Pro Sports

Indianapolis Motor Speedway opens May with a wreck

Indianapolis Motor Speedway officially opened for the month of May with a chaotic road course race that started with a wreck, saw James Hinchliffe and the mayor of the city injured by flying debris, and, finally, Simon Pagenaud celebrate a fuel-mileage victory.

Jadeveon Clowney picked 1st; Missouri misses out on first round of NFL draft

Eleven SEC players had their names called during the opening round of the NFL draft in New York on Thursday, but none of them were Missouri players. The Tigers were locked out of the first round for the first time since 2008.


Neil Walker powers Pirates to 6-4 win over Cardinals

The hot-hitting Neil Walker had three hits, including a go-ahead three-run home run in the seventh inning, and drove in four runs to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4.

Shelly Sterling, Donald Sterling's wife, will fight to keep ownership of Clippers

The estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling will fight to retain her 50 percent ownership stake in the team, her lawyer said Thursday, adding an unwanted twist to the NBA's plan to force new ownership on the franchise.

Witnesses oppose National Labor Relations Board ruling on college athlete unionization

The regional National Labor Relations Board ruling that scholarship football players at Northwestern University are entitled to collective bargaining rights has drawn strong opposition from Baylor University President Ken Starr, who said that it would be very disruptive.

Halfway there: Miami tops Brooklyn in Game 2, 94-82

LeBron James scored 22 points, Chris Bosh added 18 and the Heat pulled away late to beat the Nets 94-82 on Thursday night, taking a 2-0 lead in the East semifinals.

NBC's deal with International Olympic Committee bolsters profile of both organizations

By securing the U.S. broadcast rights to the Olympics through 2032, NBC tightened its grip on the world's most prized sports property. By awarding a new six-games package to the network, the International Olympic Committee scored a coup that bolsters its financial security.

Michael Sam wins Arthur Ashe Courage Award

Michael Sam, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, announced earlier this year that he is gay, making him set to become the first openly gay player in the NFL. ESPN is honoring Sam for "his courage and honesty that resonates beyond sports."

Gordon, Butler lift Royals to 3-1 win over Padres

Alex Gordon singled in the go-ahead run with one out in the 11th inning and pinch-hitter Billy Butler followed with an RBI double to give the Royals a 3-1 victory against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.

Goodell: Bills need new stadium to ensure future

In calling the Bills' recently negotiated 10-year lease agreement a "short-term solution," Goodell on Wednesday said a new stadium would be the next step in securing the team's long-term future.

Wainwright, Cardinals breeze past Braves in Atlanta

Adam Wainwright (6-2) bounced back from his worst start of the season, having surrendered 10 hits and six runs to the Chicago Cubs. He allowed six hits, struck out six and was lifted after throwing 103 pitches in Wednesday's win over the Braves.

NBA owners meet again to update Clippers situation

The advisory/finance committee held its second conference call in the past two weeks, reviewing the timing and process for forcing Sterling to sell the franchise following his lifetime ban for making racist comments.

Shields pitches Royals past Padres in shutout

Eric Hosmer drove a season-high of four runs, and the Royals scored three times in the first inning. Kansas City won 8-0 Wednesday.

NFL Draft 2014: Prospects ready to end long wait

The NFL's first May draft gave everyone a little more time to critique the prospects and try to figure out who is going where and when.

Heat know Nets will make adjustments for Game 2

Dwyane Wade knows the Brooklyn Nets will have something up their collective sleeves.

He's just not sure what.

Hibbert leads Pacers past Wizards, 86-82 in Game 2

Roy Hibbert scored a season-high 28 points after a firestorm of criticism from teammates and fans. He sealed the team's win by grabbing the last rebound of the game.

Braves snap 7-game skid, beat Cardinals 2-1

Justin Upton homered and scored the tiebreaking run on Chris Johnson's eighth-inning single, and the Atlanta Braves beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Tuesday night to end their seven-game skid.

Fisher: Rams are not shopping Bradford

Coach Jeff Fisher says the St. Louis Rams are not looking to trade quarterback Sam Bradford to make room for Johnny Manziel.

Chiefs could be in market to trade NFL draft picks

Although Kansas City currently only has one first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the franchise would be willing to trade draft picks if the opportunity presents itself.

Michael Phelps enters 2 events at North Carolina meet

Next up for Michael Phelps' comeback: Two events that produced Olympic gold.