Pro Sports

Russell Wilson, Tom Brady prepare to square off in Super Bowl

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, talks with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson after a game in 2012. There is a lot to look forward to when Wilson's Seahawks take on Brady's Patriots in the Super Bowl, and not just that Seattle can become the first team to win consecutive NFL championships since New England a decade ago.

When Russell Wilson leads the Seattle Seahawks into the Super Bowl against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Sunday, both quarterbacks know the outcome will affect the way each is viewed for quite a while.

Richard Sherman, Darrelle Revis show respect ahead of Super Bowl

At Tuesday's media day, any animosity was buried. Two of the league's best cornerbacks expressed respect for the other, although New England's Darrelle Revis referred to the fact that in Seattle's defense, Richard Sherman plays only half the field.

Martin Brodeur to retire, join St. Louis Blues front office

The 10-time All-Star and four-time Vezina Trophy winner finished his career with St. Louis after a standout, two-decade run with New Jersey.

Super Bowl Media Day has international flair

Quite a few of the 2,000 journalists jammed across the floor of the US Airways Center at Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday were from foreign outlets, including some of the more outrageous ones who gave the event some international flavor.

Tiger Woods all smiles after lost tooth incident

Tiger Woods bared a full set of teeth Tuesday despite the debacle at girlfriend Lindsey Vonn's downhill event earlier in the month.

Rafael Nadal's Australian Open goes true to his prediction

Nadal, who had played only eight matches since last June coming into the Australian Open because of a right wrist injury and appendix surgery in early November, was knocked out in the quarterfinals 6-2, 6-0, 7-6 (5) on Tuesday by Berdych.

Belichick and The Beast talk but don't say much at Media Day

As expected, New England coach Bill Belichick wasn't forthcoming about much. But now, thanks to a question asked by a kid, we know his favorite stuffed animals are those cute little monkeys you put your fingers in to make them talk.

Kurt Busch remains focused on racing amid domestic violence case

Whether Kurt Busch is allowed to race this season will likely depend on the outcome of the case. Gene Haas, who hand-picked Busch to drive a car sponsored by Haas, said he believes Busch's testimony and that he will be exonerated. Haas said he hasn't considered suspending his driver.

Golfer Robert Allenby stands by story, says truth will come out

Allenby posted a photo of his bloodied forehead and a swollen eye to his private Facebook account. He said he was robbed of wallet and phone, though the credit card he used to pay for dinner and wine was still in his front pocket.

Rams notify St. Louis they'll go year-to-year on dome lease

Rams billionaire owner Stan Kroenke is part of a joint venture that announced plans earlier this month for an 80,000-seat stadium in the Los Angeles suburbs. Any move would be subject to approval by the NFL and its owners. The NFL has already said no moves would be made in time for next season.

Super Bowl host city still reeling over sports deals

Glendale, Arizona picked the wrong time to invest heavily in sports, and now its facing bankruptcy as it prepares for its moment on the biggest stage.

NFL, YouTube partner to post official clips to video site

Previously, NFL videos that appeared on YouTube were unsanctioned.

An explainer: The three-ring circus of Super Bowl Media Day

Media Day at the Super Bowl is unlike any other media day — or any other event, for that matter.

NFL's Pro Bowl a testing range for quirky rules

Kickers had a difficult challenge with longer extra points and more narrow goalposts than usual.


Fireworks help celebrate Venus Williams' Australian Open run

Venus Williams wins the fourth-round in the Australian Open and will be joined by her sister, Serena, in the final eight.

LeBron, Cavs climb in standings, back in title conversation

The four-time league MVP recently missed eight games to rest a strained back and left knee. The time away clearly revived the 30-year-old, who may want to consider a January retreat in upcoming seasons. He's running, jumping, cutting, scoring — doing everything at his own towering standards. He's physically stronger, mentally recharged.

Kobe Bryant to have shoulder surgery, likely out for season

The Lakers will announce a timetable for Bryant's recovery after surgery, but coach Byron Scott anticipates losing the third-leading scorer in NBA history for the rest of the year.

Hall of Famer Ernie Banks mourned in sports world and beyond

What everyone saw included 512 home runs during a 19-year career that put him in the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. But perhaps more importantly, what everyone appreciated was "Mr. Cub," an always positive attitude that sparked a steady stream of tributes after Banks' death Friday night at age 83.

Belichick on deflated balls: 'We try to do everything right'

Saying his team "followed every rule to the letter," New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating.

NFL says no conclusion yet on Patriots' deflated footballs

The league said evidence shows the Patriots used underinflated footballs during the first half of the AFC championship game Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts.