Pro Sports

Rematch time: Spurs vs. Heat in NBA Finals

For the first time since 1998, the NBA Finals is a rematch. San Antonio and Miami will decide the league's champion for the second straight season, the Spurs earning their spot Saturday night by beating Oklahoma City 112-107 in overtime in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.

Toronto trounces Kansas City after Blue Jays post 7-run 1st inning

Toronto's booming offense made life easy for Marcus Stroman in his first major league start as the Blue Jays used a seven-run first inning to rout the Kansas City Royals 12-2 on Saturday.

Michael Wacha stays warm, shuts out Giants despite rain delay

Weather could have dampened Michael Wacha's strong outing, but he kept his stuff between breaks and led the St. Louis Cardinals to a shutout win.

Nadal blames bad back for slow serves at French Open

Eight-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal said back pain is slowing him down.

NBA owners to vote on Clippers sale, Sterling sues

Donald Sterling won't get to fight for his Los Angeles Clippers in front of NBA owners next week. His only chance now is in court.

​Carolina Panthers sign former Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy

The Carolina Panthers signed second-round draft pick Kony Ealy, a defensive end from Missouri. Terms of the deal were not released Thursday.

UPDATE: AP Source: Former Microsoft CEO wins Clippers bid

The individual, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly, told The Associated Press that Ballmer and the Sterling Family Trust now have a binding agreement. The deal now must be presented to the NBA.

Obama calls for more research of concussions in youth sports

Unable to directly affect the policies of youth sports leagues, Obama calls for research and tries to jump-start a national conversation to teach parents, coaches and young athletes about concussions.

Brandon Flowers, Justin Houston noticeably absent from Chiefs workouts

The first week of voluntary offseason workouts for the Kansas City Chiefs was more notable for who was missing from the field than anything that happened on it.

Morse propels Giants past Cardinals 6-5

Michael Morse homered and drove in three runs and Pablo Sandoval homered and scored twice to propel the San Francisco Giants to a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.

Spurs rout Thunder to take 3-2 lead in West finals

Tim Duncan had 22 points and 12 rebounds, Manu Ginobili scored 19 points and the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 117-89 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Rangers knock out Canadiens in 6, reach Stanley Cup finals

The Rangers are in the championship round for the first time since winning it all in 1994. To celebrate, the Empire State Building was immediately lit up in Rangers colors.

Nadal mulls tennis' future after French Open win

Nadal advanced to the third round of the French Open on Thursday, beating a 20-year-old Austrian, Dominic Thiem, in straight sets.

Yankees beat Cardinals 7-4, take series

Shelby Miller (6-4) allowed a career-worst seven runs and nine hits in five innings for St. Louis in the Cardinals' 7-4 loss to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night.

Royals win in extras thanks to hot hitting

Omar Infante hit a two-run single in the 10th inning and the Kansas City Royals overcame two home runs by Edwin Encarnacion to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-6 on Thursday night, snapping Toronto's winning streak at nine games.

Royals shake up coaching staff amid offensive funk

The moves were announced after the Royals finished a disastrous homestand that included a sweep by Houston, and before they opened a four-game series in Toronto.

Heat, Pacers readying for Game 6 of East finals

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra almost never holds a practice the day after a road game, especially when the team plane lands around 3:30 a.m. as was the case on Thursday. But Spoelstra deviated from the norm on the day before Game 6 of this East title series, not for any one on-court issue but rather so the two-time defending NBA champions could relieve some frustration.

Pacers stay alive with 93-90 Game 5 win over Heat

It took a frantic effort for the Pacers just to extend the series, even with the foul-plagued LeBron James held to just seven points in 23 minutes.

Blackhawks beat Kings 5-4 in 2OT to stay alive

Brandon Saad made a nice pass to the middle, and Handzus beat goalie Jonathan Quick with a backhander for his second goal of the playoffs. Handzus celebrated by jumping against boards behind the net and in front of a roaring sellout crowd.

Spurs hope to avoid repeat of 2012 fall to Thunder

In 2012, the Spurs won the first two games of the Western Conference finals against the Thunder then lost four straight and were bounced out of the playoffs. This season, the Spurs were cruising in the West finals, and they won two blowouts against Oklahoma City before Thunder defensive whiz Serge Ibaka unexpectedly came back from a left calf strain.