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.
Zombie College Football Bowls and Kangaroo Jerky
Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:44:16 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.
Baseballs Are Getting Smarter
Fri, 24 Nov 2017 22:12:49 EST
Robo-balls give pitchers and coaches an instant readout on a ball’s speed and rotation.
The State of College Football, as Seen Through Florida
Tue, 05 Dec 2017 18:36:26 EST
In the last year or so, six of the seven Football Bowl Subdivision jobs in Florida have changed hands.
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.
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.
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?
On Football's Rivalry Weekend, Only One Rivalry Really Matters
Thu, 23 Nov 2017 23:52:15 EST
Thanksgiving weekend is built around college teams squaring off against their bitter enemies. But Alabama versus Auburn has become the sport’s biggest annual game
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.
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.
IOC to Rule on Potential Russian Olympic Ban
Tue, 05 Dec 2017 06:54:41 EST
The International Olympic Committee will decide Tuesday whether to ban Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics.
New York Giants Bench Eli Manning
Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:11:57 EST
Eli Manning has started 210 consecutive regular-season games but Geno Smith will start at quarterback this week for the New York Giants.
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.’
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.
Golf Weighs Big Shift to Reduced-Distance Golf Balls
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:07:34 EST
The governing bodies of golf are exploring a change that could have a dramatic effect on the future of the sport: different balls for different levels of the game.
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.
New York Yankees Get Home-Run King Giancarlo Stanton
Sat, 09 Dec 2017 13:34:59 EST
The New York Yankees and Miami Marlins have agreed to the framework of a trade that would send Giancarlo Stanton, the 28-year-old slugging outfielder who bashed 59 homers in 2017, to the Bronx.
FIFA Says Russian Olympic Ban Has No Impact on World Cup
Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:14:33 EST
FIFA says Russia’s Olympic ban has no impact on next summer’s World Cup.
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.
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.
Army Football's Run of Success
Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:52:04 EST
Army is so prolific running the triple-option offense that they hardly need to throw, completing only 18 passes this season.
Russia Barred From 2018 Winter Olympics Due to Doping
Wed, 06 Dec 2017 02:03:09 EST
The International Olympic Committee has suspended Russia from the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics for its alleged state-sponsored doping scheme at the 2014 Sochi Olympics—but said it would permit some Russian athletes to compete by invitation only.
Auburn Upset Alabama in the Iron Bowl. Now What?
Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:59:32 EST
There are potentially cataclysmic scenarios every season that can force the College Football Playoff committee into some tricky decisions. Occasionally, one of them comes true. This year, pretty much all of them did.
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.
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.
Now That's a Fashion Statement for the Olympics: "RUSSIANS DID IT!"
Fri, 01 Dec 2017 10:43:26 EST
Amid doping scandal, the Russian Olympic Committee is touting a line of sportswear that seems to poke fun at the allegations
Carson Wentz: The Gunslinger Leading the NFL's Best Team
Wed, 29 Nov 2017 18:50:27 EST
The passing game in the NFL has become boring and safe. Carson Wentz and the Eagles are thriving because they’re defying that.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Putin Blasts Olympic Committee Over Russia Ban
Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:34:38 EST
Russian President Vladimir Putin struck out Wednesday at the International Olympic Committee for banning the country from participating in the 2018 Winter Games, calling the decision “totally scripted and politically motivated.”
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.
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
College Football Playoff: Clemson vs. Alabama, Oklahoma vs. Georgia
Sun, 03 Dec 2017 16:07:52 EST
Alabama takes the fourth playoff spot over Ohio State—setting up a rematch with defending champion Clemson. Oklahoma takes on Georgia in the other semifinal.
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.
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 NBA's Small Guys Play Bigger By Getting Smaller
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:34:58 EST
Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker explains how he uses his size to his unlikely advantage.
World Cup Arrives at the Wrong Time for Russia
Fri, 01 Dec 2017 08:51:46 EST
As FIFA gathers in Russia for the draw to next summer’s World Cup, the host nation is up against everything from allegations of state-sponsored doping to the more basic problem of having a terrible soccer team.
The Death of the Slap Shot in the NHL
Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:11:03 EST
The slap shot is hockey’s version of the home run in baseball—an explosive play that changes a game in an instant and electrifies fans.
Why Seattle's Legion of Boom Is Still Dangerous---Even After All the Injuries
Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:53:08 EST
Earl Thomas is changing the narrative of the NFL’s most underappreciated position: safety.
Why Epic Comebacks Are Becoming Routine in the NBA
Fri, 01 Dec 2017 17:18:46 EST
NBA teams are playing faster and raining 3-pointers. Now there’s no such thing as a safe lead.
Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Withdraws Threat to Sue NFL
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:45:08 EST
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said late Tuesday that he is “standing down” from his threats of litigation against the NFL, even as he stepped up his criticism of commissioner Roger Goodell, according to a letter reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
Bills-Colts Turns Into a Bizarre Game in a Blizzard
Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:37:18 EST
A snow storm in Buffalo resulted in one of the most delightfully ugly football games ever.
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.
The Yankees Defy Conventional Wisdom With Their New Manager
Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:11:30 EST
The Yankees decision to hire Aaron Boone to replace Joe Girardi is a signal that developing strong interpersonal relationships with players will take on greater significance with the team.
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.
Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov Named by Whistleblower in Russia Doping Scandal
Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:08:00 EST
The whistleblower at the heart of the IOC’s case against Russia alleged in sworn testimony that Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov paid a Russian biathlete millions of rubles not to disclose the elaborate doping scheme.
Giants Fire Coach Ben McAdoo, GM Jerry Reese
Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:06:24 EST
The New York Giants fired head coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese on Monday.
NFL Completes Goodell's Contract Extension
Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:21:36 EST
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract extension has been completed, bringing resolution to a hostile, weeks-long drama in which Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones attempted to forestall the deal.
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.
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.
In World Cup Draw, Favorites Dodge 'Group of Death'
Fri, 01 Dec 2017 15:07:26 EST
England lands in a favorable spot, while defending champion Germany will have a bracket including Mexico and Sweden in the first round of the tournament to begin June 14.
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
Tiger Woods Tries to Shake His Own Ghost
Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:13:05 EST
Golf’s most dominant player for more than a decade is attempting yet another comeback, now after four back surgeries and a trip to rehab related to his use of painkillers. Is this time different?
Why Charm, Not Cash, Will Determine New Team for Baseball's Japanese Phenom
Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:10:46 EST
Rather than appeal to two-way star Shohei Ohtani with their wallets, teams need to entice him with their best recruiting pitch.
How the Angels Plan to Maximize Shohei Ohtani's Two-Way Talents
Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:14:03 EST
The Los Angeles Angels have to devise a schedule that will allow Shohei Ohtani to flourish simultaneously as a member of the rotation and as a regular hitter.
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.
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
In Latest Clash, NFL Owners Tell Jerry Jones to Knock It Off
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:25:27 EST
The Dallas Cowboys owner wanted assurances that all owners would get to vote on the final terms of Roger Goodell’s contract extension.
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.
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.
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.
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.
College Football's Coaching Carousel Gets Crazy---And Ugly
Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:11:20 EST
Tennessee’s move to back away from Greg Schiano due to unproven allegations related to his tenure at Penn State was the most dramatic episode in a flurry of decisions at big-name schools.
A Good Bet for Saturday: College Football Chaos
Sat, 02 Dec 2017 16:59:15 EST
It will be a drama-free playoff selection if the top four teams (Clemson, Auburn, Oklahoma, Wisconsin) win—but college football is rarely so predictable
Carolina Panthers Owner Will Sell Team After Misconduct Allegations
Sun, 17 Dec 2017 23:08:32 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Figure Skating Will Be Wide Open Without the Russians
Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:41:12 EST
Some Russian skaters may be invited to compete under a neutral banner, but top stars such as world champion Evgenia Medvedeva are threatening to opt out.