Warning to Opponents: Serena Williams Is Close to a Return
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:09:13 EST
After giving birth in September, Serena Williams looks fit and fresh, and ready to compete in January at the Australian Open, which she has officially entered.
Vikings' Case Keenum Continues to Be Overlooked
Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:31:12 EST
Minnesota quarterback Case Keenum looks to join some elite company with his streak of games with a passer rating over 100.
Will the Vikings Host a Super Bowl?
Tue, 02 Jan 2018 10:47:56 EST
Columnist Jason Gay answers your urgent questions as the NFL playoffs begin.
New U.S. Champ Tennell Snags Olympic Skating Spot
Sat, 06 Jan 2018 17:26:57 EST
The U.S. will send newly crowned national champion Bradie Tennell, 2010 Olympian Mirai Nagasu and last year’s top-ranked U.S. skater, Karen Chen, to the Winter Games next month in South Korea.
The Bears Are Leaning Heavily on Their Running Backs
Wed, 27 Sep 2017 14:06:59 EDT
Bears running backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen have combined to touch the ball on nearly 67% of Chicago’s offensive plays so far this season.
Can Tom Brady Escape His Struggles---and Other Key NFL Playoff Questions
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:17:40 EST
The Patriots and Falcons seek to return to the Super Bowl, as the Eagles aim to grind on without their star quarterback.
Jerry Jones vs. Roger Goodell: The Fight the NFL Deserves
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:39:16 EST
Are you Team Jerry—or Team NFL Roger Goodell? It’s a style war between a maverick and the company’s company man.
A Tough Start for U.S. Women at the Australian Open
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 08:35:39 EST
Sloane Stephens, Venus Williams and CoCo Vandeweghe were all knocked out in the first round at the Australian Open on Monday.
For Baseball, Love Is in the Air
Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:03:28 EDT
Jason Gay: A post-game marriage proposal by the Astros’ Carlos Correa caps a romantic run for baseball.
NBA Wants to Change Its Game With Twitch
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:44:01 EST
Twitch will broadcast up to six games each week from the G League as part of the NBA’s broader strategy to reimagine how basketball games should be presented.
Coach K Is Still Listening
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:17:55 EST
Mike Krzyzewski is the host of one of sports radio’s best shows. He also has five titles and leads the country’s No. 1 men’s college basketball team.
U.S. Figure Skating: It's Experience vs. Potential With Olympic Berths on the Line
Thu, 04 Jan 2018 12:19:02 EST
American figure skating hopefuls are forcing U.S. officials to weigh the merits of experience and potential this week as they finalize the Olympic squad.
Pizza War May Be Spice the NFL Needs
Mon, 06 Nov 2017 10:49:55 EST
Jason Gay: A skirmish over pizza is the latest bizarre twist in a surreal football season.
U.S. Hockey Team Turns to an Olympic Veteran
Mon, 01 Jan 2018 18:11:28 EST
Brian Gionta is the only player on the 2018 U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team with previous Olympic experience.
If London's NFL Team Makes the Playoffs, Does it Make a Sound?
Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:22:09 EST
For all the excitement among a devoted few, London doesn’t have the most public case of Jaguars fever.
Carolina Panthers Owner Will Sell Team After Misconduct Allegations
Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:08:19 EST
Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson will put his NFL franchise up for sale after the season amid an investigation into his alleged workplace misconduct.
The Baseball Team Built to Win...in 2012
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:28:10 EST
Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria join a team filled with players that would be much more attractive pieces if the 2018 San Francisco Giants had access to a time machine.
One of the Biggest Secrets on Campus? Football Game Plans
Mon, 08 Jan 2018 16:25:21 EST
The Wall Street Journal requested past game plans from Alabama, Georgia and other prominent teams under public records laws. They all refused.
My Pep Talk to the 0-15 Cleveland Browns
Thu, 28 Dec 2017 14:27:33 EST
The winless Cleveland Browns are trying to stave off becoming the second NFL team to go 0-16 in the regular season. Here’s a pep talk from columnist Jason Gay.
28 More Rules of Thanksgiving Family Touch Football
Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:08:29 EST
A Journal tradition is back. Jason Gay offers a new round of Thanksgiving Family Touch Football rules.
Why the Jaguars Are a Giant Threat to the Patriots
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:30:26 EST
Jacksonville can beat New England because it’s built just like the team that stymied Tom Brady twice in the Super Bowl: The New York Giants.
The Crazy Play that Launched the Vikings Past the Saints
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:07:50 EST
Vikings quarterback Case Keenum connected with receiver Stefon Diggs on a 61-yard touchdown as time expired to stun the Saints 29-24 in Sunday’s NFC Divisional playoff game.
Why Your Team Didn't Sign Colin Kaepernick
Tue, 26 Dec 2017 14:09:15 EST
NFL teams have added 84 quarterbacks since March. Here’s what teams have said about why Colin Kaepernick wasn’t one of them.
Eli Manning and the Truth About Endings
Fri, 01 Dec 2017 11:38:38 EST
A clumsy quarterback transition has New York outraged on behalf of Eli Manning.
Ravens Exec: Yes, the Anthem Protests Hurt Attendance
Fri, 22 Dec 2017 16:03:16 EST
Baltimore Ravens president Dick Cass contradicted the league’s position on the issue, saying the demonstrations contributed to more no-shows at games
Miami Open to Move to Hard Rock Stadium in 2019
Wed, 20 Dec 2017 15:35:03 EST
The Miami Open tennis tournament has agreed to move to a larger space and build anew at a site in and around the Hard Rock Stadium.
Racketlon: The One Sport With Four Rackets
Sun, 17 Sep 2017 16:41:46 EDT
Jeremy Easterbrook plays racketlon: ping pong, badminton, squash and tennis, and is one is one of Canada’s top competitors
How Atlanta Is Dealing With Another Crushing Football Loss
Tue, 09 Jan 2018 14:45:24 EST
Atlanta has now witnessed their professional football team and a nearby college team blow sizable second-half leads in a championship game in the span of 11 months.
Vikings Shock the World, Especially Minnesota
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:22:23 EST
The Minnesota Vikings feel like a team of destiny but they’re not the only wild story left in the NFL playoffs.
Be Nice to Philadelphia Eagles Fans
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:29:20 EST
An injury to star quarterback Carson Wentz throws the Eagles’ dream season into a panic.
How Much Is Your College Football Team Worth?
Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:35:25 EDT
Three football programs—Ohio State, Texas and Oklahoma—are valued at over a billion dollars.
Kansas City's 30-Year Quarterback Winless Drought
Fri, 29 Dec 2017 10:39:42 EST
The Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday will try to accomplish a feat that has eluded the franchise for over three decades: win a game with a quarterback they drafted.
Wisconsin Is College Football's Rodney Dangerfield
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:17:07 EST
It’s time to respect the Rodney Dangerfield of college football: the Wisconsin Badgers.
The Curry Generation Has Reached College Basketball
Wed, 03 Jan 2018 15:29:31 EST
Oklahoma’s freshman point guard Trae Young is college basketball’s most electrifying player. And he plays like Stephen Curry because he grew up when Curry was revolutionizing the game.
How the Chiefs Offense Fell Into a Slumber
Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:02:17 EST
Kansas City’s offense was nearly unstoppable for the first two months of the season, but averaged just 12 points per game in November.
What's That Rocketing Into the North Korean Sky? A Baseball!
Wed, 27 Dec 2017 21:10:41 EST
Satellite data and tales from defectors reveal the isolated nation’s secret sporting passion.
Nathan Chen Keeps Low-Key in Bid for Figure Skating Gold
Fri, 05 Jan 2018 11:43:25 EST
Nathan Chen’s ambitions for this year’s U.S. national championship are modest: skate relatively cleanly, notching more under-pressure repetitions of his quadruple jumps ahead of the real test in Pyeongchang.
USA Gymnastics, McKayla Maroney Had Confidentiality Agreement to Resolve Abuse Claims
Thu, 21 Dec 2017 03:32:10 EST
Olympic gold-medal-winning gymnast McKayla Maroney signed a confidential $1.25 million settlement agreement with USA Gymnastics in December 2016 to resolve claims related to her alleged yearslong sexual abuse by the national team’s longtime doctor, Larry Nassar.
The Facts Behind Blake Bortles and the Jaguars' Turnaround
Wed, 20 Dec 2017 06:12:26 EST
A Twitter account was born out of watching the Jacksonville Jaguars and quarterback Blake Bortles struggle, but things have gotten awkward: they both are flourishing.
Alabama vs. Clemson for the Future of College Football
Fri, 29 Dec 2017 15:12:31 EST
There are signs that Alabama’s reign of dominance may be loosening—and Monday’s College Football Playoff semifinal could be the ultimate test.
Philadelphia Is Feeling Good About Football, and It's Weird
Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:59:29 EST
The Eagles are 10-1 and maybe the NFL’s most balanced team. But could the Vikings be spoilers for a Minnesota Super Bowl?
Remember the Shirtless Tongan Flag-Bearer? He's Now a Cross-Country Skier.
Fri, 05 Jan 2018 07:10:52 EST
Pita Taufatofua is one race away from a return to the Olympics. Can he make it from Rio to Pyeongchang?
One Ski Jump. One Dollar. Three Olympians?
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:43:49 EST
How a small club in suburban Chicago became the hotbed of an obscure sport after buying a used ski jump for $1.
How Fake Runs Can Power the Passing Game
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:46:33 EST
The Rams and quarterback Jared Goff have used fake runs to transform their passing game.
Football's Cult of Saban Worshipers
Mon, 08 Jan 2018 10:03:20 EST
This is no denying Alabama coach Nick Saban’s dominance. The Tide are in the title mix year after year and rather than believing his own headlines, the man in charge appears to live for the grind.
A Bit Player Making a Big Impact for the Redskins
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:10:07 EDT
Chris Thompson gains 6.5 yards every time he touches the ball, but the Washington Redskins think the 5-foot-8, 195 pound back is too slight to carry a heavy load.
For Some Quarterbacks, the Hits Just Keep on Coming
Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:30:16 EDT
There is a simple formula to winning games in the NFL: Keep your quarterback upright.
Tour de France Winner Chris Froome Is Under Investigation After Failed Doping Test
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:10:05 EST
Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome was placed under investigation by cycling authorities on Wednesday morning after a doping control showed abnormally high levels of an asthma drug at the Vuelta a Espana in September.
The Controversies of NFL Wild-Card Weekend
Mon, 08 Jan 2018 18:50:41 EST
The NFL is looking into whether concussion protocol was followed properly with Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and allegations of racist comments made by Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito.
Is the Sky Falling in Pro Cycling?
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:20:35 EST
An abnormal drug test for cyclist Chris Froome deals a blow to a sport that doesn’t need another.
Georgia Outguns Oklahoma in Rose Bowl Epic
Tue, 02 Jan 2018 12:20:19 EST
No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs came from behind—twice—and beat the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners, 54-48, in the first overtime game in the history of the Rose Bowl.
LeBron James Keeps Getting Better With Age
Thu, 21 Dec 2017 16:09:30 EST
It’s the most remarkable plot of this NBA season: LeBron James is still the league’s best player. Here’s how his game has evolved—and improved.
James Harden and Chris Paul Are Staggering. So Are The Rockets.
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:43:47 EST
Houston hasn’t played a single meaningful possession without either Chris Paul or James Harden on the court during their current nine-game winning streak.
New York Islanders Are Poised to Return to Nassau County
Tue, 19 Dec 2017 19:31:20 EST
The New York Islanders are expected to announce their return to Nassau County on Wednesday, two years after moving to Brooklyn, according to people familiar with the matter, a move lawmakers hope will invigorate the area.
Andy Murray Considers Hip Surgery
Thu, 04 Jan 2018 15:20:25 EST
Andy Murray’s status for the Australian Open appears in doubt as he says a hip injury hasn’t fully healed.
Please! Hire Me to Coach College Football
Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:12:37 EST
Jason Gay: I’m willing to give up my job as The Wall Street Journal’s sports columnist to be a college football coach.
Zombie College Football Bowls and Kangaroo Jerky
Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:50:04 EST
The arrival of the holidays doesn’t just mean shopping and weird trays of cold cuts at the office party—it also means it’s Ridiculously-Named Zombie Bowl Season.
The Yankees Look to Form a New Murderers' Row
Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:22:20 EST
Giancarlo Stanton is set to join forces with Aaron Judge, putting baseball’s two premier sluggers in the same lineup.
How Baker Mayfield Exposed Football's Quarterback Issue
Mon, 01 Jan 2018 15:41:49 EST
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy, but only after walking on at two schools. Why does football struggle to identify the sport’s most important players?
The Surprising Head of the Rookie Running-Back Class
Fri, 08 Sep 2017 17:22:34 EDT
After one stellar game, Kareem Hunt is on pace to produce a historic debut season
Nathan Chen, Adam Rippon, Vincent Zhou Named to U.S. Figure Skating Squad
Sun, 07 Jan 2018 21:19:26 EST
Nathan Chen will head to the 2018 Winter Olympics as the great American figure skating hope. He’ll be joined in Pyeongchang by Adam Rippon and Vincent Zhou.
Goat Yoga, Meet the Zoning Board
Mon, 02 Oct 2017 11:03:27 EDT
As devotees seek to hold outdoor yoga classes featuring baby goats, local officials dust off land-use rules and regulations prohibiting commingling of people and livestock. ‘We’re really trying to offer a service.’
In Fantasy Baseball, There Will Be Two Different Ohtanis
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:27:18 EST
Shohei Ohtani the hitter and Shohei Ohtani the pitcher will be treated as different players in fantasy baseball.
Russia to Let Athletes Compete in Winter Games
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:10:57 EST
Russia’s Olympics authorities opted against a boycott of the 2018 Winter Games, saying they would support athletes who choose to participate under the Olympic flag. Some Russian politicians and coaches had called for a bar on competing in response to the International Olympic Committee’s ban.
When a Week 17 Game Sets Up a Wild-Card Rematch
Thu, 28 Dec 2017 11:54:54 EST
What makes the Week 17 matchup between the Titans and Jaguars interesting is that the two teams would likely face off again next week, if Tennessee wins at home on Sunday.
A U.S. Hockey Team With an Unfamiliar Look
Fri, 22 Dec 2017 12:33:22 EST
With current NHL players unavailable, the U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team in Pyeongchang will rely heavily on players playing professionally in Europe.
This Was Not the Marshall Plan for the New York Giants
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:36:47 EDT
Instead of being the spark plug for a Giants offense that has struggled to score, Brandon Marshall has mostly been a non-factor.
Roger Federer Is Still Rocking
Tue, 31 Oct 2017 12:26:49 EDT
As the tennis season nears a close, Roger Federer discusses his “fairy tale” year.
Baseball's Rainmaker Forced Out After Alleged Misconduct
Thu, 21 Dec 2017 21:45:30 EST
Bob Bowman, long considered one of the most influential executives in media and sports, was pushed out by Major League Baseball after allegations related to his workplace conduct.
How the Saints Defense Tipped the Scales
Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:53:06 EST
New Orleans is back in the playoffs behind a rare accomplishment from Cameron Jordan and a stunning turnaround from a defense that was one of the league’s worst last year.
The NFL's Injury Catastrophe
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:50:59 EST
Carson Wentz is the latest high-profile NFL star to go down—in a year in which Odell Beckham Jr., J.J. Watt, Deshaun Watson and Richard Sherman have already been lost for the season.
The NFL Team That Is Defying the Odds
Fri, 22 Dec 2017 07:42:14 EST
The Minnesota Vikings are the only team with a winning record against the point spread in each of the last five seasons.
The Bills and Titans Have Been Outscored, but Don't Count Them Out
Wed, 03 Jan 2018 15:35:01 EST
The Bills and Titans are among the worst-performers to make the NFL playoffs since the 16-game schedule was implemented in 1978. But there’s reason not to count them out.
Nick Saban's Other Dynasty: His Pickup Basketball Team
Mon, 01 Jan 2018 17:38:35 EST
Nick Saban is perhaps the greatest coach in the history of college football. But his staff says he’s equally maniacal about his pickup basketball league.
WSJ Readers React: The 2017 Thanksgiving Touch Football Gallery
Mon, 27 Nov 2017 17:27:24 EST
This was the seventh season of the Journal’s Rules For Thanksgiving Touch Football, and this year, we asked readers to send in photos from their family games. Here’s a portfolio and thank you to all who participated:
For the Arizona Coyotes, It's Been a Run of Bad Puck
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 20:45:31 EST
Nearly six weeks into the NHL season, the Arizona Coyotes are remarkably still looking for their first win in regulation.
Ohio State Crushes My Dreams, But Wisconsin Shall Rise
Mon, 04 Dec 2017 10:07:48 EST
For Wisconsin, the playoff dream is done. But Jason Gay believes these Badgers will bloom again.
Why the Eagles Are Really Going to Miss Carson Wentz
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:38:10 EST
Backup quarterback Nick Foles is the next man up in Philadelphia, but is likely going to have a hard time duplicating the success that Carson Wentz has had on third downs.
Novak Djokovic's Plan for 2018: Forget Everything, Start Fresh
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 16:50:22 EST
Novak Djokovic has been sidelined due to elbow pain, but is aiming to return ahead of next week’s Australian Open.
Shorter Swing Leads to Home Run Boost for Giancarlo Stanton
Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:05:37 EDT
It appears that Giancarlo Stanton has figured out that he doesn’t have to swing wildly from his heels to send baseballs soaring into the stratosphere.
This Jaguars Defense Has Some Serious Bite
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 10:42:55 EST
Jacksonville’s defense ranked first or second in several key defensive categories this season but feasted on several shaky quarterbacks. The explosive Steelers offense looms as the ultimate test.
Alabama Smothers Clemson to Advance to Title Match
Tue, 02 Jan 2018 10:21:16 EST
Alabama’s 24-6 win over top seed Clemson in Monday’s College Football Playoff semifinal was something entirely different from the two teams’ fast-paced thriller a year ago: the slowest of bleeds.
The 'Drop' That Enraged Pittsburgh
Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:52:15 EST
A replay reversal on a touchdown reception deals the Pittsburgh Steelers a heartbreaking loss—and the NFL another controversy.
Georgia Wants Alabama. Gulp.
Tue, 02 Jan 2018 18:35:32 EST
Georgia and Alabama have played three times since 2008, with the Crimson Tide winning all three games. But will this time be different?
Alabama Defeats Georgia in College Football's National Championship
Tue, 09 Jan 2018 10:01:36 EST
Alabama came from behind to beat Georgia 26-23 in overtime in the NCAA college football championship, handing coach Nick Saban a record-tying sixth national title that featured a furious second-half comeback, a devastating missed field goal and an instant-classic ending.
Tua Tagovailoa: The Freshman Quarterback Who Rescued Alabama
Tue, 09 Jan 2018 20:19:14 EST
The only decision bolder than Nick Saban’s to put in Tua Tagovailoa midway through the national championship was Tua Tagovailoa’s decision to attend Alabama in the first place.
Manchester City Is Pep Guardiola's Most Guardiola Team
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:56:09 EST
Manchester City is running away with the Premier League playing a style that their manager Pep Guardiola has perfected: a 90-minute game of keep-ball
Jimmy Garoppolo Just Keeps on Winning
Tue, 19 Dec 2017 17:05:43 EST
Jimmy Garoppolo is the first quarterback since Ben Roethlisberger in 2004 to win his first five career starts.
Sloane Stephens's Puzzling Slump
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:10:45 EST
Sloane Stephens hasn’t won a match since taking the U.S. Open. The nutty streak makes for a wide-open Australian Open.
Premier League Powers Squabble Over How to Share the Wealth
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:59:30 EST
The so-called Big Six of soccer want a larger share of the television money, leading to tensions with other owners as the league’s clubs are resurgent.
In 2017, Our Sports Got Loud and Weird
Tue, 26 Dec 2017 16:34:54 EST
From the NFL to the NBA and beyond, the myth of games simply being games is over.
When the Warriors Become the Warriors
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:46:40 EST
Golden State is outscoring its opponents by an outrageous 28.2 points per 100 possessions in the third quarter this season.
The Breakaway Leader for Hockey's Cy Young Award
Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:01:41 EST
New York Rangers winger Michael Grabner is the odd player who piles up goals while hardly ever helping his teammates score one.
Golf's Top Stars Seek to Recapture Some of What They've Lost
Wed, 27 Dec 2017 14:12:14 EST
A common thread early in the year will be top golfers such as Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Jason Day aiming to regain their best form.
Does Trump Know How Long a College Football Game Runs?
Thu, 04 Jan 2018 14:58:44 EST
President Trump plans to attend college football’s national championship game and columnist Jason Gay feels compelled to warn him: It could be a very long night.
Can One of the NFL's Worst Offenses Win the Super Bowl?
Fri, 22 Dec 2017 10:12:17 EST
The 2000 Ravens won it all with a mediocre offense. This year’s is a lot worse.
What Do You Want From the Olympics?
Tue, 05 Dec 2017 18:10:43 EST
An Olympic ban on Russia may be the right move, but it’s another signal of a competition with flaws at its core.
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