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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.

Gonzaga Cruises Past Xavier to Reach Final Four

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 23:54:44 EDT

With an emphatic 83-59 victory over Xavier, Gonzaga cast aside almost two decades of near misses to reach the Final Four for the first time.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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 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.

It's Not Your Imagination: There are Loads of Jalens in College Basketball

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:56:04 EDT

The name Jalen is on a hot streak, as babies born during the 1990s heyday of ‘Fab Five’ star Jalen Rose grow up.

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.

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.

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.

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.’

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Villanova Played Slowly---and Lost Quickly

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:55:22 EDT

Villanova’s 65-62 loss to No. 8 seed Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon was the first stunning upset of the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats’ speedy exit is partly the result of the way they played: slowly.

The Blueprint to Beating Gennady Golovkin

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:21:46 EDT

Although Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is 36-0 with 33 knockouts, some experts including Bernard Hopkins, say a suspect defense could leave the champion vulnerable to an upset.

What's New Jersey's Favorite Baseball Team?

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:53:44 EDT

Without a Major League Baseball team of their own, New Jersey residents look to the Bronx to find a team to root for, a Quinnipiac University poll found.

Villanova Players Want Back-to-Back Titles. They Also Want Their Phones Back

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:17:50 EDT

Jay Wright, the coach of college basketball’s defending champion, has an unusual strategy for keeping his players’ attention: He takes away their cell phones the night before games

The Continuing Quest for the Perfect Shot

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:51:13 EDT

A shot-analyzing technology developed by Noah Basketball argues that players aiming for a swish are doing it wrong.

Roger Federer is Somehow Better Than Ever

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:30:40 EDT

The 35-year-old demolished Rafael Nadal, deploying a backhand that is now almost unhittable

A March Madness Unicorn: Players from New England

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:41:55 EDT

Notre Dame’s Bonzie Colson is part of a surprisingly small group of Division I players who were born or raised in New England. He will lead the Fighting Irish against Princeton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

U.S. Women's Hockey Team Hits Hard in Pay Dispute

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:59:31 EDT

The U.S. women’s hockey team is taking a stand others have often been reluctant to do in their pay dispute: refuse to play.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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?

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.

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: 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?

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.

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.

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?

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?

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

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?

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.

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.

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 .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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.