Pro Sports

Fight to Avert 2017 NBA Lockout Starts

Friday, November 28, 2014

By Ira Winderman Sun Sentinel So when exactly is the “appropriate time” for billionaire owners and multimillionaire players to talk about their unimaginable riches? To former Miami Heat guard Roger Mason Jr., now might be as good a time as any. As a preemptive measure, he might be right, at least if you have any hopes of watching NBA basketball in 2017-18. That’s when both the NBA and its players …

Interest in Lester Reaching New Heights

Friday, November 28, 2014

By Mark Gonzales Chicago Tribune Judging from the various degrees of interest, the only stress free agent left-hander Jon Lester will encounter will be saying ”no thanks” to the teams he’ll turn down. The interest in Lester, 30, has swelled and become more public in recent days with the measuring stick rising. According to a report Tuesday by CSN Chicago, the Cubs have …

NFL Might Not Flex Any Sunday Night Games

Friday, November 28, 2014

By Rachel Cohen AP Sports Writer New York — For the first time since flexible scheduling came to Sunday Night Football in 2006, the NFL could go an entire season without needing it. No way Cowboys-Eagles gets swapped out in Week 15. NFC East showdowns are huge ratings draws even if both teams are struggling, and this one might decide the division title. …

Rangers Put Brakes on Canadiens

Monday, November 24, 2014

New York — Henrik Lundqvist stopped 21 shots for his fourth shutout, Martin St. Louis had a goal and assist, and the suddenly stingy New York Rangers routed the NHL-leading Montreal Canadiens 5-0 on Sunday night. Lundqvist, who …

Something’s Gotta Give

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — It’s no surprise that the New England Patriots lead the NFL in scoring. In the past four seasons, they’ve done that twice and finished third twice. But the Detroit Lions allowing the fewest points? Now there’s a surprise. In the past seven seasons, they gave …

Manning, Broncos suddenly looking vulnerable

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Miami (6-4) at Denver (7-3) The Broncos suddenly are looking fragile. They need to end their November swoon quickly or even could face the possibility of not playing in January. Peyton Manning and the defending AFC champions played their two worst games in the past three weeks, falling …

Swiss Grab 2-1 Lead at Davis Cup Finals

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Associated Press Lille, France — Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka defeated Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 to give Switzerland a 2-1 lead over France in the Davis Cup final on Saturday. Federer and Wawrinka did not concede a single break and dominated the key …

Montreal Masters B’s

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Boston — Carey Price made 33 saves, Tomas Plekanec had a goal and an assist, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins 2-0 on Saturday night. Andrei Markov added his 100th career goal for the Canadiens, who …

No. 13 No Luckier for Philadelphia Than the First 12

Sunday, November 23, 2014

New York — Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, Amare Stoudemire added 16 points and 11 rebounds, and the New York Knicks dropped the Philadelphia 76ers to 0-13 with a 91-83 victory on Saturday night. Jose Calderon made his …

Pacquiao in Need of Signature Win against Algieri

Friday, November 21, 2014

Macau — Boxing is a hurt business, as Manny Pacquiao found out when he ended up face down on the canvas after being knocked out just three fights ago by Juan Manuel Marquez. It’s also a risky business, …

Done in Pittsburgh, Blount Rejoins Pats

Friday, November 21, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — There was no name over his locker stall, and he had yet to officially secure the number he’ll wear on Sunday. Still, it was clear LeGarrette Blount was happy to be back with the New …

‘Moneypuck’: Advanced Statistics Gaining Foothold in NHL Thinking

Friday, November 21, 2014

Far removed from punishing hits on the ice, the real crunching in the NHL these days is being done in front offices around the league with the numbers involved in the complex, lengthy calculations of analytics. The Moneyball …

Snowy Exile Won’t Alter Bills’ Plans

Friday, November 21, 2014

Detroit — Bills president Russ Brandon says the team is planning to return to Buffalo after Monday night’s game in Detroit against the New York Jets. It remains to be seen if the weather will cooperate. The Bills’ schedule has been in flux because of a lake-effect storm …