MESA, Ariz. — Eventually, Willson Contreras got bored. The offseason had gone on long enough. The Chicago Cubs catcher was used to playing baseball deep into the fall, but a team-wide offensive flameout last year led to a long winter. So on Monday morning, a day before catchers and pitchersRead More →

The woman at the center of Duke’s investigation into an alleged 1999 sexual assault told friends that Corey Maggette is the basketball player who raped her, according to a report by the New York Times. The lawyer for Meredith Watson said in a statement Friday that Watson had been rapedRead More →

DETROIT — The Lions are one of five teams that can be forced to appear on “Hard Knocks” this season, but the team’s brass appears to be doing everything it can to deflect the hit HBO show to another team — specifically Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders. “I thinkRead More →

Former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor, who was suspended six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission for participating in the UFC 229 postfight brawl, can return to the Octagon in April. He recently took to Twitter to voice his support for potential opponents in Cowboy Cerrone, Anderson Silva,Read More →

CANCUN, Mexico — On the surface, the samurai Bushido code of conduct — “the way of the warrior” — has very little to do with any soccer team’s preseason. Perhaps even less so at an American club, led by an Argentine, amid the opulence of a pristine vacation resort. ButRead More →

Opening Bell: Ramirez comes of age After Jose Ramirez’s 2012 U.S. Olympic appearance, he came into the pros as a heralded 21-year-old prospect with a great left hook who was still in need of a lot of development. I saw most of Ramirez’s early fights and always had questions aboutRead More →

Sometimes, one name can say it all. Michael, Shaq, Kobe, LeBron — larger-than-life stars who need no further introduction and can carry the weight of the entire sport on their shoulders. The NBA is still under LeBron James‘ rule, but his spot on the throne won’t last forever. So who’sRead More →

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. — Tiger Woods returns this week to Riviera Country Club, site of his first PGA Tour appearance as an amateur 27 years ago and the place closest to his boyhood home in Southern California. The iconic venue also has yielded a surprising amount of frustration for theRead More →

ORLANDO, Fla. — Matt Simms threw toward his running back, Tarean Folston, who tried to cradle the ball after it hit his palm. Instead, it bounced into the air. Waiting was Orlando linebacker Terence Garvin, who was in the spot right where the ball popped up. And 51 yards later,Read More →

Top-five senior Anthony Edwards announced his commitment to Georgia on Monday morning, becoming the Bulldogs’ highest-ranked recruit in the ESPN recruiting era. Edwards chose Georgia over Kentucky after canceling a scheduled official visit to Florida State for this past weekend. He took official visits to both Georgia and Kentucky, andRead More →

Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain unsigned. As pitchers and catchers begin reporting this week to Arizona and Florida, that remains the big story across the majors, an ugly blot on what otherwise is a cheerful time of the year: The return of baseball. Still, there are many other springRead More →

OAKLAND, Calif. — Dwyane Wade knows something about assembling a superteam, and the Miami Heat great believes the addition of DeMarcus Cousins makes the Golden State Warriors‘ All-Star starting five perhaps the best the NBA has ever seen. “That is as good as it gets in our game with anyRead More →

PANAMA CITY — With a team that wasn’t even supposed to be in the tournament, Panama beat Cuba 3-1 on Sunday to win its second ever Caribbean Series and first since 1950. Panama was represented in the tournament for the first time since 1960 only after the Caribbean Professional BaseballRead More →

No. 3 Oregon beat No. 11 Stanford 88-48 on Sunday, handing the Cardinal’s Tara VanDerveer the worst loss of her coaching career and notching the Ducks’ first win at Maples Pavilion since 1987. STANFORD, Calif. — Maples Pavilion, on a Sunday afternoon, is not the most hostile environment on theRead More →