Pro Sports

Heat locking in on Finals, not what summer brings

How the Heat fare in their NBA Finals rematch with the San Antonio Spurs might dictate what happens in July, when LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade can become free agents if they choose.

Selfies can't fix NASCAR attendance woes

Selfies are all the rage in every age group, and in NASCAR the ability to snap a shot with the stars is just another perk in the fan-friendly sport. However, despite these promotion gimmicks, racetracks continue to struggle with a lack of attendance from fans.

A look at Stanley Cup finals between Kings, Rangers

Here's a quick look and analysis of the upcoming Stanley Cup Finals featuring the New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings.

5 things to look for Tuesday at the French Open

If Novak Djokovic wins Tuesday, he would reach his sixth semifinal at Roland Garros; in the Open era, which began in 1968, only Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have made it that far in Paris more often.

Phil Jackson fined $25,000 for tampering with Fisher

Knicks President Phil Jackson has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for a tampering violation involving veteran guard Derek Fisher.

Gambler says he wasn't involved in insider trading with Phil Meckelson

A federal official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press the FBI and Securities and Exchange Commission are analyzing trades Phil Mickelson and Billy Walters made involving Clorox at the same time Carl Icahn was attempting to take over the company. When Icahn's intent became public, the stock price jumped.

Cardinals blanked by Giants 8-0

Lance Lynn gave up seven runs, four earned, and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings. He walked four and struck out two.

Guthrie loses again as Blue Jays beat Royals 4-0

Jeremy Guthrie (2-5) lost his fifth straight decision, allowing two runs and eight hits in seven innings.

Rematch time: Spurs vs. Heat in NBA Finals

For the first time since 1998, the NBA Finals is a rematch. San Antonio and Miami will decide the league's champion for the second straight season, the Spurs earning their spot Saturday night by beating Oklahoma City 112-107 in overtime in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.

Toronto trounces Kansas City after Blue Jays post 7-run 1st inning

Toronto's booming offense made life easy for Marcus Stroman in his first major league start as the Blue Jays used a seven-run first inning to rout the Kansas City Royals 12-2 on Saturday.

Michael Wacha stays warm, shuts out Giants despite rain delay

Weather could have dampened Michael Wacha's strong outing, but he kept his stuff between breaks and led the St. Louis Cardinals to a shutout win.

Nadal blames bad back for slow serves at French Open

Eight-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal said back pain is slowing him down.

NBA owners to vote on Clippers sale, Sterling sues

Donald Sterling won't get to fight for his Los Angeles Clippers in front of NBA owners next week. His only chance now is in court.

​Carolina Panthers sign former Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy

The Carolina Panthers signed second-round draft pick Kony Ealy, a defensive end from Missouri. Terms of the deal were not released Thursday.

UPDATE: AP Source: Former Microsoft CEO wins Clippers bid

The individual, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly, told The Associated Press that Ballmer and the Sterling Family Trust now have a binding agreement. The deal now must be presented to the NBA.

Obama calls for more research of concussions in youth sports

Unable to directly affect the policies of youth sports leagues, Obama calls for research and tries to jump-start a national conversation to teach parents, coaches and young athletes about concussions.

Brandon Flowers, Justin Houston noticeably absent from Chiefs workouts

The first week of voluntary offseason workouts for the Kansas City Chiefs was more notable for who was missing from the field than anything that happened on it.

Morse propels Giants past Cardinals 6-5

Michael Morse homered and drove in three runs and Pablo Sandoval homered and scored twice to propel the San Francisco Giants to a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.

Spurs rout Thunder to take 3-2 lead in West finals

Tim Duncan had 22 points and 12 rebounds, Manu Ginobili scored 19 points and the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 117-89 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Rangers knock out Canadiens in 6, reach Stanley Cup finals

The Rangers are in the championship round for the first time since winning it all in 1994. To celebrate, the Empire State Building was immediately lit up in Rangers colors.