NFL Teams Have a Need, But It May Not Be for Speed
Tue, 07 Mar 2017 09:23:11 EST
Teams might want to not overeact to John Ross’s eye-popping 40-yard dash time, because recent history hasn’t been kind to combine speedsters once they reach the NFL.
Let's Make Super Bowl Rings Better
Thu, 02 Feb 2017 22:56:20 EST
It’s the most desired piece of jewelry in sports. Why does it have to be ridiculous and unwearable?
Featherweight Conlan Is Victor in a Big, Loud Pro Boxing Debut
Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:02:07 EDT
Michael Conlan, a featherweight boxer from Belfast, won the St. Patrick’s Day bout in New York City against challenger Tim Ibarra, with Ultimate Fighting champion Conor McGregor champing at the bit at ringside, Jason Gay reports.
Jason Gay: This Sports Column Is Too Long
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:17:48 EST
From fewer breaks to seven-inning games, every sport wants to speed itself up. How fast is too fast?
Devin Booker Scores 70 Points---Yes, 70 Points---In One NBA Game
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:57:17 EDT
Michael Jordan never scored 70 points in one game. LeBron James has never done it. Stephen Curry has never come close to doing it. Devin Booker did it on Friday, scoring 70 against the Boston Celtics.
NFL Backs Oakland Raiders' Plan to Move to Las Vegas
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:51:42 EDT
In a startling move for a league long opposed to gambling, the National Football League’s owners voted Monday to allow the Oakland Raiders to relocate to Las Vegas, a city that just a few years ago was considered off limits.
Tom Brady's Super Bowl Jersey Recovered in Mexico
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:45:09 EDT
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl LI jersey has been recovered, the NFL announced Monday.
Jerry Jones Is Having a Jerryaissance
Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:34:41 EST
With an improved team, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is again riding high—and stirring it up.
The Rise and Fall and Rise of the XFL
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:01:03 EST
Days before the Super Bowl, a one-and-done football league gets a loud revival with an ESPN documentary.
Baseball, From a Pharaoh to Hoboken, N.J.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:58:07 EDT
As the Major League Baseball season nears, Amanda Foreman looks at baseball’s progress from Egypt’s Thutmose III to Hoboken N.J.
Stephen Curry Is Only Getting Warmed Up
Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:27:12 EST
The Golden State Warriors’ star consistently improves in the second half of the NBA season. And this year appears to be no different.
Dallas Bids Farewell to Tony Romo
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 20:52:00 EST
A quarterback’s expected release signals a bittersweet end—but that’s how everything ends in the NFL.
It's Not Your Imagination: There are Loads of Jalens in College Basketball
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:14:08 EDT
The name Jalen is on a hot streak, as babies born during the 1990s heyday of ‘Fab Five’ star Jalen Rose grow up.
Beware the Zombie Bowl Games!
Thu, 22 Dec 2016 20:25:31 EST
The college football playoff has rendered the bowl system near-irrelevant so it’s tough to chastise a player for opting out.
Who Is Mailing Potatoes to NBA Players? A Spud Web of Intrigue
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:05:12 EDT
Mysterious tubers with personalized photos are a yam dunk with basketball stars, who’ve posted photos of them on social media—but who sent them? We tracked down the ‘perpetater’; ‘stupid on a stick.’
Chinese Soccer Team Upsets South Korean Rivals
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:19:37 EDT
China’s national soccer team scored a slim upset victory over South Korea, keeping its hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup alive and averting threats of fan unrest amid a continuing feud between Beijing and Seoul.
The NCAA's Madness Over March
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:30:41 EST
To protect its trademark of the hoops tourney, does the college-sports behemoth go too far?
Jason Gay: Did You See That Florida Shot? It Was Crazy.
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:08:33 EDT
A leaping 3-pointer shocks Wisconsin and sends the Gators to a showdown with South Carolina in the Elite Eight.
Jay Cutler: The Most Average QB of All Time
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:10:49 EST
The Bears is reliably average on a statistical basis, though that puts him in decent company
Meet Tom Brady's Shaman
Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:36:13 EST
The Patriots quarterback’s obsession with the mystical advice book, “The Four Agreements.”
The Teams You Should Pick to Pull Off NCAA Tournament Upsets
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 17:17:07 EDT
A statistical model for predicting upsets has identified three worthy underdogs: Middle Tennessee, Xavier and Princeton.
The Sad Comedy of the New York Knicks
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:55:12 EST
A passive-aggressive tweet, a combative legend dragged off the court—just another week for the forlorn basketball franchise.
Celtics Claim Twin Pole Positions On Top and Bottom of NBA Standings
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:45:34 EDT
Thanks to a swoon by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston now owns the number-one seed in the East, and could finish the season with the number-one draft pick as well
The .300 Hitter Is Going Extinct
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 08:50:33 EST
As the power surge takes over baseball, fewer and fewer players are consistently hitting for a high average.
It's the Underdogs vs. North Carolina in the Final Four
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:25:58 EDT
Gonzaga, Oregon and South Carolina want to upend the college basketball establishment. Why not?
A Baseball Journeyman's Record Offseason
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:04:17 EST
David Rollins may be the most wanted player in baseball. Or the least, depending on how you look at it
The Bonehead Play That Might Have Actually Been Genius
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:37:28 EDT
Vanderbilt guard Matthew Fisher-Davis was ridiculed for fouling a Northwestern player when his team had the lead, but the math shows it might have been a smart move
Why Zone Defenses Are Taking Over
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:16:06 EDT
Between rule changes and stylistic shifts in the game, coaches are increasingly trying what may have once been unthinkable: playing zone.
U.S. Soccer Takes Its Reclamation Project on the Road
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:08:12 EDT
Bruce Arena got off to a strong start in his return as U.S men’s national team coach, but needs to continue the momentum against Panama on Tuesday night
Finland a Basketball Hotspot? Don't Laugh, Check Out Arizona's Star Forward
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:28:03 EDT
Lauri Markkanen, expected to be a top NBA draft pick, is the beginning of a growing pipeline of promising Finnish players
Cowboys! Patriots! Falcons! (Packers?!) NFL Warms Up
Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:13:55 EST
After a snoozy opening round, what’s next in the football playoffs?
Riding a Hobbyhorse: Yes, It's an Organized Sport
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:48:09 EDT
Thousands of young competitors in Finland are competing in equestrian jumping and dressage events while riding horses on a stick; telling naysayers to hold their horses.
Trial Begins for Former Penn State President After Sandusky Scandal
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:37:11 EDT
The trial of Graham Spanier got under way Monday as prosecutors try to prove he endangered the welfare of children by failing to act on complaints about sexual abuse by former football coach Jerry Sandusky.
Who Loves the Golden State Warriors Now?
Mon, 06 Mar 2017 10:36:03 EST
An injury to Kevin Durant, a brief losing skid—and a different vibe around the most adored basketball team on the planet
Why Fenway Park is a True Monster for Lefties
Sun, 05 Mar 2017 18:14:18 EST
The Boston Red Rox traded two top prospects this offseason for left-hander Chris Sale, but the five-time all-star risks becoming the latest southpaw to struggle at Fenway
Who's Afraid of Aaron Rodgers? (Everyone)
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:48:16 EST
The scariest sight in the NFL playoffs isn’t a team, but a Green Bay quarterback without a weakness.
Puerto Rico Faces Shortage of Hair Dye as Baseball Fans Go Blond
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:43:20 EDT
What began as a joke among team members has spread across the island in a trend that spiked after Puerto Rico beat the Netherlands to reach the championship game in the World Baseball Classic.
How a 145-Pound Golfer Became One of the Game's Longest Drivers
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:23:48 EDT
Justin Thomas, a slight figure at 5-foot-10 and 145 pounds, is averaging nearly 307 yards on his drives on the PGA Tour this season.
When Fastballs Are Thrown Too Fast
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:23:43 EDT
Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard has had an average fastball velocity of 97.5 miles per hour in the past two seasons. Can his elbow withstand the stress created by such velocity?
NHL Goalies Tend to Age Very Well
Sun, 12 Feb 2017 18:37:07 EST
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist hasn’t had a great season, but age might not be the reason for his struggles.
Tabitha Soren on the Other Meaning of the 'Moneyball' A's
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:06:17 EDT
The former MTV News reporter spent almost 15 years following the Oakland Athletics’ draft picks who were immortalized in ‘Moneyball.’ The result is her new book of photographs—and lessons about the American dream.
Jason Gay: My Wisconsin-Michigan Revenge Fantasy
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:09:17 EDT
Jason Gay is excited that his alma mater Wisconsin is in the Sweet 16 after beating Villanova. But then Michigan had to go and spoil the fun, by also pulling off a tournament upset.
Ronda Rousey Loses Again; What Now?
Sat, 31 Dec 2016 13:37:04 EST
The UFC’s best-known fighter, Ronda Rousey, suffered her second consecutive brutal defeat, this time at the hands of Brazilian Amanda Nunes.
Super Bowl Experience Is Super Meaningless
Fri, 27 Jan 2017 18:54:00 EST
Based on previous results, the New England Patriots won’t gain an edge on the Atlanta Falcons because of the previous Super Bowls on their résumés
Dynasties Are Typically Great Ensembles---Except in New England
Sun, 05 Feb 2017 17:19:54 EST
With former Patriots’ corner Ty Law missing out on Canton, Tom Brady’s supporting cast remains Hall- of Fame free; Bradshaw, Starr had eight HOFers
Proposed Rule Could Cut Baseball Games by 14 Whole Seconds
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:59:17 EST
MLB is considering eliminating the four obligatory soft tosses on intentional walks to save (not that much) time.
Wichita State Gets Hit With Another Bad Draw
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:44:53 EDT
Wichita State had a case as one of the most underseeded teams in recent tournament history.
New England Is Not Done Getting Its Deflategate Revenge
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:51:00 EST
The Patriots can now trade Jimmy Garoppolo—who was given a brief, successful audition when Tom Brady was suspended.
The Reliever With a Rubber Arm: Chris Devenski
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:32:41 EDT
There is one pitcher leading baseball’s seemingly endless quest to shorten the length of games: Houston Astros reliever Chris Devenski.
Tragedies Lead to Calls for Change in the Dominican Republic
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:10:16 EDT
Reckless driving, low drunk-driving enforcement and the cash from pro baseball contracts have too often proven a deadly mix for some players in the Dominican Republic. Players such as Edwin Encarnacion are leading a charge to educate their countrymen on the dangers.
Thank You, Roger Federer. Thank You, Rafael Nadal
Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:26:41 EST
A surprise showdown of aging tennis legends in Australia yields a brilliant five-set final.
Roger Federer Is Slamming Father Time
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 22:07:17 EST
Defying age and injury, the 35-year-old legend makes a brilliant run at the Australian Open.
New England Can't Lose, and It Makes Haters Crazy
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 21:32:26 EST
It looked like a glorious night of Schadenfreude for Patriots loathers. Then it all changed.
Kentucky's Top Politician Coaches Basketball
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:39:36 EDT
John Calipari is polarizing nationally but at home he is constantly in campaign mode—shaking hands, kissing babies and holding court at Dunkin’ Donuts
The Secret to Beating Connecticut, According to Geno Auriemma
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:43:41 EDT
The coach with arguably nothing to worry about in the NCAA tournament actually worries a lot about one thing: fouls
What Will Digital Do to the Super Bowl?
Sun, 05 Feb 2017 22:45:03 EST
It is America’s biggest sporting event. How different will it look in a couple of decades?
Costco Sues Titleist in Battle Over Golf Balls
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:27:01 EDT
The improbable popularity of a new golf ball sold by Costco has sparked a legal battle between the company and Titleist, the maker of golf’s top-selling ball.
The Seattle Mariners Will Not Stop Trading Their Players
Fri, 03 Mar 2017 18:27:42 EST
After 12 trades last winter, general manager Jerry Dipoto has made 14 this off-season—the most in at least two decades.
U.S. Stifles Honduras to Regain World Cup Footing
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:10:40 EDT
Recovering from a hole they dug for themselves in November, the U.S. men’s soccer team beat Honduras, 6-0, to move into fourth place in the six-team qualifying tournament for next year’s World Cup.
Hey, Mike Francesa! I'll Bet $1,000 a Woman Will Soon Be NBA Head Coach
Fri, 03 Mar 2017 15:47:39 EST
The WFAN sports legend thinks a woman won’t become an NBA coach—here’s a wager she will
I'm Courtside With LeBron! (In Virtual Reality)
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:21:34 EST
The NBA and other sports bet big on an emerging technology; how does it feel to put on those goggles?
Federer vs. Nadal: Australia's Fantasy Final
Fri, 27 Jan 2017 17:11:02 EST
A showdown for the ages as a pair of all-time rivals contest a championship in Melbourne on Sunday.
The NBA Has a Rest Problem
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:19:06 EDT
NBA commissioner Adam Silver says teams sitting their star players in the league’s most important games is a problem. But there are no obvious solutions.
The After Effects of Pitching in the World Baseball Classic
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:59:24 EDT
Some of baseball’s top aces, including Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner and Noah Syndergaard, opted not to take the ball for Team USA. Limited data shows it might be a wise decision.
Is the Maple Leafs' Rookie Class the Best Ever?
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:06:20 EST
It’s been 87 years since an NHL team had a group of rookies on par with Toronto’s
Irish Boxing's New Star---and Swagger
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:40:13 EDT
After a controversial loss at the Rio Games, Irish boxer Michael Conlan makes his pro debut at Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick’s Day.
Big Ten Basketball Is Marching Toward Historic Mediocrity
Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:25:53 EST
The conference could be without a top-four seed in the NCAA tournament—something that’s happened only once since 1985.
Sports 2016: Cubs Won, That's Enough!
Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:09:43 EST
There was a Summer Olympiad, and the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead. But nothing approached the triumph for the Cubs and the Wrigley faithful.
Brady's Patriots Go to the Birds
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:16:29 EST
A pair of routs set up a New England-Atlanta Super Bowl, and a shot at revenge for the star quarterback.
Is This the Worst NFL Postseason Ever? No. But It's Close.
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:39:46 EST
Since 1990, only the 2000 playoffs rate worse in terms of score margin, lead changes and percentage of football played with a team up two or more scores.
Hey, Final Four: Let's Get Small!
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:41:10 EDT
It’s time for college basketball to end its obsession with gigantic football stadiums.
Bruce Arena Doesn't Want to Hear About the Beautiful Game
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:03:46 EDT
U.S. men’s soccer head coach Bruce Arena isn’t part of the global soccer elite, but believes that knowledge of the game can be learned, rather than lived
Golf Drops Pants, Embraces Shorts
Thu, 02 Mar 2017 13:16:49 EST
The PGA Championship says it will allow shorts in practice rounds—could a cargo shorts crisis be coming?
Duke Busts---and Brackets Combust---in NCAA Tournament Upset
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:32:46 EDT
Duke was upset by the South Carolina Gamecocks in a 88-81 stunner, perhaps the biggest surprise of the entire NCAA tournament so far.
Farewell to Running's Great Gandalf
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:25:35 EDT
Beloved master’s marathoner Ed Whitlock dies at 86—first 70-something to run a sub three-hour marathon; ran 3:54 in October at age 85.
The NFL's Mediocre Toads Hop to L.A.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:58:44 EST
If the City of Angels can handle two terrible football teams, why not a third?
A Football Conference Is Taking Over the NCAA Tournament
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 10:01:40 EDT
Kentucky, Florida and South Carolina advanced to the Elite Eight, playing a physical style that mimics their football counterparts in the SEC.
Gennady Leaves Options Open After Win Over Jacobs
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:01:27 EDT
Golovkin Gennady said he is open to a Daniel Jacobs rematch, with fights against Billy Joe Saunders or Canelo Alvarez possible.
Farewell to the Circus
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 23:37:55 EST
A goodbye visit to the aged and controversial Ringling Bros., which calls it quits this spring.
College Football Picks a Playoff---but No Penn State
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 20:59:43 EST
Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Washington get slots in the College Football Playoff, while Penn State misses out despite a Big Ten title.
The Tar Heels Keep Calm, Will Play On in the Final Four
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:40:47 EDT
North Carolina’s Luke Maye stepped back and hit a jumper from the left side with 0.3 seconds left to send North Carolina to its second consecutive Final Four.
Australian Open: Roger Federer's Toughest Path
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 18:24:40 EST
In Roger Federer’s 17 Grand Slam titles, he never had to beat any top-10-seeded players en route to the quarterfinals. This year, he has already beaten two.
South Carolina: The Angriest Team in College Basketball
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:07:22 EDT
Frank Martin, perhaps the game’s most hot-tempered coach, has finally found a team more fiery than he is—and the combination has fueled a Final Four run.
Aaron Rodgers and the Mystery of the Sideline Tent
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:07:47 EST
The Packers quarterback befuddled America when he disappeared inside a camping tent during Monday’s game.
The White Sox Are Copying The Cubs Blueprint
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:47:45 EDT
The defending World Series champs built their roster by stockpiling young prospects. Their neighbors on Chicago’s South Side are trying to do the same