Pro Sports

50 senators to NFL: Change Washington team's racist name

"We urge you and the National Football League to send the same clear message as the NBA did: that racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports," says a letter from 49 U.S. senators.

NFL headed for expanded playoffs in 2015

Commissioner Roger Goodell supports two more wild-card teams. So do most owners, although the league is proceeding cautiously by delaying until October an actual vote.

Mark Cuban apologizes to Trayvon Martin's family, but not for interview's substance

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban apologized Thursday to Trayvon Martin's family over his choice of words in a videotaped interview in which he addressed bigotry and prejudice.

Thunder, Spurs look back to 2012 as motivation before Game 3

All the Oklahoma City Thunder can do now is cling to history.

Two more victories by the dominant San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals, and Kevin Durant and the Thunder will be just that.

Chicago Cubs, rooftop venue owners appear headed toward legal battle

Owners of the 15 rooftop venues surrounding Wrigley Field have vowed to fight in court what they see as a threat to their views of the ballpark — and their livelihoods.

San Antonio thrashes Oklahoma City, takes 2-0 series lead

Tony Parker scored 22 points, Danny Green made seven 3-pointers and added 21, and the San Antonio Spurs used a dominant third quarter to decimate the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-77 on Wednesday night. The Spurs now have a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Los Angeles scores six straight in 6-2 win over Chicago

Jeff Carter scored three of Los Angeles' six straight goals, and the Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-2 on Wednesday night to leave the Western Conference final tied at one game apiece.

Horse dies after accident at Churchill Downs racetrack

A racehorse died Thursday at Churchill Downs after a freak fall that the trainer blamed on the sound of a starting gate bell blaring on the track's new sound system.

Guthrie strong in Royals' 3-1 win over White Sox

Jeremy Guthrie, Wade Davis and Greg Holland combined on a four-hitter and the Kansas City Royals rallied in the ninth inning to beat the Chicago White Sox 3-1 Wednesday night and avoid being swept in their three-game series.

49ers' Smith pleads no contest to gun charges, DUI

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith pleaded no contest Wednesday to three felony weapons charges and two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence.

Former NFL players say teams gave pain pills 'like candy'

The toughness of pro football players might be legendary, but a lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf of more than 600 former players contends it was abetted by team physicians and trainers who routinely, and often illegally, dispensed powerful narcotics and other controlled substances on game days to mask the pain.

WNBA begins marketing campaign targeted at LGBT community

The WNBA plans to become the first pro league to specifically recruit gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered fans to its games.

Sacramento Kings' new arena project approved by city

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson led the City Council in approving a $477 million arena for the Kings' NBA franchise late Tuesday and immediately hailed the project for raising the city's profile.

Paul George diagnosed with concussion after Game 2 collision

Indiana Pacers guard Paul George was diagnosed with a concussion Wednesday, and as such, his team appears to be more welcoming of the three-day break between games against the Miami Heat.

Rangers await different feel at Madison Square Garden on Thursday

Madison Square Garden underwent a recent $1 billion transformation, and yet it will have another completely different feeling once the New York Rangers hit the ice in the Eastern Conference finals.

Duncan helps Spurs rout Thunder in series opener

The Spurs took advantage of Thunder forward Serge Ibaka's absence, winning game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, 122-105.

Heat, James outlast Pacers in Game 2 to even Eastern Conference Finals

Lebron James had 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter. Dwyane Wade had 23 points, 13 in the first half when the Heat desperately needed them to stay close, and 10 more in the fourth quarter when they had to rally.

Wainwright throws 1-hitter as Cardinals shutout Diamondbacks

Adam Wainwright allowed one hit, facing one batter over the minimum and very few hard-hit balls, and the St. Louis Cardinals ended an eight-game home run drought with long balls from Matt Adams and Jhonny Peralta in a 5-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

Cavs continue lottery luck, get No. 1 pick again

The Cavaliers continued their remarkable run Tuesday, winning the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft for the second straight year and third time in the last four. They moved up from the ninth spot, when they had just a 1.7 percent chance of winning the top selection.

Ex-players sue NFL over use of painkillers

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages on behalf of more than 500 ex-athletes, charges the NFL with putting profits ahead of players' health. Some football players said they were never told they had broken bones and were instead fed pills to mask the pain.