Pro Sports

Former Royals starter James Shields agrees to deal with Padres

James Shields helped Kansas City reach the World Series last season but declined a $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Royals.

Woods says he'll return to competition when his game is ready

Hopeful of having injuries behind him, Woods made a horrific start to the new year. He shot a career-high 82 in the second round of the Phoenix Open to miss the cut by 12 shots. And then he withdrew after 11 holes of ordinary golf at Torrey Pines because of tightness in his back from a fog delay.

AP source: Karl to coach Kings after All-Star Break

The Sacramento Kings and George Karl have agreed to the framework of a deal for him to take over as coach, a person familiar with the negotiations said Wednesday.

Dmitrij Jaskin boosts Blues past Coyotes 2-1

The Blues are 3-0 against the Coyotes, among the lowest-scoring teams in the NHL. The first two games were blowouts, 6-0 and 6-1.

LeBron James feels no need to clarify 'Love' tweets

The social media mix-up began Saturday when James tweeted: "Stop trying to find a way to FIT-OUT and just FIT-IN. Be apart of something special! Just my thoughts." The phrases "fit out" and "fit in" are the same words Love used earlier this season to describe how he was trying to mesh with his new team.

Heat guard Dwyane Wade will not play in All-Star Game

Wade has missed Miami's last six games and will remain inactive when the Heat close their pre-All-Star schedule in Cleveland on Wednesday night.

AP Source: Kings, George Karl in talks about coaching job

If hired, Karl could coach the Kings in their first game back on Feb. 20 at home against Boston. That also would give him a few practice days to help ease the transition.

Jon Jay, Cardinals agree to 2-year contract for $10,975,000

Jon Jay gets a $1.25 million signing bonus under Monday's agreement, $3.5 million this year and $6,225,000 in 2016.

Hossa gets go-ahead goal, Blackhawks edge Blues 4-2

St. Louis has lost two straight since a franchise-record 13-game point streak. The Blues are 20-5-2 at home.

Bills to sign Incognito, key figure in bullying scandal

In a two-sentence release Saturday night, the Bills said they reached an agreement in principle to sign Incognito. He was a free agent and had been out of football since being suspended and missing the final eight games of the 2013 season.

Paul fined $25,000 for criticizing female official

The NBA announced the fine on Saturday. Paul was given a technical by rookie referee Lauren Holtkamp on Thursday night in the third quarter of a 105-94 loss to the Cavaliers, a game that featured five technicals against the Clippers.

Foligno leads goal parade in Blue Jackets' 7-1 rout of Blues

Nick Foligno set a career high with his 19th and 20th goals of the season and also had an assist, and the Columbus Blue Jackets had their most productive game in a 7-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night.

Judge takes Peterson arbitration arguments under advisement

The latest dispute between the NFL Players Association and the NFL over the league's personal conduct policy was aired Friday in federal court, as Adrian Peterson listened to arguments about his suspension that the union is trying to have overturned.

Jurors in ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez's trial tour his home

Hernandez was not allowed on the tour, but lawyers for both sides attended, as did Bristol County Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh, who is overseeing the case.

Duffy, Royals agree to 1-year contract for $2,425,000

The 26-year-old left-hander was 9-12 with a 2.53 ERA in 25 starts and six relief appearances last year for the AL champions and held opponents to a .209 average. He won the AL Division Series opener against the Los Angeles Angels, when he pitched a scoreless 10th inning.

Chris Paul: Criticism of female ref "was about a bad call"

His criticism of the rookie official drew a rebuke from the referees union Friday followed by strong backing from the female executive director of the NBA Players Association.

NFL fines Irvin, 3 others for roles in Super Bowl shoving

Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett and New England Patriots tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Michael Hoomanawanui were fined $8,628 each. Hoomanawanui was fined for unnecessary roughness, the others for striking an opponent late.

Blues extend point streak to 13 with 3-0 win over Sabres

Dmitrij Jaskin scored on a wraparound late in the second period, and Vladimir Tarasenko tapped in Backes' pass in the third period for St. Louis, which improved its run to 12-0-1. Jaden Schwartz added an empty-netter as the Blues won their seventh straight.

Seahawks' Sherman, girlfriend welcome baby boy

Sherman's girlfriend, Ashley Moss, gave birth to the couple's first child Thursday morning, four days after the Super Bowl. Sherman tweeted about the birth around 4 a.m. PST.

Magic fire coach Jacque Vaughn

Citing a "stalled" growth process, the Magic fired Jacque Vaughn as coach Thursday after two and half seasons, ending the tenure of the first-time head coach brought in to help rebuild the franchise.