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The Chicago Cubs' Circle of Trust

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:54:30 EDT

The Chicago Cubs’ clubhouse at Wrigley Field is designed to be a place where players are encouraged to talk to each other.



The Celtics Pulled Off the NBA Upset of the Year

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:21:50 EDT

Boston’s win probability at one point was 0.2% on Sunday night. But even after the improbable comeback, gamblers aren’t betting on more Celtics shockers.



NBCUniversal to Televise Rugby World Cup in 2019, 2023

Mon, 22 May 2017 02:00:04 EDT

NBCUniversal’s deal attempts to make a sport that is wildly popular in other parts of the world more mainstream in the U.S.



Terence Crawford Wants a Bout With Manny Pacquiao

Sun, 21 May 2017 13:04:27 EDT

If WBC and WBO super lightweight champion Terence Crawford has his way, he’ll fight Manny Pacquiao next.



Cloud Computing Pulls Surprise Win in Preakness Stakes

Sun, 21 May 2017 11:09:01 EDT

The 13-1 long shot was one of five fresh horses in the Preakness that didn’t run two weeks ago in the Kentucky Derby.



Formula E Racing Shifts Into High Gear

Fri, 19 May 2017 14:58:40 EDT

What’s whiny, eco-friendly and found mostly in urban environments? The electric race car auto makers hope will draw a millennial audience to motor sports.



In Baseball, Building a Winner Now Starts With Hitting

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:44:04 EDT

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the game’s best teams are increasingly loading up on position players rather than gambling on fragile young arms



A Rested LeBron Is a Scary LeBron

Fri, 19 May 2017 23:02:01 EDT

The NBA playoffs have been rather blah but that could lead to an epic Finals if the league’s biggest stars, most notably LeBron James, come in fully rested.



Warren Buffett's Favorite Boxer Is Also Cheap

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:37:54 EDT

Terence “Bud” Crawford struck up an unlikely friendship with the billionaire investor, in part based on their shared frugality



L.A.'s Football Palace Faces a Rain Delay

Thu, 18 May 2017 18:31:05 EDT

Due to recent downpours, the new football stadium for the Rams and Chargers now won’t open until 2020. The delay could put in jeopardy the stadium’s selection as the site of the 2021 Super Bowl



What's Heating Up the Golden State Warriors? A Toaster

Thu, 18 May 2017 19:03:35 EDT

After fan asked NBA star Klay Thompson to autograph it in March, now the team has been on a roll. ‘You never know.’



Facebook Embraces Esports in Its Video Strategy Shift

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:07:14 EDT

Facebook is paying professional videogame teams and others in the esports industry to post videos on the social network, part of a shift in strategy to deliver more-polished programming to the company’s nearly two billion monthly users.



Inside the Battle to Buy the Miami Marlins

Wed, 17 May 2017 22:46:55 EDT

The auction for the last-place baseball team has attracted a star-studded cast, but some would-be investors are balking at the valuation.



Bob Baffert Sits This Triple Crown Season Out

Wed, 17 May 2017 23:00:46 EDT

Bob Baffert, trainer of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and horse racing’s biggest (human) name, doesn’t have a horse in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes, but his presence can still be felt by fans.



How a Slugger Regained His Form on the Fly

Tue, 16 May 2017 00:30:36 EDT

So far in 2017, Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has enjoyed a stunning resurgence by joining the fly-ball revolution, a growing trend that could spark a wholesale paradigm shift across the sport.



Arsenal Aims to Keep Champions League Streak Alive

Wed, 17 May 2017 08:18:03 EDT

Arsenal has qualified for the Champions League for 19 straight seasons and is playing to keep one of professional sports’ longest streaks alive. Finding a comparison in American sports is tricky.



Blount Pays for Cheap Scores

Wed, 17 May 2017 18:05:25 EDT

LaGarrette Blount scored a league-leading 18 rushing touchdowns last year but on Wednesday signed a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles just above the league minimum



Maria Sharapova Denied Spot in French Open

Wed, 17 May 2017 08:09:15 EDT

Maria Sharapova was denied a wild-card entry to the French Open when the French tennis federation said her ranking was too low to qualify after a 15-month suspension for doping.



Roger Federer to Skip the French Open

Tue, 16 May 2017 00:13:30 EDT

Roger Federer, 19-1 this season with a Grand Slam title, has decided to skip the French Open in Paris so he can prepare for a run at Wimbledon in July and then on hard courts the rest of the summer.



Why America's Cup Skippers Are Recruiting World-Class Athletes

Wed, 17 May 2017 14:21:09 EDT

Today’s amped-up America’s Cup boats require stronger, more athletic sailors to handle and power them, so the hallowed competition is suddenly recruiting athletes from sports like cycling, bobsled, and rugby.



You're Picking the Wrong Team Leaders. Here's Why

Sat, 13 May 2017 16:54:19 EDT

The captains of history’s most successful sports teams relied on a range of unexpected traits, from dissent and rule-breaking to quiet communication and emotional self-control.



Why Golfers Overestimate Their Ability

Fri, 12 May 2017 13:44:47 EDT

New data shows that golfers of all abilities think they will hit the ball father than they do.



Gregg Popovich Should Be Coach of the Year Every Year

Fri, 12 May 2017 11:16:15 EDT

The Spurs bucked the trends of modern basketball in beating the high-powered Houston Rockets, a coaching performance that approached sorcery



Chelsea Title March Began With Brilliant Tactical Shift

Sat, 13 May 2017 05:59:54 EDT

The club’s 1-0 win over West Brom was anticlimatic but capped off a campaign featuring a brilliant tactical shift by manager Antonio Conte



America's Cycling Team Chases More Green

Thu, 11 May 2017 18:28:07 EDT

Long beloved by U.S. racing fans, Cannondale-Drapac is getting squeezed in cycling’s money race—and seeks a sponsor infusion to compete with the sport’s richest outfits.



The Journeyman Reliever With the Hall-of-Fame Baseball-Card Collection

Thu, 11 May 2017 21:43:01 EDT

Pat Neshek of the Philadelphia Phillies boasts a collection worth seven figures, with a specialty in collecting complete sets.



Golf Goes for Drama With Shorter, Trickier Holes

Wed, 10 May 2017 23:19:01 EDT

The changes on the 12th hole at TPC Sawgrass are aimed at enticing players to go for the green off the tee.



Twitter Gets Another Chance With NFL, But Still Won't Be Streaming Games

Thu, 11 May 2017 10:16:44 EDT

Twitter might not have scored a touchdown with football live-streaming this year, but it is hoping to line up a field goal in a new partnership with the National Football League.



The Most Surprising Star in NBA History

Tue, 09 May 2017 17:16:41 EDT

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas was the last pick of his draft. Some of the players who were picked before him still haven’t played in the NBA.



A Riveting Prelude to Champions League Final

Thu, 11 May 2017 05:05:39 EDT

Real Madrid survived a heart-stopping match with Atletico to set up a showdown with Juventus June 3 in the Champions League final



The NHL Playoffs Are All About Sidney Crosby's Brain

Tue, 09 May 2017 18:08:52 EDT

The Pittsburgh Penguins star appears likely to play Game 7 on Wednesday, despite yet another concussion and several more recent hard hits



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



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.



Batters Keep Whiffing Against Chris Sale

Sun, 14 May 2017 14:58:37 EDT

Red Sox ace Chris Sale has now reached double-digit strikeouts in seven consecutive outings and needs one more to tie his own major-league record.



Brooklyn's Pain Is Boston's Gain

Tue, 16 May 2017 07:03:00 EDT

The NBA draft lottery is designed to help the league achieve competitive balance. But no system can protect the Brooklyn Nets from themselves. As a result, the Boston Celtics will be the best team to have at least a top-four pick in more than 30 years.



The 'Real' Real Madrid Steps It Up in Champions League

Mon, 01 May 2017 17:55:15 EDT

Over the past seven years, Real Madrid’s domestic results have bounced up and down, but in Europe, it remains a model of consistency.



A Record Number of Players Hit the Disabled List in April

Mon, 01 May 2017 14:40:22 EDT

Teams have shown more of a willingness to put their players on the shelf since the league implemented the 10-day DL.



Grading the Most Controversial NFL Draft Picks, According to the Parcells Rule

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:13:04 EDT

The Hall of Fame coach says it’s key that certain players get paired with coaches who have enjoyed success with similar athletes in the past



Why Patrick Mahomes Could Be the Next Jay Cutler

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:09:23 EDT

History shows college quarterbacks with losing records usually struggle in the NFL



In the NFL Draft, the 'Best' Player Is Usually a Quarterback

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:40:41 EDT

The Cleveland Browns are widely expected to select Myles Garrett first overall in Thursday’s NFL draft. History indicates, however, that Garrett has virtually no chance to be this draft’s best player.



Baseball's Fastest Home-Run Trot

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:07:19 EDT

Oakland’s Adam Rosales isn’t a speedster, but has recorded eight of the 10 fastest home-run trots, since 2015.



Russell Westbrook's Annoying Shadow

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:29:16 EDT

Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley is great at pestering the Thunder’s star player.



The Hottest Hands Usually Hold the Stanley Cup

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:40:44 EDT

As the NHL playoffs begin on Wednesday, momentum is critical to Stanley Cup success. Rare is the team that limps into the postseason and catches fire to become champions.



Why Yadier Molina May Be Worthy of $60 Million

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 17:59:45 EDT

The Cardinals catcher doesn’t drive in many runs—but he earns his sizable new paycheck by elevating the St. Louis staff



The NBA Team That Also Plays Kickball

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 16:02:45 EDT

The Minnesota Timberwolves have the most kicked-ball violations in the league—and that’s more strategic than you might think.



How Much Is Your College-Basketball Team Worth?

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:58:47 EDT

Kentucky takes over the top ranking in our annual valuations of NCAA teams



What Fantasy Tells Us About Baseball's Reality

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:57:50 EDT

Where all 30 MLB teams rank in terms of players taken in fantasy drafts this season



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.



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.