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Trump Rescinds White House Invite to NBA Star, Criticizes NFL Protests

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:08:58 EDT

President Trump extended an unusual clash with the professional sports world by rescinding a White House invitation for the Golden State Warriors, a move that followed his sharp criticism of the NFL.



Now, the Actual College Football Season Begins

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:14:26 EDT

Following a slate of largely unwatchable games during the first three weeks, conference play should separate the contenders from the pretenders for the College Football Playoff.



Aaron Hernandez's Brain Showed 'Severe' Disease

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:35:43 EDT

The former NFL star, who killed himself in April, had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, his lawyer said Thursday.



The German Race That Is Expected to Go Down to the Wire

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:22:34 EDT

The Berlin Marathon promises to yield far greater drama than the German capital’s other race: the federal election.



How Tracking Technology Helped Baseball's Best Fielding Outfielder

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:25:19 EDT

After improving his first step, the Twins’ Byron Buxton has saved 24 outs over the average outfielder this season, according to Statcast.



'Burner Phone' Accusation Marks New Chapter in Ole Miss Scandal

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:42:29 EDT

Ole Miss reported to the NCAA a lawyer’s allegation that its football coaches used prepaid phones to conceal contacts with recruits.



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.



Why Scoring Has Nosedived in the NFL

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:45:42 EDT

At its current pace, this NFL season would mark the biggest scoring decline in the Super Bowl era.



After a Draw, Will Fight Fans Buy a Canelo-Golovkin Rematch?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:05:33 EDT

As boxing tries to move past the Mayweather/McGregor bout, the challenge for promoters will be to not make a rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin seem like yet another money grab.



Need a Touchdown Dance? Dance Pros Offer Moves for NFL Stars

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:10:30 EDT

NFL players might be too busy practicing football to devise celebratory dances. So choreographers Mandy Moore, Kelly Devine and Joshua Bergasse offer some touchdown moves.



Los Angeles Is Officially Awarded the 2028 Olympics

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:30:33 EDT

Los Angeles officially won the rights to organize the 2028 Summer Olympics Wednesday, completing an unprecedented arrangement the International Olympic Committee struck earlier this summer.



Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin Ends in a Draw

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 07:20:08 EDT

When the final bell rang after Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez battled 12 rounds for middleweight supremacy, both fighters raised their arms in victory. It turns out, the judges felt the same way.



The Cleveland Indians Make History With 21st Straight Win

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:52:53 EDT

The Cleveland Indians suddenly can’t lose, setting an American League record with their 21st straight win.



Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin: Boxing's 'True' Megafight

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 20:55:09 EDT

Gennady Golovkin promises that his bout against Canelo Alvarez will be much different than what took place a few weeks ago in Las Vegas. This is like a heroes fight: Who will win: Superman or Iron Man?



Why the NFL Is Gambling on Baby-Faced Coaches

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:22:18 EDT

At the age of 31, Rams coach Sean McVay is the poster boy for a bet that teams across the NFL are making: that youthful, first-time coaches are worth the gamble.



The Champions League Repeat Used to be Impossible. Now Real Madrid Is Going for Three.

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:56:18 EDT

After being the first team to win back-to-back Champions League titles in the modern era, Real Madrid are heavy favorites to take retain the trophy again.



Giancarlo Stanton Stokes Baseball's Great Home-Run Debate

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:26:26 EDT

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton’s power surge has reignited one of baseball’s fiercest debates.



The Dodgers Are on the Verge of an All-Time Collapse

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:07:57 EDT

Once on pace for a record-setting season, the Los Angeles Dodgers have lost 11 straight games and suddenly look like baseball’s worst team.



Rafael Nadal Wins the U.S. Open

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 21:52:12 EDT

Rafael Nadal takes his 16th career Grand Slam title after beating Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in the U.S. Open final.



Texans Make Quick Move to Deshaun Watson

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 16:56:33 EDT

It didn’t take long for the Houston Texans to scrap their plans at quarterback—and that meant turning to the man they hope is their quarterback of the future: Deshaun Watson.



Sloane Stephens Wins U.S. Open

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 09:47:41 EDT

With precision, hustle and few mistakes, American Sloane Stephens won her first Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open.



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



Elliott Wins Injunction Against NFL, Could Play Full Season

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 22:46:00 EDT

A federal judge issued the preliminary injunction on the National Football League’s six-game suspension of the Dallas Cowboys running back over domestic-violence allegations.



Nadal Looks Like Himself Again as He Heads Into Finals

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 00:57:17 EDT

After an uneven summer and a slow start at the U.S. Open, Rafael Nadal dominated his match against Juan Martin del Potro and eased his way into the final.



The U.S. Men Can Still Make the World Cup. Here's How

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 10:19:14 EDT

A late goal against Honduras this week gave the squad a critical point toward qualifying for Russia. The road ahead is complicated but promising



What Football Crisis? In Alabama, the Game's Hold Only Gets Stronger

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 10:56:28 EDT

In pockets of the South, more kids are playing football than ever, with parents and coaches saying the rewards outweigh the risks



The NFL Wants You Back. Here Is Its Plan.

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:11:14 EDT

Fewer commercials and better prime-time match-ups are key to the league’s efforts to reverse declining ratings.



Federer Falters Just Short of Dream Matchup With Nadal

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 13:10:41 EDT

The Swiss legend fell in four sets to Juan Martin del Potro, another fan favorite with a magical forehand



How Late Is Too Late for Tennis?

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 12:34:55 EDT

Matches that stretch into the early morning have some wondering if the U.S. Open should rethink it’s tradition of starting matches in the evening



Sports Radio Host Carton Charged in Concert Ticket Ponzi Scheme

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 11:22:30 EDT

Sports radio talk show host Craig Carton and another man were arrested Wednesday on charges of bilking millions of dollars from investors in a concert-ticket selling scheme.



Apple Watches and Stolen Signs Add Fuel to Yankees-Red Sox Rivalry

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:05:34 EDT

The Yankees alleged their bitter rival was using Apple Watches to steal signs, in violation of baseball rules. The Red Sox said the Yankees were doing something similar.



Draw Against Honduras Keeps U.S. World Cup Hopes Alive

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:04:32 EDT

With just minutes to play and their World Cup hopes hanging in the balance, the U.S. men’s national team got a goal from Bobby Wood to earn a 1-1 tie on the road in Honduras that may go a long way toward getting them to Russia next year.



NFL Allows Dallas's Ezekiel Elliott to Start Season Amid Legal Drama

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:23:28 EDT

The NFL allowed Ezekiel Elliott to play in Sunday’s opener, even as a league-appointed arbitrator upheld a six-game suspension against him over domestic-violence allegations, setting up what could be a protracted legal fight as the running back star fights the case.



Will Dodgers Be All-Time Greats or All-Time Goats?

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 22:02:30 EDT

The 2001 Seattle Mariners are a cautionary tale for how a magical regular season can turn sour in baseball’s unpredictable playoffs



Houston Rockets Fetch Record $2.2 Billion in Sale

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:04:09 EDT

Houston billionaire Tilman Fertitta bought the NBA team in a deal that continues the trend of soaring valuations around the league



Knicks Agree to Trade Carmelo Anthony to Thunder

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:30:29 EDT

Carmelo Anthony—the New York-born NBA star whose 2011 trade to the Knicks was billed as both a homecoming and a tortured franchise’s potential salvation—is leaving town without the championship ring he fantasized he would one day deliver.



Emma Stone and the Tennis Doubles for 'Battle of the Sexes'

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:03:15 EDT

Emma Stone and Steve Carell co-star in ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ but its sparkling tennis scenes owe a debt to a pair of hard-working pros.



Jason Gay: The Great ESPN Pile-On

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:17:40 EDT

Another controversy has ESPN fending off accusations of bias—and the anger of President Trump.



Hey! Russell Westbrook and LeBron James Have Got Next!

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:10:34 EDT

A luxe private court in Manhattan has become the home of basketball’s starriest pick-up game.



Dirk Nowitzki Goes Big for Tennis and Houston

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:09:12 EDT

NBA star Dirk Nowitzki chats about his tennis roots—and his all-star benefit for Texas flood relief this weekend.



Rafael Nadal Is Untouchable in New York City

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:22:34 EDT

Rafael Nadal’s 16th Grand Slam caps a brilliant revival year for a tennis all-timer.



Cycling's "Green Team" Lands Saving Green

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 10:53:09 EDT

After a scare, Cannondale-Drapac will be back in 2018—and beyond—after a deal with global education company EF Education First



Billie Jean King Cannot Be Stopped

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:54:52 EDT

A ride to the U.S. Open with the groundbreaking tennis icon—and subject of an upcoming movie—whose name is on the front door.



Liar, Liar, Red Sox on Fire?

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:36:00 EDT

A “stealing signs” controversy has another Boston team combating trust issues.



J.J. Watt's $10 Million (and Counting) Rush for Houston

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:15:11 EDT

An NFL star’s social media fundraiser for flood victims hits eight figures—and isn’t stopping.



Jason Gay: When Boxing Goes Low, I Go High

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 10:48:33 EDT

Jason Gay makes a (legally!) altered visit to the absurd Mayweather-McGregor tangle in Nevada



A Visit With Tennis's Rod 'the God' Laver

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 20:28:29 EDT

As the first all-star men’s ‘Laver Cup’ approaches, the tennis icon discusses today’s stars, as Federer and McEnroe posit how they’d have played him.



Mayweather-McGregor Is a Doughnut. Let Me Explain.

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 16:41:36 EDT

Saturday’s fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor has the attention of the sports world. How will we feel when it’s over?



Derek Jeter Is Now the Boss

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:48:12 EDT

Derek Jeter joins a deal to buy the Miami Marlins. Here’s some free advice for the new sports owner.



My Flimsy Farewell to Football

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:37:10 EDT

Another round of anthem protests has Jason Gay ready to walk away from the game. Or...maybe not.



The Olympics: the Harshest Hangover in Sports

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:23:42 EDT

Jason Gay: A depressing report from Rio underlines the economic and moral hazard of the Olympics.



For Baseball, Call Me Booger

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:44:29 EDT

A late summer stunt has baseball players digging deep for goofy nicknames



Jay Cutler: The Delightful, Indifferent Face of Football

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:54:01 EDT

Jay Cutler is excited to come play in Miami. Or not. Who knows?



How Much Will You Pay For That Body?

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:26:01 EDT

Boutique fitness companies promise much more than a traditional gym. But is it crazy to pay $30 for a single class?



Could Football Ever End?

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 09:04:02 EDT

A new concussion study provokes more existential worry in the NFL—and, reportedly, an early retirement.



Stop Saying Tom Brady Is Old!

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:12:04 EDT

Tom Brady is turning 40, and sports still doesn’t know how to handle it, writes Jason Gay.



'Phelps vs. Shark,' Reviewed by a Shark

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:10:08 EDT

Discovery’s much-ballyhooed race between human swimmer Michael Phelps and a great white shark prompts a cold-blooded assessment.



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.



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.



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



The Mysterious Disappearance of Aaron Judge

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 18:53:10 EDT

The New York Yankees’ rookie slugger put together an epic first half—and is having an equally bad second half.



Want to Make the College Football Playoff? Lay Off the Cream Puffs

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 15:32:28 EDT

Since the move to the College Football Playoff in 2014, teams have been scheduling tougher matchups and avoiding patsies for pre-conference games to boost their strength of schedule.



The Trades That Made the Kyrie Irving Trade Possible

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:10:32 EDT

How did the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers put themselves in position to make the biggest trade of the NBA season? It’s because of the many trades both teams made over many seasons.



New Study Shows Boxing's Early Toll on Muhammad Ali

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:06:19 EDT

Research finds a direct correlation between Muhammad Ali’s fights and his diminished speaking ability at the end of his boxing career.



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.