Scottie Scheffler’s second Masters win is what greatness looks like

[ad_1] AUGUSTA, Ga. — The statistical models had it all mapped out. The narrative told in his recent form was the world’s most obvious foreshadowing. His pre-tournament news conference — in which he once again spoke of golf as something that he “does” and not as something that defines his life — practically solidified it. … Read more

World Athletics’ new Olympic prize money rule is a chance for NCAA to right a wrong

[ad_1] The latest dent in the NCAA’s bedrock principle of amateurism came from an unlikely place: Monaco. Track and field gold medalists will become the first athletes to earn international prize money at the Olympics, the sport’s international governing body said Wednesday. Each gold medalist will receive $50,000 for individual wins. World Athletics, which governs … Read more

South Carolina and Iowa prove if ‘given an opportunity, women’s sports just thrives’

[ad_1] CLEVELAND — Everyone wanted to talk about the game, which was expected after the South Carolina women’s basketball team held off Iowa for an 87-75 victory and second national championship in three years. But Dawn Staley also wanted to talk about the other game. Actually, that’s not strong enough. She was going to discuss … Read more

We dreamed, they delivered. Iowa vs. LSU showdown exceeded our hopes

[ad_1] ALBANY, N.Y. — It’s felt like Iowa and LSU have been on a collision course for a full year now, ever since the teams clashed in the national championship and one very famous basketball player taunted another very famous basketball player at the end. So, on Selection Sunday, when the selection committee unveiled the … Read more

Angel Reese doesn’t need to be liked, but she and LSU demand your respect

[ad_1] ALBANY, N.Y. — There was joy, because of course there is when a team survives and advances in March. Flau’jae Johnson, who scored 24 points and willed LSU past UCLA, bounded over toward the Tigers’ family and friends in the stands with a big, bright smile. But about 15 minutes later, Johnson’s guard was … Read more

Mandel: Nothing brings a split country together like March Madness. Enjoy it

[ad_1] You can find more of The Athletic’s coverage of the men’s NCAA Tournament here and women’s NCAA Tournament here. Follow live coverage of the 2024 men’s NCAA Tournament first round On Wednesday, I boarded a flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas for the explicit purpose of watching college basketball. Not to attend an … Read more

Why March Madness belongs to the women: Star players, big ratings make it tourney to watch

[ad_1] There’s always a sign. Last spring, I first noticed something special was happening when I couldn’t walk half a block in Dallas without running into large packs of Iowa or South Carolina fans. There were also my guy friends back home who, for the first time, were planning their weekend around the women’s NCAA … Read more

NFL free-agency superlatives: The best and the most puzzling moves so far

[ad_1] We’ve completed four days of NFL free agency, and nearly 100 of my top 150 players have come off the board, in addition to dozens of other signings and a handful of trades. Here are my biggest takeaways from the first week of the new league year. Live updates: Free-agent news from across the … Read more

Kaboly: Russell Wilson could set the Steelers back years, so they better win now

[ad_1] One thing you can’t accuse the Pittsburgh Steelers of anymore is being conservative. Or of not doing everything in their power to put themselves in a position to win championships. That is quite clear after they courted and convinced Russell Wilson to join a team whose general manager, Omar Khan, said less than two … Read more

Amick: As LeBron adds to legacy, the age-old GOAT debate has shifted

[ad_1] The story of this author’s childhood obsession with Michael Jordan is not unique. If you grew up in the ’80s and ’90s, you couldn’t help but be captivated by the MJ mystique. As a kid from the San Francisco Bay Area, I used to photocopy every article written about the Bulls star and organize … Read more