Not every human action has to be packaged into middling television, including the NBA’s MVP announcement, writes Jason Gay.
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.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is now a transcendent star and the Milwaukee Bucks are playing like the best team in the Eastern Conference
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.
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.
Offense has never been better. Offensive rebounding has never been worse. But it’s already made a difference in the postseason.
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
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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.
New York Giants quarterback is confident he will be cleared in suit that alleges he defrauded collectors
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 appeared to announce that she’s pregnant on Wednesday with an image and message on Snapchat that was later deleted.
The underdog heroes of the Premier League last season get knocked out of Champions League quarterfinals
The 2016 All-Star tests positive for nandrolone, a performance-enhancing drug
With new analytic tools sharpening executives’ ability to evaluate fielding ability, the Rays and Mariners placing a greater emphasis on outfield defense.
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.
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 first day of the NBA playoffs breathed new life into an age-old question of basketball philosophy: When is the wrong time to call a timeout?
Galen Rupp is among the favorites to win the Boston Marathon, even though he’s got little experience and only one American has won the race in the last 30 years.
Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley has one of the most obscure but impressive streaks in sports: He’s never received a technical foul.
Classic Empire has recently balked at practicing, throwing a wrench in preparations for this spring’s big races.
Pitchers including Stephen Strasburg, Yu Darvish and Noah Syndergaard are starting from the stretch, in an effort to more easily replicate their mechanics.
The Capitals boast a star-studded roster, which includes Alexander Ovechkin and Kevin Shattenkirk, but now confront the franchise’s history of postseason disappointment.
Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, one of the NFL’s most influential and popular executives, has died. He was 84.
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.
26-year-old Stewart Hagestad finished tied for 36th at Augusta National. Now he wants to go back to school.
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.
In a country of obsessive tacticians, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri throws out the chalkboard.
Leaders of the soccer federations of the U.S, Mexico and Canada unveiled their plan to bid jointly for the 2026 World Cup.
Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, second race of the 2017 Formula One season, ended with Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes edging out Sebastian Vittel and Ferrari, reversing the result of the first race in Melbourne two weeks earlier.
Sergio Garcia won the Masters with a birdie on the first playoff hole to beat Justin Rose. It was the first career major title for the 37-year-old Spaniard.
After 23 unsuccessful tries for a green jacket, Ernie Els may have played his final round at Augusta National.
The three leading members of the soccer confederation for North and Central America and the Caribbean, known as Concacaf, have scheduled a “historic announcement” for Monday.
Author Tom Callahan on “Arnie: The Life of Arnold Palmer.”
The once rough-and-tumble ECHL has improved the quality of play on the ice, which has seemingly had an inverse effect on attendance
The two sides ratify a new collective bargaining agreement that includes a pay increase, one year after women’s team filed a federal complaint.
In age of exhaustive data and analysis, the world No. 1 just aims and swings; fall on Wednesday puts Masters status in limbo
North Carolina’s win over Gonzaga was highlighted by fouls, foul shots, bricks, reviews, more fouls.
As founder of one of the most influential sports management firms, this agent is the gatekeeper to some of the NBA’s biggest names.
Matthew Futterman writes that commissioner Gary Bettman has long seemed hostile to the Olympics, but that his league might regret its decision to skip the 2018 Games.
The North Carolina Tar Heels won their sixth national championship, withstanding a relentless Gonzaga attack to escape with a dramatic 71-65 win.
The oft-injured Pro-Bowl quarterback will not seek starting role on another team and instead replace Phil Simms at CBS
The LPGA pro had to choose between Korean dance and golf; she went with her passion for the sport
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The National Football League has reached a deal to stream 10 Thursday night games with Amazon.com, the online retailer that is aggressively trying to position itself as premier source of entertainment content
The league decides it will not send players to next year’s Winter Games in South Korea, ending a two-decade old partnership with the IOC.
Every game-changing last second shot in the NCAA tournament makes one college player a legend and in most cases, makes another player irrelevant: The guy who made the shot before the shot.
Gonzaga is no longer a Cinderella team, but seeks a fairy-tale ending in the national title game against North Carolina.
With victories at the Australian Open, Indian Wells and now Miami, 35-year-old Roger Federer is in top form as he looks toward the rest of the season.
A’ja Wilson scored 23 points to help coach Dawn Staley and South Carolina win their first national championship with a 67-55 victory over Mississippi State on Sunday night.
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The announcement that the Raiders would move to Las Vegas was a clear shot through the heart for the loud and loyal fans in Oakland, Calif. The economic impact is murkier.
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 has a sports confession: “I don’t know hockey, I’m ashamed, and need help.”
A social-oriented video game makes obsessives out of basement cyclists. Can it also grow a new generation of pros?
Augusta National Golf Club prohibits everyone but Masters Tournament winners from taking the famous blazers home, but a few fans have scored genuine ones at auction that can go for about $20,000.
Thousands of young competitors in Finland are competing in equestrian jumping and dressage events while riding horses on a stick; telling naysayers to hold their horses.
Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley is great at pestering the Thunder’s star player.
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.
The Cardinals catcher doesn’t drive in many runs—but he earns his sizable new paycheck by elevating the St. Louis staff
The Minnesota Timberwolves have the most kicked-ball violations in the league—and that’s more strategic than you might think.
Kentucky takes over the top ranking in our annual valuations of NCAA teams
Where all 30 MLB teams rank in terms of players taken in fantasy drafts this season
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
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?
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.
There is one pitcher leading baseball’s seemingly endless quest to shorten the length of games: Houston Astros reliever Chris Devenski.
A statistical model for predicting upsets has identified three worthy underdogs: Middle Tennessee, Xavier and Princeton.
As the power surge takes over baseball, fewer and fewer players are consistently hitting for a high average.
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.
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
After 12 trades last winter, general manager Jerry Dipoto has made 14 this off-season—the most in at least two decades.
The Golden State Warriors’ star consistently improves in the second half of the NBA season. And this year appears to be no different.
The conference could be without a top-four seed in the NCAA tournament—something that’s happened only once since 1985.
The Bears is reliably average on a statistical basis, though that puts him in decent company
The Patriots can now trade Jimmy Garoppolo—who was given a brief, successful audition when Tom Brady was suspended.
It’s been 87 years since an NHL team had a group of rookies on par with Toronto’s
MLB is considering eliminating the four obligatory soft tosses on intentional walks to save (not that much) time.
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist hasn’t had a great season, but age might not be the reason for his struggles.
David Rollins may be the most wanted player in baseball. Or the least, depending on how you look at it
With former Patriots’ corner Ty Law missing out on Canton, Tom Brady’s supporting cast remains Hall- of Fame free; Bradshaw, Starr had eight HOFers
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