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In Cleveland, Love Beats Heartbreak

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 08:10:20 EDT

LeBron James and the Cavaliers end 52 years of sports misery for the city of Cleveland, which not only gets a title, but an extraordinary story to tell, Jason Gay writes.


A Deal-Maker's Transformation Into a Professional Triathlete

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 22:54:09 EDT

Sarah Piampiano left a demanding job on Wall Street for an equally demanding job training 40 hours a week as a top competitor on the triathlon circuit.


Russia Opens Criminal Case Against Former Antidoping Agency Head

Sat, 18 Jun 2016 15:38:15 EDT

Russia has opened a criminal case against the former director of its antidoping agency, after his allegations that Moscow had systematically provided performance-enhancing drugs to its Olympic athletes.


Italian Soccer's Elaborate Plan to Get Back to Basics

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:00:22 EDT

To get the best out of a collection of old and uninspiring players, Italy coach Antonio Conte devised a complex set of tactics built around Italian soccer’s longtime strength: defense.


The Greatest Runner of All Time

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 10:39:39 EDT

Emil Zátopek was known as the ‘Czech Locomotive’ because of his conspicuous wheezing and groaning. Michael Shermer reviews “Today We Die a Little!” by Richard Askwith and “Endurance” by Rick Broadbent.


Five Bicycles in Kalamazoo

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 10:23:55 EDT

How a vibrant cycling community in western Michigan copes with an unthinkable tragedy.


Zika Fear Is Swarming Olympic Golf

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:34:53 EDT

Rory McIlroy becomes the latest elite golfer to pull out of the Rio Games; Jason Day remains undecided


The NBA Gets a Visit From the Goon Squad

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 20:48:19 EDT

Marquese Chriss, an expected lottery pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, put up his eye-popping numbers in an unexpected category: fouls.


NHL Announces Expansion Into Las Vegas

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:42:25 EDT

The National Hockey League will expand to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season after awarding its 31st franchise to businessman Bill Foley, league commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday.


New Subway Line in Rio de Janeiro Faces Delay Ahead of Olympics

Fri, 13 May 2016 18:15:41 EDT

A new subway line crucial to moving thousands of visitors daily during the 2016 Olympics has been delayed to the eve of the event, officials in Rio de Janeiro said Friday.


San Diego Sailor Trains for His First Olympics

Tue, 10 May 2016 22:39:48 EDT

Caleb Paine, who started sailing as an infant, has adventure in his blood. His grandfather was navigator for Admiral Byrd on his 1933 expedition to Antarctica.


What Happened to the Golden State Warriors?

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:02:38 EDT

With their record-breaking season on the line in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors—the best shooting team in NBA history—missed the shots they usually make.


The Right Bat for Each Baseball Pro

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:10:53 EDT

Head of pro sales for Louisville Slugger visits major and minor-league baseball teams weekly, carrying five to 20 wooden bats.


How Last Place Became a Stroke of Luck for One Runner

Fri, 20 May 2016 02:34:56 EDT

The dubious achievement in the Olympic marathon altered the fortunes of Lesotho’s Tsepo Mathibelle.


The Incomparable Serena Williams

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 18:34:44 EDT

From a cameo appearance in Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” to defending her titles and competing at the Rio Olympics, Serena Williams is working hard as ever to stay on top.


Sixers Take Ben Simmons at No. 1 in NBA Draft

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:26:44 EDT

Continuing a trend of one-and-done talent at the top, the 2016 NBA Draft saw no surprises with the first pick, as the Philadelphia 76ers took LSU freshman Ben Simmons.


Cleveland Win Over Golden State Forces NBA Finals Game 7

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 01:48:53 EDT

LeBron James scored 41 points and eight rebounds to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 115-101 win over the Golden State Warriors, forcing a Game 7 in Oakland on Sunday.


The Freakish Advantage of NBA All-Stars

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 02:32:49 EST

Golden State’s Draymond Green and San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard have the perfect combination of height and wingspan to thrive in today’s league.


First Hole Plays Tougher Than a Firm Handshake

Sun, 19 Jun 2016 18:23:18 EDT

For the week, the 485-yard first hole, which was changed by the USGA in the 1962 Open to a par four from a par five, played to a stroke average of 4.453.


Argentina Beats U.S. in Copa America

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:04:48 EDT

The U.S. men’s soccer team met their match, and then some, in the Copa America Centenario semifinal, losing to top-ranked Argentina, 4-0.


IOC Affirms Russian Track Ban

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 18:23:28 EDT

The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday formally supported a ban for the Russian track team, while also backing a path to competition for individual athletes who may be implicated unfairly in a widening doping crisis in international sports.


How to Win Like Michael Phelps

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 23:11:26 EDT

Bowman once cracked the swimmer’s goggles before a race to see how he would cope. At the 2008 Olympics, he won gold with leaky goggles. Matthew Rees reviews “The Golden Rules” by Bob Bowman.


A Pro Climber, Home From Everest, Prepares for His Next Adventures

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:08:01 EDT

Having summited Mount Everest six times, Adrian Ballinger decided to turn back on his first no-oxygen attempt last month; he left home after only two weeks’ recovery to climb Mount Kilimanjaro


After Rio, can U.S. Gymnasts Soar Without Head Coach Martha Karolyi?

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:57:32 EDT

Martha Karolyi has handpicked the national elite squad since 2001. During that time, the women have amassed 87 world and Olympic medals. But after Rio, she will retire.


Dustin Johnson Wins the U.S. Open

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:31:12 EDT

Despite drama over a one-stroke penalty for a rules violation, Dustin Johnson captures his first career major title, shooting a final-round 69 at Oakmont to win the U.S. Open.


Nike Drops Lawsuit Against Olympic Hopeful Boris Berian

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:46:34 EDT

The sportswear maker said it wanted to eliminate the distraction of the lawsuit on the eve of the Olympic Trials, where Mr. Berian is a favorite to earn a berth on the U.S. track team.


NBA Teams Are Hiring: Tournament Wins Not Required

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 18:43:26 EDT

The players projected as lottery picks in this year’s NBA Draft had fewer NCAA Tournament wins in their final college seasons than any draft class since 2006.


Ice Creamed: Brazil's Hockey Team Struggles With Basics---Like Skating

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 14:17:32 EDT

With no regulation rinks or sponsors, and challenges in the stopping and turning department, a team of converted roller skaters tries international play.


U.S. Team's Copa America Chances Just Got Messi

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 22:02:42 EDT

With key players suspended, Jurgen Klinsmann’s side faces a daunting Copa America semifinal against a free-scoring Argentina team led by Lionel Messi.


What Baseball Can Really Teach Kids

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:43:09 EDT

A 25-year-old baseball program called Harlem RBI has been the catalyst for a staggering revival, that has led to an innovative education program and charter school.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic's International Career Comes to an End

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:25:30 EDT

Following Sweden’s disappointing tournament, Zlatan Ibrahimovic confirmed Euro 2016 would be the last time he played for Sweden.


The Oklahoma City Thunder's Halal Guys

Fri, 27 May 2016 02:33:14 EDT

Enes Kanter has started a food craze that has absorbed the Thunder’s locker room after road games—and stocked it with lamb platters.


Euro Coaches Rush for the Reset Button

Sun, 19 Jun 2016 23:08:29 EDT

Soccer managers at Euro 2016 are finding that years of careful planning often counts for little once a major tournament kicks off.


The Golden State Warriors Have Revolutionized Basketball

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:31:05 EDT

The Golden State Warriors revolutionized basketball by building a team around the 3-point shot and Stephen Curry. Team executives saw the 3-point line as a market inefficiency and unleashed Curry to exploit it.


For Golden State and Cleveland, a Deliciously Unexpected Game 7

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 19:13:02 EDT

The NBA Finals series that looked dead in the water has taken a strange turn and heads toward an epic finish.


Porsche Wins Le Mans as Toyota Loses Power

Sun, 19 Jun 2016 18:31:41 EDT

Porsche defended its title at the 24 Hours Le Mans endurance race in dramatic fashion after Toyota relinquished the lead minutes from the end on Sunday.


World Anti-Doping Agency Suspends Testing Lab in Rio

Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:18:03 EDT

The World Anti-Doping Agency said it has suspended the accreditation of the laboratory in Rio de Janeiro, just weeks ahead of the Summer Olympics that are set to begin there.


LeBron James Delivers Title to Cleveland

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 17:51:56 EDT

The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors, 93-89, in Game 7 of the NBA Finals for the first title in franchise history. The victory ended a drought for the city of Cleveland, which hadn’t enjoyed a major sports title in more than 50 years.


LeBron's Block-for-the-Ages Didn't Come From Nowhere

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 17:40:35 EDT

By using James less, the Cavaliers put their star in a position to thrive when they needed him most.


Olympians Are Ready, Even If Rio Isn't

Thu, 26 May 2016 02:33:37 EDT

With little more than three months before the Opening Ceremonies, the Rio Games exist in parallel universes.


Novak Djokovic Can Be Beaten (Seriously)

Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:18:10 EDT

As the seemingly unbeatable world’s No. 1 player continues his march toward a Grand Slam, here’s how he could actually lose.


To Add Steps, Fitbit Cheats Use Pets, Ceiling Fans, Power Tools

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:47:42 EDT

As more companies organize fitness challenges, some workers are using power tools, pets and household appliances to fool digital trackers and boost their step totals.


Iceland's Plucky Soccer Team Is a Mystery to No One

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:08:10 EDT

A shock 1-1 draw with Portugal at the European Championship has special meaning in a tiny country of 330,000 where everyone either knows a player, or knows someone who does.


Puma Blames Bad Batch of Fabric for Swiss Soccer Jersey Fails

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:17:02 EDT

Puma said a batch of defective material caused the jerseys for several Swiss national players to be torn in the 0-0 draw with France in Euro 2016.


Sanchez, Peavy Among Those Cheated in Alleged Investment Fraud

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 20:52:38 EDT

The SEC says a money manager targeted numerous pro athletes in a scheme, funneling millions into a struggling online-ticket business.


New York Votes to Legalize Daily-Fantasy Sports

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:57:18 EDT

The New York state legislature passed a bill that would legalize and regulate daily-fantasy sports, months after Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said they violated state gambling laws.


The Woman on the Olympics Marketing Hot Seat

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 02:33:02 EDT

The USOC’s chief marketing officer has to weigh the sometimes conflicting needs of her group’s corporate sponsors and individual athletes.


Russian Officials Object to Move to Ban Track Team From Olympics

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 13:16:48 EDT

Russian officials railed against last week’s decision to bar its track and field team from this summer’s Olympic Games, bracing the public for a final decision by the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday on the issue of widespread doping.


A Chef's Workout Helps Him Keep Up With the Demands of the Kitchen

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 19:42:42 EDT

Work on a Pilates Reformer plus daily cardio help Ryan Pera manage lower back pain and stay on his feet for long nights on the line at his three hot Houston eateries.


The Richest Game in NBA History

Sun, 19 Jun 2016 15:44:04 EDT

The NBA’s drama-filled Finals heads into a decisive seventh game on Sunday, as Cleveland’s Cavaliers aim for the league’s greatest Finals comeback and the Golden State Warriors try to wrap up their second-straight title.


Brooklyn’s Best and Worst Courts

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 02:33:17 EDT

Stu Woo tourned the borough’s 172 basketball courts. His verdict: About a third of the courts are in good shape. The rest have issues.


Oakmont's Fast Fairways Bring Out the 2-Irons at U.S. Open

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 19:17:37 EDT

The unique difficulty of Oakmont Country Club is prompting many players at the U.S. Open to use clubs that are seldom seen at typical PGA Tour events.


Auditor Raised Issues With FIFA Before Resigning

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:01:45 EDT

FIFA’s auditor raised issues about the global soccer body’s efforts to overhaul its operations weeks before resigning, in parallel with growing internal concern over expenses booked by the governing organization’s new president, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal and people familiar with the matter.


The NBA Stars Who Still Live With Mom

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 02:34:46 EST

When they were drafted by the Trail Blazers, Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum moved to Portland—so did their mothers.


Shaky Loonie Checks Quebec's Bid to Return to NHL

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:49:57 EDT

When Quebec lost its bid for a new National Hockey League franchise Wednesday, fans were quick to finger a longtime nemesis of Canadian sports teams: their country’s often weak currency.


The Curse of the Regular-Season Goliath

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 23:59:42 EDT

The Warriors become just the latest team to make history—and then fail in the end.




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