Pro Sports

QB Manziel’s Father Fears for Life of Son

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Cleveland — With Johnny Manziel’s professional career in doubt and his personal life crumbling, his father fears for his safety. The troubled quarterback was under investigation by two police departments following allegations that he hit his former girlfriend last weekend in Texas. Manziel was dropped by his agent Friday, was ordered this week to stay away from his ex for two years and will be released by the Cleveland Browns …

Hahn Leads, Bradley 4 Shots Back

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Scottsdale, Ariz. — James Hahn shot a bogey-free 6-under 65 in breezy conditions Friday to take the lead in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Hahn had a 10-under 132 total on TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course to enter the weekend a stroke ahead of Rickie Fowler and Danny Lee. Fowler birdied his final hole for a 68, and Lee had a 66. “I’m having …

Commentary: Officials Deserve Some Respect

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Usually, we come to criticize referees, umpires and those who officiate the games we play. Today, we come to give them props for the thankless job they do. And, more important, to plead for their protection. Unless you’ve gone off the grid the past few months, it’s impossible to miss what seems to …

Broncos, Panthers Reach Bay Area for Super Bowl

Monday, February 1, 2016

San Francisco — They’re here. The Denver Broncos arrived in the Bay Area on Sunday for Northern California’s first Super Bowl since 1985, followed soon after by the Carolina Panthers. Denver’s flight into San Jose, Calif., was delayed …

Wind Plays Havoc With PGA Final Round

Monday, February 1, 2016

San Diego — Brandt Snedeker called it one of the best rounds he ever played, one he doubts he could repeat if he had to start over. Still to be determined was whether his 3-under 69 in a …

Bettman Gets Extension

Monday, February 1, 2016

Nashville, Tenn. — Gary Bettman said his relationship with the union has never been better. Perhaps that’s why he is willing to stick around as NHL commissioner into the next decade. Bettman signed a contract through 2022, he confirmed in an interview Sunday on the NHL Network before …

Imagine That: A Watchable All-Star Game

Monday, February 1, 2016

Nashville, Tenn. — John Scott sat on his teammates shoulders while fans chanted “M-V-P! M-V-P!” and the NHL finally got out of the way. The people spoke up for Scott once again Sunday night, making the career journeyman …

Magic’s Act Dupes C’s

Monday, February 1, 2016

Orlando, Fla. — Evan Fournier scored 24 points and Aaron Gordon had 19 points and 14 rebounds as the Orlando Magic snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 119-114 win over the Boston Celtics. Rookie Mario Hezonja scored …

Wilson Airs Team Irvin to All-Star Win

Monday, February 1, 2016

Honolulu — Russell Wilson threw three first-half touchdown passes to lead Team Irvin to a 49-27 victory over Team Rice in the Pro Bowl on Sunday. The Seattle Seahawks star, who was the first player picked in the …

Manning’s Regular Season Hardly Super

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Peyton Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. There is no questioning that. He has rewritten portions of the record book and he is the league’s only five-time most valuable player. But he also has had one of the worst seasons ever for a quarterback …

Flashy Newton Game’s Most Polarizing Figure

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Cam Newton scares people. I have seen this up close. He scares defensive backs 60 pounds lighter than he is trying to tackle him. He scares some little kids because he looks like a giant, which is why …

Aikman: Experience Can Be ‘Overrated’

Sunday, January 31, 2016

New York — If Cam Newton has the type of Super Bowl debut Troy Aikman did, the Carolina Panthers will be in good shape. Newton will be making his first appearance in the Super Bowl next week against …

Celebrating 1985 Bears Never Gets Old

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Chicago — Jim McMahon had pleasantly made his way down the media corridor Tuesday evening, working through an assembly line of interviews just inside Gate 14 at Soldier Field. The former quarterback had been his usual direct self as he handled questions about his health (improving but inconsistent), …