Pro Sports

So What’s Next in ‘Deflategate’ Mess?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — Seven months. At least $3 million spent on lawyers — and probably twice that or more. Reports and responses and arbitration and appeals and even a college class at the University of New Hampshire called “Deflategate.” And it’s not over yet. U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman erased Tom Brady’s four-game suspension on Thursday, handing the four-time Super Bowl champion another victory in a career already full …

‘Lady in Black’ Race Returns to Labor Day

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Darlington, s.c. — Kyle Petty was never among the biggest fans of Darlington Raceway, once saying the big oval should be filled with water and turned into a stadium-sized bathtub. Still, the longtime NASCAR racer and NBC TV broadcaster never understood the Southern 500 leaving its historic spot on Labor Day weekend after 2003. That ends this year with the “Lady in Black” …

Commentary: Goodell, Owners in an Echo Chamber

Thursday, September 3, 2015

After eight months of what might be the silliest sports controversy ever taken seriously, an absurd amount of energy and brain power and billable hours devoted to an unnecessary and misrepresented investigation that never proved a thing, finally, like a glass of fresh spring water in the desert, we have a respite of …

Travers Time Is Here For American Pharoah

Friday, August 28, 2015

Saratoga Springs, n.y. — American Pharoah can run. But can he fly? You betcha. By now, everyone knows American Pharoah glided through the Triple Crown — overcoming stormy weather, too — won the Haskell Invitational this month and …

Illness Can’t Stop Hurdler

Friday, August 28, 2015

Beijing — When the doctors hooked Aries Merritt onto the dialysis machine two years ago, they told him his running days were over. The doctors were focused on his kidneys. They never looked at his heart. The American …

Red Sox Pitcher Buchholz Out for Season

Friday, August 28, 2015

New York — Boston pitcher Clay Buchholz is done for the season because of a strained flexor muscle in his right elbow, and his health is the key to whether the Red Sox pick up the option on …

Scully to Return for Record 67th Year

Friday, August 28, 2015

Los Angeles — The voice of summer in Los Angeles plans to return in 2016. Vin Scully will be back for a record 67th season in the broadcast booth for the Dodgers, who revealed the news in the second inning of Friday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs. …

Brady Gets On Track in Win Over Panthers

Friday, August 28, 2015

Charlotte, n.c. — Tom Brady overcame two early interceptions to lead his first touchdown drive of the preseason as the New England Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers 17-16 on Friday night. The preseason has been a titanic struggle for Brady, who is awaiting word on his appeal of …

IndyCar Drivers Return to Racing

Friday, August 28, 2015

Sonoma, Calif. — IndyCar drivers got back to work Friday, climbing into their cars as a distraction — albeit a temporary one — from their grief over Justin Wilson’s death. Wilson died Monday of a head injury suffered a day earlier when he was stuck by debris from …

Stewart: I Didn’t See Man On Track

Friday, August 28, 2015

New York — NASCAR star Tony Stewart said he didn’t see a driver walking on a dirt track in upstate New York last year before he struck and killed him, and noted the racer was impaired by marijuana …

Swihart’s Unlikely Homer Lifts Sox

Friday, August 28, 2015

New York — Blake Swihart hit an inside-the-park home run in the 10th inning and the Boston Red Sox stopped the New York Mets’ seven-game winning streak, holding on for a 6-4 victory Friday night. The Red Sox, …

Jays Hit 3 HRs in Win

Friday, August 28, 2015

Toronto — Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki hit back-to-back home runs, Jose Bautista also connected and the Toronto Blue Jays won for the eighth time in 10 games, beating the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Friday night. Ian Kinsler …

Commentary: Hall of Famer’s ‘Fall Guy’ Advice Makes Eyes Roll

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The NFL is now a full-on guilty pleasure. It’s making the Kardashians and pro wrestling look dignified. You can’t keep your eyes off the shoulder of the road for a second. You might miss the next version of …