Pro Sports

New Jersey Devils right wing Martin Havlat (9), of the Czech Republic, attacks against Boston Bruins goalie Niklas Svedberg (72), of Sweden, and defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (44) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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). Niklas Svedberg had 29 saves starting for … 0

Approaching ‘last call’ for GMs to tweak rosters

Friday, February 27, 2015

David Poile made an impressive splash on the NHL trade market earlier this month. The Nashville Predators general manager knows better than to make any assurances he’s done altering his NHL-leading lineup. “I can say to you right now, I don’t feel like I’m going to make any trades,” Poile told The Associated … 0

Dude, where’s my car?

Friday, February 27, 2015

HAMPTON, Ga. — When Travis Kvapil got the call Friday, he figured someone on his race team was playing a joke. “They said there was trouble with the car,” Kvapil said. “I thought we could figure it out when we got in the garage area. They’re like, ‘No, the car is gone.’” The … 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

Truex seeks brighter days ahead

Thursday, February 19, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Martin Truex Jr. stayed clear of the wrecks that littered the Sprint Unlimited race over the weekend. He was busy enjoying the clear view ahead. “I was just glad that it was in my mirror for once,” he said. Truex wants to put all … 0

Jimmie Johnson eyes return to his winning ways

Thursday, February 19, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jimmie Johnson understands the pressure the best athletes face because he’s in that category. If a season ends without a championship for Johnson, it seems like a disappointment. Such was the case in 2014 even though he won four races, had 11 top-five runs … 0