If Tiger Woods does not surpass Jack Nicklaus' record many will consider his career a failure. But we all need to recalibrate -- in a sport where winning one major is a huge accomplishment, Tiger's 14 is so very far from some bloody failure. More»
Golfer Dustin Johnson will likely face many awkward questions after taking a leave of absence from the PGA Tour due to what he said were "personal challenges." Will his return be part of a redemption story or cautionary tale? More»
When Ken Smith started working as a football chaplain in the 1980s, it was a tough game. Over the past few decades, he's watched it get tougher. So how do Smith and his fellow chaplains reconcile their spiritual beliefs with the violence of the game? More»
Wait a minute, wait a minute. What the hell happened here? We outsiders thought there'd be protests, giant protests -- sprawling, compelling, eye-widening World Cup protests in Brazil. Instead, many Brazilians were swept up by futebol fever during the event and put their activism aside. More»
It didn't take long for talk of the Ryder Cup to bleed into the British Open, especially since Tiger Woods' relatively poor showing put his status for the September event. But do we really need such idle chatter about "captain's picks?" It's already getting old. More»
Tiger Woods has tried choruses of self-reassurance for years. But, 73 months after Torrey Pines, the tune is so worn-out that even "Blurred Lines" sounds fresher. So maybe it's time to change it. Maybe it's time for some counter-intuition. More»
Australian Olympic champion Ian Thorpe recently confirmed that he is gay, becoming perhaps the biggest athlete in the world to do so. He's also a testament to the tortured path the mind takes to come to terms with something natural but unusual. More»
Germany is a vibrant, smart, pretty, cosmopolitan land, and the stylish, multi-ethnic soccer Germany plays might be its paramount testimony. It's time to say what nobody said even 24 years ago, what some people would consider gauche even today: Germany is cool. More»
In central Rio, there's a makeshift campground full of Argentine fans who just want to be near the Argentina team that will play Germany in the colossal World Cup final on Sunday. Just being there is good enough. More»
Argentina and Germany have a longstanding World Cup rivalry, which will make for an exciting final. But the even bigger story is that Sunday's final will be played in Rio's "cathedral of football," while Brazilians can only root against Argentina -- and look to the future. More»
If LeBron James does return to Cleveland, he'd hardly be the first star athlete to return to the city that made him famous... or in some cases, to do so multiple times. In our latest countdown, we rank the top players to find their way back to their professional birthplaces. More»
With Neymar and Thiago Silva out, Brazil fans might have braced for a loss to Germany -- but nothing prepared them for the 7-1 routing that happened on Tuesday. Seven years of build-up came to a crushing end, and Brazilian fans were left stunned. More»
It's Brazil-Germany, the World Cup semifinal everybody and his futbol-expert sister could have forecast seven months ago, when the draw emerged and the agony began. And it's Brazil-Germany, barely recognizable from the vision of that Brazil-Germany. More»
If six Grand Slams with two outside Australia don't describe Novak Djokovic well enough, seven with two Wimbledon titles explains him better. It seems more right. Any player who can shoo aside a fourth-set nightmare against Roger Federer to prevail has a rarefied caliber. More»
Four teams have outlasted controversy, dives and penalty kicks to arrive at the World Cup semis. All needed extra time at some point. Some stars have been injured, while others are deemed "underwhelming" or the "worst side ever." What's left for the semis? More»
While Brazil has made it through to the World Cup semifinals, it's not playing in its usually dazzling way. Friday's win over Colombia was the latest example of the stress partially caused by the pressure of playing as the tournament's host. More»
Two South American teams -- both at the top of their game -- going head-to-head on their home continent would make for a ridiculously exciting final. Instead, Brazil and Colombia will meet up in the quarterfinals -- which means one of the best teams will be heading home too soon. More»
U.S. fans generally don't like losing, which may be why we mostly ignored the world's sport for so long. But at this year's World Cup, a strange thing has happened: Americans are excited about a sport we're not so great at. Now that we've caught the bug, what will become of the U.S. program over the next four years? More»
Of all the big-country nationalities along the heart of the World Cup, Copacabana, the French presence seems the smallest. But with the national team playing well leading into the quarterfinals against Germany, this could be the year Francophiles can celebrate. More»
Now that the good palpitations of a great World Cup keep piling up, can you even remember the early melodrama and late disquiet of group play? Something unexpected has gone on with this World Cup -- it's elbowing into best-sports-event range. More»
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