Locked out

NEW YORK — The NBA locked out its players Friday when its collective bargaining agreement expired, becoming the second pro sports league this year shut down by labor strife.The labor deal ended at...

DATE: June 30, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

It’s Club Fed no longer

WIMBLEDON, England – For two superb sets Wednesday, everything looked so routine for Roger Federer, precisely the way it did for so many years at Wimbledon – and nearly everywhere else, too.Little...

DATE: June 29, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Remember me? Sharapova rolls

WIMBLEDON, England – Maria Sharapova’s coach called it “a statement.”For exactly one hour of excellence, Sharapova played – and sounded – exactly the way she did when she was a teenager, when it...

DATE: June 28, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Wimbledon chaos

WIMBLEDON, England – Walking away from Centre Court, Oracene Price – mother and sometimes-coach to Serena and Venus Williams – shook her head after watching one daughter lose at Wimbledon, then the...

DATE: June 27, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Mystery match for U.S.

DRESDEN, Germany – After meeting in the first round at the last three Women’s World Cups, the United States should know everything it needs to about North Korea.Not even close.Then again, nobody...

DATE: June 27, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Germany survives early jitters

SINSHEIM, Germany – On a great day for women’s soccer, it was a good day for Europe’s teams.The World Cup started Sunday with two stadiums overflowing with goodwill, color and the cheer of nearly...

DATE: June 26, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Captain Christie

At 36, Christie Rampone is in a place she’d never imagined: leading a talented U.S. national team from the top end of the generation gap. “For me, it’s going out to team dinners and seeing the big...

DATE: June 26, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Top contenders still around for Wimbledon’s Week 2

WIMBLEDON, England – About 18 months removed from his last Grand Slam championship, Roger Federer figures it’s about time for another – his record-tying seventh at Wimbledon.Despite nearly a year...

DATE: June 26, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Homers spook Rockies

NEW YORK – Perhaps the Colorado Rockies were a bit spooked by Yankee Stadium.Eduardo Nunez hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning after shortstop Troy Tulowitzki made an error, Nick Swisher...

DATE: June 26, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Asterisk follows Contador on Tour

PARIS – Alberto Contador might as well be riding this year’s Tour de France with an asterisk emblazoned on his jersey.The small print would say: Doping appeal Aug. 1-3 before the Court of...

DATE: June 26, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Fort Lewis alum Danielson to ride in 2011 Tour de France

Former Fort Lewis College cyclist Tom Danielson will ride in the 2011 Tour de France – his first time in the elite Pro Tour stage race.Danielson, an FLC graduate and a former winner of the Iron...

DATE: June 26, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

A parade of past champions rolls on

WIMBLEDON, England – Serena Williams has been known to say she isn’t satisfied with this or that aspect of her game, even after easily winning a match, say, 6-3, 6-2.So it was somehow refreshing to...

DATE: June 25, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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