A Deep Bullpen Makes the Dodgers the Team to Beat
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:54:51 EDT
While the Dodgers continue to dominate in virtually every aspect, one area in particular rises up above the rest that gives them an enormous advantage: the bullpen.
Twins Aim to Break 'Yankees Hex'
Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:02:10 EDT
The Twins have posted an almost unfathomably horrendous record of 33-90 against the Yankees over the past 15 years, easily the worst mark for any team against a single opponent in the major leagues.
Hey! Russell Westbrook and LeBron James Have Got Next!
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:10:34 EDT
A luxe private court in Manhattan has become the home of basketball’s starriest pick-up game.
Why the NFL Is Gambling on Baby-Faced Coaches
Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:22:18 EDT
At the age of 31, Rams coach Sean McVay is the poster boy for a bet that teams across the NFL are making: that youthful, first-time coaches are worth the gamble.
Unraveling Clayton Kershaw's 'Playoff Problem'
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:35:00 EDT
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has yet to put together an October that matches his regular-season numbers, but one reason for his postseason struggles might be that he’s often left in the game too long.
Baseball's Wacky Playoffs Are Fun But Are They Fair?
Wed, 27 Sep 2017 17:20:11 EDT
The introduction of the second wild card and the dramatic play-in showdown added a jolt but can penalize teams in strong divisions
NCAA Creates Commission to Revamp College Basketball
Wed, 11 Oct 2017 19:40:15 EDT
The new body, to be headed by Condoleezza Rice, will consider “substantive changes” to the game in the wake of a federal corruption probe
The Taming of Baseball's Wild Horse
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:15:44 EDT
Yasiel Puig is one of the game’s most ebullient talents, and this year the Dodgers star has channeled his energy into a standout performance in the playoffs
J.J. Watt's $10 Million (and Counting) Rush for Houston
Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:15:11 EDT
An NFL star’s social media fundraiser for flood victims hits eight figures—and isn’t stopping.
Emma Stone and the Tennis Doubles for 'Battle of the Sexes'
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:03:15 EDT
Emma Stone and Steve Carell co-star in ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ but its sparkling tennis scenes owe a debt to a pair of hard-working pros.
Basketball Great Connie Hawkins Dies at 75
Sat, 07 Oct 2017 22:38:18 EDT
“The Hawk,” who set the tone for those who followed in terms of charisma and skills on the court, saw his professional career delayed by a point-shaving scandal, even though he was never directly linked to any wrongdoing.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin: Boxing's 'True' Megafight
Wed, 13 Sep 2017 20:55:09 EDT
Gennady Golovkin promises that his bout against Canelo Alvarez will be much different than what took place a few weeks ago in Las Vegas. This is like a heroes fight: Who will win: Superman or Iron Man?
Colin Kaepernick Files Grievance Alleging Collusion
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:07:56 EDT
The free agent quarterback filed a grievance against the National Football League, alleging that the league’s owners have colluded to keep him unsigned.
NFL Protests Spread as Trump's Feud With Athletes Escalates
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:27:55 EDT
The spat between Donald Trump and professional athletes protesting injustice escalated, with more players kneeling in protest during the national anthem and the president firing back that fans should boycott football games.
Rafael Nadal Wins the U.S. Open
Sun, 10 Sep 2017 21:52:12 EDT
Rafael Nadal takes his 16th career Grand Slam title after beating Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in the U.S. Open final.
Rock Bottom: The Pain and Shame of a Louisville Basketball Fan
Thu, 28 Sep 2017 16:40:41 EDT
A diehard fan of an iconic basketball program reckons with a devastating scandal
Trump, NFL Trade Barbs as Clash Over Protests Continues
Tue, 26 Sep 2017 05:53:03 EDT
President Donald Trump and the NFL on Monday intensified their criticisms of one another, deepening a divide over player protests.
Jason Gay: The Great ESPN Pile-On
Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:17:40 EDT
Another controversy has ESPN fending off accusations of bias—and the anger of President Trump.
NFL Owners to Discuss Policy on Standing for Anthem
Wed, 11 Oct 2017 06:16:27 EDT
The National Football League’s owners will discuss at meetings next week whether to unilaterally change the league policy to require players to stand during the national anthem.
Vice President Mike Pence Leaves Colts Game After Anthem Protest
Mon, 09 Oct 2017 00:31:10 EDT
Vice President Mike Pence attended and then left Sunday’s Indianapolis Colts game in response to players protesting during the national anthem.
Controversial Home Plate Blocking Rule Comes Into Play in the NLCS
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 07:18:24 EDT
During the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 5-2 win over the Cubs, umpires ruled that Chicago catcher Willson Contreras blocked the plate without the ball.
Diamondbacks, Rockies Take the National Spotlight
Wed, 04 Oct 2017 11:32:20 EDT
The NL Wild Card game features three of baseball’s best players: Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado and Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt.
Alabama, Clemson Appear Headed Toward a Trilogy
Fri, 06 Oct 2017 12:45:10 EDT
The college football season is nearing its midpoint, but we can probably hit the fast-forward button. It looks like we are headed for a third consecutive championship game between Alabama and Clemson.
Billie Jean King Cannot Be Stopped
Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:54:52 EDT
A ride to the U.S. Open with the groundbreaking tennis icon—and subject of an upcoming movie—whose name is on the front door.
After a Draw, Will Fight Fans Buy a Canelo-Golovkin Rematch?
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:05:33 EDT
As boxing tries to move past the Mayweather/McGregor bout, the challenge for promoters will be to not make a rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin seem like yet another money grab.
The Champions League Repeat Used to be Impossible. Now Real Madrid Is Going for Three.
Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:56:18 EDT
After being the first team to win back-to-back Champions League titles in the modern era, Real Madrid are heavy favorites to take retain the trophy again.
NFL Owners Decline to Change Anthem Policy
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:26:46 EDT
Despite mounting pressure from sponsors, fans and the president, the National Football League appears resigned to allowing players to protest during the national anthem.
Fired Louisville Basketball Coach Pitino Sues Adidas
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:59:50 EDT
Former University of Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino alleges that the sportswear company tarnished his reputation by implicating him in an alleged conspiracy to funnel bribes to a Louisville recruit.
'Burner Phone' Accusation Marks New Chapter in Ole Miss Scandal
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:42:29 EDT
Ole Miss reported to the NCAA a lawyer’s allegation that its football coaches used prepaid phones to conceal contacts with recruits.
The NBA Star Who Transformed His Game Through Gardening
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:26:04 EDT
Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol had taken 66 threes in his entire career before last season. He had never taken more than 17 threes in any season. And then he took 268 last year alone. How did he change his game? By growing his own fruits and vegetables.
The Man Who Exposed College Basketball
Mon, 02 Oct 2017 11:11:34 EDT
Marty Blazer cooperated with federal authorities for almost three years, trying to save himself. He helped dole out hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in dozens of recorded meetings as federal authorities built one of the biggest alleged corruption cases in college sports history.
U.S. Men's Soccer Looks Primed for World Cup Berth
Mon, 09 Oct 2017 08:18:43 EDT
After a 4-0 win over Panama, all that separates the U.S. men’s national soccer team from a guaranteed trip to the next World Cup is a victory Tuesday against the qualifying tournament doormat Trinidad & Tobago.
Patrick Dempsey's Maine Event: A Cycling Extravaganza
Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:49:16 EDT
Actor Patrick Dempsey chats about his charity ride and run in Maine—and why he loves to ride.
U.S. Soccer Team Is Shut Out of World Cup After Defeat
Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:16:42 EDT
The U.S. national soccer team’s hopes of securing a World Cup spot collapsed on Tuesday in a stunning 2-1 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago, meaning the Americans will miss a World Cup for the first time in three decades.
The Dapper Suit-Maker At the Center of NCAA Probe
Wed, 04 Oct 2017 23:25:17 EDT
NFL and NBA stars trusted Rashan Michel to make them look good. And that’s what made him so valuable in one of the biggest alleged bribery schemes in college sports history.
What's Wrong With the New England Patriots?
Mon, 02 Oct 2017 16:17:15 EDT
The New England Patriots defense is uncharacteristically both bending and breaking this year.
Baseball's Battle for Multi-Sport Athletes
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 16:12:59 EDT
The Yankees are in the ALCS in part on the strength of a handful of players that baseball could have easily lost to football, basketball or other sports.
The Downside of Baseball's Data Revolution---Long Games, Less Action
Wed, 04 Oct 2017 09:33:05 EDT
After years of “Moneyball”-style quantitative analysis, major-league teams are setting records for inactivity, prompting talk of rule changes. The dilemma holds lessons for the many businesses that have embraced Big Data as a guide to strategy.
Rafael Nadal Is Untouchable in New York City
Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:22:34 EDT
Rafael Nadal’s 16th Grand Slam caps a brilliant revival year for a tennis all-timer.
Aaron Rodgers is Down. Can Green Bay Get Up?
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:19:55 EDT
An injury to Aaron Rodgers has resulted in questions about Colin Kaepernick or Tony Romo to Green Bay. But the Packers vow to stick with Brett Hundley and Joe Callahan.
Why Scoring Has Nosedived in the NFL
Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:45:42 EDT
At its current pace, this NFL season would mark the biggest scoring decline in the Super Bowl era.
Claudio Ranieri: After the Leicester City Miracle
Thu, 28 Sep 2017 16:46:27 EDT
Leading Leicester City to a Premier League championship was always an impossible act to repeat. Now manager Claudio Ranieri is starting over in Nantes.
The Dodgers Are on the Verge of an All-Time Collapse
Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:07:57 EDT
Once on pace for a record-setting season, the Los Angeles Dodgers have lost 11 straight games and suddenly look like baseball’s worst team.
Aaron Judge Arrives, Just in Time for the Yankees
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:21:09 EDT
Yankees slugger Aaron Judge blasts a three-run homer and makes a couple of defensive gems in New York’s win in Game 3 of the ALCS.
Liar, Liar, Red Sox on Fire?
Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:36:00 EDT
A “stealing signs” controversy has another Boston team combating trust issues.
The Astros: Baseball's Great Experiment Is Set to Pay Off
Tue, 03 Oct 2017 13:48:30 EDT
Sports Illustrated made a wild prediction in 2014 that Houston’s rebuilding plan would result in a World Series victory this year. The Astros appear right on schedule.
Now, the Actual College Football Season Begins
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:14:26 EDT
Following a slate of largely unwatchable games during the first three weeks, conference play should separate the contenders from the pretenders for the College Football Playoff.
Baseball Won't Last Forever, If It Takes Forever
Thu, 05 Oct 2017 17:44:02 EDT
The Major League Baseball postseason lands amid a debate over pace of play in the sport.
Baseball's Hidden Key to Success: Throwing Slower
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:16:12 EDT
Pitchers are throwing fastballs harder than ever, but baseball’s best teams specialize in the curveball.
California's Breakup With the NFL
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 17:32:29 EDT
Both the Rams and Chargers are struggling to gain a foothold in Los Angeles, while the 49ers are also dealing with questions about fan support.
Gary Player Is Worried About America
Fri, 29 Sep 2017 16:24:26 EDT
The 81-year-old still plays golf and still speaks his mind. Though a believer in the ability of sports to effect social change, he’s not a fan of the anthem protests
Did You Watch the NFL This Weekend?
Mon, 02 Oct 2017 06:04:15 EDT
The volume over protests goes down, but columnist Jason Gay wonders if angry football fans will stay away.
Trump's Strange, Sports Radio-Style Weekend
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:51:38 EDT
Jason Gay: President Trump’s wild weekend on Twitter sets the NFL, NBA and sports world ablaze.
U.S. Men's Soccer: What Happened?
Wed, 11 Oct 2017 18:10:47 EDT
A failure of imagination and player development ultimately cost the Americans a spot in next summer’s World Cup
Roger Federer Routs Rafael Nadal for Shanghai Title
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:40:40 EDT
The most amazing part of Roger Federer’s comeback tennis season: He dominates Rafael Nadal.
The Baseball Manager Who Can't Get Enough Scrabble
Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:12:17 EDT
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona says he unwinds after games by playing the classic crossword board game Scrabble.
Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers Suffers Broken Collarbone
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 18:04:45 EDT
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers left Sunday’s game against the Vikings with a broken right collarbone, the team said, and he may miss the rest of the season.
Need a Touchdown Dance? Dance Pros Offer Moves for NFL Stars
Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:10:30 EDT
NFL players might be too busy practicing football to devise celebratory dances. So choreographers Mandy Moore, Kelly Devine and Joshua Bergasse offer some touchdown moves.
The German Race That Is Expected to Go Down to the Wire
Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:22:34 EDT
The Berlin Marathon promises to yield far greater drama than the German capital’s other race: the federal election.
Gordon Hayward Suffers Gruesome Injury in Celtics Debut
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:03:05 EDT
Boston’s star forward Gordon Hayward fractured his ankle less than six minutes into the first quarter of the NBA’s season opener after signing a $128 million contract in the off-season.
Cycling's "Green Team" Lands Saving Green
Sat, 09 Sep 2017 10:53:09 EDT
After a scare, Cannondale-Drapac will be back in 2018—and beyond—after a deal with global education company EF Education First
How the Yankees-Astros Series Changed in 15 Minutes
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:37:55 EDT
A rally by the Yankees in the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 4 has changed the trajectory of the ALCS.
A Pair of Aces Help Astros Take a 2-0 Lead in the ALCS
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:50:43 EDT
In a postseason dominated by relief pitchers, the Houston Astros are winning with a starting pitching tandem that comes as something of a throwback.
Texans Make Quick Move to Deshaun Watson
Sun, 10 Sep 2017 16:56:33 EDT
It didn’t take long for the Houston Texans to scrap their plans at quarterback—and that meant turning to the man they hope is their quarterback of the future: Deshaun Watson.
U.S. Team's World Cup Elimination Deals Setback to Fox
Wed, 11 Oct 2017 21:46:32 EDT
The failure of the U.S. men’s soccer team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup creates a major headache for 21st Century Fox, which faces the prospect of smaller TV audiences and diminished advertiser interest.
Los Angeles Is Officially Awarded the 2028 Olympics
Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:30:33 EDT
Los Angeles officially won the rights to organize the 2028 Summer Olympics Wednesday, completing an unprecedented arrangement the International Olympic Committee struck earlier this summer.
Adrian Peterson Is Rushing to Save the Cardinals
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:27:22 EDT
It looked like Adrian Peterson’s time in the NFL was running out. Now, the 32-year-old back has to prove that last week’s 134-yard performance wasn’t a last hurrah.
NFL Protests Are More Muted
Mon, 02 Oct 2017 09:12:39 EDT
Some National Football League players knelt during the national anthem, and many more stood, arms locked, as expressions of protest persisted, though they were less widespread than last week.
Syracuse's Win Over Clemson Upsets the Balance of College Football
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:55:06 EDT
A shocking loss by Clemson leaves a wide-open College Football Playoff field. Meanwhile, Syracuse fans rejoice.
The Figure-Skating Event With Geopolitical Implications
Thu, 28 Sep 2017 20:47:26 EDT
The North Korean figure skating pair of Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik will know Friday if they have a spot in the 2018 Games.
Probe Into NCAA Basketball Relies on Unusual Legal Theories
Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:18:47 EDT
The government’s sprawling investigation into bribery in top-tier college basketball programs has prompted some in the sports and legal communities to question whether the alleged activity violates federal law.
Giancarlo Stanton Stokes Baseball's Great Home-Run Debate
Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:26:26 EDT
Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton’s power surge has reignited one of baseball’s fiercest debates.
How Tracking Technology Helped Baseball's Best Fielding Outfielder
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:25:19 EDT
After improving his first step, the Twins’ Byron Buxton has saved 24 outs over the average outfielder this season, according to Statcast.
Dirk Nowitzki Goes Big for Tennis and Houston
Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:09:12 EDT
NBA star Dirk Nowitzki chats about his tennis roots—and his all-star benefit for Texas flood relief this weekend.
College Basketball Is a Mess. Let's Pay Players.
Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:00:20 EDT
Jason Gay: As an epic scandal roils the sport, it’s time to get real about the business of schools playing games.
Bribery, Kickbacks Alleged at Top NCAA Basketball Programs
Wed, 27 Sep 2017 05:43:46 EDT
Federal authorities Tuesday brought fraud charges against an Adidas executive and coaches at some of the nation’s premier college-basketball programs, including the University of Arizona and the University of Louisville.
Aaron Judge Has His Derek Jeter Moment, and He's Only Getting Started
Wed, 04 Oct 2017 12:43:43 EDT
Yankees slugger Aaron Judge will have at least three more games on a national stage this season, after New York’s 8-4 AL wild card victory over Minnesota.
Kaepernick's Case to Break New Ground
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:02:57 EDT
Colin Kaepernick’s grievance against the NFL calls President Donald Trump an “organizing force” in the alleged collusion.
NFL Owners Clashed in Private Over Protests
Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:57:01 EDT
The NFL’s more muted approach in recent days to responding to attacks from President Trump followed a tense meeting last week in which several owners argued the league’s combative stance was unproductive.
Aaron Hernandez's Brain Showed 'Severe' Disease
Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:35:43 EDT
The former NFL star, who killed himself in April, had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, his lawyer said Thursday.
The Cleveland Indians Make History With 21st Straight Win
Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:52:53 EDT
The Cleveland Indians suddenly can’t lose, setting an American League record with their 21st straight win.
The Diamondbacks' All-In Moment
Thu, 05 Oct 2017 08:27:40 EDT
Arizona outslugged Colorado in an 11-8 NL Wild Card thriller, but it came with a cost. The Diamondbacks used their top two starting pitchers in the game—leaving their rotation depleted to begin the NLDS.
Roger Goodell Has a Secret Defender on Twitter: His Wife
Thu, 12 Oct 2017 22:21:48 EDT
When media outlets wrote about the NFL commissioner, an anonymous tweeter hit back.
The Big Money Behind Rick Pitino's Fall at Louisville
Wed, 27 Sep 2017 23:05:53 EDT
Rick Pitino was effectively fired after federal corruption allegations implicated his team and opened a window into the lucrative underbelly of college sports.
Of Pence and Peyton: The NFL Rage Continues
Mon, 09 Oct 2017 18:57:48 EDT
Jason Gay: Vice President Mike Pence’s walkout after a protest during the national anthem is latest chapter in a confrontational month.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin Ends in a Draw
Sun, 17 Sep 2017 07:20:08 EDT
When the final bell rang after Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez battled 12 rounds for middleweight supremacy, both fighters raised their arms in victory. It turns out, the judges felt the same way.
Dodgers Seek to Turn the Tide Against the Diamondbacks
Fri, 06 Oct 2017 09:29:56 EDT
The Arizona Diamondbacks outscored the Los Angeles Dodgers by a combined total of 99-71 this season and has won the last six games the two teams have played.
U.S. Completes Rout of International Team in Presidents Cup
Sun, 01 Oct 2017 22:14:06 EDT
An afternoon formality at Liberty National Golf Club ended in the only way it conceivably could Sunday, with the U.S. winning the Presidents Cup for the seventh time in a row.
Not Your Father's Yankees
Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:15:37 EDT
The New York Yankees are embracing fun as part of an improbable run for the World Series.
Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts Continues to Make All the Right Moves
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:36:16 EDT
The Los Angeles Dodgers take a 3-0 lead in the NLCS and put the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs on the brink of elimination.
Olympic Gymnast McKayla Maroney Alleges Past Abuses by U.S. Team Doctor
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:19:40 EDT
Olympic gold-medal gymnast McKayla Maroney said Wednesday that she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by the former U.S. national team doctor, including at the 2012 London Olympics.
The Houston Rockets' Wild Plan to Shoot Past the Warriors
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:55:57 EDT
Why the NBA’s most aggressive team wants to shatter the record for most 3-pointers in a season— again.
Knicks Agree to Trade Carmelo Anthony to Thunder
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 14:24:44 EDT
Carmelo Anthony—the New York-born NBA star whose 2011 trade to the Knicks was billed as both a homecoming and a tortured franchise’s potential salvation—is leaving town without the championship ring he fantasized he would one day deliver.
Starting Pitchers Have Become the Bullpen's Opening Act
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:09:12 EDT
The distinction between starter and reliever is becoming murkier as managers appear more willing to give an early hook.
Joan Benoit Samuelson Withdraws From Chicago Marathon Due to Knee Injury
Wed, 04 Oct 2017 19:30:15 EDT
Joan Benoit Samuelson’s attempt to become the first 60-year-old woman to run a sub-three hour marathon will have to wait. Benoit Samuelson pulled out of Sunday’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon with a knee injury.
Behind the NFL's Frantic Scramble to Hit Back at Trump
Tue, 26 Sep 2017 21:26:09 EDT
Over a hectic 24 hours, the NFL struggled to control the crisis, resulting in ad hoc and mixed messages at times from players and teams.
Cubs Fans Are Feeling Cursed Again. This Time It Involves Chalupas
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:59:37 EDT
As a Taco Bell near the ballpark faces closure, team’s tradition-bound fans rally to save their go-to late-night snack spot.
The Jets and the Beautiful Ugly
Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:55:39 EDT
The Yankees got terrible caps and are in the ALCS—but it’s the Jets who are New York’s true sports surprise.
Jason Gay: When Boxing Goes Low, I Go High
Mon, 28 Aug 2017 10:48:33 EDT
Jason Gay makes a (legally!) altered visit to the absurd Mayweather-McGregor tangle in Nevada