Pro Sports

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 Saturday becomes president of the Mexican Soccer Federation, said the incident with the journalist was not in keeping with “the spirit of …

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 similar career statistics but also a history of injuries. Tulowitzki is a five-time All-Star and …

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 New England quarterback told an assistant to destroy Brady’s cellphone on or just before March …

In Brief: Norwich’s Wheating Wins Pan Am Gold

Friday, July 24, 2015

Toronto — Norwich native and Kimball Union Academy graduate Andrew Wheating raced to a gold medal in the 1,500 meters at the Pan Am Games on Friday in Toronto. Wheating finished in 3 minutes, 41.41 seconds, just ahead …

Dodgers Eye Greinke’s Return

Friday, July 24, 2015

New York — All-Star pitcher Zack Greinke is still in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ plans to start this weekend in New York against the Mets following the birth of his son on West Coast. Greinke, who has a streak of 43 2⁄ 3 scoreless innings, was put on …

Commentary: USOC Needs to Ditch Boston Bid, Now

Friday, July 24, 2015

The U.S. Olympic Committee needs to cut its losses. To have any chance of bringing the Summer Games back to America in 2024, it’s time to dump Boston as the candidate city and go with Los Angeles. Granted, …

Veteran Ready for WNBA All-Star Game Finale

Friday, July 24, 2015

Uncasville, Conn. — Tamika Catchings didn’t want to get sentimental thinking about her final All-Star Game. Catchings, who announced last fall that 2016 would be her final season, will be playing in a record 10th game today. The WNBA usually skips the All-Star Game during Olympic years. “I’m …

Drivers Adjusting to New Brickyard Rules

Friday, July 24, 2015

Indianapolis — A new rules package for Indianapolis Motor Speedway provided visibility issues for drivers. More troubling for NASCAR, though, is that after nearly five hours of practice Friday, there was little indication the changes will produce better …

Fireworks on Tour de France as Top Cyclists Clash

Friday, July 24, 2015

La Toussuire, France — Chris Froome always expected his rivals to throw everything at him and his Tour de France race lead. He just didn’t expect that would happen when he was stopped by the side of the road. Showing bristle beneath his mild manners, the British rider …

Fill-In Wins for L.A.

Friday, July 24, 2015

New York — Justin Turner homered and drove in three runs against his former club, emergency starter Ian Thomas hurled five effective innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Mets 7-2 on Friday night. The …

Red Sox Snap Skid

Friday, July 24, 2015

Boston — Xander Bogaerts’ single up the middle off Blaine Hardy in the 11th inning drove home the winning run, and the Boston Red Sox snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night. Hardy (3-2) gave up a leadoff walk …

Astros Add Standout Lefty From A’s

Friday, July 24, 2015

Oakland, Calif. — Scott Kazmir is heading to his hometown Houston Astros and into the thick of a pennant race, and the Oakland Athletics are starting their summer sell-off. The A’s began their expected changes leading up to the July 31 trade deadline, sending left-hander to the Astros …

Maple Leafs Hire Longtime Devils Executive Lamoriello as GM

Friday, July 24, 2015

Toronto — The Toronto Maple Leafs hired longtime NHL executive Lou Lamoriello as general manager on Thursday, bringing in an experienced executive to try to turn around the franchise. Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan said he wanted NHL experience. He got almost three decades of it in Lamoriello, …