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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bill Russell Stole the NBA's Glitzy Awards Show With a One-Liner
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:49:30 EDT
The Celtics legend is out of step with the brand-conscious and fashion conscious modern players, who used Monday night as a showcase
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
Let's Make Baseball Games Seven Innings
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:46:47 EDT
Are baseball games too long? Jason Gay makes a case for accelerating the beloved but dawdling game—at least for weeknight games.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New Zealand Cruises to Win America's Cup
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:17:43 EDT
Larry Ellison’s Oracle team failed to defend the Cup, falling 7-1 to the Kiwis in a disappointing result for the Americans.
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
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.
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
Why Jordan Spieth's Tee Shots Didn't Matter
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:34:41 EDT
Jordan Spieth wasn’t good off the tee at the Travelers Championship, but it didn’t matter. He was that much better than the rest of the field in the other aspects of his game.
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.
USA Gymnastics Report Calls for Sweeping Changes in Wake of Sexual Abuse Scandal
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:42:52 EDT
An investigator appointed by the U.S. gymnastics federation on Tuesday issued a report that sharply criticized the sport’s national governing body in the wake of a sexual abuse scandal and called for dozens of changes.
Why Chris Sale Never Shakes Off His Catcher. Like, Ever.
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:09:32 EDT
Chris Sale has established himself as one of baseball’s most dominant pitchers by following a simple, but bizarre rule: Don’t shake off the catcher.
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.
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.
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.
The Minnesota Timberwolves Won the NBA Draft
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:04:49 EDT
By trading for Jimmy Butler, the Timberwolves instantly became one of the NBA’s most compelling teams, and maybe even a threat to beat the Warriors eventually
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
Knicks Part Ways With Phil Jackson, a Legend Who Failed to Adapt to Modern NBA
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:54:20 EDT
The NBA evolved in the three years since Phil Jackson became a front-office executive, and the Knicks never adapted.
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.
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.
Undefeated Boxer (and Single Mom) Takes on a New Fight
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:41:32 EDT
Heather Hardy is maybe the country’s best female boxer but struggles to pay her rent. She’s turning to mixed martial arts to make more money
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
FIFA Releases Secret Report on Internal Corruption
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:12:37 EDT
The document produced in 2014 by former U.S. prosecutor Michael J. Garcia has been one of the most closely guarded in international sports and shows rampant favor-mongering by FIFA officials
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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
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?
Rockets Fire at Warriors by Trading for Chris Paul
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:22:41 EDT
The Houston Rockets made the first huge move on an NBA free agent even before free agency begins this weekend by trading for Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul.
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.