It was Rory McIlroy's reaction to one of his worst shots in four days at the British Open that hinted at the triumph to come. The 25-year-old sealed the deal hitting into and out of a deep bunker on the final hole, then smiled and modestly pumped his fist. More»
On the face of it, ESPN's blare and golf's gentility seem nothing less than a match made in hell. Instead, from out on the pastoral peninsula shouldering the nearby Irish Sea, the network's muted approach is making this Open feel like a long, seaside walk unspoiled. More»
The British Open leaderboard is a mix of newbies and household names after an exciting first day in which Tiger Woods rallied from a slow start, Rory McIlroy dominated, and a few contenders melted down. The next three days should be exciting, which is good news for fans and ratings. More»
The heart of golf lies across the pond at the British Open, and with a field of interesting characters -- and so many favorites that it would be nearly impossible to predict the winner -- this year's tournament should be particularly intriguing. More»
With his volatile personality, checkered history and general disdain for the media, Tiger Woods certainly isn't the most likable guy in golf. But his transcendental talent -- and occasional melodrama -- makes him the most entertaining. And that's exactly what golf needs. More»
Lucy Li has game. She plays quickly, aggressively and seldom leaves a putt short, but she is 11 years old. So once we've devoured and chewed up and spit out her storyline we'd better make sure we protect her the rest of the way. I have a feeling she's gonna need it. More»
There was no suspense, and there were no household names like Tiger and Lefty. And yet, the incredibly likable Martin Kaymer is the Open's first winner from mainland Europe, Erik Compton's story will inspire, and a new millennial wave has arrived. More»
This Open represents NBC's Open swansong, and it's safe to say they were not hoping for Martin Kaymer to be ruling the course the way he did the first two rounds. On Day 3, Kaymer attempted to provide some drama (and ratings appeal). More»
Critics would say that it wasn't a riveting Day One of the U.S. Open. But lovers of the sport (and this coolly scruffy course) might say that the future of a sport played by many is finally being represented by an Everyman field that makes us all proud. More»
This week's U.S. Open is a window into golf's past, with Pinehurst No. 2 reconfigured to return to its roots. The retro-renovation is an admirable attempt to recapture golf history and provides a worthy stage for the sport's most riveting major More»
So Phil Mickelson bought some stock because a golfing buddy gave him a tip. Isn't that what the golf course is for? No harm, no foul, right Wrong. And Mickelson was wrong, too, when he told reporters last week that he had "done nothing wrong." More»
We know this now: The Olympics don't help cities. Neither Philadelphia nor New York will be laying out billions of dollars on temporary structures for 2024, built to be one-and-done. There is, however, one logical location to host the Summer Games permanently. More»
Now that Phil Jackson has taken over the Knicks, he needs to choose the team's next coach, and the obvious choice is a man who helped him win three titles in Chicago, Steve Kerr. Kerr has never coached before, but that doesn't mean the doesn't have all the qualities the Knicks need. More»
Everywhere that Phil Jackson has gone, a title follows soon after. The Knicks may not win championship immediately, but with Jackson in the front office, they will soon be a serious contender for the first time this century. These are the facts. More»
With the ice rutted like river hockey, and the players not giving a damn whether snow was slowing the puck down, the NHL found its soul in this season's six-game outdoor series. The wind chills? Below zero. The hockey? As intense as it gets. More»
Team USA's defeat of the Soviets in 1980 was one of the most unlikely victories in sports. However, that win was not the real "Miracle on Ice": America's most seemingly impossible win against Russia occurred in Squaw Valley twenty years earlier. More»
An American with native heritage from a tiny town in Minnesota and a Russian from hundreds of miles outside of Moscow would seem to be from different planets. T.J. Oshie and Vladimir Tarasenko proved otherwise at the Olympics, thanks to their shared love of hockey. More»
Yes, Derek Jeter is great -- the gold standard of the millennium. No arguments there. Yet this impending season-long farewell tour, right on the heels of Mariano Rivera's, feels like a rare misstep. Does baseball need to spend another year praising a retiring Yankee? More»
Dear Mr. Roger Goodell, please bring back the Playoff Bowl. You know, the game between the third- and fourth-best NFL teams that was played in Miami. While you're at it, let's just make this about football. No fancy halftime shows or chicken-wing recipes. More»
For one of the few remaining family-owned teams in sports to look outside for a new offensive coordinator is surprising enough, but when it's Ben McAdoo, who has never run his own offense, it's downright shocking. For Eli's sake, the team needs this to work. More»
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