Pro Sports

Pacquiao’s mystery injury another hit for boxing

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

LAS VEGAS — The people who paid $99.95 to watch at home had no clue. Neither did those spending $40,000 or more for a ringside seat Saturday night in Las Vegas. And, surely, the bettor who wagered $500,000 at the MGM Grand sports book on Manny Pacquiao to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. wasn’t in the loop. They all thought they were getting the Fight of the Century. Two fighters who, … 0

Patriots tackle Solder healthy at voluntary team activities

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Nate Solder was blindsided by the news. Cancer. He had just turned 26. At 6-foot-8 and 320 pounds, he was in excellent condition. Tom Brady depended on his left tackle to protect him. But after a team physical at the New England Patriots voluntary team activities last spring, Solder was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The impact didn’t sink in at first. … 0

Betts, Porcello backbone 2-0 BoSox win over Rays

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

BOSTON — Mookie Betts homered to lead off the sixth inning — the first hit off Rays starter Drew Smyly — and added another in the eighth to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 2-0 victory over Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. On the night the Red Sox honored their 1975 AL championship team, Betts hit two solo shots over the Green … 0

Baffert’s sights are set on first 1-2 Kentucky Derby finish since 1948

Thursday, April 30, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bob Baffert was a big-shot quarter horse trainer when he took his cowboy hat and scuffed boots to the high-class world of thoroughbred racing. He gave himself three years to make a splash. After a slow start and some embarrassing losses, he found his footing. … 0

Roach confident in referee Bayless, 3 judges for big fight

Thursday, April 30, 2015

LAS VEGAS — The third man in the ring on Saturday night has been in more big fights than Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao put together. The three judges for the richest bout in boxing history also have made hundreds of big decisions during lengthy careers at … 0

Will fight live up to hype? History provides a clue

Thursday, April 30, 2015

LAS VEGAS — It’s the richest fight ever, with staggering paydays and ticket prices to match. For one night, at least, boxing will be back center stage, with the world waiting to see what unfolds. The big question is this: Can Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao deliver … 0

Top 2 picks prove the value of QBs

Thursday, April 30, 2015

CHICAGO — You don’t pass up a potential franchise quarterback. Not in today’s pass-happy NFL. So Jameis Winston is headed to Tampa Bay as the first overall selection and Marcus Mariota goes to Tennessee at No. 2. They’ll take their Heisman Trophies (Winston in 2013, Mariota last year) … 0

Sox top Jays, 4-1

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

BOSTON — Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer, Rick Porcello held Toronto to one run over seven innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 4-1 on Wednesday night. David Ortiz and Mookie Betts had RBI singles for the Red Sox, who took the three-game series … 0

Jets fined $100K by NFL for tampering

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Woody Johnson made one costly comment for the New York Jets. The NFL is fining the team $100,000 for tampering because of the owner’s comments in December about Darrelle Revis, then a member of the New England Patriots, according to a person familiar with … 0

Pacquiao: Relax, I’m going to dethrone Floyd Mayweather

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

LAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao worried about the punching power of Miguel Cotto. He knew Juan Manuel Marquez was a slick counter puncher, and wondered how he’d fare against a fighter the caliber of Oscar De La Hoya. He’s got no such worries about Floyd Mayweather Jr. on … 0

Jays hammer Red Sox with 17 hits in 11-8 win

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

BOSTON — Jose Bautista had an RBI in Toronto’s five-run third inning, another in a three-run fourth and then added a homer to help the Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 11-8 on Tuesday night and snap a four-game losing streak. Josh Donaldson had three hits, including … 0

Betts, Sox walk-off with 6-5 win

Monday, April 27, 2015

BOSTON — Mookie Betts hit a game-ending RBI single to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 6-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night. Pablo Sandoval homered for the second straight day for Boston, hitting a solo shot before leaving the game with a sore … 0

Celtics swept as LeBron (27) leads 101-93 win

Sunday, April 26, 2015

BOSTON — LeBron James scored 27 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a shoulder injury to Kevin Love to complete a first-round sweep of the Boston Celtics with a 101-93 victory Sunday. Love left the court in the first quarter with a dislocated left shoulder, and J.R. Smith … 0