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On Football's Rivalry Weekend, Only One Rivalry Really Matters

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 23:52:15 EST

Thanksgiving weekend is built around college teams squaring off against their bitter enemies. But Alabama versus Auburn has become the sport’s biggest annual game



Baseballs Are Getting Smarter

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:34:46 EST

Robo-balls give pitchers and coaches an instant readout on a ball’s speed and rotation.



How Fake Runs Can Power the Passing Game

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:46:33 EST

The Rams and quarterback Jared Goff have used fake runs to transform their passing game.



In Latest Clash, NFL Owners Tell Jerry Jones to Knock It Off

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:25:27 EST

The Dallas Cowboys owner wanted assurances that all owners would get to vote on the final terms of Roger Goodell’s contract extension.



Golf Weighs Big Shift to Reduced-Distance Golf Balls

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:07:34 EST

The governing bodies of golf are exploring a change that could have a dramatic effect on the future of the sport: different balls for different levels of the game.



Titleist CEO Blasts Push for Reduced-Distance Golf Ball

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:17:17 EST

Wally Uihlein issues forceful rebuttal against USGA plan to explore creating different sets of ball regulations for different players



How Joel Embiid Went From Volleyball Player to Basketball Sensation

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:31:53 EST

Philadelphia 76ers’ center Joel Embiid is as talented as anyone in the NBA. And he was still playing JV basketball five years ago.



A Chess Novice Challenged Magnus Carlsen. He Had One Month to Train.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:01:46 EST

Max Deutsch, a speed learner who conquered back-flips, Hebrew and perfect pitch, is testing the limits of self-improvement. Next up: the world’s greatest chess player.



NFL Owners Exchange Fire Over Goodell Contract

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:08:56 EST

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones continued sparring with his NFL partners as the two sides escalated their feud over a proposed contract extension for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.



The Vikings and Saints Keep on Rolling

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:23:41 EST

The Minnesota Vikings rolled to their sixth straight victory, a 24-7 win over the Los Angeles Rams, while the New Orleans Saints made it eight in a row with a wild comeback against the Redskins.



Baseball Wants Kinder, Gentler Managers

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:41 EST

The days of the gruff dugout boss may be over. Dusty Baker, John Farrell and Joe Girardi got tossed aside as teams seek younger leaders willing to collaborate with front offices



NFL Accuses Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones of Damaging the League

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:47:30 EST

In a letter sent Wednesday, the league escalated its feud with the prominent owner in a dispute over commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract



Derek Jeter: Marlins 'Need to Make Adjustments'

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:14:50 EST

Marlins chief executive Derek Jeter said he hasn’t spoken to Giancarlo Stanton, even though the slugger has been the subject of trade rumors.



The Tennessee Titans Show the NFL How to Build Around a Quarterback

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:53:02 EST

No team in the last two decades has been as committed to supporting its young quarterback as the Titans have with Marcus Mariota. It’s starting to pay off



When the Warriors Become the Warriors

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:46:40 EST

Golden State is outscoring its opponents by an outrageous 28.2 points per 100 possessions in the third quarter this season.



Three UCLA Basketball Players Land in L.A. After China Police Probe

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:14:00 EST

Three UCLA basketball players who had been under police investigation for a week in China arrived home, hours after President Donald Trump said he had requested assistance from his counterpart, Xi Jinping.



Italy Is the Latest Soccer Power to Whiff on World Cup

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 04:20:53 EST

The four-time world champions failed to qualify for the tournament for the first time since 1958, joining Chile and the U.S. on sidelines



Need a Premier League Manager? David Moyes Is Usually Available

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:16:44 EST

After success at Everton, a calamity at Manchester United and the dull failure of Sunderland, West Ham is giving David Moyes another chance in the Premier League.



For the Arizona Coyotes, It's Been a Run of Bad Puck

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 20:45:31 EST

Nearly six weeks into the NHL season, the Arizona Coyotes are remarkably still looking for their first win in regulation.



The College Football Season Just Got Weird

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 16:49:24 EST

Blowout losses by two of the nation’s top three teams expands the list of contenders for the College Football Playoff.



Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton Could Be a Big Catch

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 13:35:27 EST

Baseball’s annual general managers meetings start Monday with one big prize available to jumpstart the offseason: Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton.



At Miami, College Football's Swaggering Giant Awakens

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:58:53 EST

“The U” for decades attracted celebrity fans and a stream of brash, ultra-talented players. Saturday’s game against Notre Dame is a test of whether the program is back



Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott to Begin Serving Suspension

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 10:30:47 EST

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will begin serving a six-game suspension after the U.S. Second Circuit of Appeals terminated a temporary stay on the ban.



Three UCLA Basketball Players Remain in China Amid Theft Probe

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:06:37 EST

UCLA’s basketball team left China without three players who are being investigated for shoplifting in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, indicating their legal troubles continue.



The Expansion Team Aiming to Beat the Odds

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:06:01 EST

The Vegas Golden Knights are vying to become the first NHL expansion club since 1980 to make the Stanley Cup playoffs in their debut season.



Kirk Cousins Is Thriving Without a No. 1 Receiver

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:10:41 EST

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has a career-best 102 passer rating, despite not having a No. 1 receiver.



The Bizarro Start to the NBA Season

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 23:54:40 EST

The Cavaliers stink and the Knicks might actually be good. After 10 games, the league makes no sense



Jerry Jones Tries to Block Roger Goodell's Contract

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 10:10:01 EST

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is trying to block NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s pending contract extension.



The Future of Tennis? Shorter Sets, No Line Judges

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 21:05:05 EST

This week at a tournament in Milan, the ATP World Tour is testing new tennis rules, with best-of-five sets to four games, no ad-scoring and Hawk-Eye line calling.



How an Israeli Tech Startup Changed the NBA

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:27:34 EST

SportVU turned an ordinary basketball game into an extraordinarily rich data set. Now meet the unlikely characters behind the making of the modern NBA.



An Ivy League Football Apocalypse? Now? Maybe

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 10:59:44 EST

With two weeks left in the football season, seven of the eight teams in the Ivy League can still finish tied for first place.



Three UCLA Basketball Players Detained in China

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:17:35 EST

Three UCLA basketball players, including high-profile freshman LiAngelo Ball, were detained in China for alleged shoplifting.



Coming Soon to Campus: The $100,000 Hotel Room

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 14:34:41 EST

Texas A&M is charging alums six figures for the right to book a hotel room next to the football stadium, as universities look for extra perks to market for wealthy donors.



Manchester City Is Running Away With the Premier League Title

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 06:44:38 EST

With three of the top 10 scorers in the league in the lineup, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City squad is blowing out opponents for fun.



Rams Offense On Pace for Historic Turnaround

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 14:24:30 EST

Los Angeles was the league’s worst offense by far last year. This year it is a juggernaut, a reversal not seen since the Rams of 1999.



Shalane Flanagan Wins the New York City Marathon

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 10:21:05 EST

Shalane Flanagan became the first American woman in 40 years to win the New York City Marathon.



Trump's Missing Links: The Mystery of the President's Low Golf Score

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 12:55:55 EST

Trump’s posted score of 68 is a subject of intrigue among avid golfers, especially since details about the round are scarce



Chemistry Experiment Leads to Title

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:05:28 EDT

A subtle shift by the Houston Astros to embrace the value of chemistry and culture paid off with a World Series title.



NFL Lines Up Against Stadium Provision in Tax Plan

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 09:49:28 EDT

In a season filled with political clashes, the league is now preparing to oppose the proposed removal of a tax break for stadium construction



Houston Astros Win First World Series

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 10:14:26 EDT

The Houston Astros claimed their first-ever World Series title with a 5-1 Game 7 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.



Dodgers Owner Faces Tests Off the Field

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 10:35:55 EDT

Mark Walter is managing turmoil at his investment firm, Guggenheim Partners, and scrutiny of his personal life as his baseball team goes for its first World Series title since 1988.



Why the Saints Are Suddenly a Force

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 08:31:33 EDT

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees still leads a potent passing attack but it’s the Saints’ improved defense that makes the team a threat



How Half a Billion Dollars and One Embarrassing Night Rebuilt PSG

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 03:22:07 EDT

Paris Saint-Germain’s Qatari owners assembled a galaxy of stars around Neymar, but can their dominance in France translate to Europe?



Behind the Patriots' Blockbuster and the NFL's Trading Frenzy

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 20:59:52 EDT

The Patriots dealt backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to San Francisco and in the process upended the market at the league’s most important position.



Dodgers Force Game 7, Stifling Astros 3-1

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 10:02:12 EDT

The Los Angeles Dodgers extended their season with a 3-1 win over the Houston Astros in Game 6 of the World Series—finding a way to defeat ace pitcher Justin Verlander, who dominated for much of the night.



How Former Castoffs Became Key Players for the Dodgers

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 12:15:02 EDT

Players like Justin Turner, Chris Taylor and Brandon Morrow resurrected their careers after arriving in Los Angeles.



The NBA's Best Shooters: Curry, Harden and DeMarcus Cousins

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:35:16 EDT

This is the latest sign of basketball’s 3-point revolution: The players who are taking and making the most threes can be guards or traditional centers.



A Power Surge Puts a Jolt in the World Series

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 07:37:10 EDT

Nearly every Astros and Dodgers hitter that steps up to bat represents a legitimate threat to hit a home run, making this one of the most frenetic series ever played.



Astros, Dodgers Outdo Themselves in 13-12 Houston Win

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 11:59:33 EDT

In a season defined by baseballs flying over fences, it seems fitting that the World Series would turn into a home-run derby. A 13-12 win Sunday night gave the Astros a 3-2 lead over the Dodgers as the teams return to Los Angeles.



Texans Players Kneel During Anthem After Owner's 'Inmates' Comment

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 23:17:56 EDT

A majority of Houston Texans players took a knee during the national anthem Sunday in a direct rebuke of the team’s owner, Bob McNair.



Carlos Beltran: 20 Seasons, 7 Teams, 0 Rings

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 17:28:06 EDT

Astros slugger Carlos Beltran has a résumé that boasts more than 2,500 hits, 400 home runs, 300 stolen bases, but a World Series title would be the ultimate career capper.



How the Houston Texans Found a Quarterback---Finally

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 22:53:33 EDT

NFL teams usually refuse to admit their mistakes. But that’s what the Texans did by elevating Deshaun Watson. And now they have one of the NFL’s best offenses.



Alibaba's Tsai Buys Into the Brooklyn Nets at Record Price

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 22:58:29 EDT

The co-founder of the e-commerce giant purchases a minority stake at a $2.3 billion valuation with the right to become the team’s controlling owner.



At West Point, All Cadets Learn to Take a Punch

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 22:19:18 EDT

Following a suggestion by President Theodore Roosevelt, boxing has been taught at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point for more than a century. Last year, boxing classes became mandatory for cadets of both sexes.



The World Series Is a Whole New Ballgame

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 08:51:30 EDT

After a wild Game 2, the World Series shifts to Houston: Can the Dodgers recover after blowing a late lead or will the Astros maintain the momentum?



Houston's World Series Problem: The Phrase 'Houston, We Have a Problem'

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 01:38:34 EDT

Every time the nation’s fourth-largest city enters the spotlight, outsiders recycle the same lazy cliché—a misquote from NASA’s Apollo 13 moon mission. ‘Houston We Have a Podcast’



Why the NBA's Big Men Are Getting Freakier

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 18:21:09 EDT

Giannis Antetokounmpo is playing like the league’s MVP. But here’s the other reason the Milwaukee Bucks’ star is the future of basketball.



Jose Altuve Is the Best Hitter in the World Series Because He's the Shortest

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 14:01:48 EDT

Astros star Jose Altuve has become one of the best hitters in baseball by punishing the pitchers that throw the hardest.



Joe Girardi Won't Return as Yankees Manager

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 17:05:14 EDT

The New York Yankees announced Thursday that they would not renew Girardi’s contract, leaving their managerial seat open for the first time in a decade.



Why Passes to Top Receivers Are Falling Off Target

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 10:32:10 EDT

With points down to their lowest per-game level since 2009, some quarterbacks are having a hard time getting the ball to their No. 1 receivers.



Unsinkable Astros Down Dodgers in Epic Thriller

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 21:16:09 EDT

In a contest of heroic home runs destined to go down as a classic, Houston tied the World Series at one game apiece with a 7-6 extra-innings win over Los Angeles.



Watch: Vin Scully's Brilliant First Pitch

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 23:12:01 EDT

As soon as the Los Angeles Dodgers made the World Series, the questions began: would Vin Scully make his way back to the booth to call the baseball action?



28 More Rules of Thanksgiving Family Touch Football

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:01:23 EST

A Journal tradition is back. Jason Gay offers a new round of Thanksgiving Family Touch Football rules.



Jerry Jones vs. Roger Goodell: The Fight the NFL Deserves

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:39:16 EST

Are you Team Jerry—or Team NFL Roger Goodell? It’s a style war between a maverick and the company’s company man.



Wisconsin Is College Football's Rodney Dangerfield

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:17:07 EST

It’s time to respect the Rodney Dangerfield of college football: the Wisconsin Badgers.



Coach K Is Still Listening

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:17:55 EST

Mike Krzyzewski is the host of one of sports radio’s best shows. He also has five titles and leads the country’s No. 1 men’s college basketball team.



Pizza War May Be Spice the NFL Needs

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 10:49:55 EST

Jason Gay: A skirmish over pizza is the latest bizarre twist in a surreal football season.



For Baseball, Love Is in the Air

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:03:28 EDT

Jason Gay: A post-game marriage proposal by the Astros’ Carlos Correa caps a romantic run for baseball.



Roger Federer Is Still Rocking

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 12:26:49 EDT

As the tennis season nears a close, Roger Federer discusses his “fairy tale” year.



A Saints vs. Chiefs Super Bowl and Other Dubious Midseason Ideas

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 16:03:00 EDT

Jason Gay: It’s halfway through the NFL season and nobody knows what’s going on, not even Tom Brady’s nutritionist.



Here Comes Notre Dame. Wait, What?

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:29:12 EDT

The Fighting Irish have bounced back from a 4-8 disaster to crack the top 10—and now there’s talk of playoffs.



Leave Jim Harbaugh Alone!

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 15:49:00 EST

A Wisconsin fan’s unlikely case to save the embattled Michigan coach.



As NFL Wobbles, Is This Baseball's Time?

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:06:15 EDT

It may not be the TV ratings bonanza of Los Angeles vs. New York, but Dodgers-Astros has its upsides, too, Jason Gay writes.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



Goat Yoga, Meet the Zoning Board

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 11:03:27 EDT

As devotees seek to hold outdoor yoga classes featuring baby goats, local officials dust off land-use rules and regulations prohibiting commingling of people and livestock. ‘We’re really trying to offer a service.’



The Bears Are Leaning Heavily on Their Running Backs

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 14:06:59 EDT

Bears running backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen have combined to touch the ball on nearly 67% of Chicago’s offensive plays so far this season.



A Bit Player Making a Big Impact for the Redskins

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:10:07 EDT

Chris Thompson gains 6.5 yards every time he touches the ball, but the Washington Redskins think the 5-foot-8, 195 pound back is too slight to carry a heavy load.



How Much Is Your College Football Team Worth?

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:35:25 EDT

Three football programs—Ohio State, Texas and Oklahoma—are valued at over a billion dollars.



This Was Not the Marshall Plan for the New York Giants

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:36:47 EDT

Instead of being the spark plug for a Giants offense that has struggled to score, Brandon Marshall has mostly been a non-factor.



The Surprising Head of the Rookie Running-Back Class

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 17:22:34 EDT

After one stellar game, Kareem Hunt is on pace to produce a historic debut season



Shorter Swing Leads to Home Run Boost for Giancarlo Stanton

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:05:37 EDT

It appears that Giancarlo Stanton has figured out that he doesn’t have to swing wildly from his heels to send baseballs soaring into the stratosphere.



For Some Quarterbacks, the Hits Just Keep on Coming

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:30:16 EDT

There is a simple formula to winning games in the NFL: Keep your quarterback upright.



Racketlon: The One Sport With Four Rackets

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 16:41:46 EDT

Jeremy Easterbrook plays racketlon: ping pong, badminton, squash and tennis, and is one is one of Canada’s top competitors