Pro Sports

FIFA remains confident Brazil is ready for World Cup

Soccer's governing body said Thursday it's "in control" of what needs to be done to get the tournament off to a good start in a week.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo still out with leg injuries

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Friday's friendly against Mexico as he tries to recover from leg injuries in time for the team's World Cup opener against Germany on June 16.

Maria Sharapova's determined play leads her to French Open final

Maria Sharapova scrapped her way to a third consecutive French Open final. Although her route wasn't easy, her ability to close matches gives her a chance against No. 4 Simona Halep.

Sam Bradford's recovery on schedule, St. Louis Rams staff says

Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam will be the headliner of a media frenzy Friday, but reporters turned their focus to quarterback Sam Bradford ahead of that availability.

Yordano Ventura deals in Royals' win over Cardinals

Yordano Ventura threw six innings in his return from a sore elbow, and the Kansas City Royals rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Thursday night and end a string of eight straight home losses to their in-state rivals.

California Chrome aims for sport's toughest feat

Three races in a five-week span at varying distances on different tracks. It's so tough only 11 horses have won the Triple Crown, and none in 36 years. Saturday, California Chrome will try to break that streak.

Kings make a scary opponent for Rangers' Alain Vigneault

After getting beat in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said the Los Angeles Kings are one of the best teams he's watched on film.

Williams puts LA Kings past Rangers in OT opener

Los Angeles' Justin Williams put his eighth goal of the postseason past Henrik Lundqvist, who made 40 saves and nearly stole an early win for the Rangers. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick made 25 saves for the Kings, who moved one victory closer to their second Stanley Cup title in three years after a hair-raising opener.

Second wave of former players join NFL lawsuit

The lawsuit was originally filed May 20 in U.S. District Court in northern California and amended Wednesday to add 250 more players, bringing the total to 750 plaintiffs.

After thrilling finish, Heat, Spurs start up again

The Spurs wanted a rematch, and so did basketball fans. It begins Thursday in San Antonio.

Nadal, Murray set up French Open semifinal matchup

For the first time in this year's tournament, eight-time champion Nadal dropped a set. And this had to be on Nadal's mind: His opponent, David Ferrer, could present real problems.


Klinsmann: US defense still 'work in progress'

After allowing several decent scoring chances early against Turkey last Sunday, the Americans settled down in the 2-1 victory. But the rocky start caused more conversation and maybe more concern about what many believe is the team's glaring weakness heading into the World Cup in Brazil.

Attorney: Donald Sterling agrees to sell Clippers

Sterling "has made an agreement with the NBA to resolve all their differences" and as co-owner has given his consent to a deal that was negotiated by his wife, Shelly Sterling, to sell the team, attorney Maxwell Blecher said.

James feels 'blessed' by shot at another NBA title

On Wednesday, LeBron James took a seat inside a makeshift interview area, sneaked a quick glance at the NBA Finals signage that was off to his left side, and beamed like a kid in a candy store.

49ers QB Kaepernick receives 6-year extension

One of the NFL's most dynamic young playcallers, ColinKaepernick received a $126 million, six-year contract extension Wednesday that keeps him with the organization through the 2020 season.

Royals outlast Cardinals 8-7

Eric Hosmer hit a tiebreaking single off closer Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth inning and the Royals won 8-7 Tuesday night for their second straight road victory in the four-game, two-city series.

California Chrome on target for Belmont Stakes

California Chrome will try for the first Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978 on Saturday in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes.

US World Cup formation still unformed

After replacing Bob Bradley as the Americans' coach in July 2011, coach Jurgen Klinsmann most often used a 4-2-3-1 formation: four defenders with two defensive midfielders in front of them. Higher up the field were three advanced midfielders supporting a lone forward.

Wayne Rooney to start World Cup warm-up match

Now is Rooney's chance to show his versatility, even if it is out on the left flank where he complained previously he can't express himself as much, with Rickie Lambert in line to lead the attack.

FIFA presidential challenger wants to tear down the 'financial iron curtain'

Although Jerome Champagne won't say so, his chances of unseating Sepp Blatter as FIFA president in May 2015 look slim to non-existent. Under Blatter, FIFA revenues have exploded, from hundreds of millions to billions of dollars, nearly all of it from marketing the World Cup.