Sports: Professional

Dec. 26, 2014 @ 12:21 PM

Westbrook's double-double lifts Thunder past Spurs

Russell Westbrook smiled as he walked off the court in San Antonio, blowing a kiss to a spectator and waving at the few Oklahoma City Thunder fans in attendance.

Dec. 23, 2014 @ 05:22 PM

Cowboys' McClain loses house to fire

A witness reported seeing a car speeding away from the exclusive neighborhood where a suspicious fire gutted a mansion owned by Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain, a police spokesman said Tuesday.

Dec. 23, 2014 @ 05:11 PM

Panthers counting on Jonathan Stewart versus Falcons

In their quest to become the first team to repeat as NFC South champions, the Carolina Panthers will lean heavily on healthy running back Jonathan Stewart.

Dec. 23, 2014 @ 04:56 PM

Pierce embraces Christmas games

The Associated Press will periodically look at the changing landscape of the NBA during the season from varied perspectives: A player's viewpoint, from the bench, and from the business side. In this installment, Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce sits down to talk about the significance of Christmas to players:

Dec. 23, 2014 @ 04:36 PM

Patriots, Spurs successful franchises for similar reasons

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are aiming for their fourth Super Bowl title.

Dec. 19, 2014 @ 07:41 PM

Upton traded to Padres from rebuilding Braves

With the focus firmly on the opening of their new stadium, the Atlanta Braves dealt away slugger Justin Upton and made it clear that contending next season is not their primary goal.

Dec. 19, 2014 @ 07:37 PM

Phelps pleads guilty to DUI

Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps avoided jail time on Friday when a judge placed him on probation for pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge for the second time in 10 years. The punishment came with a warning.

Dec. 19, 2014 @ 07:32 PM

Mavericks acquire Rondo in trade

The Boston Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, cutting ties with the last remnant of their last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title.

Dec. 18, 2014 @ 06:39 PM

Newton improving, 'probably' will start vs. Browns

The Panthers' Cam Newton will "probably" start Sunday against the Cleveland Browns barring any physical setbacks this week, Carolina coach Ron Rivera said after the quarterback practiced on Thursday.

Dec. 16, 2014 @ 04:28 PM

North Carolina Coyotes defeat Brooklyn Sky-Rockets

The North Carolina Coyotes ABA team improved to 6-3 on the season with a 150-132 win over the Brooklyn Sky-Rockets this past Saturday.