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Baseball’s sweetest song: Willie Mays, forever young, is 90

Willie Mays is turning 90, and no mistaking that number. It strikes with the clarity of a line drive. Mays played in a sport measured by milestones — 3,000 hits, 500 homers, signposts he passed and th...

2020 sports quiz: Brady to Bundesliga, Big Ten to Brooklyn

You’ve had time to shelter at home and bone up. Your 2020 year-end sports quiz awaits. Like much else these days, quizzes will be graded on the curve: January The I...

From Kobe to Maradona, a year of staggering losses in sports

There were so many this year. Sports in 2020 was an unending state of mourning. It was as if every week, sometimes days, another luminary fell, bringing a cascade of condolence and ...

Odd became normal: sports’ masked road trip to the unknown

Take your pick. Maybe it was a Big East Tournament basketball game that broke for halftime and never returned. Or the cardboard cutouts of spectators that replaced flesh-and blood fa...

Sports quirks in 2019: Golf balls, oddballs, watches, pants

Sometimes the general managers and player personnel directors on Mount Olympus look down on some lucky soul and declare: This is your moment. Consider Dale Cohen, a 62-year-old shif...

Sports losses in 2019: Newcombe, Robinson, Starr, Havlicek

They ran the next legs, taking the baton from Jackie Robinson as black players claimed their place in the game. The deaths in 2019 of Don Newcombe and Frank Robinson left baseball no...

Sports losses in 2019: Newcombe, Robinson, Starr, Havlicek

They ran the next legs, taking the baton from Jackie Robinson as black players claimed their place in the game. One was on the mound for those Brooklyn Dodgers teams of the 1950s, a...

Year-end sports quiz. Your scholarship as a fan is at stake

Your scholarship as a sports fan is up for renewal. Not to worry. Just answer a dozen questions from 2019 and you're on your way. The passing grade? That's up to the crew in the replay booth. ...

Ode to Sports: Pats & Nats, a roster from A(stros) to Z(ion)

A year now passes. How’d I know? Analytics guys told me so. They crunched the data. What’s it mean? Anyone’s guess: 2019. First ...

Odd offerings in sports in 2018: weird science, camels, soup

There was a soup thrower in the locker room. There was a tickler on the hockey rink. There were science deniers swallowing their hot air. There was a hint of doomsday on a golf course. ...

Sports mourns 1960s touchstones: Mikita, Taylor, McCovey

They were touchstones of sports in the 1960s, and sports lost three of the best in 2018: Stan Mikita, the embodiment of powerful Chicago Blackhawks teams; Jim Taylor, the punishing Green Bay Packers f...

Sports mourns 1960s touchstones: Mikita, Taylor, McCovey

They were touchstones of sports in the 1960s, and sports lost three of the best in 2018: big-hitting Willie McCovey of the San Francisco Giants; Jim Taylor, the punishing Green Bay Packers fullback; a...

Sports quirks: Basepath chaos, donkey gift, sunken earring

It was less like baseball and more like archery practice. And wherever Stephen Piscotty went he had a bull's-eye on him. In a bruising, battering tour around th...

Sports deaths: Halladay, Hawkins; Enberg's voice silenced

Roy Halladay seemed from another time. He pitched deep into games — complete games, the vanished art — and won a couple of Cy Young Awards along the way. Connie Hawkins finally got h...

Ode to Sports: A year of anthems, Astros, Bama and Brady

Keep an eye on the clock, all through the night. Not far to go till the dawn's early light. Twilight is gleaming. But, hey, we can see. (Now enter...