Pro Sports

Castillo, Betts trying to impress in CF for Sox

Sunday, March 1, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Boston Red Sox outfielders Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo each stand shorter than 5-feet-10 and between them have played in only 62 big league games. Along with veteran Jackie Bradley Jr., who has played 164 games over the past two years, they will try to fill a tall order for the team — starting in center field. “I don’t look at it as a competition,” Betts … 0

Curry, Warriors trim Celtics

Sunday, March 1, 2015

BOSTON — Stephen Curry scored 37 points, making four straight free throws to clinch it in the final seconds and the Golden State Warriors erased a 26-point deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 106-101 on Sunday night. Golden State won for the seventh time in nine tries and snapped Boston’s three-game winning streak. Klay Thompson scored 20 for the Warriors, Harrison Barnes had … 0

Spooner scores 1st NHL goal, B’s win in OT

Friday, February 27, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. — Ryan Spooner scored his first NHL goal with 2:14 left in overtime and the Boston Bruins defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Friday night after blowing a two-goal third-period lead. Daniel Paille and David Pastrnak scored for Boston, which won for only the second time in nine games (2-5-2). … 0

NFL prospects attempt to move past forgettable moments

Sunday, February 22, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Utah receiver Kaelin Clay has moved on from the most embarrassing play of his college career. First, he fessed up to making the mistake of celebrating before scoring against Oregon. Then he poked fun at himself by tweeting out a Valentine’s Day photo of the ball … 0

B’s rout Chicago, shatter losing streak

Sunday, February 22, 2015

CHICAGO — Patrice Bergeron was happier that the Boston Bruins ended their losing streak than he was about reaching a personal milestone. Bergeron opened the scoring with his 200th goal, then added two assists in Boston’s four-goal second … 0

Winston tries to answer questions about his shoulder, character

Friday, February 20, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Jameis Winston responded to all the lingering questions with some bold answers. According to Winston, the character concerns that dogged him at Florida State are history. The comparisons to Johnny Manziel are irrelevant. The supposed throwing … 0

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: It’s on!

Friday, February 20, 2015

LAS VEGAS — The Fight is finally on. Floyd Mayweather Jr. will meet Manny Pacquiao on May 2 in a welterweight showdown that will be boxing’s richest fight ever. Mayweather himself announced the bout Friday after months of … 0

Jeff Gordon to lead field in his final Daytona 500

Friday, February 20, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jeff Gordon chatted casually with some of his crew as a crowd of fans gathered in the window behind his garage stall at Daytona International Speedway. He opened the toolbox behind him, grabbed a … 0

Hometown eager to celebrate Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler

Friday, February 20, 2015

VICKSBURG, Miss. — The day before the Super Bowl that would change Malcolm Butler’s life, he posted a picture of the Vicksburg city seal on his Facebook page, thanking family and friends for supporting him during his journey … 0

MLB makes small pace of game changes, passes on bigger steps

Friday, February 20, 2015

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball is slowly addressing the lagging pace of games. MLB and the players’ association announced an agreement Friday to enforce the rule requiring a hitter to keep at least one foot in the … 0

Umpire Tim McClelland retires, MLB hires 3 umps full time

Friday, February 20, 2015

NEW YORK — Longtime umpire Tim McClelland has retired, and Major League Baseball has hired three umps full time for the upcoming season. MLB announced the moves Friday. The 63-year-old McClelland was perhaps best known for being the plate umpire who called out George Brett in the “Pine … 0

NHL’s fancy stats go mainstream with website overhaul

Friday, February 20, 2015

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The NHL’s fancy stats are going mainstream. The league announced Friday it is overhauling the statistics on its website to include advanced metrics. The multiyear partnership with software and database company SAP eventually will include searchable statistics dating to the league’s inaugural season in … 0

Fox, NBC ready to wave the green flag in NASCAR coverage

Friday, February 20, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The loudest cheers for the Daytona 500 this weekend may not come from the speedway grandstands. NBC executives swear they’re pulling for Fox during Sunday’s race for an unlikely reason. “We would love to … 0