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How Chris Froome and Team Sky Overwhelmed the Tour de France

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 15:51:47 EDT

When Chris Froome crossed the finish line on Sunday at the Tour de France, he hadn’t taken a single stage victory. But Froome took his fourth career Tour title with help from the best unit in cycling: Team Sky.

Jordan Spieth's Nightmare Round Turns to Nirvana

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:09:54 EDT

Jordan Spieth rebounded from a rocky start to win the British Open. It was his third career major victory.

Ole Miss Football Coach Resigns Amid Probe Into Phone Calls

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:26:29 EDT

Hugh Freeze admitted to a pattern of conduct not consistent with the university’s expectations, the athletic director said.

The Tour de France's Most-Abused Substance: Hand Sanitizer

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:47:44 EDT

Teams go to enormous lengths to keep weary riders from getting sick, from quarantines and ginger shots to personal washing machines. Don’t sneeze on the buffet!

Chris Froome Is Poised to Win the Tour de France, Again

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:41:17 EDT

Chris Froome contained his nearest rivals Romain Bardet and Rigoberto Uran and all but etched his name on the trophy on the Tour’s final day in the high Alps.

Give Royal Birkdale Some Love

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:00:50 EDT

Royal Birkdale, the site of this week’s Open Championship, presents one of the stiffest, most subtle tests in golf.

Dear American Twits: This Golf Event's Proper Name Is 'The Open'

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:50:37 EDT

Organizers of Britain’s venerable championship have made it their mission to scrub ‘British Open’ from the U.S. vocabulary.

Time Is Running Out to Dethrone Chris Froome

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:24:03 EDT

Four days from the finish line in Paris, Tour de France leader Chris Froome has only one job: make the race as boring as possible.

The Swimming Revolution Is Finally Being Televised

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:47:49 EDT

Advanced video analysis is now ingrained in the training for top U.S. swimmers, helping the sport catch up to the analytics craze.

Will the Cubs Wake From Post-World Series Slumber?

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:43:00 EDT

After winning 103 games and a title in 2016, the Chicago Cubs have disappointed this year and rank as baseball’s most curious story line.

In Golf, Rings Don't Always Fit

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:11:34 EDT

An interesting question was brought up ahead of this week’s Open Championship: to wear or not wear your wedding ring?

Houston Rockets Are Put Up for Sale

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:29:49 EDT

Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander announced his intentions on Monday to sell the franchise.

The NFL's Latest Trend: Firing GMs

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:32:23 EDT

The Carolina Panthers fired Dave Gettleman, continuing a recent pattern in which teams are willing to make front-office moves at any point in the year

Roger Federer Wins Wimbledon for 19th Grand Slam Title

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:54:47 EDT

Roger Federer won his eighth career Wimbledon title with a straight sets victory over Marin Cilic. It is the 35-year-old Swiss star’s 19th career Grand Slam championship.

Tour de France Leaders Bunch Up at the Top

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:09:07 EDT

After 15 stages, the top four in the general classification are within just 29 seconds of each other.

Venus Williams Misses a Chance at History

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:32:28 EDT

Venus Williams, who is 37, had a shot at becoming the oldest women’s Grand Slam champion of the modern era. In the Wimbledon final, Garbiñe Muguruza denied her the opportunity.

Baseball Tackles Workplace Mystery: How to Build Team Chemistry?

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:30:05 EDT

A question every organization is desperately trying to answer: Can something as nebulous as “chemistry” be quantified like on-base percentage or ERA?

Wimbledon's Undergarment Police Are Out in Force

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:13:53 EDT

Wimbledon was briefly gripped by a major problem Thursday when an 18-year-old boys singles player failed his pre-match undergarment check.

The Electricity of Car-Racing Heads to Brooklyn

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 17:33:44 EDT

It won’t be Monaco or even Daytona, but car-racing fans can catch open-wheel vehicles similar to those that compete in Formula One races zipping around Red Hook at up to 150 miles an hour this weekend at the Qualcomm New York City ePrix.

The Era of the Haves and Have-Nots in Baseball

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:53:36 EDT

It appears that more MLB teams are adopting a strategy of getting worse in order to get better.

Chuck Blazer, Who Touched Off Soccer Scandal, Dead at 72

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:31:07 EDT

The FIFA whistleblower accused Concacaf President Jack Warner and executive committee member Mohamed bin Hammam of offering bribes in the organization’s 2011 election.

Aaron Judge: The Brightest Star Among All-Stars

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:22:22 EDT

Yankees’ rookie Aaron Judge put on a show during the Home Run Derby and is ”the kind of player that can become the face of the game.”

Johanna Konta Is the Last Remaining British Hope at Wimbledon

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 15:29:49 EDT

After Andy Murray’s quarterfinal loss, title chances for the home crowd at Wimbledon rest on the late-blooming Johanna Konta.

How Do Podcast Nuts Find the Time? They Listen at Chipmunk Speed

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 17:40:42 EDT

App settings that accelerate voices to 5x or more allow impatient listeners to finish hourlong episodes in minutes. ‘A presumably insane person.’

Why Pro Golf Isn't Shying Away From Trump

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:57:01 EDT

This week’s U.S. Women’s Open won’t be the last major championship at a course owned by Donald Trump. Despite criticism, professional golf on the whole is finding that it doesn’t need to distance itself from the president.

Why Tennis Giants Fall Short on Big Stage

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 01:44:02 EDT

Some of tennis’ tallest players—Tomas Berdych (6’5”), Sam Querrey (6’6”) and Milos Raonic (6’5”)—are looking to break through at Wimbledon, where bending for low shots can be difficult.

Venus Williams Is Making a Run at the Wimbledon Title

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:21:07 EDT

Venus Williams continued to impress at Wimbledon, advancing to the semifinals with a 6-3, 7-5 victory against Jelena Ostapenko. Next up is British star Johanna Konta.

Olympic Committee Clears Path for Paris in 2024, L.A. in 2028

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:11:28 EDT

The IOC voted to award the next two Summer Games simultaneously in September, a dramatic move as the committee tries to position the event for the future

Parents of Elite Gymnast Sue U.S. Olympic Committee in Sex-Abuse Claim

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 17:27:27 EDT

The parents of a former elite gymnast have sued the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics in connection with allegations of years-long sexual abuse by a former team doctor.

Another Manic Day at Wimbledon

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 08:32:15 EDT

Rafael Nadal falls in a five-set marathon at Wimbledon, while Johanna Konta and Andy Murray provide thrills on tennis’ most frenzied day.

Wayne Rooney Returns to Everton, as Manchester United Signs Romelu Lukaku

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:47:24 EDT

For Wayne Rooney, the wunderkind who grew up to be the top scorer in England national team history, the return to Everton is the perfect conclusion to a career that is grinding to a halt.

IOC Balks at Helping Rio de Janeiro With Olympic Debt

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 17:05:33 EDT

The International Olympic Committee wants more information on the Rio Olympics’ debt, which is estimated at $35 million to $40 million.

Justin Turner's Batting Is Way Better Than Average

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:50:01 EDT

Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner entered July hitting .390 but was still initially passed over for the All-Star game.

Tennis' Big Four Find Groove at Wimbledon

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 07:03:38 EDT

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Andy Murray all cruised through the first three rounds of Wimbledon to raise the prospect of the first all-Big Four semifinals since 2012.

UFC Fighter Amanda Nunes Hospitalized for Illness

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 19:02:07 EDT

The bantamweight champion blamed sinusitis for causing her to drop her title defense match against Valentina Shevchenko a few hours before UFC 213.

Archery: The Ultimate Antidote to Information Overload

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 22:51:34 EDT

Longing for more focus and calm in a tech-riddled world? Set your sights on a handcrafted bow and arrow.

Tour de France Gets Some Much-Needed Chaos in Grueling Stage

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 13:00:37 EDT

The most grueling stage so far of the Tour de France brought a mess of attacks, huge fractures in the peloton, and a surprise win for a French Tour rookie who nearly cramped his way out of contention.

Sergio Garcia Really Likes Wearing the Green Jacket

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 23:50:55 EDT

The Masters champion showed up at Wimbledon on Friday wearing his green jacket from Augusta National. It’s becoming a pattern for the Spaniard since he won his first major

Battle Over U.S. Open Tickets Lands in Bankruptcy Court

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:49:24 EDT

A bankrupt ticket brokerage at the center of an alleged $70 million Ponzi scheme is suing its recently deposed leader to claw back a block of 144 tickets to this year’s U.S. Open Tennis Championships.

The New Queen of the UFC Defends Her Crown

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 18:03:19 EDT

Does Amanda Nunes have what it takes to stay on top in an unforgiving, unpredictable and constantly evolving sport?

Venus Williams Legally Entered Intersection Before Crash, Police Say

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 22:26:26 EDT

Police said a security video of the accident has caused investigators to rescind their original conclusion that the professional tennis player was at fault.

The Diamondbacks Opted Not to Tank---and Turned Into Contenders

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 11:22:11 EDT

After five consecutive losing seasons, the Arizona Diamondbacks decided against a complete rebuild. The strategy worked and they are now one of the league’s best teams.

Nadal and His Knees Look at Home Again On the Grass

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 15:11:02 EDT

After struggling in recent years at Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal looks like a contender thanks in part to this year’s patchy courts

The Serbian Star Who Could Be the Steal of the NBA Off-Season

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 14:26:50 EDT

In a league that worships upside and youth, the L.A. Clippers were able to sign 30-year-old Milos Teodosic for a modest price.

How Kevin Durant Made the Biggest Move in NBA Free Agency---Again

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 04:12:59 EDT

NBA championship teams are built around discounts—and that’s what Kevin Durant gave the Golden State Warriors.

Jelena Ostapenko Is Still Going for Broke

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 16:28:11 EDT

Jelena Ostapenko, the reigning French Open champion, is transitioning to the grass—by playing even more aggressive at Wimbledon.

IOC Favors Both Paris, Los Angeles Olympic Bids

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 17:19:41 EDT

The International Olympic Committee took another step toward awarding the Olympic Games to both Paris and Los Angeles, issuing a report heralding the merits of rival bids for the 2024 Games as exceptional opportunities.

Throwing Too Hard Is Killing Baseball's Best Pitchers

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 10:23:42 EDT

It turns out that throwing as hard as you can may not be a safe or effective way to pitch.

Tour de France Boots Peter Sagan

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 03:30:37 EDT

Peter Sagan was disqualified from the Tour de France Tuesday after a race jury decided an elbow Sagan threw resulted in a dramatic crash which took out Mark Cavendish.

Mid-Match Retirements Stir Debate at Wimbledon

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 15:18:54 EDT

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic both saw their first-round opponents retire due to injury, raising a question about how much responsibility players have to declare an injury before they start a match.

The NBA's Stars Are Realigning

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 03:50:36 EDT

A surprise trade sending Paul George to Oklahoma City to play with Russell Westbrook shows how the league’s biggest stars see no choice but to band together.

We Need to Relax Like Roger Federer

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:11:15 EDT

The secret to workplace success—and career longevity—appears to be smartly executed time off.

Michael Phelps vs. Shark: Who Ya Got?

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:17:47 EDT

There’s nothing wrong with a little shamelessness in sports. Jason Gay on the epic publicity stunt pitting Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps versus a Great White Shark.

Roger Federer Is Just Ridiculous

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:20:06 EDT

With another Wimbledon in the books, Roger Federer is writing a late, legendary chapter in his great career.

Mayweather & McGregor's F-Bomb Circus

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 08:19:12 EDT

It’s a profane week of hype for the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor. They need to amp up the hype, of course, because from every reasonable standard, what they’re offering is a mismatch.

Bob Dylan Must Play Minnesota's Super Bowl

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 10:54:44 EDT

Britney Spears is a rumored to be under consideration for the Super Bowl halftime show, but the Nobel-winning legend should be the pick, writes Jason Gay.

Exercise on Vacation: Essential or Pure Evil?

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:49:36 EDT

A family holiday often means bad food and slothful habits. Jason Gay says it doesn’t have to be this way.

Sex, Drugs, and Cycling: Andy Samberg On the Bike

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 14:35:27 EDT

In “Tour de Pharmacy,” the comedian satirizes cycling’s most polluted era

Booting Peter Sagan From the Tour de France: Fair or Foul?

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 08:34:49 EDT

A legendary sprinter crashes and a star cyclist is expelled from the Tour de France, and the arguments rage on. Jason Gay on the crazy crash involving Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish.

Jason Gay: Knicks Look as Tormented as Ever

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:52:37 EDT

Phil Jackson is on his way out of New York—and a tormented franchise looks as tormented as ever.

Let's Put Bad Sports Parents in a Box

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:28:32 EDT

Referees are fleeing youth sports because of anger on the sidelines—but Jason Gay has a proposal to quiet the bad apples.

Alvarez, Golovkin Promise a Better Fight Than Whats-Their-Faces

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:19:45 EDT

A bona fide mega-fight between two genuine boxing stars faces a strange competitor in Floyd Mayweather’s tangle with Conor McGregor.

Meaningful Innings in Washington, D.C.

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:03:25 EDT

The day after a shooting that shook the town, Republicans and Democrats met on the diamond for baseball and unity, writes Jason Gay.

Mayweather and McGregor's Mindless Summer Fight

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 21:56:19 EDT

Boxer Floyd Mayweather and UFC star Conor McGregor will tangle in August in Las Vegas. Are you intrigued enough to watch?

Rafael Nadal and the French Open's Perfect Romance

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 23:13:59 EDT

Jason Gay: Rafael Nadal wins his 10th singles title at Roland Garros in a rout that felt like a Parisian lovefest.

American Idiot's Guide to the French Open

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 11:47:56 EDT

Columnist Jason Gay arrives in Paris for the finale at Roland Garros—and is impressed, but a little underdressed.

The Right Kind of Reckless---and a French Open Title

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 00:37:50 EDT

One of the most entertaining things in tennis is watching a talented player totally go for it—as in, throw out every trace of fear or trepidation or caution, snuggle up to risk and recklessness, and let the racket and the aggression fly.

Rafa and Stan: Who'll Be The Man?

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 02:23:02 EDT

Rafael Nadal plays for an astonishing 10th French Open singles title on Sunday. He’ll have his hands full with another heavy hitter, Stanislas Wawrinka, writes WSJ’s Jason Gay.

Phil Mickelson's Easy Choice

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 23:00:30 EDT

Phil Mickelson will skip the U.S. Open for a family moment. Who would argue it isn’t the right move?

Oh Say Can You See…Taylor Swift?

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:09:59 EDT

Nashville has a Stanley Cup finalist—and a starry but secret national anthem ritual that’s the best guessing game in sports.

Have You Seen Enough? The Warriors Look Like a Team for the Ages

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 15:07:08 EDT

It’s just one game, but Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and co. look like too much even for LeBron James.

Don't Apologize for Middle Finger, Mr. Met

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 22:01:31 EDT

Mr. Met’s rude gesture stirs controversy and a ballclub’s apology. As a New Yorker, he deserved better, writes Jason Gay.

Are We Doubting LeBron James and Cleveland Again?

Mon, 29 May 2017 20:33:40 EDT

LeBron James and the defending champion Cavaliers are in a third consecutive NBA final with the Golden State Warriors—and once more, the overwhelming opinion is that this championship is the Warriors’ to lose.

After No. 2, Can Tom Dumoulin Stay No. 1?

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:30:43 EDT

A pit stop during the Giro d’Italia has Dutch cyclist Tom Dumoulin hanging on to a slim lead—and a sport empathizing over his urgent choice.

You Want to Argue Football With Gisele?

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:51:30 EDT

Comments from Tom Brady’s supermodel spouse spark an uproar in the NFL—because they point to an uncomfortable truth.

Even When Boston Loses, It Wins

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:23:15 EDT

A lopsided trade and a little luck give the Celtics a No. 1 pick—and another contender for a town gorged on championships

Winning? Not Much in Washington, D.C.

Sun, 14 May 2017 19:30:07 EDT

A Wizards Game 7 offers a chance to diminish Washington, D.C.’s growing image as a pro sports punch line.

Stop Needling the 'Knitting Lady' at Pittsburgh Penguins Games

Wed, 10 May 2017 08:46:37 EDT

Who’s that woman madly stitching behind the glass during the Stanley Cup Playoffs? Michelle Miller, an NHL superfan, prefers to follow the puck while making socks, a shawl, or a baby blanket.

LaVar Ball and the NBA's Daddy Issues

Tue, 09 May 2017 12:56:34 EDT

LaVar Ball, an over-the-top sports father, has basketball and the sports media on edge. What does his talented son Lonzo Ball really want?

Hockeymoon in Vegas: Crazy Enough to Work?

Thu, 04 May 2017 18:00:59 EDT

It’s true that Last Vegas loves a big, juicy risk—it’s in the DNA of the town. But is a pro hockey expansion team a leap too far? Jason Gay talks to the marketing man trying to sell the NHL’s big bet on Sin City.

Isaiah Thomas's Greatness in Grief

Mon, 01 May 2017 16:33:48 EDT

Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas plays through a tragedy—elevating his franchise and a city.

Is the NFL Draft Must-See?

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:05:09 EDT

The NFL Draft is a brilliant example of off-season sports programming. But in an instant-update universe, is football’s selection show destination television?

My NBA MVP Vote: No More Awards Shows!

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:22:02 EDT

Not every human action has to be packaged into middling television, including the NBA’s MVP announcement, writes Jason Gay.

White House Gronked by Super Patriots

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:23:21 EDT

Wednesday’s White House meeting between the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and President Donald Trump felt an exception to the usual congratulatory grip n’ grin.

Jason Gay: I Don't Know Hockey, I'm Ashamed, and Need Help

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:26:52 EDT

Jason Gay has a sports confession: “I don’t know hockey, I’m ashamed, and need help.”

Confessions of a Zwift Addict

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:13:34 EDT

A social-oriented video game makes obsessives out of basement cyclists. Can it also grow a new generation of pros?

15 Well-Kept Secrets of the Masters

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 12:40:07 EDT

Augusta National is a golf paradise with unspoken rules. It’s possible you don’t know them all. It’s also possible some of these aren’t real.

My $170 NCAA Championship Nosebleed

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 22:32:27 EDT

Is a football stadium all wrong for college basketball’s biggest game? A night spent watching North Carolina-Gonzaga from the rafters.

That Crazy Golf Ruling: Fair or Too Much?

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:13:19 EDT

A viewer email provokes a costly penalty for LPGA player Lexi Thompson and sets the golf world aflame.

Wayne Newton Is Ready for Some Football

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:28:08 EDT

The Las Vegas legend believes the Raiders’ move to the desert will be a slam danke.

Three Big Questions on the NFL and Las Vegas

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:09:12 EDT

The Raiders stiff Oakland for Nevada’s money and a new home. Is it a gamble—or a clever entryway for sports gaming?

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.

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.

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