Pro Sports

Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham signs autographs for fans after an NFL football training camp on Friday, July 31, 2015, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

What’s New? Plenty

Sunday, August 2, 2015

New York — Bob Dylan sang about them. So did David Bowie. For 2015, the NFL is embracing the message from those musical giants. Yes, the most successful of American sports leagues is into changes. Extra-point attempts have been altered. Medical timeouts are the latest player safety measure. A female on-field official has a full-time job. For all that’s new …

Some NFL Players Who Need to Finally Show Their Worth

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Alshon Jeffery proved himself last year as a prime target in Chicago. Everson Griffen showed his stuff as a sackmaster in Minnesota. Both moved from the “show us what you’ve got” category to Pro Bowl consideration. Here’s a road map to players who need to make the same kind of on-field statements this year — an All-Prove It Team, if you will — …

Players Call It Quits in Prime Of Their Careers

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Santa Clara, Calif. — Patrick Willis walked away first with a nagging toe injury that kept him from being the dominant All-Pro linebacker of his prime. Then his heir apparent and San Francisco teammate Chris Borland followed with his own stunning retirement on the heels of his spectacular rookie season, citing concern about …

‘Tulo’ Homers in Jays Debut

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Toronto — Troy Tulowitzki homered and had three hits in his Blue Jays debut as Toronto beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-2 on Wednesday night. The five-time All-Star, who was acquired in a trade with the Colorado Rockies, went 3 for 5 with two doubles and three RBIs. He …

Boston’s Woes Drag On

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Boston — Adam Eaton opened the game with a home run, Jose Quintana pitched 6 1⁄ 3 solid innings and the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 9-2 on Wednesday night for their seventh straight win. …

In Brief: Mexico Coach Fired After Claim He Punched Reporter

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mexico City — Mexican national team coach Miguel Herrera was fired Tuesday following a television reporter’s claim that man known as “El Piojo” punched him. The ouster came just two days after Herrera led Mexico to victory in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. But Decio de Maria, who on …

Trade of Star Shortstops Highlights a Day of Big Dealing

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Denver — The Colorado Rockies and Toronto Blue Jays swapped star shortstops. The teams confirmed the blockbuster trade Tuesday that sent Jose Reyes and right-handed pitchers Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman and Jesus Tinoco to the Rockies for Troy Tulowitzki and right-handed reliever LaTroy Hawkins. Both shortstops have remarkably …

Denied: Brady’s Suspension Upheld by Goodell

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

New York — Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game has been upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The league announced the decision Tuesday, with Goodell saying that the …

Commentary: In NFL’s System, Only Lawyers Win

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The NFL’s disciplinary system is so badly broken it may as well not exist. It is grounded in empty posturing. The initial rulings it produces are a weigh station at best, a misuse of power at worst and …

‘Dr. Jen’ Embraces Breakthrough Coaching Role

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tempe, Ariz. — Jen Welter accepts the title of trailblazer, embraces the chance to be a role model for girls and, perhaps most of all, can’t wait to get beyond the hype and on to work when the …

A Ceremony as Unique as Pedro Himself

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Boston — The script called for Jason Varitek to remain in the dugout until it was time for the ceremonial first pitch. Pedro Martinez was never one to follow the script. Calling his former catcher out to join …

Chisox Beat Up Bosox

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Boston — Jose Abreu and Geovany Soto homered and drove in three runs apiece and Jeff Samardzija pitched eight strong innings for the Chicago White Sox in a 9-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. …

SNHU, MLS Begin Unique Scholarship Partnership

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Concord — Major League Soccer is striking a multiyear deal with Southern New Hampshire University that will provide full scholarships for players and internship opportunities for the school’s current students. The partnership being announced Monday is the first of its kind for the 20-year-old league, which has 20 …