Pro Sports

Pistorius handed five-year sentence

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, completing a transformation from an acclaimed sprinter at the 2012 Olympics to a convicted criminal led away in a police van with barred windows. Wearing a dark suit, the double-amputee athlete was subdued when Judge Thokozile Masipa announced the punishment in a Pretoria courtroom, ending a televised trial that was closely … 0

Patriots snag Titans LB Ayers

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee has traded linebacker Akeem Ayers to the New England Patriots in what coach Ken Whisenhunt says gives the linebacker a fresh start. “A situation that was probably the best for both parties,” Whisenhunt said Tuesday night on his weekly radio show. “Somebody that was interested and we got something out of it. It’s good for us, it’s good for … 0

Cutler slouch in City of Big Shoulders

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CHICAGO — There’s no truth to the rumor Jay Cutler is about to be charged with starting the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. But everything else that’s gone wrong here the last five years? Feel free to pin it on the Bears’ perpetually grumpy QB. Nearly everyone in town does — and has since Cutler slouched into the city of big shoulders in … 0

With RB Ridley hurt, Patriots look to fill gap

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — One thing is certain about the New England Patriots running game. Stevan Ridley won’t be part of it for a while. Just who will play an increased role after the Patriots top rusher suffered a serious right knee injury remains a mystery. Shane Vereen is the … 0

Jets far from ‘Revis Island’ days

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Rex Ryan said seeing Darrelle Revis in a Patriots uniform makes him “a little sick to my stomach.” The New York Jets’ coach was back in a joking mood two days after his team lost its fifth straight. The defensive backfield that Revis used … 0

Pats Mayo, Ridley out for season

Monday, October 13, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — With two wins and two more serious injuries, the New England Patriots are getting back to normal. They’ve regained their usual dominance after the second biggest loss of Tom Brady’s career. They also lost their leading tackler and top rusher to right knee injuries, just as … 0

Briere, Avs beat clock, B’s, 2-1

Monday, October 13, 2014

BOSTON — The Colorado Avalanche haven’t showed much scoring prowess so far. That didn’t matter after Daniel Briere beat the clock for their first win of the season. Briere scored off a rebound with less than a second left in the third period to lift the Avalanche to … 0

Psychologist: Pistorius a ‘broken man’

Monday, October 13, 2014

PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius is a “broken man” after killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and has already suffered emotionally and financially, a psychologist called by the Olympic runner’s lawyers testified Monday ahead of his sentencing. Dr. Lore Hartzenberg gave the testimony ahead of Pistorius’ sentencing for culpable … 0

Brady leads Patriots over Bills, 37-22

Sunday, October 12, 2014

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — After all these years, Tom Brady still has difficulty pinpointing a reason he and the Patriots consistently beat the Buffalo Bills. Brady threw four touchdowns to up his career record to 23-2 against Buffalo … 0

Bills seek to end role of playing Patriots’ patsy

Friday, October 10, 2014

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Forget the individual motivation. In the eight months since departing New England and signing with Buffalo, linebacker Brandon Spikes can appreciate what it would mean for the Bills to beat the Patriots on Sunday. … 0

Red Wings open up with 2-1 win over B’s

Thursday, October 9, 2014

DETROIT — Gustav Nyquist’s power-play goal in the second period lifted Detroit to a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night in the Red Wings’ season opener. Justin Abdelkader also scored for Detroit, which lost to the Bruins in the first round of last season’s playoffs. … 0

Ridley helps Pats’ offense emerge

Thursday, October 9, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Stevan Ridley cracked a wry smile. Despite struggling through the first four weeks of the season, New England’s offense was never broken, or searching for an identity. The Patriots running back insists that it’s been there the entire time. He just helped it emerge again. After … 0

O’s Markakis savors postseason run

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BALTIMORE — Nick Markakis endured the lean years with the Baltimore Orioles, suffering through one losing season after another during the worst stretch in franchise history. If that wasn’t bad enough, when the Orioles finally turned things around in 2012, Markakis sat out the playoffs with a broken … 0