great One. Pittsburgh forward Sidney Crosby is in line to win the scoring title with what can be projected to be about 85 points. That’s a number Wayne Gretzky reached by midseason …

‘They’re Free To Go’

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Havana — Raul Castro is not a large man. He was never said to possess a decent curveball, unlike his older brother, nor any passion for baseball, let alone baseball politics. Whether that has been good for the …

Martinsville A Longtime Favorite

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Martinsville, Va. — If Jeff Gordon ever decides to race again after his 2015 retirement tour is finished, it would likely be at Martinsville Speedway, a track where the four-time champion has had great success. Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson lead active drivers with eight victories …

Shiffrin Signs Off on U.S. Slalom Title

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Carrabassett Valley, Maine — Over the years, Mikaela Shiffrin has been patiently refining her technique, trying to get it just perfect. Her signature for autographs, that is. Her skiing is pretty letter perfect, too. Shiffrin, added another title to her impressive collection, winning the slalom by a huge …

B’s Snap Winless Skid

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Boston — If the Boston Bruins want an example of what’s needed in the final few games to make the playoffs, they can simply watch a replay of the first period against the New York Rangers. Milan Lucic …

Sox Sink Rays

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Port Charlotte, Fla. — Nathan Karns is excited about an opportunity to open the season in Tampa Bay’s pitching rotation. The Rays right-hander had a rough outing during a 9-6 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday. Still, he feels good about his overall progress this spring. …

In Brief: Boston U. Tops Yale in NCAA Hockey Opener

Friday, March 27, 2015

Manchester — Danny O’Regan scored 7:27 into overtime to give Boston University a 3-2 victory over Yale on Friday in the first round of Northeast Regional in the NCAA hockey tournament. Ahti Oksanen and Evan Rodrigues also scored for the Terriers (26-7-5). They will face Minnesota or Minnesota-Duluth …

Tire Pressure Talk Dominates in Virginia

Friday, March 27, 2015

Martinsville, Va. — There’s been lot of talk about tires in the NASCAR garage the past few weeks, or longer, and lots of theories about whether something shady is going on or if the chatter is just a bunch of hot air. After last two races, NASCAR confiscated …

Papi: I’m No Cheat

Friday, March 27, 2015

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is certain on this point: “I never knowingly took any steroids.” And this, too: “I deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.” The remarks by the 39-year-old designated hitter came in …

Sox Suffer Rain-Shortened Loss

Friday, March 27, 2015

Kissimmee, Fla. — Julio Teheran labored through 5 2⁄ 3 innings, allowing only two runs, and the Atlanta Braves roughed up Clay Buchholz for 12 hits and four runs in a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox …

Celts Slip Past Knicks

Friday, March 27, 2015

New York — Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points and Jae Crowder had 17 points and nine rebounds as the Boston Celtics held off a late rally by the New York Knicks for a 96-92 win on Friday night. …