Pro Sports

Toronto Raptors forward Anthony Bennett (15) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Hoops Becomes Part Of Canadian Fabric

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri stood in the bowels of the Bell Centre in Montreal as roars from a capacity crowd a few hundred feet away drowned out his voice. The boisterous fans were not there to watch the city’s beloved Canadiens. Hockey, the sport synonymous with Canada, was absent on this night. They were there to watch the …

These NFL Teams Could Mimic Panthers’ Rapid Rise

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Carolina Panthers’ Super Bowl defeat last Sunday left their season ending on a decidedly sour note. But that loss to the Denver Broncos in Santa Clara, Calif., didn’t change the fact that the Panthers accomplished far more during the just-completed NFL season than just about anyone would have thought possible. They were …

In Brief: Mets Pitcher Banned for Life

Saturday, February 13, 2016

New York — Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia became the first player to receive a lifetime ban under Major League Baseball’s drug agreement after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance for the third time. The commissioner’s office said Friday that Mejia tested positive for the anabolic steroid Boldenone, which athletes have used to increase …

B’s Win on Penalty Shot

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Boston — Brad Marchand scored on a penalty shot midway through overtime to lift the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. Loui Eriksson also scored while the Bruins improved to 7-2-1 …

Blazers Burn Past Rockets

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Houston — Damian Lillard had 21 points and 10 assists to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Portland Trail Blazers built a big lead early and rolled to an easy 96-79 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday. The Trail Blazers were up by 19 at halftime …

QB Manziel’s Father Fears for Life of Son

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Cleveland — With Johnny Manziel’s professional career in doubt and his personal life crumbling, his father fears for his safety. The troubled quarterback was under investigation by two police departments following allegations that he hit his former girlfriend last weekend in Texas. Manziel was dropped by his agent …

Hahn Leads, Bradley 4 Shots Back

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Scottsdale, Ariz. — James Hahn shot a bogey-free 6-under 65 in breezy conditions Friday to take the lead in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Hahn had a 10-under 132 total on TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course to enter the weekend a stroke ahead of Rickie Fowler and Danny Lee. …

Commentary: Officials Deserve Some Respect

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Usually, we come to criticize referees, umpires and those who officiate the games we play. Today, we come to give them props for the thankless job they do. And, more important, to plead for their protection. Unless you’ve …

Goodell Gets Tough: Commissioner Proposes Ejections for Multiple Flags

Saturday, February 6, 2016

San Francisco — Call it the Odell Beckham Jr. Rule. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is pushing to require the ejection of any player who is flagged for two personal fouls in a game. “We should take that out …

C’s Win at Horn

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Cleveland — Avery Bradley made a corner jumper at the horn to give the Boston Celtics a stunning 104-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. Bradley’s shot from just in front of Boston’s bench dropped through …

Lightning Freeze Penguins

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Tampa, Fla. — Ondrej Palat and Anton Stralman both scored twice, Tyler Johnson had a goal and two assists and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 on Friday night for their eighth consecutive home win. Tampa Bay, 10-1 overall since Jan. 8, also got a …

Analytics Idea Wins Super Bowl Tickets

Saturday, February 6, 2016

San Francisco — A 30-year-old logistics and operations worker from Seattle has won a Super Bowl technology contest that earned him $50,000 and tickets to the game. Colin Edwards’ idea, called “PlayerMetrics,” was selected Friday by Microsoft over two other submissions. Edwards works for Alexander Exhibit, an engineering …

In Brief: Driver Stewart Sidelined

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Charlotte, n.c. — Tony Stewart will miss the start of his final NASCAR season after fracturing his back in an accident on an all-terrain vehicle. Stewart-Haas Racing said the three-time NASCAR champion sustained a “burst fracture of the L1 vertebra” when he crashed on an ATV Sunday. He …