Daily Hampshire Gazette - Established 1786
L/snow
32°
L/snow
Hi 33° | Lo 26°

Pro Sports

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, file photo, the former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, center, is crowned "King of Boxing" while accompanied by his wife, Lonnie, right, and Argentine boxer Sergio Martinez during the 50th convention of the World Boxing Council in Cancun, Mexico. Spokesman Bob Gunnell said Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, that the 72-year-old boxing great has been hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia and is in stable condition. (AP Photo/Israel Leal, File)

Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

Sunday, December 21, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said Saturday night. The three-time world heavyweight champion, who is battling Parkinson’s disease, is being treated by his team of doctors and is in stable condition, said his spokesman, Bob …

Philadelphia’s loss puts Lions in playoffs

Sunday, December 21, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions are heading back to the postseason. Now they can focus on the race for the NFC North title. The Lions clinched their second playoff berth in the last 14 seasons when Philadelphia lost to Washington on Saturday. Detroit plays at Chicago on Sunday. The Redskins’ win led to a celebratory message on Detroit receiver Golden Tate’s Twitter …

Eagles near elimination, fall 27-24 to Redskins

Sunday, December 21, 2014

LANDOVER, Md. — The Philadelphia Eagles have proved themselves to be a mirage, a team that got away with its faults until it couldn’t any longer. Leaders in the NFC East as recently as a week ago, they’re now just about done in the playoff race, and they’re in no position to argue …

Dodgers end Yankees’ payroll streak, owe most tax

Friday, December 19, 2014

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers have ended the New York Yankees’ 15-year streak as Major League Baseball’s biggest spenders and owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax. The Dodgers finished with a record payroll of $257,283,410, according to final calculations made by Major League Baseball …

Bengals heading back into withering spotlight

Thursday, December 18, 2014

CINCINNATI — Two big goals are still out there for the Cincinnati Bengals: Shine in prime time, win in the playoffs. The AFC North leaders have a chance to put a dent in the first one on Monday …

Air Marty offense mostly grounded with Jets

Thursday, December 18, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Marty Mornhinweg’s reputation in NFL circles is that of a guy who likes to throw the ball in an attack-style offense that piles up points. That air approach has been mostly grounded in his two seasons with the New York Jets. The offensive coordinator …

Patriots must gear up for Jets’ running game

Thursday, December 18, 2014

FOXBOUROUGH (AP) — The Patriots know they’re preparing for a Jets offense that will run, run and run some more when the divisional foes meet Sunday in New Jersey. “This team wants to run the ball. They let you know the want to run the ball, that’s their …

Woman sues over elevator shaft fall at Fenway Park

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A 22-year-old woman who fell two stories down an elevator shaft at Fenway Park and was seriously injured is suing the owner of the Boston Red Sox and an elevator company. Elisabeth Scotland of Brigantine, New Jersey, sued Wednesday in Superior Court in Boston against …

‘Hands Up’ St. Louis Rams players to attend Ferguson Christmas party

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams are following through on plans to aid residents in nearby Ferguson. The five players who did the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” gesture before a recent home game are scheduled to appear at an Urban League of St. Louis Christmas Party on …

49ers’ Harbaugh mum on reported offer

Thursday, December 18, 2014

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is declining to respond to reports that he is weighing an offer from Michigan to become the new football coach at his alma mater. Harbaugh has one season remaining on …

‘Super Mario’ making presence felt in Buffalo

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Jerry Hughes shakes his head in dismay and mutters, “That’s crazy.” The Bills defensive end has difficulty imagining how the Houston Texans were being second-guessed for selecting Mario Williams with the No. 1 pick …

Lindsey Vonn considering dropping slalom from repertoire

Thursday, December 18, 2014

VAL D’ISERE, France — Lindsey Vonn’s days of competing in all five ski disciplines may be behind her, since the four-time overall World Cup champion is seriously considering giving up slalom in her comeback from a career-threatening knee injury. The 30-year-old American racer thinks she is still somewhat …

FIFA meets amid crisis over Michael Garcia’s resignation

Thursday, December 18, 2014

MARRAKECH, Morocco — Amid another crisis at FIFA, President Sepp Blatter and his executive committee opened a two-day meeting Thursday to discuss the sudden resignation of ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia and whether to publish his confidential World Cup …