Column: Golf's most endearing charm: Fending off Father Time

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Phil Mickelson flashed the faraway look of a man nearing a half-century of life, clearly pondering where the time went. "It goes by fast," he reminisced, glancing...

Column: Warts and all, Reed returns as a Masters champion

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Call him The Imperfect Champion. Warts and all, Patrick Reed enters the Masters as the reigning holder of the green jacket. He's an anomaly at s...

Column: Major League Soccer seeks respect in own backyard

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Major League Soccer begins its 24th season this weekend, still craving a smidgen of respect on the world stage. Sure, the league keeps adding teams , building ne...

Column: NBA trade deadline provides best reality show around

The latest episode of "Survivor: NBA" was quite a cliffhanger. All kinds of intrigue. A hefty dose of griping. Some thoroughly unexpected plot twists. Now that's a ...

Column: NFL players must go to wall for guaranteed contracts

There should be one word on the minds of every NFL player and the union that represents them. Guaranteed. It's way past time for those who play America's most popul...

Column: Over-managing costs Dodgers in Game 1 of Series

Sometimes, in the pressure cooker of a World Series, a manager gets distracted by all those indecipherable charts and the trove of analytics he has at his disposable. Sometimes, he s...

Column: What if they had an Olympics, but no one would host?

What if they threw an Olympic party, but no one was willing to host it? That day could be coming, and sooner than you might think. With news Friday that Stockholm i...

Column: Time for Tiger & Lefty to exit the Ryder Cup stage

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Phil Mickelson watched the ball splash into the pond in front of the 16th green and knew he was done. No need to hit any more errant shots on a day filled with...

Column: US falls apart at Ryder Cup, but still time to rally

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Jim Furyk surveyed the waning moments of his marvelous team taking the worst beatdown in France since Marie Antoinette recommended everyone stick to cake. ...

Column: Booba's in France, a place he really, really loves!

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Bubba Watson — or "Boo-ba," as he's known in these parts — is trying hard to shed his image as the Ugly American. He doesn't just like France...

Column: Tiger Woods is back, and golf is better for it

ATLANTA (AP) — They had waited more than five years for this moment. No way were those frail little ropes, strung up on flimsy poles, going to hold them back. No wa...

Column: Kaep scores first, but likely no winners in the end

Colin Kaepernick scored first in his legal showdown with the NFL. In the end, there aren't likely to be any real winners. Kaepernick's collusion case against the le...

Column: Suspend Urena for rest of season for plunking Acuna

ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuna Jr. is good for baseball. Jose Urena and his defenders are not. Jose, take the rest of the season off. And while you'r...

Column: Shoal Creek still landmark for sports civil rights

After finishing her round at Shoal Creek, Brittany Lincicome got a little history lesson. She couldn't believe what she was hearing. Not so long ago, the ritzy club...

Column: Danica squanders chance to leave truly lasting mark

Danica Patrick never lacked for attention. Too bad she failed to capitalize on all that hype. Patrick's racing career, which ends Sunday at the same place where she...