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How Baseball's Arm Whisperer Fixes Broken Pitchers

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:10:00 EDT

Ivan Nova’s unexpected resurgence marks yet another successful reclamation project for the Pittsburgh Pirates under the tutelage of pitching coach Ray Searage.



NFL Draft: A Flurry of Trades for Quarterbacks

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:38:11 EDT

The 2017 NFL Draft began like most experts predicted: the Cleveland Browns selected Texas A&M defensive lineman Myles Garrett with the No. 1 pick. Then it completely defied expectations with a set of decisions that could change the landscape of the league for the foreseeable future.



Why Golf Can't Catch a Break in China

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:48:14 EDT

The PGA Tour said it has been unable to get any Chinese tournaments approved for its upcoming season. The impasse comes after a falling-out between the PGA Tour and its Chinese partners, and amounts to another bogey for golf in China.



Becky Hammon's Big Shot

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:08:32 EDT

Could the assistant coach of the San Antonio Spurs become the NBA’s first female head coach?



Jeter and Bush Close to Deal for Miami Marlins

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:15:55 EDT

The investment group hasn’t lined up financing for the deal and was calling around Wall Street as recently as Monday afternoon in search of hundreds of millions.



Maria Sharapova Makes Winning Return After 15-Month Ban

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:16:03 EDT

Maria Sharapova returned to tennis on Wednesday after a 15-month suspension and beat Italian veteran Roberta Vinci 7-5, 6-3 at a clay court tournament in Stuttgart, Germany.



U.K., France Raid Soccer Clubs in Money-Laundering Investigation

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:09:16 EDT

The investigation centers on whether payments to players, agents or third parties were hidden to evade income tax and social security contributions when players were transferred between the two nations.



At Churchill Downs, Immigration Crackdown Causes Unease on the Backstretch

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:00:08 EDT

The Trump Administration’s toughened enforcement is rattling horse trainers and their workers, an industry that quietly depends on an immigrant workforce



ESPN to Lay Off 100 Employees

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:16:38 EDT

Walt Disney’s ESPN is laying off about 100 employees, including on-air talent, as it further looks to cut costs amid challenging times in the pay-TV business.



The Draft Prospect Out of Central Casting

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:28:06 EDT

Former Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey has the versatility, speed and star power that the NFL craves, but is that raising expectations to impossible heights?



Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. on the Strain of House-Hunting

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:29:40 EDT

The former Orioles baseball player speaks to an early expertise in precision landscaping and the merits of an open kitchen



Gordon Hayward: The Basketball Star Who Was Better at Tennis

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:13:05 EDT

Utah Jazz star Gordon Hayward says tennis allowed him to help control his nerves and patience.



Serena Williams Back to No. 1, After Pregnancy News

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:32:12 EDT

Serena Williams is pregnant and hasn’t played a match since January, but she’s still a champion: She moved up to the No. 1 ranking in the world this week.



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.



The Houston Rockets' Foul Strategy: Hack-a-Roberson

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:17:54 EDT

The Houston Rockets took control of their playoff series on Sunday with a strategy that was as ugly as it was effective: They fouled and fouled and fouled and fouled.



Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr Remains Out Indefinitely

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:01:02 EDT

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is out indefinitely and could miss the rest of the NBA playoffs because of lingering complications from back surgery that sidelined him last season.



How to Avoid a Debacle on NFL Draft Day

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:33:20 EDT

Recent trends and research have illuminated a handful of simple tips that teams should consider for the best possible chance at not torpedoing the NFL draft next week.



The NBA's Longest Team Might Be Around a While

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:02:42 EDT

Giannis Antetokounmpo is now a transcendent star and the Milwaukee Bucks are playing like the best team in the Eastern Conference



Rollins Tripped Up by Drop-Down Menu

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:01:25 EDT

Brianna Rollins, the Olympic gold medalist in the 100-meter hurdles, was suspended for 2017 by anti-doping officials even though they said she isn’t suspected of using illegal drugs.



Sailboats That Fly? A Beginner's Guide to 'Foiling'

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:05:46 EDT

Why sail in the water when you can glide over it at motorboat-like velocity? A new fleet of ‘foilers,’ whose hulls hover in the air, lets even amateur skippers high-tail it toward distant shores.



The Forgotten Part of Basketball That's Changing the NBA Playoffs

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:56:40 EDT

Offense has never been better. Offensive rebounding has never been worse. But it’s already made a difference in the postseason.



How Can Football Video Games Get More Realistic? Real Humans

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:01:54 EDT

An investment group is finalizing a partnership with Amazon’s Twitch to launch an indoor-football league that lets fans call plays in real-time



In Aaron Hernandez's Jail Cell: Three Handwritten Notes Next to Bible

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:41:15 EDT

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez left three handwritten notes beside a Bible in his jail cell before he committed suicide, according to an investigation into his death at a Massachusetts prison.



Angry Eli Manning Denies Any Wrongdoing in Memorabilia Case

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:22:35 EDT

New York Giants quarterback is confident he will be cleared in suit that alleges he defrauded collectors



A 17-Year-Old's Death Points to Flaws in Concussion Test

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:50:03 EDT

Kenny Bui died in 2015 after being cleared to play football weeks after a concussion. The largest-ever study of concussions now indicates many athletes are similarly being sent back on the field while at heightened risk of injury.



Serena Williams Appears to Announce Pregnancy on Snapchat

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:16:49 EDT

Serena Williams appeared to announce that she’s pregnant on Wednesday with an image and message on Snapchat that was later deleted.



The Leicester City Fairy Tale Is Officially Over

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:52:41 EDT

The underdog heroes of the Premier League last season get knocked out of Champions League quarterfinals



Pirates Outfielder Starling Marte Suspended for 80 Games

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:16:05 EDT

The 2016 All-Star tests positive for nandrolone, a performance-enhancing drug



Baseball's Newest Infatuation Is With Outfield Defense

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:50:32 EDT

With new analytic tools sharpening executives’ ability to evaluate fielding ability, the Rays and Mariners placing a greater emphasis on outfield defense.



NCAA Tournaments to Return to North Carolina

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:07:05 EDT

The National Collegiate Athletic Association said that it is returning to North Carolina for several future championships, including men’s basketball games in 2020 and 2021, now that state legislators dialed back a controversial bathroom law.



Kenyans Sweep Boston Marathon, but Americans Finish Strong

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:15:48 EDT

Geoffrey Kirui of Kenya outlasted American Galen Rupp to take the 121st running of the Boston Marathon. Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat won the women’s race.



The Potential Favorite for the Kentucky Derby Doesn't Like to Run

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 10:26:58 EDT

Classic Empire has recently balked at practicing, throwing a wrench in preparations for this spring’s big races.



Pittsburgh Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney Dies at Age 84

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:42:49 EDT

Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, one of the NFL’s most influential and popular executives, has died. He was 84.



How Russell Westbrook Became the Most Valuable Pick

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:28:33 EDT

The Oklahoma City Thunder were still in Seattle when they drafted Russell Westbrook before anyone expected. Now, at the end of Westbrook’s historic season, they explain the meticulous process behind the surprising decision.



How '13' Turned Lucky for Sergio Garcia at the Masters

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:06:43 EDT

Sergio Garcia faced ‘a big test’ on the 13th hole during the final round of the Masters. How he passed was a window into how he won his first major.



U.S, Mexico, Canada Unveil Plan to Bid Jointly for the 2026 World Cup

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:26:55 EDT

Leaders of the soccer federations of the U.S, Mexico and Canada unveiled their plan to bid jointly for the 2026 World Cup.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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