Column: NFL riding wave of sports betting

Luckily, the black cat making its primetime debut at MetLife Stadium didn't seem to be an omen. The cat not only found the end zone but found a way to escape Monday night, which is more than most memb...

Column: Fans get played as boxing takes back seat to UFC

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The ring was empty, boxing's biggest attraction was taking a nap and fans who paid more than $1,000 a ticket to see Canelo Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev face off for the light heavyweigh...

Column: Clumsy words tarnish the LeBron brand

LeBron James had time, and plenty of it, to figure out how best to answer the questions he knew were coming. Long days in hotel rooms in China and a long flight home gave him every chance to carefully...

Column: In Miami, a showdown of the NFL's worst

In the air above Hard Rock Stadium, before the bungling Redskins and hapless Dolphins took the field, a plane towed a banner calling for Miami fans to do their part to help get Washington team preside...

Column: Clock now ticking as California takes on the NCAA

The state of California is ready to take the NCAA to school. And the smart money should be on California in this one. A bill signed Monday by California Gov. Gavin ...

Column: Fury faces the great unknown against Sweden's Wallin

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tyson Fury shouldn't have too much trouble in the ring this weekend against an opponent whose biggest claim to fame is that he's arguably the best heavyweight fighter in Sweden. ...

Column: The dark side of a sport many still love

It's impossible to reconcile, so I won't even try. How can you love a sport so filled with tragedy and heartbreak? How can you cheer when you know getting hit in in the head can caus...

Column: Tears of a father for his champion son at Open

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Brendan Lowry thought his son might one day play in front of thousands of screaming fans at Croke Park in Dublin, where he and his two brothers helped lead his team t...

Column: Even 7 shots back, Brooks Koepka is lurking at Open

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Brooks Koepka doesn't need to reach too far back in the memory bank to know how precarious a big lead can be. He nearly gave away his last major just two months ago a...

Column: Another missed cut for Tiger, who's not 23 anymore

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — So now we know. Tiger Woods isn't done, no matter what it looked like on his slog through the only two rounds he'll play in this British Open. He's ...

Column: McIlroy fizzles in home Open debut

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — The opening tee shot Rory McIlroy could live with, even after it went out of bounds and shattered the screen of a woman's mobile phone. He had, after all, spent the l...

Column: US women win World Cup on their own terms

Megan Rapinoe left early, her work done for the day. The celebration came early, too, for a U.S. team determined up until the final minute to win this Women's World Cup on its own terms. ...

Column: A signature pinky moment, and a big US win

It wasn't Brandi Chastain ripping off her jersey, a World Cup moment that still resonates 20 years later. For this Women's World Cup, though, Alex Morgan's extended pinky was a signa...

Column: World Cup is huge fun, but what about other 4 years?

The weather is supposed to heat up this week in France, appropriate since the Women's World Cup gets hot Friday with the home team meeting the U.S. in a quarterfinal matchup that will be watched eager...

Column: You got this! Amy and the Open champion

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — From her perch in front of a TV in Florida, Amy Bockerstette had no doubt. How could she, after she and Gary Woodland had come this far together. ...