You'd think every official in the NCAA system would be happy with its lax style of self-governance. No one ever loses a job, and the CEO coaches only get richer. But Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby is begging for police backup, saying, "Enforcement is broken." More»
As if Tiger Woods didn't have enough controversy to deal with, now he's agreed to become a spokesperson for supplement company MusclePharm. It's an outfit that has come under more than a little scrutiny in, and it's hard to understand why Woods is taking the risk. More»
The NFL's office has been considered a 501(c)(6) tax-exempt trade organization since 1966, back when it needed a little government boost to push the pendulum of the league until it became today's $10-billion wrecking ball. Is it time for Uncle Sam to tax it? More»
The appearance of Lolo Jones on the U.S. bobsled team provides a two-straw love affair that NBC needed after losing Lindsey Vonn. She's the sex appeal sub for the injured ski queen, a hot storyline to ride down bobsled's serpentine track. More»
In the "60 Minutes" bombshell investigative story about A-Rod, we met the unsavory Tony Bosch. Why would MLB put so much faith in such a character? Because he didn't just help them catch Rodriguez -- he provided the template of a doping scheme. More»
Alex Rodriguez has always counted on the public eye. Do with him what you want as long as you pay attention. And thanks to the arbitrator's decision, A-Rod has another chance to go through the Three Phases Of A Gotcha: distraction, litigation and confession. More»
With 37,000 security forces patrolling the streets of Sochi, the Olympics will resemble the Hunger Games more than the Winter Games even through the soft lens NBC typically uses. NBC can't ignore the culture of fear surrounding the Black Sea resort. More»
Since 1997, the WNBA has struggled to grab hold of a momentum swing that will not be met with a setback, to find a clear path to stability. In many ways, 2013 was promising -- and then the L.A. Sparks went under. How can the league find its tipping point? More»
It seems that Mike Tyson pops up in the media every few months with another story about his battle to turn his life around. While his attempts at recovery are admirable, it seems more and more that his biggest problem is his need for attention and fame. More»
John Calipari is Leeds-certified, a green builder who has won by treating his roster of cameo players as a renewable resource: bamboo in Kentucky Blue. But can he create a dynasty when he relies on the random selection of recruits to jell in an instant? More»
There were dozens of wonderful long reads this year, but here are our picks for the 13 best of 2013 -- from Michael Jordan to beer pong, mysterious deaths to retired pro-wrestlers, lost souls and found ones. More»
The Third District Court of Appeal in Miami ruled on Wednesday that Alex Rodriguez's cousin, Yuri Sucart, can be deposed by Major League Baseball in its Biogensis case. Thus, in a single deposition, Sucart could divulge all of A-Rod's secrets. More»
The Knicks and Redskins may have the worst owners in pro sports in James Dolan and Dan Snyder. With big money, their teams can't win. With big coaches, their teams can't end the drama. With big stars, their teams can't avoid blowouts. But which owner is worse? More»
One might hope that the IOC had learned from the last time they allowed the Olympics to be used as a propaganda tool, by a government that literally plowed over its people. Sochi's abuses under Putin might be just as bad as Beijing's, and not as well hidden. More»
Digital memories can tell horror stories, but these virtual breadcrumbs don't always determine innocence or guilt -- a rigorous police investigation should accomplish that -- yet the question remains: Is legal diligence possible in high-profile athlete cases? More»
In the read-option, no-huddle, pass-silly test of stamina that qualifies as an NFL game, there has been a series of baffling end-game calls this season. It is worth asking the question: Can the analog refs keep up with NFL 2.0? More»
Alex Rodriguez's baseball bounty seemed to be limitless. But that was before the doping scandal with a name that sounds like a sci-fi flick. Could Biogenesis be A-Rod's margin call? Could it blow up his heavily leveraged world? More»
If NFL investigators discover proof of a culture founded on humiliation and intimidation, let's hope the league goes against its history and ensures that whistleblower Jonathan Martin has a bridge back football -- it may not be in Miami, but he's got to have a team in the league. More»
Beneath the sweet branding of LeBron's new ad, there is an unscripted message that is a soulful sirens' song to the abandoned: LeBron makes fatherhood cool. But does modeling make that big of a difference? Does imagery carry that much weight? More»
Alex Rodriguez's legal concerns seem endless, and now he has a new issue to contend with: His cousin Yuri Sucart, who for years served as A-Rod's assistant. If Sucart's appeal is successful, it could affect the outcome of baseball's entire PED case. More»
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