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

Butler, Gordon relish Royals’ playoff success

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — They endured it together, Billy Butler and Alex Gordon. All those years with 90 losses, the managerial changes and youth movements and empty seats come late September. Empty seats in July and August, too. They were supposed to be the two players who led … 0

New tight end Wright getting comfortable with Patriots

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tim Wright hurried to learn a different offense when he was traded to the New England Patriots less than two weeks before the season. The second-year tight end feels much more comfortable now. Comfortable enough to come up behind Tom Brady, pound on the star quarterback’s … 0

Bills’ Dareus on track for Pats game

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Marcell Dareus is getting back in the headlines, this time for the right reasons. After facing two separate arrests this offseason, the Buffalo Bills defensive tackle is beginning to consistently play up to his first-round draft pick expectations. Dareus had a career-best three sacks … 0

B’s edge Philly in opener, 2-1

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BOSTON — Chris Kelly scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:51 left in the third period, and Tuukka Rask made 21 saves to lead the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in their season opener … 0

Bruins kick off season at home against Flyers

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BOSTON — The Flyers open their season tonight by playing on the road against a Boston Bruins team that is favored to win the Eastern Conference. “It’s a good measuring stick,” defenseman Nick Grossmann said after Tuesday’s practice at TD Garden. The Bruins outscored the Flyers, 14-6, while … 0

Pats improve offensive balance

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New England is using balance to break out of its offensive slump. A statement win over Cincinnati on Sunday night helped even though the stats show the Patriots have had a mediocre offense so far this year. New England is 10th in the AFC in total offense; ninth … 0

Patriots savor revival victory

Monday, October 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady fired a pass for a 20-yard gain on the very first play. It was like a dart that punctured the criticism that followed him after his offense’s awfulness in the previous game. Over-the-hill? An offensive line that can’t protect him? Receivers who can’t get … 0

Cruz, O’s sweep Tigers

Sunday, October 5, 2014

DETROIT — Nelson Cruz, Buck Showalter and an unheralded bunch from Baltimore swept aside Detroit’s Cy Young winners. Cruz sliced a two-run homer for his latest big postseason hit, and the Orioles held off the Tigers 2-1 Sunday to reach the AL Championship Series for the first time … 0

Bengals visit Pats Sunday in prime-time showdown

Friday, October 3, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — One team is thriving with a stingy defense. The other is struggling with an inept offense. Both face a critical test when they meet Sunday night. Are the unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals that good? Are the New … 0

Patriots president expresses support for Goodell

Thursday, October 2, 2014

BOSTON — New England Patriots president Jonathan Kraft expressed support Thursday for commissioner Roger Goodell and said the NFL will go forward with him in charge. “Roger’s our commissioner and we are very happy with him,” said Kraft, whose father, Robert, owns the Patriots. Goodell originally suspended Ray … 0