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Juan Pablo Montoya, of Colombia, celebrates after winning the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Juan, For the Ages: Montoya Wins Indy 15 Years After First

Monday, May 25, 2015

Indianapolis — His career at a crossroads, his confidence shot, Juan Pablo Montoya received a lifeline from The Captain. Roger Penske called the driver in late 2013, when Montoya found himself without a job after seven frustrating seasons in NASCAR that had turned one of the baddest drivers on the planet into a struggling also-ran. The catch? Penske’s offer was a return to Indy cars, which Montoya had left behind years ago. The Colombian jumped at the opportunity and cashed in on it Sunday with his second Indianapolis 500 victory. The first one was 15 years ago and a stepping stone to Formula One. The …

The Ups … and the Downs

Monday, May 25, 2015

Above: Chelsea’s Didier Drogba dons the crown from the top of the English Premier League championship trophy following Sunday’s 3-1 win over Sunderland in London on the final day of the EPL season. Chelsea officially got to celebrate its latest title — clinched three weeks ago — after the victory. The view was …

Lapse Has Federer Fuming

Monday, May 25, 2015

Paris — Roger Federer was not amused. As Federer finished an interview after his first-round French Open victory Sunday, an overzealous fan left his seat and approached the 17-time major champion right there on the main stadium court in search of the most modern of mementos — a cellphone selfie. At first, Federer seemed startled. Then he looked uncomfortable, trying to brush away …

.500 Mark Remains Elusive for Red Sox

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Boston — Phil Klein allowed one run in his first major league start, Robinson Chirinos hit a solo homer and the Texas Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox 2-1 on Wednesday night. The Rangers took a 1-0 lead …

Smith, James Power Cavs

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Atlanta — LeBron James scored 31 points, while J.R. Smith made eight 3-pointers and added 28 to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers past the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks 97-89 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night. Intent …

Commentary: Kraft Makes Right Call

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Robert Kraft isn’t Al Davis. Far, far from it. So it shouldn’t particularly surprise anyone that Kraft, one of the NFL’s most powerful owners, but also one of those firmly convinced that the league’s prosperity has resulted from …

NFL Changes PAT Kicks

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

San Francisco — The NFL is moving back extra-point kicks and allowing defenses to score on conversion turnovers. The owners on Tuesday approved the competition committee’s proposal to snap the ball from the 15-yard line on PATs to make them more challenging. In recent seasons, kickers made more …

At Long Last, Wolves Win Draft Lottery

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New York — The Minnesota Timberwolves won the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night, the first time since 2004 the team with the worst record won the No. 1 pick. After years of bad luck in the lottery, things finally worked out for the Wolves, who can perhaps choose …

Nats Top Yanks in 10

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Washington — Ryan Zimmerman’s two-run shot with two outs in the 10th inning off Yankees closer Andrew Miller, who hadn’t allowed a run this season, lifted the Washington Nationals to an 8-6 comeback victory over AL East-leading New …

Sox Hang On, Blast Past Rangers

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Boston — David Ortiz and Mike Napoli each homered and drove in two runs, Wade Miley pitched seven strong innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 4-3 on Tuesday night. Boston got a scare when …

NFL Has Let QBs Become Masters of Inflation

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

When he played quarterback for the Vikings in the 1960s and ’70s, Fran Tarkenton never paid attention to whether the footballs he threw were too heavy, too light or just right. “Just grab the ball and throw it,” …

Brickyard Wipeouts Leaving IndyCar in Crisis

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Indianapolis — IndyCar had a crisis looming well before James Hinchcliffe was injured in another spectacular accident during preparations for the most esteemed race in motorsports. Three cars have gone airborne, and one of the series’ most popular …

Lightning Buzzes Rangers, Ties Series

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New York — Tyler Johnson is carrying the Tampa Bay Lightning in the playoff and making more than a name for himself. The 24-year-old is becoming one of the front-runners to be the postseason MVP. Johnson scored shorthanded, even strength and on the power play in tallying the …