Pro Sports

Brazil kicks off World Cup with 3-1 win over Croatia

The mood lifted when Neymar lived up to his hype as the team's biggest star and tied the game for Brazil in the 29th minute, unleashing an ear-splitting roar from the crowd and across the nation.

Spurs take commanding 3-1 lead with victory over Heat

Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and the Spurs routed the Heat again, winning 107-86 on Thursday night to open a commanding 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals.

Martin Kaymer seizes U.S. Open lead with 65

His confidence spurred by a win at The Players Championship, Kaymer birdied three of the last five holes Thursday for a 5-under 65, the lowest score from any of the three Opens played at Pinehurst No. 2.

Rangers beat Kings 2-1, stay alive in Cup finals

Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves and had the Madison Square Garden crowd chanting his name in the Rangers' 2-1 victory in Game 4 that kept the Los Angeles Kings from a sweep on Wednesday night.

St. Louis football stadium running out of money

The indoor football stadium that the St. Louis Rams call home is running out of money as the NFL's team long-term future in the city remains murky.

Royals use four sacrifice flies to beat Indians 4-1

The Royals scored all their runs by tying a franchise record with four sacrifice flies, and Yordano Ventura dominated the Indians over seven stingy innings in a 4-1 victory.

Wacha struggles in Cardinals' 6-3 loss to Rays

After allowing three runs or less in each of his first 13 starts, the Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha gave up four runs to Tampa Bay in the fourth inning and the Rays went on to win 6-3 Wednesday night.

Clippers' sale hits snag as Donald Sterling fights legality of estranged wife's deal

The development is the latest in a legal tug of war following the NBA's decision to ban Sterling for life after racist remarks he made surfaced in April. Sterling is fighting the decision and suing the league for $1 billion.

American coach says it's unrealistic for US to expect title

Jurgen Klinsmann says fans shouldn't expect the U.S. to lift soccer's top trophy for the first time July 13, even if that stance upsets some.

Cards ace Wainwright in St. Louis for elbow tests

Before Wednesday night's game against the Rays, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said that everything the team had heard so far about Wainwright's elbow "has been positive."

Stadium safety a worry for World Cup's opening match

Because of chronic delays, worker deaths and other problems during its construction, the new arena has never been match-tested at close to full capacity.

Heat turn to the tape to make fixes before Game 4

The Heat spent Wednesday watching film after the Spurs eviscerated its defense on Tuesday night.

Falcons' Weatherspoon, former Missouri linebacker, to miss 2014 season

The loss of Weatherspoon, the team's first-round pick from Missouri in 2010, is a blow to the Falcons, whose disappointing 4-12 finish in 2013 was marked by a string of injuries. Weatherspoon has eight sacks and two interceptions in his first four seasons.

Chiefs cornerback Smith cited after alleged wreck

According to a copy of the police report, Smith was attempting to make a turn in Kansas City's Power & Light entertainment district when he struck the light pole about 12:30 a.m. The officer reported that Smith "appeared confused and began mumbling statements that I did not understand."

The heat will be on, and the U.S. is happy

The Americans have the lengthiest first-round trek among the 32 teams at 8,800 air miles, chartering roundtrip flights from Sao Paulo to Natal (1,420 each way), Manaus (1,680) and Recife (1,300).

Heat drilled in Game 3 of NBA Finals

No Miami miracle this time, either. A blowout got interesting for a few minutes, but in the end, it wound up as a blowout — and the road to a third straight NBA championship for the Heat got considerably tougher.

Royals hold on to beat hot-hitting Indians 9-5

Jason Vargas cooled down hot-hitting Cleveland, Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer and the Kansas City Royals held on for a 9-5 victory over the Indians on Tuesday night.

Wainwright wins 9th, Cards beat Rays 1-0

The Cardinals have three consecutive shutouts for the first time since April 2013. St. Louis, with 13 shutouts this season, was coming off 5-0 victories over Toronto on Saturday and Sunday.

Ghana ready for World Cup rematch against US

The Ghanaians have every reason to be optimistic, because they eliminated the United States from the past two World Cups. So they'll have the azonto cued up and other dances ready as well.

Mickelson trying to keep his focus on Pinehurst

On the golf course, Mickelson is trying to ignore the enormous expectations on him this week. He holds the worst kind of U.S. Open record with six runner-up finishes. He needs this major to complete the career Grand Slam.