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Let's Make Baseball Games Seven Innings

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 13:05:07 EDT

Are baseball games too long? Jason Gay makes a case for accelerating the beloved but dawdling game—at least for weeknight games.



Team New Zealand Is on the Edge of Glory

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 17:24:45 EDT

Emirates Team New Zealand won a pair of America’s Cup races on Sunday to move within a single victory of capturing sailing’s flagship trophy from Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA.



How Jim Furyk's 58 Came Out of Nowhere

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:12:41 EDT

Jim Furyk’s record-setting round of 58 came as he was out of contention in a tournament and plodding through a recovery from injury.



Cubs Send Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:21:31 EDT

The Cubs sent Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa in the hopes that a temporary demotion will help the slugger return to form.



Please Hug a Knicks Fan Today

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:50:52 EDT

The New York Knicks mulling deals for young star Kristaps Porzingis has a beaten-down basketball city in a panic, writes Jason Gay.



Why the Warriors Are Behind the NBA's Chaotic Summer

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:07:40 EDT

The question at the heart of this offseason is how to stop the Golden State Warriors from becoming a dynasty. It’s already making the rest of the league slightly insane.



The NBA Draft Will Have Few Senior Moments

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:32:53 EDT

It is possible that not a single college senior will be picked in the first round of Thursday’s NBA Draft, despite the success of recent senior picks Malcolm Brogdon, Jimmy Butler and Draymond Green.



The Astros Hit on a Winning Formula: Lots of Home Runs, No Strikeouts

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:49:14 EDT

The Houston Astros have gone against modern baseball convention by empowering their players to hack away at the first hittable strike they see. The result: more home runs and less strikeouts.



PGA Tour Toughens Drug Testing

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:58:41 EDT

The addition of blood testing will allow the Tour to detect the use of human growth hormone, which cannot be revealed through urine testing



Gennady Golovkin: Mayweather/McGregor Is a 'Funny' Fight

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 22:40:26 EDT

Put down Gennady “GGG” Golovkin on the list of those who think the Aug. 26 fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor shouldn’t be hyped as a mega-bout for boxing.



The Boston Celtics Try Their Own Big Short

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:59:50 EDT

By trading the top pick and passing on Markelle Fultz, the Celtics are also gambling that some of the league’s worst teams will continue to be bad



The NFL's Digital Push Into Europe

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 03:57:54 EDT

The NFL is partnering with marketing giant WPP and the investment firm Bruin Sports Capital in a new venture aimed at convincing more Europeans to watch American football on their televisions and mobile devices.



Brooks Koepka Wins the U.S. Open

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:44:11 EDT

Brooks Koepka won the U.S. Open on Sunday, shooting a final round 67 to take the tournament by four strokes. It is the 27-year-old American’s first career major title.



Wisconsin Becomes a Golf Destination

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 11:40:45 EDT

Wisconsin has gone from a completely unremarkable golf state to a frequent host of major events and a destination for golf travel.



A Surprise Key to America's Cup: Bikes

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:31:57 EDT

As the America’s Cup gets underway off Bermuda this weekend, the primary story line centers around an unusual question for sailing: Can the Kiwis pedal their way to victory?



SpikeBoarding: A New Low-Impact Fitness Secret

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 07:00:15 EDT

A St. Louis executive swears by the sport, which combines elements of Nordic skiing, skateboarding and stand-up paddling.



Isn't This the U.S. Open? Why All the Smiles?

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:23:25 EDT

Instead of punishing and tortuous, this U.S. Open is practically delightful for many golfers. The USGA hopes that doesn’t last through the weekend



Louisville's Rick Pitino Suspended Five Games for Sex Scandal

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:04:38 EDT

Rick Pitino, the head basketball coach for the University of Louisville, has been suspended for five games in connection with a wide-ranging sex scandal that has rocked the men’s basketball program.



Why the USGA Wants a Quiet U.S. Open

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:20:03 EDT

After recent controversies and player criticism, the USGA is looking for a quiet week at Erin Hills.



The First Inning At-Bat You Don't Want to Miss

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:42:29 EDT

Astros outfielder George Springer is on pace to break the single-season mark for leadoff homers.



A Swedish Billionaire's $100 Million Bet on the Future of the America's Cup

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 03:31:30 EDT

Torbjorn Tornqvist built perhaps the fastest boat in the history of the America’s Cup—and still lost.



Why the Golden State Warriors Enjoy Going to Work

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 23:39:43 EDT

There is a serious case to be made for the Golden State Warriors becoming a dynasty. And it’s partly because they believed in not taking themselves seriously.



The NBA Dynasty Built Around Stephen Curry

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:34:10 EDT

The championship team primed to become a dynasty wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Stephen Curry, the player who makes the Warriors make sense.



Roger Federer Falters in Prep for Wimbledon

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:51:09 EDT

Roger Federer lost his opening match at a grass court tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, to Tommy Haas. Federer skipped the clay court season to get healthy and prepare for Wimbledon.



He Brought the U.S. Open to a Cow Pasture. All It Cost Was His Fortune.

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:48:29 EDT

Bob Lang poured millions of dollars into the course that will host this week’s U.S. Open. His obsession also left him deep in debt and without a golf course.



Golden State Warriors Win NBA Championship

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:02:53 EDT

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 129-120, for the team’s second NBA title in three years.



The U.S. Men's Soccer Team Gets Defensive in a Draw Against Mexico

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:03:10 EDT

The U.S. men’s soccer team picked up a much needed point on the road in Mexico to get back into the World Cup qualifying mix.



Pittsburgh Lays Claim to Titletown

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:37:13 EDT

With five championships in their half-century of existence, the Penguins are now one of the most dominant franchises in all of sports. The Steelers have been pretty good too.



Ben & Gay: The Cavs' Big Shot, LeBron vs. Federer and Who Hacked J.R.?

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:35:50 EDT

NBA reporter Ben Cohen and columnist Jason Gay discuss the hot issues ahead of Game 5.



The Cavaliers Are Beating the Warriors (but Only When LeBron James Plays)

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:59:50 EDT

The Cavaliers have actually outscored the Warriors in the NBA Finals when LeBron James is on the court.



Pittsburgh Penguins Win the Stanley Cup

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:26:15 EDT

The Pittsburgh Penguins are Stanley Cup champions for the second consecutive season after a 2-0 win over the Nashville Predators on Sunday. It is the club’s third Cup victory since 2009.



Rafael Nadal Wins 10th French Open Title

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 11:48:36 EDT

Rafael Nadal won his 10th French Open singles title, beating Stan Wawrinka in Sunday’s final in straight sets. It is Nadal’s 15th career Grand Slam championship.



The Night the NBA Finals Got Weird

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 21:08:46 EDT

The Cleveland Cavaliers finally beat the Golden State Warriors. How they did it may not be enough to beat them in three more games.



Tapwrit Wins the Belmont Stakes

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 09:32:20 EDT

With a strong closing run, Tapwrit overtook Irish War Cry in the stretch to win the final jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown by two lengths.



Wall Street Money Managers Shoot for a Triple Crown at Belmont

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 13:35:44 EDT

Hedge-fund managers and other investors are gaining influence in horse racing, a sport historically dominated by Kentucky blue-bloods and Middle East royalty



The Time Is Now for U.S. Soccer Phenom

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 10:39:40 EDT

It’s increasingly clear that 18-year-old Christian Pulisic, who led the U.S. national team to victory Thursday night, is its best hope for making it to Russia for the World Cup



Olympic Committee to Name 2024, 2028 Host Cities Simultaneously

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 14:41:05 EDT

The International Olympic Committee took the first step toward naming the host cities for the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games simultaneously this summer, amid growing support for a plan to award those Games to Paris and Los Angeles, respectively.



LeBron James's Media Empire Is Out Front (Even If His Team Isn't)

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 13:58:10 EDT

Uninterrupted, a budding network of podcasts, documentaries and original series, is challenging an increasingly fragmented sports media landscape, betting that some of the most compelling content will be created by athletes.



The Golden State Warriors Have Their Own Art Gallery

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:04:04 EDT

The Golden State Warriors aren’t merely one game away from the NBA title. They also have become a muse.



NBA Finals: Drama, a Clutch Shot and a Knockout Punch by the Warriors

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 17:45:26 EDT

Game 3 of the NBA Finals was the best game of the year and perhaps the last game that mattered this season. Golden State now has their eyes on a 16-0 postseason record.



How to Peak for the Majors? No One in Golf Really Knows

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 08:40:04 EDT

Even as players gain more knowledge about their swings, their bodies and the courses they compete on, controlling the timing of peak performance remains golf’s version of a Rubik’s Cube.



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



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 Finals Are Too Fast, Too Furious for the Cavs

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 17:05:53 EDT

The first two games of the NBA Finals were statistically the fastest playoff games in history. The Warriors are better when they’re playing faster.



Don't Count Mike Trout Out of the MVP Race

Tue, 30 May 2017 16:22:30 EDT

Mike Trout is a two-time AL MVP and was in the midst of another stellar season, before he suffered a torn thumb ligament. But don’t count him out of this year’s MVP race just yet.



The NFL's New Touchdown Rules Could Endanger the Lambeau Leap

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:00:55 EDT

Although many of the NFL’s most famous touchdown celebrations last less than 15 seconds, analysis reveals that Green Bay’s Lambeau Leaps take a bit longer.



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.