Pro Sports

Judge keeps previous shooting claim off-limits

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Defense attorneys for former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez notched a win Wednesday morning when Judge E. Susan Garsh ruled for the second time that information on his alleged involvement in a Florida shooting cannot be presented to the jury in his current murder trial. On Monday, prosecutors renewed their motion to admit the evidence regarding the shooting of Alexander Bradley in Florida. Garsh had denied a previous … 0

Former NFL player Nate Jackson calls for league to allow marijuana

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

DENVER — Former Broncos tight end Nate Jackson says he believes the NFL will have no choice but to remove marijuana from its lists of banned substances in the near future. Speaking at a marijuana business conference, Jackson called on the league to allow medical marijuana as a means to help players deal with the physical and psychological pain and head injuries inherent … 0

Peyton Manning takes pay cut to return for 18th NFL season

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Hold that gold watch. Peyton Manning is taking one more shot at the silver trophy. Weeks of speculation about the five-time MVP’s future ended Wednesday with word that he’s returning for an 18th season in the NFL and fourth in Denver. A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Manning will take a $4 million pay … 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

The best thing about A-Rod’s apology is it was in cursive

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Alex Rodriguez finally said he was sorry, though his handwritten apology on the eve of his return to the New York Yankees seemed to fall flat. Not really surprising, but give A-Rod some credit for trying. Doesn’t anyone … 0

Colts questioned Patriots’ foot balls before title game

Thursday, February 19, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — General manager Ryan Grigson said Thursday that the Colts had contacted NFL officials before last month’s AFC championship game about their concerns with New England’s game balls. Grigson did not say how the team was tipped off. Previous reports have indicated Indy first became suspicious after … 0

Marcus Mariota becomes feature attraction at combine

Thursday, February 19, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Marcus Mariota looked comfortable on center stage Thursday. He had the deliberate walk, the calm demeanor and the perfect answers. All the Oregon quarterback has to do now is prove he can thrive in the NFL. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner spent roughly 15 minutes answering … 0

Celtics wheel and deal at NBA trade deadline

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A person with knowledge of details of the transaction says the Phoenix Suns have dealt Isaiah Thomas to the Boston Celtics. The person asked not to be identified because the trade had not been officially announced. Thomas was one of the two members of the Suns’ point guard … 0