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The Houston Rockets' Wild Plan to Shoot Past the Warriors

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:55:57 EDT

Why the NBA’s most aggressive team wants to shatter the record for most 3-pointers in a season— again.



Aaron Rodgers is Down. Can Green Bay Get Up?

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:02:06 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.



Colin Kaepernick Files Grievance Alleging Collusion

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:07:56 EDT

The free agent quarterback filed a grievance against the National Football League, alleging that the league’s owners have colluded to keep him unsigned.



Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers Suffers Broken Collarbone

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 18:04:45 EDT

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers left Sunday’s game against the Vikings with a broken right collarbone, the team said, and he may miss the rest of the season.



Controversial Home Plate Blocking Rule Comes Into Play in the NLCS

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 07:18:24 EDT

During the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 5-2 win over the Cubs, umpires ruled that Chicago catcher Willson Contreras blocked the plate without the ball.



A Pair of Aces Help Astros Take a 2-0 Lead in the ALCS

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:50:43 EDT

In a postseason dominated by relief pitchers, the Houston Astros are winning with a starting pitching tandem that comes as something of a throwback.



Roger Federer Routs Rafael Nadal for Shanghai Title

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:40:40 EDT

The most amazing part of Roger Federer’s comeback tennis season: He dominates Rafael Nadal.



Syracuse's Win Over Clemson Upsets the Balance of College Football

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:55:06 EDT

A shocking loss by Clemson leaves a wide-open College Football Playoff field. Meanwhile, Syracuse fans rejoice.



Roger Goodell Has a Secret Defender on Twitter: His Wife

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 22:21:48 EDT

When media outlets wrote about the NFL commissioner, an anonymous tweeter hit back.



Starting Pitchers Have Become the Bullpen's Opening Act

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:09:12 EDT

The distinction between starter and reliever is becoming murkier as managers appear more willing to give an early hook.



Not Your Father's Yankees

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:15:37 EDT

The New York Yankees are embracing fun as part of an improbable run for the World Series.



California's Breakup With the NFL

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 17:32:29 EDT

Both the Rams and Chargers are struggling to gain a foothold in Los Angeles, while the 49ers are also dealing with questions about fan support.



U.S. Men's Soccer: What Happened?

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 18:10:47 EDT

A failure of imagination and player development ultimately cost the Americans a spot in next summer’s World Cup



NCAA Creates Commission to Revamp College Basketball

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 19:40:15 EDT

The new body, to be headed by Condoleezza Rice, will consider “substantive changes” to the game in the wake of a federal corruption probe



NFL Owners to Discuss Policy on Standing for Anthem

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 06:16:27 EDT

The National Football League’s owners will discuss at meetings next week whether to unilaterally change the league policy to require players to stand during the national anthem.



Unraveling Clayton Kershaw's 'Playoff Problem'

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:35:00 EDT

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has yet to put together an October that matches his regular-season numbers, but one reason for his postseason struggles might be that he’s often left in the game too long.



U.S. Soccer Team Is Shut Out of World Cup After Defeat

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:16:42 EDT

The U.S. national soccer team’s hopes of securing a World Cup spot collapsed on Tuesday in a stunning 2-1 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago, meaning the Americans will miss a World Cup for the first time in three decades.



U.S. Team's World Cup Elimination Deals Setback to Fox

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 21:46:32 EDT

The failure of the U.S. men’s soccer team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup creates a major headache for 21st Century Fox, which faces the prospect of smaller TV audiences and diminished advertiser interest.



Vice President Mike Pence Leaves Colts Game After Anthem Protest

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 00:31:10 EDT

Vice President Mike Pence attended and then left Sunday’s Indianapolis Colts game in response to players protesting during the national anthem.



U.S. Men's Soccer Looks Primed for World Cup Berth

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 08:18:43 EDT

After a 4-0 win over Panama, all that separates the U.S. men’s national soccer team from a guaranteed trip to the next World Cup is a victory Tuesday against the qualifying tournament doormat Trinidad & Tobago.



Basketball Great Connie Hawkins Dies at 75

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 22:38:18 EDT

“The Hawk,” who set the tone for those who followed in terms of charisma and skills on the court, saw his professional career delayed by a point-shaving scandal, even though he was never directly linked to any wrongdoing.



Alabama, Clemson Appear Headed Toward a Trilogy

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 12:45:10 EDT

The college football season is nearing its midpoint, but we can probably hit the fast-forward button. It looks like we are headed for a third consecutive championship game between Alabama and Clemson.



Dodgers Seek to Turn the Tide Against the Diamondbacks

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 09:29:56 EDT

The Arizona Diamondbacks outscored the Los Angeles Dodgers by a combined total of 99-71 this season and has won the last six games the two teams have played.



The Dapper Suit-Maker At the Center of NCAA Probe

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 23:25:17 EDT

NFL and NBA stars trusted Rashan Michel to make them look good. And that’s what made him so valuable in one of the biggest alleged bribery schemes in college sports history.



The Diamondbacks' All-In Moment

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 08:27:40 EDT

Arizona outslugged Colorado in an 11-8 NL Wild Card thriller, but it came with a cost. The Diamondbacks used their top two starting pitchers in the game—leaving their rotation depleted to begin the NLDS.



The Baseball Manager Who Can't Get Enough Scrabble

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:12:17 EDT

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona says he unwinds after games by playing the classic crossword board game Scrabble.



The Downside of Baseball's Data Revolution---Long Games, Less Action

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 09:33:05 EDT

After years of “Moneyball”-style quantitative analysis, major-league teams are setting records for inactivity, prompting talk of rule changes. The dilemma holds lessons for the many businesses that have embraced Big Data as a guide to strategy.



Aaron Judge Has His Derek Jeter Moment, and He's Only Getting Started

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 12:43:43 EDT

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge will have at least three more games on a national stage this season, after New York’s 8-4 AL wild card victory over Minnesota.



Joan Benoit Samuelson Withdraws From Chicago Marathon Due to Knee Injury

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 19:30:15 EDT

Joan Benoit Samuelson’s attempt to become the first 60-year-old woman to run a sub-three hour marathon will have to wait. Benoit Samuelson pulled out of Sunday’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon with a knee injury.



Diamondbacks, Rockies Take the National Spotlight

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 11:32:20 EDT

The NL Wild Card game features three of baseball’s best players: Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado and Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt.



The Astros: Baseball's Great Experiment Is Set to Pay Off

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 13:48:30 EDT

Sports Illustrated made a wild prediction in 2014 that Houston’s rebuilding plan would result in a World Series victory this year. The Astros appear right on schedule.



NFL Owners Clashed in Private Over Protests

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:57:01 EDT

The NFL’s more muted approach in recent days to responding to attacks from President Trump followed a tense meeting last week in which several owners argued the league’s combative stance was unproductive.



Twins Aim to Break 'Yankees Hex'

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:02:10 EDT

The Twins have posted an almost unfathomably horrendous record of 33-90 against the Yankees over the past 15 years, easily the worst mark for any team against a single opponent in the major leagues.



The Man Who Exposed College Basketball

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 11:11:34 EDT

Marty Blazer cooperated with federal authorities for almost three years, trying to save himself. He helped dole out hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in dozens of recorded meetings as federal authorities built one of the biggest alleged corruption cases in college sports history.



What's Wrong With the New England Patriots?

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 16:17:15 EDT

The New England Patriots defense is uncharacteristically both bending and breaking this year.



NFL Protests Are More Muted

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 09:12:39 EDT

Some National Football League players knelt during the national anthem, and many more stood, arms locked, as expressions of protest persisted, though they were less widespread than last week.



U.S. Completes Rout of International Team in Presidents Cup

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 22:14:06 EDT

An afternoon formality at Liberty National Golf Club ended in the only way it conceivably could Sunday, with the U.S. winning the Presidents Cup for the seventh time in a row.



Gary Player Is Worried About America

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 16:24:26 EDT

The 81-year-old still plays golf and still speaks his mind. Though a believer in the ability of sports to effect social change, he’s not a fan of the anthem protests



The Figure-Skating Event With Geopolitical Implications

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 20:47:26 EDT

The North Korean figure skating pair of Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik will know Friday if they have a spot in the 2018 Games.



Claudio Ranieri: After the Leicester City Miracle

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 16:46:27 EDT

Leading Leicester City to a Premier League championship was always an impossible act to repeat. Now manager Claudio Ranieri is starting over in Nantes.



Rock Bottom: The Pain and Shame of a Louisville Basketball Fan

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 16:40:41 EDT

A diehard fan of an iconic basketball program reckons with a devastating scandal



The Big Money Behind Rick Pitino's Fall at Louisville

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 23:05:53 EDT

Rick Pitino was effectively fired after federal corruption allegations implicated his team and opened a window into the lucrative underbelly of college sports.



Baseball's Wacky Playoffs Are Fun But Are They Fair?

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 17:20:11 EDT

The introduction of the second wild card and the dramatic play-in showdown added a jolt but can penalize teams in strong divisions



Probe Into NCAA Basketball Relies on Unusual Legal Theories

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:18:47 EDT

The government’s sprawling investigation into bribery in top-tier college basketball programs has prompted some in the sports and legal communities to question whether the alleged activity violates federal law.



Behind the NFL's Frantic Scramble to Hit Back at Trump

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 21:26:09 EDT

Over a hectic 24 hours, the NFL struggled to control the crisis, resulting in ad hoc and mixed messages at times from players and teams.



Bribery, Kickbacks Alleged at Top NCAA Basketball Programs

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 05:43:46 EDT

Federal authorities Tuesday brought fraud charges against an Adidas executive and coaches at some of the nation’s premier college-basketball programs, including the University of Arizona and the University of Louisville.



Trump, NFL Trade Barbs as Clash Over Protests Continues

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 05:53:03 EDT

President Donald Trump and the NFL on Monday intensified their criticisms of one another, deepening a divide over player protests.



NFL Protests Spread as Trump's Feud With Athletes Escalates

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:27:55 EDT

The spat between Donald Trump and professional athletes protesting injustice escalated, with more players kneeling in protest during the national anthem and the president firing back that fans should boycott football games.



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.



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.



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.



Knicks Agree to Trade Carmelo Anthony to Thunder

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 14:24:44 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.