Why U.S. Softball Wants to Make Its Opponents Better
Tue, 05 Jun 2018 07:48:49 EDT
Softball was voted back into the 2020 Olympics, but isn’t guaranteed a long-term stay if more countries don’t improve.
The Rockets Have No Margin for Error Against the Warriors
Tue, 15 May 2018 10:01:40 EDT
The Houston Rockets spent all season preparing for the Golden State Warriors. But can the Rockets recover after dropping the opening game of the Western Conference Finals?
Rafael Nadal Wins 11th French Open
Sun, 10 Jun 2018 19:19:24 EDT
Top seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal defeated Dominic Thiem to win his 11th French Open title at Roland-Garros on Sunday. Nadal smashed his way to victory against the Austrian in three sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.
Why American Soccer Fans Should Root for... Russia?
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 10:52:45 EDT
With the U.S. missing the World Cup, The Wall Street Journal analyzed the 32 countries for which ones had the most in common with America in various categories.
How Kevin Durant's Shot Explains the NBA Finals
Thu, 07 Jun 2018 08:41:49 EDT
The Warriors were leading 2-0 in last year’s NBA Finals when Kevin Durant nailed a 3-pointer to bury the Cavaliers in the dying seconds. On Wednesday night it was once again the shot that may have unofficially ended the NBA season.
Justify Wins Preakness Stakes
Sun, 20 May 2018 08:49:03 EDT
At a rain-soaked Pimlico Race Course, Kentucky Derby champion Justify splashed to victory and set up a bid for racing immortality in the Belmont Stakes.
Washington Capitals Win the Stanley Cup
Fri, 08 Jun 2018 05:51:27 EDT
The Washington Capitals beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 5 to clinch the franchise’s first-ever Stanley Cup title.
Bryan Colangelo Resigns From 76ers After Twitter Scandal
Thu, 07 Jun 2018 16:51:57 EDT
Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo resigned on Thursday after an investigation determined that his wife was behind several anonymous Twitter accounts that disclosed sensitive information and criticized some of the team’s star players.
LeBron James, the Warriors and How the Modern NBA Happened
Sun, 03 Jun 2018 21:26:09 EDT
Inside the decade of changes that reinvented the game and reshaped the NBA.
Real Madrid Tops Liverpool in Champions League Final
Sun, 27 May 2018 09:34:43 EDT
After a charmed season, Liverpool fell in the Champions League final to Real Madrid, 3-1, with the team losing its leading scorer early in the match.
After a Stunning French Open Defeat, Djokovic Says His Grass Season in Doubt
Tue, 05 Jun 2018 22:17:16 EDT
Novak Djokovic has been playing better but says he struggled with an injury during a four-set loss at the French Open to Marco Cecchinato.
It's a Winning Return for Serena Williams at the French Open
Tue, 29 May 2018 14:42:32 EDT
Playing her first tournament match since March, Serena Williams moved well in a first-round victory against Kristyna Pliskova at the French Open.
A Rough Day at the U.S. Open for McIlroy, Spieth, Mickelson
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 17:59:08 EDT
Strong winds and dry conditions kept most players from breaking par during the first round of the U.S. Open.
Maria Sharapova Is Regaining Her Footing in Paris
Thu, 31 May 2018 16:04:37 EDT
Maria Sharapova is playing her way back to the top, after returning from a 15-month drug suspension.
Trump Says Philadelphia Eagles Won't Visit White House
Tue, 05 Jun 2018 11:51:43 EDT
President Donald Trump effectively disinvited the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles from the team’s scheduled visit on Tuesday to the White House, upending a tradition and furthering his feud with the country’s most popular sports league.
How to Beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open
Fri, 08 Jun 2018 15:53:30 EDT
One of the only players to beat Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros—Robin Söderling—offers a blueprint on how to beat the best clay court player of all time
How the World Cup Landed in Russia
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 06:04:10 EDT
The World Cup comes at the worst possible time for Russia, with the event bringing world-class headaches.
USA Gymnastics Brass Long Knew of Abuse Claims, Ex-Employee Testifies
Tue, 05 Jun 2018 16:57:13 EDT
A half dozen high-ranking USA Gymnastics officials were long aware of sexual-misconduct allegations against team physician Larry Nassar, a former employee of the group told U.S. senators.
Lionel Messi's World Cup Frustrations Continue in Iceland Draw
Sat, 16 Jun 2018 13:53:31 EDT
The first game of Argentina’s World Cup ended with a 1-1 draw against Iceland and continued World Cup frustration for one of the greatest soccer players of all time, Lionel Messi.
After a Racket Smash, Alexander Zverev Finds His Game
Wed, 30 May 2018 18:02:30 EDT
Alexander Zverev escaped another early defeat at the French Open on Wednesday, when he recovered from being down two sets to one against Serbia’s Dušan Lajovic.
Instant Replay Is Coming to Soccer, but Here's the Catch
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 07:39:37 EDT
A new video replay system meant to settle disputes at this year’s World Cup could inspire newer and more contentious ones.
Mexico Stuns Germany in World Cup Opener
Sun, 17 Jun 2018 20:48:46 EDT
Mexico upset defending World Cup champion Germany 1-0, in the biggest upset of the tournament so far.
Roger Federer Can't Be Stopped
Tue, 29 May 2018 14:57:22 EDT
After a career-threatening injury, and as the oldest top-ranked player, Roger Federer should be planning for retirement. But he’s enjoying tennis too much to stop just yet.
There's a New Stephen Curry in the NBA Finals
Mon, 04 Jun 2018 21:27:13 EDT
Stephen Curry was better than ever behind the 3-point line on Sunday. And it’s because he’s quietly become LeBron James around the basket.
The Warriors Beat the Cavaliers, and Everything but the Score Was Bonkers
Fri, 01 Jun 2018 12:08:28 EDT
Game 1 of the NBA Finals had a J.R. Smith blunder, a debatable call, a historic LeBron James performance and the most unexpected development of them all: a reason to believe Cleveland can hang with Golden State.
MLB Study Finds Baseballs Have Become More Aerodynamic
Thu, 24 May 2018 17:53:46 EDT
Major League Baseball finally acknowledged on Thursday what had long been suspected. The baseball themselves are, at least in part, responsible for the increase in home runs across the sport dating back to the 2015 season.
Zinedine Zidane Steps Down as Real Madrid Manager
Thu, 31 May 2018 15:33:47 EDT
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane announced that he would leave the club effective immediately after one of the most successful three-year spells of any coach in the history of soccer.
Major League Baseball Sees a Sharp Drop in Attendance
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:53:34 EDT
League-wide attendance of 27,328 per MLB game is down 6.6% from this time last year.
Manchester City: The Greatest Team in Premier League History?
Tue, 15 May 2018 02:49:19 EDT
Manchester City became the first Premier League club to notch 100 points. A look at how City stacks up in the conversation of great English sides.
At the French Open, a Relaxed Sloane Stephens Is Playing Her Best
Thu, 07 Jun 2018 05:03:56 EDT
Sloane Stephens is hitting with her trademark consistency and is two wins away from the title at the French Open.
Serena Williams Pulls Out of French Open Due to Injury
Tue, 05 Jun 2018 04:46:49 EDT
Serena Williams withdrew from the French Open on Monday due to an injury to a pectoral muscle that caused her pain when she serves the ball.
World Cup History on Further Review
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 22:09:08 EDT
Video replay has come too late for the millions of tormented fans whose hopes of World Cup glory were cruelly extinguished by a missed foul or egregious offside call. But what if it hadn’t?
Messi and Ronaldo: Still Soccer's Supreme Leaders
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:56:46 EDT
In the last four years, one thing has remained seemingly immune to the passing of time: The pinnacle of the game belongs to a pair of cranky geniuses who have never won the World Cup.
The Warriors and Cavs Will Meet Again. Why This Time Is Different
Tue, 29 May 2018 19:28:52 EDT
The Warriors and Cavaliers have met in the NBA Finals four straight years. But there’s a big difference this season: Golden State and Cleveland have gotten worse since last season.
Remaining French Open Draw Looking Good for U.S. Women
Sat, 02 Jun 2018 17:53:36 EDT
One half of the women’s draw at this year’s French Open is now entirely up for grabs—and that’s especially good news for Americans Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys.
Summer Is Coming, and LeBron James Has a Decision
Sun, 10 Jun 2018 09:16:49 EDT
The NBA season is over, and LeBron James can become a free agent on July 1. The question now is: Where will he take his immense talents next?
USA Gymnastics Is Still Struggling With Internal Upheaval
Tue, 22 May 2018 18:27:05 EDT
Ahead of a congressional hearing, USA Gymnastics continues to deal with the fallout from a sexual abuse scandal.
Neymar, Brazil and the World Cup's Superstar Gamble
Sun, 17 Jun 2018 20:59:35 EDT
Neymar’s status could determine the entire tournament for Brazil. Equally decisive and just as confounding is the saga of Egypt’s Mohamed Salah.
Golden State Warriors Win Another NBA Championship
Sat, 09 Jun 2018 11:38:15 EDT
The Warriors are now the back-to-back NBA champions after crushing LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to complete a Finals sweep of the greatest player of this basketball generation and create the sport’s latest dynasty.
The Capitals' Stanley Cup Win Spurs Merchandise Boom in Russia
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 09:10:42 EDT
The Washington Capitals defeat of the Las Vegas Golden Knights has spurred a merchandise bonanza for the NHL, with numerous records being set. But one jump in between is noteworthy: merchandise sales in Russia are up 276% over the same post-Finals period last year.
When a Hockey Coach Should Pull the Goalie
Tue, 29 May 2018 15:02:32 EDT
When trailing, a recent study finds that teams are often too slow in pulling their goalie for an extra skater.
Angels' Shohei Ohtani Has Elbow Injury
Fri, 08 Jun 2018 18:12:59 EDT
The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani is undergoing treatment for a sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will be reevaluated in three weeks.
Berger, Finau Make Up Ground at U.S. Open
Sat, 16 Jun 2018 23:29:10 EDT
After barely making the weekend cut, Daniel Berger and Tony Finau are among the contenders to win.
Mexico's Golden Generation: Still Seeking World Cup Glory
Sun, 17 Jun 2018 09:45:46 EDT
Mexico has one of the oldest and most experienced squads in the tournament but have yet to completely fulfill expectations.
How Sports Leagues Are Gearing Up for the Future of Betting
Tue, 15 May 2018 10:07:14 EDT
The major American sports leagues had an unmistakable response to Monday’s historic Supreme Court ruling that paves the way for legalized sports across the U.S.: We’re ready—and we want in.
How the Expansion Vegas Golden Knights Reached the Stanley Cup Finals
Fri, 25 May 2018 09:46:47 EDT
Most expansion teams are universally terrible. The Vegas Golden Knights beat the odds.
Mickelson Steps Out of Character at U.S. Open
Sat, 16 Jun 2018 17:26:06 EDT
Mickelson, who turned 48, hit a moving ball at the par-4 13th hole at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, incurring a two-stroke penalty.
Brooks Koepka Wins Back-to-Back U.S. Open Titles
Sun, 17 Jun 2018 20:56:49 EDT
Brooks Koepka became the first player in 29 years to repeat as U.S. Open champion.
Danica Patrick Takes a Final Lap
Fri, 25 May 2018 11:27:34 EDT
After driving in the Indianapolis 500, Danica Patrick plans to retire from racing to focus on her second career as an entrepreneur.
Why LeBron James (Still) Trusts His Teammates
Wed, 06 Jun 2018 17:22:17 EDT
On the first basketball team of LeBron James’s life, every player went home with an MVP trophy. It’s a lesson that the Cavaliers star has never forgotten.
This Man Has Done Something Rare: Beat Rafael Nadal Three Times on Clay
Thu, 07 Jun 2018 18:50:21 EDT
Dominic Thiem, who practices like crazy, is one win away from his first French Open final—and potentially another meeting against Rafael Nadal.
Why Are the NBA's Best Players Getting Better Younger? YouTube
Wed, 16 May 2018 18:53:43 EDT
Jayson Tatum and his generation of NBA players spent their entire lives improving their skills by watching basketball on YouTube. And it shows.
NCAA Suspends Policy of Not Holding Championships in States With Sports Betting
Thu, 17 May 2018 15:45:05 EDT
The National Collegiate Athletic Association on Thursday suspended its policy not to hold championships in states where sports betting is legal.
Football Players Sue University of Minnesota Over Sexual-Assault Investigation
Sat, 09 Jun 2018 13:00:50 EDT
Nine current and former University of Minnesota football players are suing the school in federal court, claiming they were subjected to racial and gender discrimination during and after an investigation into an alleged sexual assault of a female student in 2016.
Venus Williams, Defending Champ Ostapenko Upset in Paris First Round
Mon, 28 May 2018 13:11:26 EDT
After defying everyone last year and reaching two Grand Slam finals, Venus Williams is for the first time playing tennis that one would expect from a pro her age.
Michigan State to Pay Nassar Abuse Victims $500 Million
Thu, 17 May 2018 04:35:23 EDT
Michigan State University has reached a settlement for $500 million with 332 victims of sexual abuse by former sports medicine doctor Larry Nassar.
Liverpool's Champions League Secret: Reinventing Soccer's Simplest Position
Fri, 25 May 2018 18:20:22 EDT
Liverpool, led by Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané, reached the Champions League final by overhauling what it means to be a striker.
Justify's Triple Crown Hopes Come Down to the Start
Fri, 08 Jun 2018 22:39:44 EDT
Justify’s hopes of becoming the 13th horse to win racing’s Triple Crown could be settled in the first few seconds of this year’s edition of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.
House Panel Presses U.S. Sports Officials on Handling of Sexual-Abuse Cases
Wed, 23 May 2018 15:54:52 EDT
Members of a U.S. House panel on Wednesday pressed U.S. sports officials to explain how sexual abuse has gone on so long in Olympic sports and what the U.S. Olympic Committee and individual sports are doing to prevent it from happening again.
A Scary Thought at the French Open: Rafael Nadal Is More Efficient Than Ever
Tue, 29 May 2018 10:33:03 EDT
Rafael Nadal is seeking his 11th title at Roland Garros in perhaps the most well-rounded form of his career.
In Paris, an Unlikely Gift at a Wild French Open
Mon, 28 May 2018 13:24:28 EDT
Marco Trungelliti, a lucky loser in French Open qualifying, unexpectedly earned a spot in the tournament—and won his first-round match after an 11-hour drive to Roland Garros.
The Stephen Curry Show Is Still the Most Exciting Thing in Sports
Wed, 23 May 2018 15:14:43 EDT
After struggling in the first two games of the Western Conference Finals, Stephen Curry went off in Game 3 in a very Stephen Curry way.
Why the NFL Stopped Seeing Gambling as a Threat---and Started to See a Windfall
Tue, 15 May 2018 18:28:29 EDT
Even ahead of the Supreme Court’s ruling, the NFL had shifted its focus to how sports betting could help grow football in the NFL’s most coveted demographics.
What You Can Learn From MLB's Mental-Skills Coaches
Mon, 11 Jun 2018 18:57:26 EDT
Baseball’s psychology specialists explain how the advice they give All-Star players can also work at the office.
North America Wins Bid to Host 2026 World Cup
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:19:11 EDT
The united bid of the U.S., Canada and Mexico secured the right to host the 2026 World Cup, the most popular sporting event on the planet.
Supreme Court Ruling Opens Door to Sports Betting
Tue, 15 May 2018 15:04:06 EDT
The Supreme Court opened the door for states to allow sports betting, siding with New Jersey in a case that invalidates a law that banned such wagers in most of the U.S.
NFL Adopts New Anthem Policy to Quell Player Protests
Thu, 24 May 2018 09:18:26 EDT
The NFL made sweeping changes to its national anthem policy in a bid to quell a controversy that has rattled the league for two years and drawn the ire of President Trump.
The Russian Leading a U.S. Hockey Boom
Fri, 01 Jun 2018 18:17:01 EDT
Alexander Ovechkin has led the Capitals to the Stanley Cup Finals—and has helped spur youth participation in Washington.
Justify Wins Horse Racing's Triple Crown
Sun, 10 Jun 2018 00:36:14 EDT
Only 112 days after making his racing debut, Justify is the 13th horse to sweep all three races of the Triple Crown with his victory at the Belmont Stakes.
David Tepper to Buy Carolina Panthers for $2.2 Billion
Tue, 15 May 2018 20:15:44 EDT
David Tepper, the billionaire hedge fund founder, has agreed to buy the Carolina Panthers for an NFL-record of approximately $2.2 billion.
Romania's Halep Beats American Stephens to Take French Open Title
Sat, 09 Jun 2018 13:47:10 EDT
Romania’s Simona Halep, after years of disappointment, beat American Sloane Stephens to take the women’s title at the French Open tennis tournament.
Even for Jordan Spieth, Putting Is a Fickle Skill
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:46:41 EDT
Jordan Spieth is regarded as one of the best in the world on the greens but has been among the worst on the PGA Tour this year. Can he get hot at the U.S. Open?
The Pitching Staff Threatening to Rewrite Baseball's Record Books
Wed, 06 Jun 2018 19:07:44 EDT
The Houston Astros have put together a pitching rotation on pace to be one of the best ever. How? By making pitchers better than they ever knew they could be.
The Rockets Had to Be Uber-Aggressive to Challenge the Warriors
Thu, 24 May 2018 22:11:25 EDT
Houston general manager Daryl Morey sold his car and now takes Uber everywhere. He applied the same way of thinking to build the Rockets into maybe the only NBA team that can beat the Warriors.
Spain Fires Coach 24 Hours Before World Cup Starts
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 09:32:03 EDT
Julen Lopetegui was dismissed as Spain’s coach after announcing he will join Real Madrid at the end of the tournament, and was replaced by Fernando Hierro.
Tim Tebow Is Kinda Good at Baseball
Mon, 21 May 2018 19:27:54 EDT
Tim Tebow keeps plugging away in the minor leagues on the idea that he can one day get to the majors.
Serena Williams's Return at French Open Puts WTA Rankings in Spotlight
Fri, 01 Jun 2018 17:21:55 EDT
New mother Serena Williams returned to tennis at the French Open this week with a ranking of 453, far below her No. 1-ranking when she left the court to have a baby 14 months ago.
How Trump's Pressure Influenced the NFL to Change Anthem Rules
Wed, 30 May 2018 18:37:10 EDT
President Trump’s criticism of football players kneeling during the national anthem pushed the NFL to shift its stance, requiring players on the field for the anthem to stand, according to league owners deposed in Colin Kaepernick’s grievance.
The Warriors' Key Chess Piece Is Also a Chess Fanatic
Thu, 31 May 2018 11:05:03 EDT
NBA playoff series are chess matches. So it’s a good thing that Warriors star Klay Thompson really, really loves chess.
A Last Stand for the Golden Age of Men's Tennis
Thu, 24 May 2018 17:31:51 EDT
As the French Open is set to begin, there is finally a crack at the top of men’s tennis, one that seems likely to, at long last, change the scene for good.
The Occasional Brilliance of Bad Sportsmanship
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:31:16 EDT
The World Cup forces team leaders to walk a treacherous line between playing fair and playing to win. One example of the benefits of behaving badly in sports is the recent Sergio Ramos affair.
A Maria Sharapova Battle That Serena Williams Always Wins
Sun, 03 Jun 2018 12:13:08 EDT
Serena Williams has won 19 of 21 meetings against Maria Sharapova but at the French Open is still working her way back after giving birth last year.
Trump Suggests Football Players Who Protest Anthem 'Shouldn't Be in the Country'
Thu, 24 May 2018 14:26:00 EDT
President Donald Trump said NFL players who don’t want to stand for the national anthem perhaps “shouldn’t be in the country” and spoke approvingly of a new league rule aimed at curbing protests.
How Far Will Your Favorite World Cup Team Have to Travel?
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 10:44:30 EDT
This year’s World Cup in Russia will take place in 11 cities, from Kaliningrad in the west to Ekaterinburg, which is east of the Ural Mountains.
Russia Opens World Cup With 5-0 Rout of Saudi Arabia
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 22:09:51 EDT
With Russian President Vladimir Putin in attendance, Russia kicked off the World Cup with a 5-0 win in its opening game against Saudi Arabia.
The Front End of Baseball's New Youth Movement
Thu, 31 May 2018 10:01:27 EDT
The Atlanta Braves are on the front end of a new youth movement in baseball that is more willing to accelerate top talent to the majors.
Why the Defining Game of This Golden State Warriors Dynasty Was a Loss
Fri, 08 Jun 2018 16:13:57 EDT
The Golden State Warriors have won more than any team in NBA history. But the game that made this run possible was their heartbreaking loss in the 2016 Finals.
Chris Froome's Epic Giro d'Italia Makes for Uncomfortable Tour de France
Sat, 02 Jun 2018 09:51:42 EDT
Chris Froome is aiming to win a fourth consecutive Tour de France, but a failed doping control remains unresolved.
World Cup 2018: A Guide to Every Team
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 12:01:03 EDT
With few obvious stumbling blocks for the favorites in Russia—namely Spain, Germany, France, and Brazil—all of the heavy-hitters should make it to at least the third week of the tournament.
Decades After His Death, Boxer Jack Johnson Gets His Pardon
Thu, 24 May 2018 16:11:01 EDT
President Donald Trump signed a posthumous pardon for boxer Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight world champion who he said had been “treated very roughly” for racial reasons.
Cristiano Ronaldo Ensures Spain's Grand World Cup Experiment Gets Off to Rocky Start
Sat, 16 Jun 2018 19:18:32 EDT
In a breathless, back-and-forth encounter, Spain scored three times and fought back from two first-half deficits. But they had no answer for Cristiano Ronaldo.
North America Makes Final Push in 2026 World Cup Bid
Tue, 12 Jun 2018 16:18:30 EDT
FIFA will vote on the host for the 2026 World Cup on Wednesday. Soccer’s world governing body will choose between Morocco and a joint effort from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
The Key to Winning in Women's Tennis: Create More Offense
Wed, 30 May 2018 18:01:30 EDT
Elina Svitolina has become a Grand Slam threat by charging up her offensive game, attacking at every opportunity.
Spain's Coaching Carousel Spins Out Ahead of World Cup
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 10:50:35 EDT
As Fernando Hierro addressed the media as the newly installed manager of the Spanish national team, ex-manager Julen Lopetegui was introduced at Real Madrid.
Why the U.S. Open Wants Golfers to Suffer
Mon, 11 Jun 2018 22:28:25 EDT
A makeover at Shinnecock Hills for this year’s U.S. Open is intended to reestablish the value of driving accuracy.
Baseball's Unluckiest Pitcher: Jacob deGrom
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 15:46:25 EDT
Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom has posted a microscopic 0.87 ERA in his last 10 starts, but New York has only won two of those games.
In Golf's 'Bomb and Gouge' Era, the Fairway Is an Afterthought
Fri, 18 May 2018 18:22:25 EDT
Long and wide off the tee is beating short and straight more often than not, a shift that is upending not just how golf is played but how players think about the game.
The Best Player in the World? Inside Shohei Ohtani's Unmatched Skills
Fri, 18 May 2018 05:33:28 EDT
If you were to draw up the perfect player by taking the best tools of the sport’s most elite players, the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani would possess many of those traits.
Novak Djokovic Is Starting to Look Like Novak Djokovic Again
Fri, 01 Jun 2018 13:40:31 EDT
Novak Djokovic has won his first three matches at the French Open, and has looked better each time.