Pro Sports

Sharapova Reaches Final

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Melbourne, Australia — Maria Sharapova reached the Australian Open final for the fourth time, beating fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-2 in a lopsided semifinal on Thursday. The second-ranked Sharapova needed 10 minutes to hold in her opening service game, fending off two break points. She responded to the only service break against her in the first set by winning six straight games to take the match away from the …

In Brief: Slumping U.S. Fades in Loss to Chile

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mark Gonzalez scored in the 66th and 75 minutes, rallying Chile to a 3-2 exhibition win over the United States on Wednesday night that sent the Americans to their first five-game winless streak since 2007. The 27th-ranked Americans led 2-1 at halftime on goals by Brek Shea in the sixth minute and Jozy Altidore in the 31st around Roberto Gutierrez’s 10th-minute equalizer in …

Spotlight Still Shines on Seattle’s Enigmatic Lynch

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Phoenix — Seattle Seahawks tailback Marshawn Lynch didn’t have to say much to be the talk of Super Bowl media day Tuesday. Lynch spent approximately five minutes in front of media members, answered each question by saying he was present only to avoid being fined, and then made his exit. That set off …

Russians Set Semi Matchup

Monday, January 26, 2015

Melbourne, Australia — Maria Sharapova moved closer to another Australian Open title, set to face a fellow Russian in the semifinals who has never beaten her. Sharapova made all the big points look easy Tuesday in defeating 20-year-old Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-2 — her fourth consecutive win over …

Rams Go Yearly On Stadium Lease

Monday, January 26, 2015

St. Louis — The St. Louis Rams took a step toward a possible move back to the West Coast, notifying the city’s Convention and Visitors Commission on Monday that they intend to shift to a year-to-year lease agreement for their use of the Edward Jones Dome. The CVC, …

Celtics Slip Past Nuggets

Monday, January 26, 2015

Denver — Avery Bradley scored 18 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:24 left, and the Boston Celtics hung on to beat Denver 100-99 on Friday night, sending the Nuggets to their fifth loss in a row. The Nuggets played without star guard Ty Lawson, who was away …

Snowboarding Takes a Slide in Popularity

Monday, January 26, 2015

Killington, Vt. — Aging athletes, new skis and a lack of snow are ganging up on the once-edgy sport of snowboarding, which has seen a marked drop in participation over the last decade. Industry experts say it’s a …

The Super Bowl Remains a Big Deal

Monday, January 26, 2015

Phoenix — The Super Bowl, at its most basic level, is a game that determines the NFL championship. It has become so much more since the first game was played in 1967. Super Bowl Sunday has become an …

Browner Wants to Play for Ring

Monday, January 26, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — Brandon Browner received a Super Bowl ring last year even though he was watching from home 3,000 miles from the Seattle Seahawks when they won the title. Now the hard-hitting cornerback has a shot at more diamonds and another title, going face-to-face with receivers when …

Murray Set for Aussie Challenge

Monday, January 26, 2015

Melbourne, Australia — After the clock ticked past midnight, Andy Murray became aware that it was officially Australia Day and he already knew from the crowd reaction what to expect in the quarterfinals. Murray, a two-time Grand Slam champion and three-time Australian Open finalist, fended off racket-smashing Grigor …

Warriors Conquer C’s

Monday, January 26, 2015

Oakland, Calif. — Stephen Curry had 22 points and 11 assists, Klay Thompson scored 31 points and the Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics 114-111 on Sunday night for their 19th consecutive home win. Andrew Bogut added …

Tavares Runs Rampant In All-Star Goalfest

Monday, January 26, 2015

Columbus, Ohio — John Tavares of the New York Islanders matched a record with four goals, and Team Toews beat Team Foligno 17-12 on Sunday night in the highest-scoring NHL All-Star game. The wild, no-defense exhibition even featured a fake fight to go with goals in bunches. The …

Irvin Squad Wins Pro Bowl

Monday, January 26, 2015

Glendale, Ariz. — Some of the best played football on Sunday, a gentler, friendlier version of the game. The Pro Bowl never has intensity. That will come a week from now, boiling over when Seattle meets New England on the same field in Super Bowl XLIX. Few moved …