Column: IOC marathon edict should give pause to other cities

Tokyo must be having some serious second-thoughts about taking on the Olympic Games. In addition to being saddled with an enormous tab, the host city has now lost one of the Summer G...

Column: Guys in stripes getting plenty of NFL face time

In the early weeks of the NFL season, the biggest stars are the guys in the stripes. They're certainly getting the most face time. The league is awash in yellow — y...

Column: Another reminder of unequal playing field for women

Really, we shouldn't be surprised. Riley Field certainly wasn't, not after being reminded once again that the law is one thing, but changing hearts and minds is an entirely different...

Column: Phelps doubts doping protests will bring real change

Michael Phelps is watching the world championships from afar, enjoying his ever-growing family while tackling the challenges of life after swimming. But the winningest athlete in Oly...

Column: Baseball is doomed on Florida's Gulf Coast

Baseball is doomed on Florida's Gulf Coast. Sure, they'll still have spring training, not to mention sparkling beaches and early bird specials. But the Tampa Bay Ra...

Column: Let's ignore Drake for the rest of the NBA Finals

Obnoxious sideline celebrities are as much a part of the NBA as slam dunks and getting away with an extra step or two. From Jack Nicholson to Spike Lee to Jimmy Buffett, we've grown ...

Column: Raptors one-and-done gamble on verge of paying off

This is what the Toronto Raptors had in mind all along. When they went all-in with the trade for Kawhi Leonard, they knew his time in the Great North was likely to be short. ...

Column: Daly turns PGA Championship into ridiculous sideshow

Next week, there will be a legitimate major championship at Bethpage Black. We'll also get a ridiculous sideshow, at least for the first couple of days. John Daly w...

Column: Welcome to the world of performance-reducing drugs

Everyone is supposed to be doing their best to rid sports of doping. Yet, in a baffling decision Wednesday, South African star Caster Semenya was ordered to take drugs if she wants t...

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...