Pro Sports

Bears hire Saints' Ryan Pace as GM

The Chicago Bears hired New Orleans Saints executive Ryan Pace as general manager Thursday to replace the fired Phil Emery, hoping he can rejuvenate a franchise that just missed the playoffs for the seventh time in eight years.

Missouri football's Shane Ray declares for NFL draft

Missouri defensive line All-American Shane Ray will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft following a record-setting season. Ray earned the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year award for his efforts as the Tigers worked toward an 11-3 record and a Citrus Bowl win against Minnesota.

Chiefs sign quarterback Terrelle Pryor to 1-year deal

Terrelle Pryor worked out for the team earlier in the day, and later tweeted a picture of himself carrying a notebook with the Chiefs' logo on it.

Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning square off for third time

Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning are 1-1 against each other heading into Sunday's tiebreaker that will determine which one gets to play for the AFC championship and which one gets to start thinking about Luck vs. Manning IV next season in Indy.

St. Louis leaders: Rams won't return our calls

City officials said Wednesday that the owner of the Rams isn't returning their calls, so they plan to work directly with the NFL on efforts to keep a team — any team — in St. Louis amid speculation the Rams are headed back to Los Angeles.

Bid decision gives USOC chance to pick long-term partner

When the leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee meet Thursday, they'll be deciding on more than a city to put in the running to host the 2024 Summer Games. They'll be picking a partner that will help shape their future.

Georgia hires Rams' Brian Schottenheimer as offensive coordinator

Brian Schottenheimer, 41, was the Rams' offensive coordinator the past three seasons after heading the Jets' offense from 2006-11. He previously served as quarterbacks coach for the San Diego Chargers and Washington.

Backes scores 4 goals to lead Blues in 6-0 win over Coyotes

David Backes became the latest player to accomplish the feat, scoring four goals for the second time in his career to lead the Blues to a 6-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night.

St. Louis looks for answers, young or old, to end sub-.500 streak

Adding veterans might be just what's needed to end a string of 11 years without a winning record. Another theory is that the Rams (6-10) need the players they've been nurturing to continue to improve.

Rodgers sits out Packers practice, still expected to start

Aaron Rodgers didn't practice Wednesday because of a lingering left calf injury. The quarterback left no doubt about his plans for Sunday when the Green Bay Packers host the Dallas Cowboys.

5 years later, Johnson, Martinez and Smoltz 'old goats'

"Old goats" is what Martinez called the newest Hall of Famers, products of another age — remember back before high definition TVs and mobile Internet browsers were commonplace?

MLB Hall of Fame inductees share lasting memories

Members of the largest MLB Hall of Fame class since 1955 had plenty of anecdotes to share from their playing days during a reflective press conference Wednesday.

Liverpool soccer legend Steven Gerrard joins LA Galaxy

The Liverpool captain will join the defending Major League Soccer champions in July after completing his illustrious career with his boyhood team, the Galaxy announced Wednesday.

Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio elected to Hall of Fame

Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, a trio of star pitchers who dominated in an era of offense, were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Tuesday along with Craig Biggio.

Rating officials: How NFL determines who works postseason

Moving to the current "all-star" approach allows for officials rated highest at each position by supervisors to get the premium assignments. But it also can rob the crews working the critical January and February games of the cohesion developed through a full preseason and regular season.

Why "all-star" officiating crews in playoffs?

A pass interference call that was changed during the Cowboys-Lions game is raising questions about the way officiating crews are put together in the postseason.

Trio of aces poised to lead Hall of Fame class of 2015

Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz appear to be shoo-ins for election to the Hall of Fame in what is shaping up as the baseball writers' biggest class of inductees in 60 years.

Cowboys enjoy ending, but will they have more?

The two-touchdown rally Sunday wasn't new to this year's Cowboys, but it was by far the most significant.

Peyton Manning, Brandon Marshall return to Broncos practice

UPDATE: Rams owner Kroenke planning NFL stadium in Los Angeles County

The plan will add to pressure on St. Louis to either strike a deal for a new stadium or watch the team return to Southern California, where it played from 1946 to 1994.