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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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