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Just One Recourse Waits for Goodell

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Roger Goodell can restore a sense of loftiness to the NFL commissioner’s office with a simple expedited decision. He should lift the suspension on Tom Brady this week, and turn his disciplinary eye on the vague, sloppily enforced league rules that caused Deflategate in the first place. This is his best way out of this infernal case, which is as damaging to Goodell and the league office as it is …

Want to Join Wimbledon? Win the Tournament

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

London — If you’re thinking of trying to join the All England Club, your best bet is to win the Wimbledon title. Apart from achieving worldwide fame, all singles champions are made honorary members of the private club in southwest London. The tennis club, which organizes the annual Wimbledon Championships, counts the Duchess …

Not Like It’s 2014

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

London — A year ago at Wimbledon, Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep met in a semifinal showcasing two of tennis’ up-and-coming stars. Bouchard was only 20, Halep 22. Bouchard won that matchup to reach a Grand Slam final in the sixth major tournament of her career, a month after Halep was the runner-up …

Mets Pitcher Wields Big Bat in MLB Debut

Sunday, June 28, 2015

New York — In an astonishing debut, Steven Matz became the only major league pitcher to drive in four runs in his first career game while leading the New York Mets to a 7-2 victory over the Cincinnati …

At 33, Williams Eyes ‘Serena Slam’ — or Does She?

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Paris — Serena Williams embodies big-match intensity. She might lose to unknowns in lesser events and occasionally stumble in the early rounds at majors. But almost never when it counts the most. In Grand Slam singles and doubles …

66 Years (Really!) for Broadcasting Legend

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Los Angeles — Usually the sentence appears almost docilely: This is Vin Scully’s 66th season broadcasting Dodgers games. It appears amid neighboring sentences as if it’s supposed to sit there and blend in: This is Vin Scully’s 66th …

A Dallas Takes Off in Houston

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The rise of the Houston Astros to the top of the American League West has been documented as a to-hell-and-back journey in which 100-loss seasons yielded high draft picks, in which best-in-the-game prospects such as shortstop Carlos Correa …

Commentary: Time to End Boston’s Olympic Debacle

Saturday, June 27, 2015

No sooner had French Olympic Committee leaders announced Tuesday that Paris was officially a candidate to host the 2024 Summer Games than a British bookmaker established it as a 5-4 favorite. Boston was given 9-4 odds, a strong second best among the top candidates, with Rome and Hamburg …

No Doubts Now: NHL Teams Grab Former KUA Stars

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sunrise, Fla. — Boston University freshman A.J. Greer wasn’t highlighted on many National Hockey League draft-eligible prospect lists 12 months ago. He was, as he later acknowledged, barely on the list of prospects ready to be taken at …

In Brief: Harman Birdies Way to Lead in Connecticut

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Cromwell, Conn. — Brian Harman birdied the 18th hole for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead over fellow Georgia left-hander Bubba Watson and Canadian Graham DeLaet on Saturday in the Travelers Championship. Looking for his second PGA Tour victory, Harman had a bogey-free round to take a …

NASCAR Head Wants Confederate Flag Gone

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sonoma, Calif. — Calling the Confederate flag an “insensitive symbol” he personally finds offensive, NASCAR chairman Brian France said the sport will be aggressive in disassociating the symbol from its events. “We want to go as far as …

U.S. Pumped for Germany

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Ottawa, Ontario — Megan Rapinoe is so done with her exile to the spectators’ seats at the Women’s World Cup. Bring on Germany, said the U.S. midfielder, who had to sit out the 1-0 victory over China in …

Red Sox Thrown Back

Saturday, June 27, 2015

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Wade Miley missed with a slider and Matt Barnes missed with a couple of fastballs. The Tampa Bay Rays hit all three of them for home runs Saturday and beat the Boston Red Sox …