Pro Sports

Manchester United's captain Wayne Rooney gets in a shot despite the challenge of Chelsea's Gary Cahill during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Ho, Hum: Chelsea, Man U Tie

Monday, February 8, 2016

London — A second stalemate of the season between Chelsea and Manchester United saw the fallen powers slip further from relevance in this unusual Premier League season. The 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge did little to help either team on Sunday, which began by Arsenal beating Bournemouth 2-0 to rise to third. United remains lodged in fifth, and the gap …

NFL’s Goodell Still Defending the Indefensible

Monday, February 8, 2016

San Francisco — Hope you were careful Sunday sitting on your sofa watching the Super Bowl. As NFL commissioner Roger Goodell informed us at his annual state of the game address on Friday, football might be hazardous, but “there are risks in life. There are risks sitting on a couch.” Indeed there are. You could get your head caught in a pull-out sleeper. …

Overaggressiveness Costs Fowler a Win

Monday, February 8, 2016

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Rickie Fowler hit two balls into the water on the par-4 17th hole to give Hideki Matsuyama an unexpected victory Sunday in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. After blowing a two-shot lead on the 317-yard hole in regulation when he blasted a driver through the green and into the water, Fowler pulled a 5-wood into the lake on the fourth …

Suns Go Young With Interim Coach

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Phoenix — Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough says coach Jeff Hornacek was fired because the players weren’t responding to him. Now the job has gone on an interim basis to Earl Watson, who at 36 becomes the …

Five-Year-Old Afghan Boy May Meet Messi

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Kabul, Afghanistan — A 5-year-old Afghan boy who made a splash on the Internet by wearing a homemade Lionel Messi jersey might get the chance to meet the Barcelona great. The Afghan Football Federation said it is planning …

‘We Aren’t Out There Picking Daisies’

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

San Francisco — Like many rookies, Josh Norman spent part of his bonus on a new ride when he signed with the Carolina Panthers a few years back. Delta 747 he calls him and, just like Norman, the …

Weather Makes a Second-Guesser of Everyone

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

San Diego — Nothing brings out hindsight in golf like the weather. One year when the Match Play Championship was in Arizona, the opening round was delayed by snow that covered Dove Mountain. And while it took five …

Leafs Rake Bruins in OT

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Boston — The Toronto Maple Leafs had plenty to celebrate Tuesday night. Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau scored a power-play goal with 1:54 left in overtime and Toronto rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period to beat the Boston …

Celtics Knock the Knicks

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New York — The Celtics toughened up their defense and were simply too tough for the Knicks. Isaiah Thomas had 20 points and eight assists, and Boston wore down New York in a 97-89 victory on Tuesday night. …

IMHO: A Questionable Use of Column Space

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The sports world presents us with all sorts of questions. Consider: The Arizona Cardinals and Green Bay Packers set football fans — and football commentators — to babbling nonsensically when they staged their NFL playoff classic three weeks …

Will Anyone Catch Washington in the East?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

It certainly looks like the Washington Capitals are running away with the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. The 14-point gap between the Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals and the second-place New York Rangers is almost as big as …

Man City Pulls Managerial Surprise

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Manchester, England — Pep Guardiola and Manchester City have long been considered a likely match: Soccer’s most-admired coach and a club with massive spending power seeking to become the dominant force in Europe. It’s been four years in …

West Wide Open, but Chicago a Factor

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Those offseason predictions of the Chicago Blackhawks’ decline were a bit premature. The Western Conference leaders and defending Stanley Cup champions still face a host of challenges to their reign when the West playoff race resumes Tuesday. Chicago …