Pro Sports

Tag or not to tag a quandary

Monday, March 2, 2015

NFL games have begun for 2015. Don’t bother checking out your Sunday Ticket, though. This is not football the teams are playing, it’s tag. Monday was the deadline for franchises to decide whether to hold onto key players who are pending free agents by giving them the franchise or transition tag. The alternative: letting them hit the open market on March 10. A lot more goes into tagging than simply … 0

Canadiens swing three deals as the NHL trading-deadline-day headliners

Monday, March 2, 2015

General manager Marc Bergevin added to the Montreal Canadiens without altering his Eastern Conference-leading lineup. In Detroit, GM Ken Holland thought it was important to provide his young Red Wings a nudge by adding two experienced veterans. As for the Toronto Maple Leafs, their long-expected purge of high-priced talent failed to materialize before … 0

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 … 0

The A-Rod circus lands in Florida

Monday, February 23, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — Alex Rodriguez reported to the New York Yankees three days ahead of schedule. He spoke for 8 1/2 minutes about his season-long drug suspension. But on his first day back with the team since September 2013, he never said why he resumed the use of … 0

Joey Logano becomes another Penske Daytona 500 winner

Sunday, February 22, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Joey Logano, the driver who has spent seven years trying to live up to impossible expectations, raced to his first career Daytona 500 victory Sunday as he continued to reward Roger Penske for catapulting … 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