Sports

When the Knicks Visit Dallas, Only One Thing Will Be Missing

When the Mavericks remodeled their locker room after last season, walls were erected to take the weight room and exercise equipment completely out of view in a quest for greater privacy for the players. Members of the news media, who for years could request permission to enter a theoretically off-limits zone and huddle around Cuban as he worked out, can’t ...

Read More »

New Pregame Trickery: Distract the Visiting Team With Bad YouTube Videos

But for this generation YouTube clips on an arena screen seem much more of the moment, and Rutgers appears to be one of the few schools to deploy such curated, psychological warfare. Its impact is unclear. Rutgers is 1-2 (including an upset of Seton Hall) since employing its pregame antics in December, but at least they’re able to laugh about ...

Read More »

The Greatest Figure Skater Ever Is Michael Jackson on Ice, Surrounded by Winnie the Poohs

Five Japanese television networks covered Hanyu’s performance at the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow. So did several dozen print journalists and photographers who recorded his every jump, spin and utterance. Last spring, the skating website icenetwork.com found Hanyu on the cover of 19 publications called mooks — a combination of magazine and book — at a Japanese bookstore. The bookstore was ...

Read More »

Isaiah Thomas Helps End Losing Streak in His Cavaliers Debut

Photo Isaiah Thomas was greeted warmly by the crowd in Cleveland in his debut for the Cavaliers on Tuesday. Credit Jason Miller/Getty Images As he entered a game for the first time as a member of the Cavaliers, Isaiah Thomas was greeted with a standing ovation by the sellout crowd at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Tuesday night. Thomas, ...

Read More »

Alabama Beats Clemson to Set Up All-S.E.C. Championship Game

After Alabama drove to a first down at the Clemson 1-yard line, Payne re-entered the game — presumably to add another big body for blocking purposes. That seemed to be what Clemson believed, and the Tigers bit hard when Hurts faked a handoff. Payne slipped open near the right pylon and hauled in a touchdown pass, sparking celebration, and some ...

Read More »

Early Hall of Fame Voting for 2018 Shows No Surge for Bonds and Clemens

Baseball journalists make up the voting bloc for the Hall of Fame, and the final vote totals will be announced on Jan. 24, with Chipper Jones looking like a lock for induction in his first year on the ballot. By Sunday evening, more than 150 ballots, or about one-third of the expected total, had been made public, and they showed ...

Read More »

Where Are the American Women in Olympic Figure Skating?

Wagner sees a cultural hesitancy in the United States, compared with Russia, to train young girls to achieve great early success at the risk of injury and burnout in their teenage years. The Russian system values centralized training, in which many top skaters train together and push one another every day. “In Moscow, it’s more like a factory of production,” ...

Read More »

Deaths in 2017: Among the Luminaries, Fighters With a Cause

Television land was further depopulated by the passings of Jim Nabors (the indelible Gomer Pyle), Adam West (“Batman”), Rose Marie (after Ms. Moore, the second female star of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” to die this year), Robert Guillaume (“Benson”), Martin Landau (“Mission: Impossible”), Mike Connors (“Mannix”), Erin Moran (“Happy Days”) and Bill Dana (whose name, by the way, was ...

Read More »

Howard Schnellenberger’s Legacy Gets a Shine This Postseason

“I’m a great-grandfather watching his children play,” he said in an interview last month. As he spoke, a Dolphins game played in the background. Photo Schnellenberger coaching the Louisville Cardinals in 1991. He positioned the then-floundering program to land in a major conference. Credit Rick Stewart/Getty Images “He had a great run at Miami, but wasn’t above 50 percent at ...

Read More »

Liverpool’s Price for Van Dijk? A Wait, an Apology and $100 Million

Photo Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk will join Liverpool next week in a deal worth about $100 million, a world-record fee for a defender. Credit Glyn Kirk/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Six months after Liverpool first hoped to complete Virgil van Dijk’s transfer from Southampton, it was finally able to announce the signing of the Dutch defender on Wednesday. All it ...

Read More »