Pro Sports

John Axford goes from Cardinals to Indians

Free agent John Axford agreed to terms on a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Cleveland Indians, pending a physical. Axford is expected to undergo a medical exam on Wednesday.

Rams' Stacy finishing season strong

Zac Stacy is a surprise star on offense and had a huge bounce-back game against the Saints, setting a franchise rookie record with 106 yards in the first half.

Royals announce $30.25 million, 4-year deal for Infante

Omar Infante will primarily play second base, though he also has the ability to play several infield positions and the outfield.

Pats' Ninkovich not discouraged by missed chance

The Miami Dolphins moved two games behind the Patriots in the division with a 24-20 win over New England on Sunday sealed by Michael Thomas' interception in the end zone with 2 seconds left after Tom Brady had thrown three straight incompletions.

Wild weekend puts Colts back in seeding mix

Indianapolis closes out the season with a trip to Kansas City, which locked up a playoff spot with a win at Oakland, and at home against a Jacksonville team that has been much better  during the second half of the season. Win both and anything, including a longshot jump to the No. 1 seed, is still possible.

Chiefs headed to playoffs, still have West hopes

The Chiefs punched their ticket to the postseason with a 56-31 victory at Oakland on Sunday, one that pushed their franchise-best turnaround to nine games. Kansas City (11-3) also moved into a tie with Denver atop the AFC West, though the Broncos hold the tiebreaker by virtue of a season sweep.

Rams delay Saints' postseason plans with 27-16 win

The Saints (10-4) missed their first chance to clinch a playoff berth, trailing 24-3 at the half.

Chiefs clinch playoffs with 56-31 win vs. Raiders

With Sunday's win over the Raiders, the Kansas City Chiefs become the fourth team ever to make the playoffs a year after losing at least 14 games. Kansas City (11-3) is tied for first place in the AFC West with Denver.

Rob Ryan explains decision to back out of St. Louis

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan says his verbal commitment to take a job in St. Louis was made hastily while he was still upset over his firing in Dallas.

Backes scores in overtime and Blues top Blue Jackets 4-3

Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice and Chris Stewart tied it with 6:27 remaining in regulation for St. Louis, which entered tied for the fewest regulation losses in the league with six and have now won three straight and four of five.

Body of Chiefs former linebacker Jovan Belcher exhumed for brain exam

The body has been exhumed more than a year after Belcher killed his girlfriend and himself so that his brain can be examined for signs of a degenerative condition linked to repeated concussions.

Beat Rams, and Saints are in playoffs

The Rams have injury woes on the offensive line and in the secondary, and they have Kellen Clemens, one of the lesser-known quarterbacks.

Chiefs look to clinch playoffs by beating Raiders

A win this week against another last-place team will put the Chiefs in the playoffs one year after posting the worst record in the NFL.

Chiefs' wide receiver Dexter McCluster ruled out for Oakland game

Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster won't play Sunday because of an infection in a small cut on his ankle.

Rams Hekker leads NFL in net punting average

Rams honor Johnny Hekker on Friday. Heleads the NFL in net punting, averaging 43.9 yards. He doesn't hit it the longest, ranking ninth overall, but the average return is a pedestrian 2.9 yards.

Chiefs' McCluster out with infection in ankle

Dexter McCluster, who has already brought back two punts for touchdowns this season, was listed as questionable Friday for the Raiders game after a small cut on his ankle that he picked up in the mud and snow last week against Washington got infected.

Chargers stun Broncos 27-20

The Chargers defeated the Broncos 27-20 Thursday night, the first regular-season defeat at home in 14 tries.

Backes scores twice as Blues beat Maple Leafs

This game was Toronto's third loss in a row.


MLB intends to ban home-plate collisions

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, chairman of the rules committee, announced at the winter meetings that Major League Baseball intends to eliminate home-plate collisions by 2015 at the latest.

Washington coach sits RG3; Cousins will start

Robert Griffin III will be the inactive third quarterback for Washington's final three games, behind starter Kirk Cousins and backup Rex Grossman. Coach Mike Shanahan's reasoning is that he fears Griffin, who has taken a pounding in recent weeks, will get hurt, and that would ruin the franchise player's offseason.