Pro Sports

Format Takes Pressure Off Injured Drivers

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bristol, Tenn. — There was a time in NASCAR when skipping a race because of illness or injury was simply not considered. Rather than sit out with swollen eyes, Ricky Rudd used tape to keep them open. Richard Petty ran three races hiding a broken neck from NASCAR officials. That bravado — foolishness? — in drivers is no more. Denny Hamlin became the fourth Sprint Cup Series driver to require …

Sox Given Gift of Errors From O’s

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Boston — The way Justin Masterson was pitching, he didn’t need much help. The Orioles gave it to him, anyway. On a rainy, chilly Patriots’ Day holiday, Baltimore made three errors that led to five unearned runs, Wei-Yin Chen struggled with his control and the Boston Red Sox won 7-1 Monday in a …

Riley Takes Heat for Bad Season

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Miami — Pat Riley finds himself leaning his head to the left quite a bit these days. There’s an irritated nerve in his neck, and it’s far from comfortable. “It’s killing me,” Riley said. “But I’m not going to make an excuse for it.” Such was the metaphor that Basketball Hall of Famer and President of the Miami Heat used to assess the …

Rangers Hold Off Pens in Game 1

Thursday, April 16, 2015

New York — Derick Brassard and Ryan McDonagh scored in the first period and Henrik Lundqvist made the goals stand up as the New York Rangers won the opener of their playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 …

Pacquiao Fights Back

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Los Angeles — Manny Pacquiao intends to put on a show when he faces Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2 1/2 weeks. He really hopes Mayweather is also coming to fight, for the fans’ sake — and maybe for his own strategic purposes as well. Pacquiao radiated confidence and …

Cubs Prospect Gets the Call

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Chicago — The highly anticipated Kris Bryant era will start today at Wrigley Field. After a controversial three weeks in which the Cubs’ top prospect was sent to Triple-A Iowa despite a dominant spring training, team officials have elected to promote him to the majors, a source confirmed …

Phelps Aims for Return at 2016 Olympic Games

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

An emotional and rejuvenated Michael Phelps confirmed Wednesday what the swimming world had long assumed — he’ll try to add to his record total of 22 Olympic medals at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. Phelps made his Olympic intentions clear the day before his return to …

In Brief: U.S. Beats Mexico by Familiar Score

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

San Antonio — Stanford sophomore Jordan Morris scored early in the second half in his first start for the U.S. national team, Juan Agudelo added his first international goal in four years and the Americans dispatched Mexico by …

Bruins GM Ousted

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Boston Bruins fired general manager Peter Chiarelli on Wednesday, days after missing the playoffs for the first time in eight years and just four seasons after the franchise won its first Stanley Cup title since 1972. The …

Sox Can’t Sweep Nats

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Boston — The questions about Boston’s starting rotation have surfaced already. Wade Miley became the second straight starter to struggle, allowing seven runs in just 2 1⁄ 3 innings in his Fenway Park debut. Washington’s 10-5 win Wednesday …

Trout Leads Angels

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Arlington, Texas — Mike Trout had three hits, scored twice and drove in a run to back another win in Texas for Hector Santiago as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Rangers 10-2 in a series finale Wednesday. …

Isles Crunch Caps

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Washington — Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey, Ryan Strome and the New York Islanders showed that experience is not required for playoff success. Each of those three young forwards scored in the postseason for the first time, with Nelson …

Celts Top Bucks in Finale

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Milwaukee — Gigi Datome scored 22 points, including two key buckets in the final 3 minutes, and the Boston Celtics ended the regular season with their sixth straight win following a 105-100 victory Wednesday night over the Milwaukee …