Pro Sports

In Brief: Spieth Bounces Back in South Carolina

Friday, April 17, 2015

Hilton Head Island, s.c. — Troy Merritt shot a 10-under 61 on Friday to tie the course record at the RBC Heritage only a few hours after Masters champion Jordan Spieth finished off a bounce-back 62. Merritt matched David Frost’s tournament mark set in 1994 and topped the leaderboard at 12-under 130, a stroke off the 36-hole event record shared by Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson. Spieth started off the …

LeBron Begins Title Chase

Friday, April 17, 2015

Cleveland — For LeBron James, his homecoming season with the Cavaliers went up, down and sometimes sideways, like three seasons rolled into one. The fourth is about to begin. The only one that matters. James has his sights set on another NBA title, and if he can capture it over the next two …

Don’t Overlook Low Seeds

Friday, April 17, 2015

Having trouble envisioning an upset in the Eastern Conference playoffs? That’s understandable, since three teams in the eight-team field didn’t finish above .500. Milwaukee (41-41), Boston (40-42) and Brooklyn (38-44) wouldn’t have even qualified for the postseason in the West, where the eighth-seeded Nets would have tied for 11th place. The betting site …

Sox Bats Nosh on Nats

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Boston — Mookie Betts took away a two-run homer with a leaping catch. He stole two bases on the same pitch. Then he hit a three-run homer. All in the first two innings. Boston’s athletic, young leadoff hitter …

Penguins Weather a Storm

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The first time the Pittsburgh Penguins were forced to play with just five defensemen, Ben Lovejoy logged upward of 27 minutes of ice time. That, the Dartmouth College graduate joked, would have been the equivalent of time amassed …

Blackhawks Expect Kane Back for Playoffs

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Chicago — Center Brad Richards is ready to go. Same for defenseman Kimmo Timonen. And superstar forward Patrick Kane isn’t far behind. Not only does Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville expect his star right wing to play in Chicago’s opening-round playoff series against the Predators, Kane might be ready …

Windy City Windfall: Celtics Qualify for Playoffs

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New York — Nikola Mirotic scored 26 points, Pau Gasol had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 113-86 victory Monday night over the Brooklyn Nets. Chicago’s win also guaranteed a postseason berth for …

Royals Remain Perfect

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Minneapolis — The Kansas City Royals became the only unbeaten team in the majors as Danny Duffy pitched into the seventh inning and Kendrys Morales homered in a 12-3 romp over Minnesota, spoiling the Twins’ home opener Monday. …

Queens Buzzing for Harvey’s Return

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New York — Coming up at Citi Field, the night New York Mets fans have eagerly anticipated for more than a year and a half: Matt Harvey back on the mound in Queens. Harvey is set to make …

Jordan Rules: Spieth Matches Record With 1st Major Win

Monday, April 13, 2015

Augusta, Ga. — On a day as gray as Hogan’s sweater, Jordan Spieth reclaimed Augusta National for Texas, introduced America’s next great hope and showed all the kids out there what guts look like. He also won the …

Leafs Start Cleaning House

Monday, April 13, 2015

Toronto — Changes were expected from the Toronto Maple Leafs after their worst season in almost 20 years. Team president Brendan Shanahan didn’t waste any time making them. The Leafs fired general manager Dave Nonis and interim coach …

A Special Victory for a Special Player

Monday, April 13, 2015

Augusta, Ga. — About the only thing missing was a new scoring record. Not to worry, because odds are Jordan Spieth will set a bunch of them by the time he is done. The odds are equally good …

Fresh Faces Fill NHL Field

Monday, April 13, 2015

The NHL’s postseason dominoes tumbled throughout the regular season’s wild final week. When the last ones fell Saturday night, they revealed that the league is set up for an extremely interesting spring. This Stanley Cup tournament features seven …