Pro Sports

Fan Dies After Fall

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Atlanta (ap) — A fan died after falling from the upper deck at Turner Field during a game between the Braves and New York Yankees, Atlanta police said Saturday night. Lt. Charles Hampton of the Atlanta Police Department homicide unit confirmed death hours after the fall. Hampton said the man was in his early 60s. There was no immediate word on his identity pending notification of his next of kin. …

Sweep Success?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Ask Serena Williams what could prevent her from completing tennis’ first true Grand Slam in more than a quarter-century at the U.S. Open, and the response will not include the name of a single possible opponent. “Well,” she began when that question was posed, “I’m always one of my biggest competitors. I can …

Commentary: Cubs Appear Poised To Really Break ‘the Curse’

Saturday, August 29, 2015

George Orwell probably had the most sullen assessment of sports. He called it, “War minus the shooting.” In Orwell’s eyes, serious sport has nothing to do with fair play or sportsmanship. “It is bound up with hatred, jealously, boastfulness, disregard of all rules, and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence.” Orwell sounds as if …

Pats Prep For Panthers

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — Bill Belichick is looking for some major improvement from the New England Patriots as they head to Carolina for Friday night’s third preseason game. “We weren’t very good on either side of the ball, or …

South African Runs To Victory in 400

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Beijing — Long after two of the all-time greats at 400 meters had left the track in second and third place, the winner was sprawled on the ground, gasping for breath and getting his pulse checked by a medic. This is how 23-year-old Wayde van Niekerk, of South …

Verlander 1-Hits Angels

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Detroit — Justin Verlander lost a bid for his third no-hitter when Chris Iannetta lined a leadoff double in the ninth inning that landed barely fair on the left-field line, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Los Angeles …

Porcello Makes Dazzling Return for Sox

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Chicago — Rick Porcello pitched seven sparkling innings in his return from a triceps injury, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 3-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night. Porcello and Chris Sale had nearly …

Pennsylvania Reaches U.S. Final

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

South Williamsport, Pa. — The closest thing to a home team at the Little League World Series is headed for the final of the U.S. bracket. And Lewisberry can expect a full house when it goes for the title. Left-hander Adam Cramer struck out 13 in five innings, …

‘I Can’t Live Without It’

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

When Tony Kanaan arrived home following the IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway, his wife asked him why he continued to race in a series that has such high risk. Justin Wilson had been airlifted out of the track …

Driver Saved Six With Organ Gifts

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Allentown, Pa. — The late IndyCar driver Justin Wilson saved six lives Tuesday by donating his organs, his brother said. “He just keeps setting the bar higher,” Stefan Wilson posted on his Twitter page. “Keep Julia & the girls in your prayers #myherojw.” The 37-year-old Wilson died Monday …

Brady-NFL Negotiations Continuing

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

New York — Even as negotiations aimed at settling the NFL’s “Deflategate” scandal drag on, lawyers are seeking every legal advantage in a quest to win over a federal judge. Repeating arguments they made at a hearing one week ago, lawyers for the league, the players’ union and …

Wayne’s World: Veteran Receiver Likes New Patriots Address

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — Reggie Wayne said he was talking to several NFL teams before deciding to sign a one-year contract with the New England Patriots. “There were a lot of serious calls, from some good teams, but I …

Pharoah Is Solid Travers Favorite

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Saratoga Springs, n.y. — And now, it’s on to the Spa for the Triple Crown winner. With post-position formalities out of the way, American Pharoah will be led onto a plane this morning for the cross-country trip to Saratoga Race Course and Saturday’s Travers Stakes. American Pharoah was …