Pro Sports

Wacha pitches 5 strong innings for Cardinals

Michael Wacha looked sharp in his final spring start Thursday, giving up a run in five innings of the St. Louis Cardinals' 6-4 loss to the Miami Marlins.

Pacers use rally late to beat Heat 84-83

The NBA's best home team ended a two-game losing streak, took a 2-1 lead in the season series against the two-time defending champions and rebuilt a three-game advantage in the race for the Eastern Conference's top seed.

Harper ejected in Nationals' loss to Cardinals

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper was ejected Wednesday after being called out at first base in a 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

MLB readies its new high-tech replay room

Baseball opens a high-tech control room this weekend where the fates of batters, pitchers, runners and fielders will be decided by umpires up to 2,600 miles away in the building where the Oreo cookie was invented.

Shields shelled in final tuneup for Royals

James Shields gave up seven runs in the first inning Wednesday before settling down to throw three scoreless ones in his final start before opening day in the Kansas City Royals' 9-5 loss to the San Diego Padres.

Buffalo Bills owner, NFL luminary Ralph Wilson dies at 95

Ralph Wilson, the Buffalo Bills owner who helped found the American Football League in 1960 and played a key role in the merger with the NFL, died Tuesday. He was 95.

NFL will address workplace environment, Colts owner's issues, Roger Goodell says

Commissioner Roger Goodellsaid the NFL will meet with the players union on April 8 to discuss improving the league's workplace environment.

Washington owner Dan Snyder creates foundation to assist Native Americans

Washington football team owner Dan Snyder says it's time to put some money behind his claim that his team's nickname honors Native Americans.

Los Angeles Dodgers have highest MLB payroll in upcoming season

As of Tuesday, the average salary projected to be between $3.95 million and $4 million, with the final figure depending on how many players are put on the disabled list by the time opening-day rosters are finalized at 3 p.m. Sunday.

After three months apart, Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers prep for another showdown

The Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers last played on Dec. 18. This time around, the stakes are much higher, and both teams know it.

Woods: 'Still too soon' to know if fit for Masters

Woods is off to the worst start of his 18 years on tour, and he's been troubled lately by back problems.


Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers top Diamondbacks in Australian MLB opener

Clayton Kershaw flashed his Cy Young form, Scott Van Slyke homered and the NL West champions opened the Major League Baseball season with a 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Shortstop Diaz goes 2 for 2 in spring debut; Cardinals top Nationals

Cardinal pitcher Adam Wainwright, preparing for a March 31 opener at Cincinnati, dominated a Washington lineup devoid of regulars. He struck out seven and walked none, throwing 81 pitches in the Cardinals' 2-0 win over the Nationals.

Albert Pujols, Mike Trout bat Angels past Royals

Albert Pujols and Mike Trout homered to back Jered Weaver and help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Thursday.

Cardinals lose to Miami Marlins 4-3

Miami second baseman Derek Dietrich broke his nose when he was struck in the face by a bad-hop single during the Marlins' 4-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.

Before opening day, ballparks rush to thaw fields

Groundskeepers all over baseball are scrambling to help their ballparks recover from months of snow and freezing temperatures that left fields looking more ready for cross-country skiers than bats and balls.

Blackhawks blank Blues at United Center

Duncan Keith, Andrew Shaw, Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith scored as Chicago ended the league-leading Blues' nine-game point streak (8-0-1) and dealt St. Louis its first regulation loss against a Central Division opponent this season.

Royals game called off after Reds pitcher Chapman struck in the face by line drive

Reds manager Bryan Price said Chapman was conscious and talking as he was taken off the field during their game against the Kansas City Royals.

Carlos Martinez sharp in start, Cardinals beat Twins 3-1

St. Louis' Carlos Martinez and Minnesota's Kyle Gibson vied for spots in their teams' rotations during the Cardinals-Twins game Wednesday. The Cardinals beat the Twins 3-1.

NFL owners to review playoff expansion, video replay

Owners of NFL teams will discuss expanding playoffs by two teams and modifying the post-touchdown extra point rule, but whether a vote will occur is uncertain.