Pro Sports

Batter Up Cuba

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

If President Obama is looking for a new job when his term is up, I offer a possibility: commissioner of baseball. His lifting of the travel and economic restrictions on Cuba last week may very well have saved the sport in this country, to say nothing about Latin America and the Caribbean. For a number of reasons, baseball has quietly slipped into sporting irrelevance. The game is slow, unimaginative and has displayed an amazing ability to turn off its most dedicated fan base by playing its World Series at a time most people are asleep. So what can wake this game up? How about a third league to complement the American and National leagues — …

Holiday Hoops

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

By Brian Mahoney AP Basketball Writer New York — Nearly two months have passed since the San Antonio Spurs collected their championship rings and began their title defense. The NBA season may have opened Oct. 28, but Christmas is the real coming-out party. Football’s popularity leaves little room for other sports in the fall. It’s enough to make some believe the unofficial opener …

Skiers Have Reservations Over Airbags

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

By Andrew Dampf AP Sports Writer Val Gardena, Italy — Some skiers are concerned they will turn into the puffy “Michelin Man” when they are not supposed to. Others are afraid they will lose precious hundredths of a second due to slightly more wind resistance. And still more believe that their movements will …

Warriors’ 16-Game Win Streak Ends

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Memphis, Tenn. — Marc Gasol scored 24 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies snapped the Golden State Warriors’ NBA-best 16-game winning streak with a 105-98 victory on Tuesday night. Mike Conley and Zach Randolph each scored 17 points, and Randolph grabbed 10 rebounds as Memphis earned its fifth straight …

Peterson’s NFL Ruling Lacks Sense

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ritter Collett was a much-respected sports writer for the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News. Art Schlichter was raised an hour away and became a legend as a quarterback at Miami Trace High School. Schlichter went to Ohio State, where he was a four-year starter for Woody Hayes. He was …

Rematches Reign With UEFA Powers

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Nyon, Switzerland — A UEFA Champions League draw heavy with reunions on Monday paired Real Madrid and Barcelona with the same last 16 opponents as last season and sent Arsene Wenger back to the club where he made …

Another Savior? Batter Up

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chicago — Jon Lester insisted there’s no reason the Chicago Cubs can’t contend next year and even capture their first World Series title since 1908, around the time the Model T was rolling off the assembly line. “I’m …

Patriots Target Larger Goals

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — The souvenirs from Darrelle Revis’ first division title in his brilliant eight-year career were safely stowed in his bag. For long-time New England players, the T-shirt with the message “Patriots Run the East” and the championship hat are just the latest in a huge collection …

Union Sues NFL Over Peterson Decision

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Minneapolis — The NFL Players Association has filed a federal lawsuit for Adrian Peterson, asking the court to dismiss an arbitrator’s decision to uphold the NFL’s punishment of the star running back. The petition was filed Monday in …

Nats, Harper Come to Terms on Two-Year Deal

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Washington — A person familiar with the agreement says Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals have come to terms on a $7.5 million, two-year contract, avoiding a grievance hearing. Harper gets a $2.5 million salary in 2015, and $5 million in 2016. The person spoke to The Associated …

Kings Fire Coach

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento Kings fired coach Michael Malone just 24 games into his second season over philosophical differences over the team’s style of play. General manager Pete D’Alessandro said Monday that he decided to make the …

Voynov Will Face Felony Charges

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Los Angeles — A judge says Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov should stand trial on a felony domestic violence charge. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Hector M. Guzman ruled there was enough evidence again Voynov to allow the case to proceed. Guzman issued his ruling Monday after …

Celts Extend 76ers’ Misery

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Philadelphia — Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens might talk to Kelly Olynyk about playing hard before every game. Olynyk scored a career-high 30 points after a pep talk from his coach, leading the Celtics to a 105-87 victory …