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Pro Sports

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 unofficial holiday in the United States, a day when families and friends to gather to watch the game, the over-the-top commercials and big-name musical acts at halftime. The game and the two weeks of hype, parties and the annual Media Day leading up it have turned the Super Bowl into a spectacle along the lines of the Olympics or World Cup, a royal wedding or papal celebration, …

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 the New England Patriots play his former team Sunday. It’s a matchup Browner craved after …

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 Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5 in a fourth-round match that started Sunday but continued …

A Deflating Situation: Some Things to Know as NFL Investigates Patriots’ Footballs

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The NFL is very precise about its game and equipment — including the number of footballs prepared for games, how much each must weigh, and who monitors them until kickoff. One rule is very clear: Don’t tamper with …

In Brief: Nadal, Sharapova Survive Second Round

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Melbourne, Australia — An agitated Roger Federer spat out the question that Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova easily could have asked the players who pushed them to the limits in the second round of the Australian Open. “Do you have to be that close?” Federer snapped at a …

Raising the Roof: Will Stadium Be Open or Closed?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Phoenix — The Super Bowl location in sunny Arizona will present a dilemma for league officials as they grapple with a question faced by many pro sports teams in an era of retractable roofs: whether to play the …

Embattled Cavs Coach Still Loved In Israel

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tel Aviv, Israel — Even casual Israeli basketball fans begin their day with an update on the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the newfound obsession with the NBA franchise has little to do with superstar LeBron James. Rookie head coach …

Hoop Laboratory: D-League Becoming Testing Ground for New Ideas

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Santa Cruz, Calif. — David Arseneault Jr. thought nothing of the email when it first appeared in his inbox. The message from Dean Oliver, the Sacramento Kings’ director of player personnel and analytics, just seemed like another inquiry …

Patriots: Cheating Scandal, or Just Hot Air?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Foxborough , Mass. — The NFL says its investigation into whether the New England Patriots used under-inflated footballs in the AFC championship game is ongoing after a report Tuesday night claimed the league found 11 balls were not …

In Brief: No Worries for Djokovic, Williams in First Round

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Melbourne, Australia — As a first-time dad with a baby at home, Novak Djokovic could see merits in the tale of Serena Williams’ mid-match espresso that has been brewing in the lead-up to the Australian Open. Hey, he …

Commentary: Vonn Worthy Of Star Status

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The most overused word in sports is “star.” It should be reserved only for the deserving few, those who constantly brighten our horizons with their exploits, who don’t wax, wane and flame out in a season or two …

Commentary: Is Belichick an Evil Genius or Foolish?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Bill Belichick is one of the most hated men in America today. People are throwing darts at him. Calling him potty-mouth names. Chants of “Beli-cheat” ring loud and clear from Indianapolis to the Indialantic. He is loving every …

Bruins Pull Away From Stars

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Dallas — Tuukka Rask made 36 saves, and Dougie Hamilton had a goal and an assist to lead the Boston Bruins past the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Tuesday night. Hamilton assisted on Gregory Campbell’s second-period goal that broke …