Pro Sports

Beat the clock: Pitchers put on timers in high minors

Minor League Baseball's governing body said a ball will be called in the count starting May 1 when a pitcher fails to start his windup or reach the set position within 20 seconds after having possession of the ball on the mound

Royals lose exhibition game to Giants

Omar Infante had two hits and drove in two runs for the Royals, and Salvador Perez had two hits and drove in a run.

Not the smoothest road to the Masters for McIlroy

He missed the cut at the Honda Classic. He was missing a club at the Cadillac Championship when he flung his 3-iron into a lake. And his highlight at the Arnold Palmer Invitational was eating a banana split after dinner with the King.

NFL suspending TV blackouts for 2015 season

No NFL games will be blocked from local television next season, the league said Monday at the owners' meetings. The teams voted for a one-year suspension of the long-standing blackout policy for the preseason and regular season.

Shifty business: It's a dilemma to shift in college baseball

As the use of defensive shifts by major league clubs has increased in the last five years, college teams have taken notice.


Michael Sam among 105 'vets' eyeing that elusive NFL job

Sam is trying to break into the NFL after two quick stints with the Rams and Cowboys. The veterans combine is an opportunity for previously-drafted players to prove they have something left in the tank.

Two-time MVP Steve Nash announces retirement from NBA

The eight-time All-Star is third in NBA history with 10,335 assists, trailing only John Stockton and Jason Kidd. Nash also is the best free-throw shooter in NBA history at 90.4 percent, barely edging Mark Price.

Blues fall to Wild

Justin Fontaine had a goal and two assists, linemate Thomas Vanek also scored and the Wild beat the Blues 6-3 with a well-rounded performance.

Winnipeg's Ladd scores decisive goal in SO vs. Blues

Blues goalie Brian Elliott stopped 33 shots in the loss. David Backes scored the lone goal for the Blues.


AP Source: Browns, Dwayne Bowe agree to terms

Bowe, who has spent the past eight seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, is expected to sign the deal today.

Morgan Hoffman learns grandmother dies, then takes lead at Bay Hill

Hoffman began his round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a 35-foot birdie putt on No. 10 and finished it with a 9-iron that touched the hole before stopping inches away for birdie.

Niese helps Mets' split squad beats Cardinals 7-2

Niese allowed one run and three hits and walked none in his third and longest outing of spring training.

Lindsey Vonn ready for more after World Cup super-G win

Vonn won the final super-G of the season on Thursday and with it her 19th crystal globe trophy — equaling the record of Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark.

Edinson Volquez roughed up in Royals' 8-4 loss to Brewers

The right-hander surrendered six runs on eight hits and two walks over four innings.

Rule changes galore on the agenda at NFL meetings

New England  proposed that everything except scoring plays or turnovers be challengeable.

Cowboys agree to contract with Greg Hardy

The move comes amid the possibility of a league suspension for Hardy.

Hammel sharp as Cubs top Royals

Jason Hammel allowed two hits and struck out three in his longest outing of the spring after he allowed nine hits and walked three in his previous two appearances.

49ers' Chris Borland retiring at 24, wary of head trauma

After one season in the NFL with a team-leading 108 tackles, Borland says it's not worth the risk.

Cardinals trump Marlins; Wainwright plans return

Jhonny Peralta had three hits, including his first homer of spring training, and led the St. Louis Cardinals over a Miami Marlins' split squad 7-1 Tuesday.

Peralta, who entered in 1-for-14 slide, homered on a fifth-inning slider from Bryan Morris for a 5-1 lead. He singled in his first two at-bats.

Can anyone stop Kevin Harvick's role?

Now in a zone not seen in NASCAR in several years, Harvick and crew chief Rodney Childers head to California amid a looming question: Can anyone stop the No. 4 team?