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The Warriors and Cavs Will Meet Again. Why This Time Is Different

Tue, 29 May 2018 19:28:52 EDT

The Warriors and Cavaliers have met in the NBA Finals four straight years. But there’s a big difference this season: Golden State and Cleveland have gotten worse since last season.

Trump Suggests Football Players Who Protest Anthem 'Shouldn't Be in the Country'

Thu, 24 May 2018 14:26:00 EDT

President Donald Trump said NFL players who don’t want to stand for the national anthem perhaps “shouldn’t be in the country” and spoke approvingly of a new league rule aimed at curbing protests.

LSU Heisman Trophy Winner Billy Cannon Dies at 80

Mon, 21 May 2018 07:06:07 EDT

Billy Cannon was a gifted running back who won the Heisman Trophy for Louisiana State University in 1959 with a memorable Halloween night punt return touchdown against Mississippi.

How Far Will Your Favorite World Cup Team Have to Travel?

Wed, 13 Jun 2018 10:44:30 EDT

This year’s World Cup in Russia will take place in 11 cities, from Kaliningrad in the west to Ekaterinburg, which is east of the Ural Mountains.

Cristiano Ronaldo Ensures Spain's Grand World Cup Experiment Gets Off to Rocky Start

Sat, 16 Jun 2018 19:18:32 EDT

In a breathless, back-and-forth encounter, Spain scored three times and fought back from two first-half deficits. But they had no answer for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Bryan Colangelo Resigns From 76ers After Twitter Scandal

Thu, 07 Jun 2018 16:51:57 EDT

Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo resigned on Thursday after an investigation determined that his wife was behind several anonymous Twitter accounts that disclosed sensitive information and criticized some of the team’s star players.

Spain Fires Coach 24 Hours Before World Cup Starts

Wed, 13 Jun 2018 09:32:03 EDT

Julen Lopetegui was dismissed as Spain’s coach after announcing he will join Real Madrid at the end of the tournament, and was replaced by Fernando Hierro.

Mickelson Steps Out of Character at U.S. Open

Sat, 16 Jun 2018 17:26:06 EDT

Mickelson, who turned 48, hit a moving ball at the par-4 13th hole at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, incurring a two-stroke penalty.

Justify Wins Horse Racing's Triple Crown

Sun, 10 Jun 2018 00:36:14 EDT

Only 112 days after making his racing debut, Justify is the 13th horse to sweep all three races of the Triple Crown with his victory at the Belmont Stakes.

The World Cup's Surprise Guest: Sepp Blatter

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 06:30:38 EDT

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter will attend two games as a guest of his personal friend, Vladimir Putin.

The Occasional Brilliance of Bad Sportsmanship

Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:31:16 EDT

The World Cup forces team leaders to walk a treacherous line between playing fair and playing to win. One example of the benefits of behaving badly in sports is the recent Sergio Ramos affair.

It's a Winning Return for Serena Williams at the French Open

Tue, 29 May 2018 14:42:32 EDT

Playing her first tournament match since March, Serena Williams moved well in a first-round victory against Kristyna Pliskova at the French Open.

Baseball's Unluckiest Pitcher: Jacob deGrom

Wed, 13 Jun 2018 15:46:25 EDT

Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom has posted a microscopic 0.87 ERA in his last 10 starts, but New York has only won two of those games.

How to Beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open

Fri, 08 Jun 2018 15:53:30 EDT

One of the only players to beat Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros—Robin Söderling—offers a blueprint on how to beat the best clay court player of all time

Why American Soccer Fans Should Root for... Russia?

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 10:52:45 EDT

With the U.S. missing the World Cup, The Wall Street Journal analyzed the 32 countries for which ones had the most in common with America in various categories.

MLB Study Finds Baseballs Have Become More Aerodynamic

Thu, 24 May 2018 17:53:46 EDT

Major League Baseball finally acknowledged on Thursday what had long been suspected. The baseball themselves are, at least in part, responsible for the increase in home runs across the sport dating back to the 2015 season.

A Rough Day at the U.S. Open for McIlroy, Spieth, Mickelson

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 17:59:08 EDT

Strong winds and dry conditions kept most players from breaking par during the first round of the U.S. Open.

Switzerland Holds Brazil to a 1-1 Draw

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 20:15:40 EDT

The Brazilians pounded the box and showed glimpses of why World Cup hopes are high, but the Swiss held their own in a 1-1 draw.

Why the U.S. Open Wants Golfers to Suffer

Mon, 11 Jun 2018 22:28:25 EDT

A makeover at Shinnecock Hills for this year’s U.S. Open is intended to reestablish the value of driving accuracy.

At the French Open, a Relaxed Sloane Stephens Is Playing Her Best

Thu, 07 Jun 2018 05:03:56 EDT

Sloane Stephens is hitting with her trademark consistency and is two wins away from the title at the French Open.

How Golfers' Distrust of the USGA Came to a Boil at the U.S. Open

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:08:34 EDT

A course setup viewed as unfair during the third round of the U.S. Open reignited tensions between the USGA and players.

The Russian Leading a U.S. Hockey Boom

Fri, 01 Jun 2018 18:17:01 EDT

Alexander Ovechkin has led the Capitals to the Stanley Cup Finals—and has helped spur youth participation in Washington.

Neymar, Brazil and the World Cup's Superstar Gamble

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:27:03 EDT

Neymar’s status could determine the entire tournament for Brazil. Equally decisive and just as confounding is the saga of Egypt’s Mohamed Salah.

The Warriors Beat the Cavaliers, and Everything but the Score Was Bonkers

Fri, 01 Jun 2018 12:08:28 EDT

Game 1 of the NBA Finals had a J.R. Smith blunder, a debatable call, a historic LeBron James performance and the most unexpected development of them all: a reason to believe Cleveland can hang with Golden State.

How Trump's Pressure Influenced the NFL to Change Anthem Rules

Wed, 30 May 2018 18:37:10 EDT

President Trump’s criticism of football players kneeling during the national anthem pushed the NFL to shift its stance, requiring players on the field for the anthem to stand, according to league owners deposed in Colin Kaepernick’s grievance.

Angels' Shohei Ohtani Has Elbow Injury

Fri, 08 Jun 2018 18:12:59 EDT

The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani is undergoing treatment for a sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will be reevaluated in three weeks.

Brooks Koepka Wins Back-to-Back U.S. Open Titles

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 02:34:56 EDT

Brooks Koepka became the first player in 29 years to repeat as U.S. Open champion.

This Man Has Done Something Rare: Beat Rafael Nadal Three Times on Clay

Thu, 07 Jun 2018 18:50:21 EDT

Dominic Thiem, who practices like crazy, is one win away from his first French Open final—and potentially another meeting against Rafael Nadal.

How the World Cup Landed in Russia

Wed, 13 Jun 2018 06:04:10 EDT

The World Cup comes at the worst possible time for Russia, with the event bringing world-class headaches.

Decades After His Death, Boxer Jack Johnson Gets His Pardon

Thu, 24 May 2018 16:11:01 EDT

President Donald Trump signed a posthumous pardon for boxer Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight world champion who he said had been “treated very roughly” for racial reasons.

What You Can Learn From MLB's Mental-Skills Coaches

Mon, 11 Jun 2018 18:57:26 EDT

Baseball’s psychology specialists explain how the advice they give All-Star players can also work at the office.

Kane Leads England to Victory Over Tunisia

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 19:28:32 EDT

England is off to a winning start as Harry Kane leads team to victory with last-minute winner against Tunisia.

Summer Is Coming, and LeBron James Has a Decision

Sun, 10 Jun 2018 09:16:49 EDT

The NBA season is over, and LeBron James can become a free agent on July 1. The question now is: Where will he take his immense talents next?

Serena Williams's Return at French Open Puts WTA Rankings in Spotlight

Fri, 01 Jun 2018 17:21:55 EDT

New mother Serena Williams returned to tennis at the French Open this week with a ranking of 453, far below her No. 1-ranking when she left the court to have a baby 14 months ago.

Lionel Messi's World Cup Frustrations Continue in Iceland Draw

Sat, 16 Jun 2018 13:53:31 EDT

The first game of Argentina’s World Cup ended with a 1-1 draw against Iceland and continued World Cup frustration for one of the greatest soccer players of all time, Lionel Messi.

Even for Jordan Spieth, Putting Is a Fickle Skill

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:46:41 EDT

Jordan Spieth is regarded as one of the best in the world on the greens but has been among the worst on the PGA Tour this year. Can he get hot at the U.S. Open?

Real Madrid Tops Liverpool in Champions League Final

Sun, 27 May 2018 09:34:43 EDT

After a charmed season, Liverpool fell in the Champions League final to Real Madrid, 3-1, with the team losing its leading scorer early in the match.

LeBron James, the Warriors and How the Modern NBA Happened

Sun, 03 Jun 2018 21:26:09 EDT

Inside the decade of changes that reinvented the game and reshaped the NBA.

Danica Patrick Takes a Final Lap

Fri, 25 May 2018 11:27:34 EDT

After driving in the Indianapolis 500, Danica Patrick plans to retire from racing to focus on her second career as an entrepreneur.

Football Players Sue University of Minnesota Over Sexual-Assault Investigation

Sat, 09 Jun 2018 13:00:50 EDT

Nine current and former University of Minnesota football players are suing the school in federal court, claiming they were subjected to racial and gender discrimination during and after an investigation into an alleged sexual assault of a female student in 2016.

House Panel Presses U.S. Sports Officials on Handling of Sexual-Abuse Cases

Wed, 23 May 2018 15:54:52 EDT

Members of a U.S. House panel on Wednesday pressed U.S. sports officials to explain how sexual abuse has gone on so long in Olympic sports and what the U.S. Olympic Committee and individual sports are doing to prevent it from happening again.

England Has Finally Built a World Cup Contender: Belgium

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 20:49:22 EDT

With a squad made up of 13 Premier League players, the highly touted Belgians may be English soccer’s only hope of a deep run in the World Cup.

The Front End of Baseball's New Youth Movement

Thu, 31 May 2018 10:01:27 EDT

The Atlanta Braves are on the front end of a new youth movement in baseball that is more willing to accelerate top talent to the majors.

The Warriors' Key Chess Piece Is Also a Chess Fanatic

Thu, 31 May 2018 11:05:03 EDT

NBA playoff series are chess matches. So it’s a good thing that Warriors star Klay Thompson really, really loves chess.

Spain Overcomes Iran's Stubborn Defense

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:14:38 EDT

For much of the game, the Iranians looked like they could fend off their favored adversaries, but a fortunate goal by Diego Costa saves the Spaniards.

USA Gymnastics Is Still Struggling With Internal Upheaval

Tue, 22 May 2018 18:27:05 EDT

Ahead of a congressional hearing, USA Gymnastics continues to deal with the fallout from a sexual abuse scandal.

The Russian Soccer Team's Biggest Trolls: Russians

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 06:29:54 EDT

Russia’s passion and emotions toward its own soccer team are usually expressed as unbridled pessimism.

After a Stunning French Open Defeat, Djokovic Says His Grass Season in Doubt

Tue, 05 Jun 2018 22:17:16 EDT

Novak Djokovic has been playing better but says he struggled with an injury during a four-set loss at the French Open to Marco Cecchinato.

The Capitals' Stanley Cup Win Spurs Merchandise Boom in Russia

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 09:10:42 EDT

The Washington Capitals defeat of the Las Vegas Golden Knights has spurred a merchandise bonanza for the NHL, with numerous records being set. But one jump in between is noteworthy: merchandise sales in Russia are up 276% over the same post-Finals period last year.

Maria Sharapova Is Regaining Her Footing in Paris

Thu, 31 May 2018 16:04:37 EDT

Maria Sharapova is playing her way back to the top, after returning from a 15-month drug suspension.

Serena Williams Pulls Out of French Open Due to Injury

Tue, 05 Jun 2018 04:46:49 EDT

Serena Williams withdrew from the French Open on Monday due to an injury to a pectoral muscle that caused her pain when she serves the ball.

Mexico Stuns Germany in World Cup Opener

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 16:04:23 EDT

Mexico upset defending World Cup champion Germany 1-0, in the biggest upset of the tournament so far.

The Pitching Staff Threatening to Rewrite Baseball's Record Books

Wed, 06 Jun 2018 19:07:44 EDT

The Houston Astros have put together a pitching rotation on pace to be one of the best ever. How? By making pitchers better than they ever knew they could be.

Russia Suddenly Looks Like it Belongs at its Own World Cup

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 08:26:04 EDT

Despite being the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, Russia all but punched their ticket to the knockout rounds after a 3-1 victory over Egypt.

World Cup 2018: A Guide to Every Team

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 12:01:03 EDT

With few obvious stumbling blocks for the favorites in Russia—namely Spain, Germany, France, and Brazil—all of the heavy-hitters should make it to at least the third week of the tournament.

A Scary Thought at the French Open: Rafael Nadal Is More Efficient Than Ever

Tue, 29 May 2018 10:33:03 EDT

Rafael Nadal is seeking his 11th title at Roland Garros in perhaps the most well-rounded form of his career.

Baseball's Most Unhittable Reliever

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:18:02 EDT

Josh Hader has emerged as the centerpiece of one of baseball’s best bullpens, putting the Brewers in position to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

North America Makes Final Push in 2026 World Cup Bid

Tue, 12 Jun 2018 16:18:30 EDT

FIFA will vote on the host for the 2026 World Cup on Wednesday. Soccer’s world governing body will choose between Morocco and a joint effort from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Why the Warriors Want to Win the NBA Draft, Too

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 18:24:02 EDT

The reigning champions have the 28th pick in the draft, and the player they select might be the league’s most important rookie next season.

Roger Federer Can't Be Stopped

Tue, 29 May 2018 14:57:22 EDT

After a career-threatening injury, and as the oldest top-ranked player, Roger Federer should be planning for retirement. But he’s enjoying tennis too much to stop just yet.

Golden State Warriors Win Another NBA Championship

Sat, 09 Jun 2018 11:38:15 EDT

The Warriors are now the back-to-back NBA champions after crushing LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to complete a Finals sweep of the greatest player of this basketball generation and create the sport’s latest dynasty.

Tim Tebow Is Kinda Good at Baseball

Mon, 21 May 2018 19:27:54 EDT

Tim Tebow keeps plugging away in the minor leagues on the idea that he can one day get to the majors.

Zinedine Zidane Steps Down as Real Madrid Manager

Thu, 31 May 2018 15:33:47 EDT

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane announced that he would leave the club effective immediately after one of the most successful three-year spells of any coach in the history of soccer.

Why the Defining Game of This Golden State Warriors Dynasty Was a Loss

Fri, 08 Jun 2018 16:13:57 EDT

The Golden State Warriors have won more than any team in NBA history. But the game that made this run possible was their heartbreaking loss in the 2016 Finals.

Spain's Coaching Carousel Spins Out Ahead of World Cup

Fri, 15 Jun 2018 10:50:35 EDT

As Fernando Hierro addressed the media as the newly installed manager of the Spanish national team, ex-manager Julen Lopetegui was introduced at Real Madrid.

Romania's Halep Beats American Stephens to Take French Open Title

Sat, 09 Jun 2018 13:47:10 EDT

Romania’s Simona Halep, after years of disappointment, beat American Sloane Stephens to take the women’s title at the French Open tennis tournament.

North America Wins Bid to Host 2026 World Cup

Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:19:11 EDT

The united bid of the U.S., Canada and Mexico secured the right to host the 2026 World Cup, the most popular sporting event on the planet.

Novak Djokovic Is Starting to Look Like Novak Djokovic Again

Fri, 01 Jun 2018 13:40:31 EDT

Novak Djokovic has won his first three matches at the French Open, and has looked better each time.

Trump Says Philadelphia Eagles Won't Visit White House

Tue, 05 Jun 2018 11:51:43 EDT

President Donald Trump effectively disinvited the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles from the team’s scheduled visit on Tuesday to the White House, upending a tradition and furthering his feud with the country’s most popular sports league.

NFL Adopts New Anthem Policy to Quell Player Protests

Thu, 24 May 2018 09:18:26 EDT

The NFL made sweeping changes to its national anthem policy in a bid to quell a controversy that has rattled the league for two years and drawn the ire of President Trump.

A Last Stand for the Golden Age of Men's Tennis

Thu, 24 May 2018 17:31:51 EDT

As the French Open is set to begin, there is finally a crack at the top of men’s tennis, one that seems likely to, at long last, change the scene for good.

The Key to Winning in Women's Tennis: Create More Offense

Wed, 30 May 2018 18:01:30 EDT

Elina Svitolina has become a Grand Slam threat by charging up her offensive game, attacking at every opportunity.

After a Racket Smash, Alexander Zverev Finds His Game

Wed, 30 May 2018 18:02:30 EDT

Alexander Zverev escaped another early defeat at the French Open on Wednesday, when he recovered from being down two sets to one against Serbia’s Dušan Lajovic.

Berger, Finau Make Up Ground at U.S. Open

Sat, 16 Jun 2018 23:29:10 EDT

After barely making the weekend cut, Daniel Berger and Tony Finau are among the contenders to win.

How the Expansion Vegas Golden Knights Reached the Stanley Cup Finals

Fri, 25 May 2018 09:46:47 EDT

Most expansion teams are universally terrible. The Vegas Golden Knights beat the odds.

Instant Replay Is Coming to Soccer, but Here's the Catch

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:22:16 EDT

A new video replay system meant to settle disputes at this year’s World Cup could inspire newer and more contentious ones.

Why LeBron James (Still) Trusts His Teammates

Wed, 06 Jun 2018 17:22:17 EDT

On the first basketball team of LeBron James’s life, every player went home with an MVP trophy. It’s a lesson that the Cavaliers star has never forgotten.

Venus Williams, Defending Champ Ostapenko Upset in Paris First Round

Mon, 28 May 2018 13:11:26 EDT

After defying everyone last year and reaching two Grand Slam finals, Venus Williams is for the first time playing tennis that one would expect from a pro her age.

Liverpool's Champions League Secret: Reinventing Soccer's Simplest Position

Fri, 25 May 2018 18:20:22 EDT

Liverpool, led by Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané, reached the Champions League final by overhauling what it means to be a striker.

Why U.S. Softball Wants to Make Its Opponents Better

Tue, 05 Jun 2018 07:48:49 EDT

Softball was voted back into the 2020 Olympics, but isn’t guaranteed a long-term stay if more countries don’t improve.

Justify's Triple Crown Hopes Come Down to the Start

Fri, 08 Jun 2018 22:39:44 EDT

Justify’s hopes of becoming the 13th horse to win racing’s Triple Crown could be settled in the first few seconds of this year’s edition of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

A Maria Sharapova Battle That Serena Williams Always Wins

Sun, 03 Jun 2018 12:13:08 EDT

Serena Williams has won 19 of 21 meetings against Maria Sharapova but at the French Open is still working her way back after giving birth last year.

Washington Capitals Win the Stanley Cup

Fri, 08 Jun 2018 05:51:27 EDT

The Washington Capitals beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 5 to clinch the franchise’s first-ever Stanley Cup title.

How Kevin Durant's Shot Explains the NBA Finals

Thu, 07 Jun 2018 08:41:49 EDT

The Warriors were leading 2-0 in last year’s NBA Finals when Kevin Durant nailed a 3-pointer to bury the Cavaliers in the dying seconds. On Wednesday night it was once again the shot that may have unofficially ended the NBA season.

Rafael Nadal Wins 11th French Open

Sun, 10 Jun 2018 19:19:24 EDT

Top seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal defeated Dominic Thiem to win his 11th French Open title at Roland-Garros on Sunday. Nadal smashed his way to victory against the Austrian in three sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.

Mexico's Golden Generation: Still Seeking World Cup Glory

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 09:45:46 EDT

Mexico has one of the oldest and most experienced squads in the tournament but have yet to completely fulfill expectations.

Chris Froome's Epic Giro d'Italia Makes for Uncomfortable Tour de France

Sat, 02 Jun 2018 09:51:42 EDT

Chris Froome is aiming to win a fourth consecutive Tour de France, but a failed doping control remains unresolved.

There's a New Stephen Curry in the NBA Finals

Mon, 04 Jun 2018 21:27:13 EDT

Stephen Curry was better than ever behind the 3-point line on Sunday. And it’s because he’s quietly become LeBron James around the basket.

Harry Kane: English Soccer's Clark Kent

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 18:01:38 EDT

England’s Harry Kane doesn’t look like a star, but has soared to the top by mastering the invisible parts of the game.

Messi and Ronaldo: Still Soccer's Supreme Leaders

Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:56:46 EDT

In the last four years, one thing has remained seemingly immune to the passing of time: The pinnacle of the game belongs to a pair of cranky geniuses who have never won the World Cup.

Major League Baseball Sees a Sharp Drop in Attendance

Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:53:34 EDT

League-wide attendance of 27,328 per MLB game is down 6.6% from this time last year.

World Cup History on Further Review

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:24:12 EDT

Video replay has come too late for the millions of tormented fans whose hopes of World Cup glory were cruelly extinguished by a missed foul or egregious offside call. But what if it hadn’t?

When a Hockey Coach Should Pull the Goalie

Tue, 29 May 2018 15:02:32 EDT

When trailing, a recent study finds that teams are often too slow in pulling their goalie for an extra skater.

Remaining French Open Draw Looking Good for U.S. Women

Sat, 02 Jun 2018 17:53:36 EDT

One half of the women’s draw at this year’s French Open is now entirely up for grabs—and that’s especially good news for Americans Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys.

Russia Opens World Cup With 5-0 Rout of Saudi Arabia

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 22:09:51 EDT

With Russian President Vladimir Putin in attendance, Russia kicked off the World Cup with a 5-0 win in its opening game against Saudi Arabia.

Iran's World Cup Obstacles: Spain, Portugal and the White House

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:30:21 EDT

What Carlos Queiroz has pulled off ranks among the more improbable feats in soccer over the past decade: leading Iran to the World Cup not once, but twice.

USA Gymnastics Brass Long Knew of Abuse Claims, Ex-Employee Testifies

Tue, 05 Jun 2018 16:57:13 EDT

A half dozen high-ranking USA Gymnastics officials were long aware of sexual-misconduct allegations against team physician Larry Nassar, a former employee of the group told U.S. senators.

The Rockets Had to Be Uber-Aggressive to Challenge the Warriors

Thu, 24 May 2018 22:11:25 EDT

Houston general manager Daryl Morey sold his car and now takes Uber everywhere. He applied the same way of thinking to build the Rockets into maybe the only NBA team that can beat the Warriors.

In Paris, an Unlikely Gift at a Wild French Open

Mon, 28 May 2018 13:24:28 EDT

Marco Trungelliti, a lucky loser in French Open qualifying, unexpectedly earned a spot in the tournament—and won his first-round match after an 11-hour drive to Roland Garros.

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