Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Pleads Not Guilty to Soliciting Prostitution
Thu, 28 Feb 2019 16:49:20 EST
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution.
The Twists That Will Decide the Premier League Title
Thu, 28 Feb 2019 17:08:49 EST
Liverpool and Manchester City are having two of the best seasons in Premier League history. Unfortunately for them, they’re happening at the same time.
NBA Stars Are Upending Basketball. Baseball's Best Players Are Unemployed.
Wed, 06 Feb 2019 23:50:34 EST
NBA free agency is months away, but it’s already crazier than Major League Baseball’s. How did the two offseasons become opposites?
Baseball Legend Frank Robinson Dies at Age 83
Thu, 07 Feb 2019 21:12:47 EST
Frank Robinson, the first black manager in the majors and the only man to win MVP honors in both the American and National Leagues, died at the age of 83.
A Surgery That Could Save Andy Murray's Tennis Career
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 14:10:06 EST
Andy Murray’s damaged hip hobbled him at the Australian Open and has jeopardized his plan to play one last Wimbledon in July before retiring. But there is one Hail Mary play left.
The NBA Honeymooners From Japan: 13 Games in 13 Nights
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 20:38:15 EST
Yuki and Yumea Nakagawa are newlyweds from Japan. For their honeymoon, they are traveling the U.S. for two weeks to see as much basketball as they can.
NFL's Final Four: Two Generational Showdowns
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 08:11:50 EST
Patrick Mahomes, Jared Goff, Tom Brady and Drew Brees lead the league’s best offenses and will battle as a new era of quarterback takes on the old
To Compete With Alabama, Clemson Became Alabama
Sun, 30 Dec 2018 21:16:28 EST
In the past year, Clemson has emulated Alabama in two important ways: convincing their best underclassmen to delay turning pro, and putting their trust in a true freshman quarterback.
The Saints Already Thrashed the Eagles. Will the Playoffs Be More of the Same?
Tue, 08 Jan 2019 15:03:12 EST
After losing to New Orleans 48-7 in the regular season, Philadelphia faces long odds in the rematch.
Novak Djokovic Looks Like the Most Formidable Man in Tennis
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 13:14:54 EST
Novak Djokovic is two wins away from winning his seventh Australian Open title.
In the Interest of Time, LOOGYs May Get Left Out
Fri, 01 Mar 2019 08:37:50 EST
Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred wants games to move faster, and he appears willing to consider just about any radical idea to make that happen. Even if it means killing off an entire species of player.
U.S. Soccer President's American Ambition
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:02:48 EST
U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro discusses soccer’s challenges and potential, why he’s scrutinizing the women’s game, and the legacy of the successful U.S. bid to co-host the 2026 World Cup.
Caltech's Rocket Science: Shoot More 3-Pointers
Mon, 28 Jan 2019 14:24:03 EST
The school known for scientific innovation and embracing technology has its most successful basketball team in decades. The 3-point revolution has come to Caltech.
The NFL Player Moonlighting as an Ivy League Professor
Sun, 24 Feb 2019 17:55:52 EST
Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland is teaching a financial literacy seminar in the Urban Studies department at the University of Pennsylvania.
As NFL Courts Fans in Stands, Atlanta Is King
Sun, 03 Feb 2019 16:56:31 EST
As league-wide attendance ebbs, the Atlanta Falcons are remaking the stadium experience from wider seats to cheaper eats.
Manchester City Is Back in the Premier League Race
Fri, 04 Jan 2019 02:25:07 EST
The Premier League gets its title race back, after Manchester City’s 2-1 victory over first-place Liverpool.
Inside the Investigation That Led to Prostitution Charges Against Robert Kraft
Thu, 28 Feb 2019 17:08:10 EST
How a tip on suitcases led authorities to a monthslong investigation that uncovered a network of spas that were allegedly fronts for prostitution.
Bryce Harper, Phillies Reach 13-Year, $330 Million Deal
Thu, 28 Feb 2019 18:44:29 EST
Bryce Harper agreed to a 13-year pact with the Philadelphia Phillies worth $330 million dollars.
The Cleveland Browns Sign Kareem Hunt
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 16:22:24 EST
The Cleveland Browns signed Kareem Hunt, the star running back who was released by the Kansas City Chiefs last season in the wake of a video that showed him attacking a woman.
Gymnastics Scandal's Surprise Aftermath: More Gymnasts
Thu, 24 Jan 2019 18:47:29 EST
Despite bad publicity, CEO turnover and the U.S. Olympic Committee’s threat to decertify it, USA Gymnastics membership has risen.
Kyler Murray Calls an Audible for the NFL
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 18:21:09 EST
Kyler Murray, the two-sport Oklahoma superstar who faced a career crossroads with deep ramifications for baseball and football, says he is “firmly and fully committed” to becoming an NFL quarterback.
Why the Super Bowl May Be Even Higher Scoring Than You Think
Sun, 03 Feb 2019 12:09:42 EST
The Patriots and Rams don’t just put up big points. They run and gun.
Mariano Rivera Elected Unanimously to Baseball Hall of Fame
Tue, 22 Jan 2019 20:52:57 EST
Mariano Rivera is the first player in history to be voted in unanimously. He’ll enter the Hall of Fame with designated hitter Edgar Martinez and pitchers Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina.
Inside the Rams' Historic Decision to Hire a 30-Year-Old Head Coach
Tue, 29 Jan 2019 07:04:23 EST
Before Sean McVay took Los Angeles to the Super Bowl and changed the NFL, the Rams had to make a leap: Was he ready to become the league’s youngest coach ever?
The Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Exorcism
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 07:56:00 EST
Kansas City’s glaring flaw became a glittering strength in the divisional round, as the Chiefs shut down Andrew Luck and the Colts offense.
The Premier League's Latest Bet on America Is Named Christian Pulisic
Fri, 04 Jan 2019 17:42:12 EST
Regardless of how Christian Pulisic performs for Chelsea, he already represents a milestone in the English Premier League’s efforts to conquer America.
How Tom Brady Conquered His Greatest Opponent: Age
Sat, 02 Feb 2019 23:33:35 EST
Tom Brady throws short passes. He gets rid of the ball quickly. He never gets hit. And it’s how he’s in his ninth Super Bowl at 41 years old.
Here's the Catch on Yasmani Grandal
Wed, 02 Jan 2019 09:50:51 EST
Free-agent catcher Yasmani Grandal is a big bat but there’s debate about his value following his erratic playoff performance.
Federer Knocked Out of Australian Open in Upset
Tue, 22 Jan 2019 08:12:47 EST
Roger Federer was knocked out of the Australian Open in an upset by future contender Stefanos Tsitsipas, the latest sign that the Big Four of men’s tennis are finally in decline.
Patriots to Face the Rams in the Super Bowl
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 15:15:56 EST
The Los Angeles Rams will face the New England Patriots, who reached the title game for a third straight year.
The Two NFL Teams Nobody Wants to Play Are Playing Each Other
Sat, 05 Jan 2019 12:24:21 EST
The Colts and Texans both enter the playoffs on a tear, featuring dangerous quarterbacks who can be utterly unstoppable.
A Harsh 'Black Monday' Is the Latest Sign of the Changing NFL
Tue, 01 Jan 2019 16:41:11 EST
At least eight NFL teams are looking for new coaches as teams look for candidates who can keep up with the game’s innovations.
Nick Saban Wins Again in Baton Rouge---Over the IRS
Fri, 01 Feb 2019 10:38:58 EST
Alabama football coach Nick Saban racked up a win this month after all, prevailing over the Internal Revenue Service in court.
Is This the Year Phil Mickelson Wins the U.S. Open?
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 16:30:10 EST
Phil Mickelson won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Monday on the same course that will host the national championship in June.
The Premier League Struggles to Find Its Next CEO
Thu, 07 Feb 2019 20:40:04 EST
The English Premier League is the world’s most popular sports league. Yet eight months after longtime chief executive Richard Scudamore announced his plan to resign, the EPL appears no closer to naming a successor.
The Blown Call That Will Live in Infamy in New Orleans
Tue, 22 Jan 2019 07:56:12 EST
A Los Angeles Rams defensive back purposefully committed pass interference on a critical play in the NFC Championship Game Sunday. What happened next left the football world aghast: There was no flag.
Manny Machado, Padres Agree to 10-Year, $300 Million Deal
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:14:36 EST
Manny Machado agreed to a 10-year deal worth $300 million with the San Diego Padres. The pact is the largest free-agent contract in the history of North American sports.
Trump Honors Clemson With Feast Fit for a (Burger) King
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:16:35 EST
President Trump hosted the Clemson football champions with a fast-food feast. The White House said he personally paid for the catering, which included McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King and Domino’s Pizza.
Olympic Athletes Ask: Should We Start a Union?
Tue, 26 Feb 2019 18:00:54 EST
The push for more compensation and influence by athletes long considered “amateurs” is building in several corners of the sports world, including college athletics. Now it’s extending to Olympic sports.
The Super Bowl of Opposites
Fri, 25 Jan 2019 17:38:58 EST
Bill Belichick and Tom Brady against Sean McVay and Jared Goff is only the beginning. The Patriots and Rams took completely different approaches to building a championship contender.
Baseball's All-Unemployed Team
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 16:40:21 EST
As major league teams begin spring training, an all-star squad of talented free-agent players remain unsigned.
The Answer to Manchester United's Alex Ferguson Problem: a Ferguson Clone
Tue, 29 Jan 2019 17:20:23 EST
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is turning things around at Manchester United by emulating his mentor Alex Ferguson—right down to the tie and jacket.
Knicks Trade Star Porzingis for... Nobody Knows
Fri, 01 Feb 2019 10:44:07 EST
Kristaps Porzingis is gone. But now the Knicks have enough money for two marquee free agents this summer. Will they land Kevin Durant?
James Harden Is the NBA's Outlier
Wed, 09 Jan 2019 18:57:45 EST
The league’s reigning most valuable player has elevated his game this season. These charts explain how.
Buy Low on LeBron James and the Lakers
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 17:31:48 EST
The Lakers are in jeopardy of missing the NBA playoffs. Here’s why they’re better than you think. (Hint: They still have a guy who’s pretty good at basketball.)
The Raptors Traded for One MVP and Got Two
Wed, 02 Jan 2019 20:22:31 EST
Toronto is a legitimate title contender in part because of Danny Green—the other player in the Kawhi Leonard deal that might define this NBA season.
The Chiefs Are Football's Golden State Warriors
Sun, 20 Jan 2019 06:39:05 EST
The Warriors changed basketball with Stephen Curry and the 3-point line. The Chiefs have Patrick Mahomes and are exploiting football’s passing boom unlike anyone else.
Syracuse's Jim Boeheim Strikes, Kills Pedestrian on Highway
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 10:30:16 EST
Police say Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed a 51-year-old man walking outside his vehicle on a highway.
The Brooklyn Apartment Where Shooting Arrows Is Encouraged
Sat, 19 Jan 2019 14:08:35 EST
Archery practice may seem a better fit for wooded areas or an open field, but those aren’t available to coach Larry Brown, who is trying to spread the sport to young people in New York City.
Drew Brees Pushes the Limits of Quarterback Accuracy
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 15:24:29 EST
Drew Brees set the NFL record for completion percentage. The Journal reviewed all of his incompletions to explain why his feat will be so difficult to top.
Is It 2019 or 1919? Baseball Is Hot Again
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 12:54:50 EST
Baseball, pelted with criticism for its long games and sagging attendance, is seeing a resurgence on sandlots, according to new data.
Tony Romo Calls Plays Before They Happen. How Often Is He Right?
Sun, 03 Feb 2019 16:49:33 EST
The voice of the Super Bowl has become known for his eerily accurate predictions. We watched nearly 50 hours of game tape to calculate Romo’s hit rate.
Paris 2024 Organizers to Allow Public to Run the Marathon Course
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 19:46:35 EST
Paris 2024 organizers said Thursday they will stage a mass participation marathon on the same day as the elite event “on the same course and in the same conditions as the Olympic athletes,” the organizing committee said.
The Most Important Quarterback in the NFL Playoffs: Brett Favre
Sun, 06 Jan 2019 11:21:55 EST
Six of the quarterbacks in the playoffs are 25 and under—and what unites these emerging stars is how they play nothing like their older counterparts in the playoffs, but like an even older quarterback they grew up idolizing. They play like Brett Favre.
Australian Open Kicks Off a Season of Change
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 07:59:16 EST
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are favorites to win the title in Melbourne, but the pending retirement of Andy Murray diminishes the Big Four.
Japan's Osaka Wins Australian Open, Her Second Straight Grand Slam
Sat, 26 Jan 2019 22:21:07 EST
After an unlikely stumble, Naomi Osaka regained her confidence and won the Australian Open—a performance that will make fans eager for her next Grand Slam stop: the French Open in Paris.
Espionage Comes to English Soccer
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:26:53 EST
English soccer was shaken by a spying scandal last week, but compared to other sports, it should hardly have caused a stir.
Andy Murray to Retire From Tennis This Season
Fri, 11 Jan 2019 07:07:24 EST
British tennis star Andy Murray announced in Melbourne, Australia, that he will retire this season amid constant pain of a hip injury. Murray is the first of tennis’s “Big Four” to signal that his career is coming to an end.
Prosecutors Detail Prostitution Solicitation Charges Against Robert Kraft
Mon, 25 Feb 2019 18:21:35 EST
A state attorney’s office in Florida on Monday detailed prostitution solicitation charges against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
How Roger Stone Entangled Himself in the NFL's Concussion Settlement
Fri, 08 Feb 2019 10:31:49 EST
Trump’s former campaign adviser Roger Stone surfaced in an unusual conflict between lawyers representing players in a $1 billion settlement to compensate former NFL players for head injuries.
The Football Team That Thinks 33-Year-Old Sean McVay Is Old
Thu, 31 Jan 2019 10:25:25 EST
Before Sean McVay became the youngest head coach in NFL history and took the Rams to the Super Bowl, he was an assistant with the Florida Tuskers. And it’s the job that explains his meteoric rise.
College Basketball Turns to New Ranking System
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 14:40:10 EST
The NCAA’s new-look ranking system aims to bring the March Madness selection process into the modern age.
Clemson Routs Alabama to Win National Championship
Tue, 08 Jan 2019 09:53:53 EST
Clemson wins the college football national championship, 44-16, defeating Alabama in the title game for the second time in three years.
Baseball Wants Kyler Murray. But He Wants Football.
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:13:06 EST
Kyler Murray officially declared for the NFL Draft, indicating that he intends to explore his options. With the A’s reporting for spring training in a month, he soon has to make a choice about which sport to pursue.
One of the Worst Hitters in Baseball History Is Now a Hot Commodity
Mon, 25 Feb 2019 18:53:05 EST
Baseball can quantify just about everything nowadays—but it can’t measure catcher Jeff Mathis, a lifetime .198 hitter who was one of the most sought after players in the free-agent market.
Tennis Star Andy Murray Undergoes Hip Resurfacing Surgery
Tue, 29 Jan 2019 20:08:46 EST
Andy Murray underwent a hip resurfacing surgery in London, a bold move that could extend his professional tennis career.
Goodell Vanished, Football Reappeared, NFL Ratings Rose
Mon, 04 Feb 2019 13:29:14 EST
Roger Goodell, so frequently at the center of attention and controversy in the past, has conspicuously kept a low profile during a season when attention shifted to high-scoring games and young stars.
The Super Bowl That Launched the Patriots' Dynasty
Sat, 02 Feb 2019 23:31:13 EST
This Super Bowl between the Rams and Patriots is the culmination of everything that has happened to these two franchises in the years since they played for the Lombardi Trophy in 2002.
Why This Former NBA Champion Wants to Pay College Basketball Players
Mon, 25 Feb 2019 15:42:19 EST
Former NBA star David West is trying to launch the Historical Basketball League as an alternative to the NCAA.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Looks Like a Can't-Miss Prospect
Mon, 04 Mar 2019 17:12:54 EST
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. appears ready for the majors after posting eye-popping numbers in the minors.
A Philly Special. A 7-Hour World Series Game. A Memorable Tweet.
Fri, 28 Dec 2018 07:58:04 EST
These are the most memorable sports moments of 2018 as witnessed by the WSJ Sports staff.
How MLB's Luxury Tax Has Put a Deep Freeze on Spending
Fri, 11 Jan 2019 14:09:12 EST
Major League Baseball’s luxury tax appears to have turned into a de facto salary cap, stoking tension between the league and the players.
Golf's New Conundrum: Flagstick In or Out?
Thu, 24 Jan 2019 21:13:03 EST
A new rule change has left golfers pondering whether leaving the flagstick in the hole might increase their likelihood of sinking putts.
Saint Nick Foles Is Here to Save the Eagles. Again.
Fri, 28 Dec 2018 08:37:15 EST
With Carson Wentz hurt, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has emerged to resurrect Philadelphia’s season.
Tailgate Scene at Alabama-Clemson: Eight RVs
Mon, 07 Jan 2019 18:46:03 EST
A tailgating culture that thrives throughout college football’s power center in the South is much less robust on the West Coast.
How Much Is Your College Football Team Worth?
Mon, 07 Jan 2019 11:19:53 EST
No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson are the top two college football teams in the country. But there’s one title neither can claim: the most valuable program in the country.
The Star With the Worst Shooting Season in NBA History
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 14:54:06 EST
Russell Westbrook is on pace for the lowest 3-point shooting percentage ever among high-volume shooters. He keeps shooting anyway.
The Rivalry That Shouldn't Be: How Clemson Competes With Alabama
Mon, 07 Jan 2019 18:12:03 EST
Clemson and Alabama are set to play in the national championship game for the third time in four years. The schools have used starkly different strategies to build to their current dominance.
Alysa Liu Is the Future of U.S. Figure Skating, but It's a Long Way Until 2022
Sun, 27 Jan 2019 17:52:10 EST
Alysa Liu became the youngest ever American champion, but she is not eligible to compete in international competitions.
The Patriots' Unlikely Super Bowl Hero: The Punter
Mon, 04 Feb 2019 17:27:11 EST
In the lowest scoring Super Bowl ever, field position became critical. Which is why Patriots punter Ryan Allen had outsize importance.
NHL's Comeback: Loads of Goals and Surprises
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 19:05:31 EST
This NHL season has been marked by the biggest bounty of goals in years.
Novak Djokovic Rolls to Australian Open Title
Sun, 27 Jan 2019 23:34:42 EST
Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal in straight sets to win his seventh Australian Open title and 15th Grand Slam championship.
The NBA's Best Team Has a Human Yoga Mat
Sun, 17 Feb 2019 14:40:09 EST
Brook Lopez used to never shoot 3-pointers. Now the Milwaukee Bucks center stretches the offense by shooting more deep 3-pointers than almost everyone in the league.
The Sixth-Grade Basketball Star Taking 100,000 Shots
Thu, 28 Feb 2019 17:24:25 EST
The latest basketball technology is making players faster than ever before. Just ask 11-year-old Lanie Grant.
Don't Tell Tottenham Fans: For Spurs' Future, Look to Arsenal's Past
Sun, 03 Mar 2019 16:51:41 EST
Tottenham is producing some of its best soccer in decades, but remains stuck in a holding pattern without a date to relocate to its new stadium. It’s a run that is similar to what Arsenal did a little over a decade ago.
Super Bowl LIII: The Science Behind the Play Sheet
Sat, 02 Feb 2019 11:32:26 EST
Rams coach Sean McVay uses a modest play sheet, while some coaches around the league opt for the ”Jersey diner menu.”
U.S. Women's Soccer Wraps Camp, Faces France
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:55:35 EST
For the U.S. women’s soccer team, Saturday’s match against France could be the toughest of 10 scheduled friendlies leading up to its defense of its 2015 World Cup title.
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal Set for Another Australian Open Showdown
Fri, 25 Jan 2019 10:10:37 EST
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will play each other for the 53rd time in their careers, when they meet in Sunday’s Australian Open final. Djokovic holds a 27-25 edge.
Serena Williams Stumbles in Stunning Loss at the Australian Open
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 11:03:17 EST
Serving at 5-1 in the third set against Karolína Plíšková in the Australian Open quarterfinals, Serena Williams suffered the most unexpected and stunning loss in her Grand Slam career.
The Patriots: The Dynasty That Won't Die
Mon, 04 Feb 2019 17:27:50 EST
New England just won the Super Bowl with a 41-year-old quarterback and a star tight end who has been hampered by injuries. How long can this championship run last?
He's One of the NBA's Best Players. But Should He Play?
Sun, 10 Feb 2019 16:28:37 EST
The New Orleans Pelicans still have Anthony Davis after the trade deadline. They’re better off benching him for the rest of the season.
New England Patriots Win Super Bowl LIII
Mon, 04 Feb 2019 18:37:31 EST
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick teamed up to win their sixth Lombardi Trophy, beating the L.A. Rams in the lowest-scoring game in Super Bowl history.
Chelsea May Have to Hit the Reset Button, Again
Sun, 24 Feb 2019 17:54:59 EST
Maurizio Sarri represented a new direction for Chelsea. But his stubborn approach and uninspiring season have put the team at a familiar crossroad.
How Free Agency Came to College Football
Tue, 05 Feb 2019 20:15:10 EST
Schools that hoard the best high school players are having a harder time keeping all of them for their entire college careers. And schools that don’t are finding it easier than ever to find their next star in the transfer market.
The NFL Team With Road-Field Advantage
Thu, 10 Jan 2019 18:20:11 EST
The Los Angeles Chargers are undefeated—outside of Los Angeles. And that’s why they can make a Super Bowl run.
If Goat Emojis Are Flooding Your Twitter Feed, Blame Tom Brady
Wed, 30 Jan 2019 04:37:00 EST
The image, a shorthand for “Greatest of All Time,” has been co-opted by sports fans, leading to surges when the Patriots quarterback has a big game.
Why NFL Teams Leave the Playoffs Kicking and Screaming
Fri, 11 Jan 2019 17:41:42 EST
High-profile misses like the “Double Doink” raise an important question: Do NFL teams undervalue kickers?
Why Trevor Lawrence Should Sit Out the Next Two Years
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 10:04:51 EST
In a season when college football players skipped bowl games to prepare for the NFL draft, there is a case for Clemson freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence to take the trend to a radical extreme.
Baseball's Shifting Financial Equation: Long-Term Security Over Free Agency
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 17:08:49 EST
With the free-agent market in a deep freeze for the second straight winter, more players are choosing to sign long-term extensions to lock in a guaranteed payday.