Pro Sports

New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork warms up before an NFL football game against the New York Jets Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Scaled-Down Wilfork Ready to Roll

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Chandler, Ariz. — For a 32-year-old defensive lineman tipping the scale at well over 300 pounds, a torn Achilles tendon could have been career-ending. Instead, Vince Wilfork was determined to continue his NFL life. Aided by his wife, Bianca, Wilfork committed to remake his body. A year later, Wilfork is a defensive rock for a team playing in the Super …

Super Players, Not-So- Super Jobs

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Phoenix — Landon Cohen is a Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle who’s getting ready to play in the Super Bowl, so it’s not unusual that he’s been behind the wheel of some beautiful automobiles. “You name it,” he said, “Ferraris, top-of-the-line Mercedes, Corvettes, all kinds of stuff.” But this might surprise you: Cohen was …

Commentary: Pats Know How to Do It

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Phoenix — Go ahead, pile on the Patriots. Declare the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era over after they split their first four games this season. Call them cheaters when their footballs lose too much air. Predict the Legion of Boom will bring the hammer down on Rob Gronkowski. Then jump on the New England …

Capitals See Selves in Race

Monday, January 26, 2015

Columbus, Ohio — Alex Ovechkin’s familiar gap-toothed grin has returned with the Washington Capitals in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. Hardly anyone’s smiling in the West, where the standings are far more convoluted heading into …

Kraft Offers Defiant Defense of His Team

Monday, January 26, 2015

Chandler, Ariz. — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft offered a defiant defense of his organization, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady amid the ball-deflation controversy on Monday, further entrenching the team’s position that it committed no …

Sox’ Monbouquette Dies

Monday, January 26, 2015

Boston — Bill Monbouquette, an All-Star pitcher who threw a no-hitter and had a 20-win season for his hometown Boston Red Sox, has died. He was 78. Monbouquette died Sunday at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston due to complications from leukemia, the Red Sox announced Monday. Monbouquette …

Pelicans Extend Run at Sixers’ Expense

Monday, January 26, 2015

New Orleans — Anthony Davis had 32 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots, and the New Orleans Pelicans stretched their season-long winning streak to four games with a 99-74 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night. Ryan Anderson scored 19 points and Eric Gordon added 13 …

Russians Set Semi Matchup

Monday, January 26, 2015

Melbourne, Australia — Maria Sharapova moved closer to another Australian Open title, set to face a fellow Russian in the semifinals who has never beaten her. Sharapova made all the big points look easy Tuesday in defeating 20-year-old Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-2 — her fourth consecutive win over …

Rams Go Yearly On Stadium Lease

Monday, January 26, 2015

St. Louis — The St. Louis Rams took a step toward a possible move back to the West Coast, notifying the city’s Convention and Visitors Commission on Monday that they intend to shift to a year-to-year lease agreement for their use of the Edward Jones Dome. The CVC, …

Celtics Slip Past Nuggets

Monday, January 26, 2015

Denver — Avery Bradley scored 18 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:24 left, and the Boston Celtics hung on to beat Denver 100-99 on Friday night, sending the Nuggets to their fifth loss in a row. The Nuggets played without star guard Ty Lawson, who was away …

Snowboarding Takes a Slide in Popularity

Monday, January 26, 2015

Killington, Vt. — Aging athletes, new skis and a lack of snow are ganging up on the once-edgy sport of snowboarding, which has seen a marked drop in participation over the last decade. Industry experts say it’s a …

The Super Bowl Remains a Big Deal

Monday, January 26, 2015

Phoenix — The Super Bowl, at its most basic level, is a game that determines the NFL championship. It has become so much more since the first game was played in 1967. Super Bowl Sunday has become an …

Browner Wants to Play for Ring

Monday, January 26, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — Brandon Browner received a Super Bowl ring last year even though he was watching from home 3,000 miles from the Seattle Seahawks when they won the title. Now the hard-hitting cornerback has a shot at more diamonds and another title, going face-to-face with receivers when …