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Thomas Vanek Is on the Move Again at N.H.L.’s Trade Deadline

01-03-2017

Thomas Vanek Is on the Move Again at N.H.L.’s Trade Deadline

Photo Thomas Vanek, who is headed to the Panthers, had a team-leading 15 goals for the Red Wings this season. Credit Paul Sancya/Associated Press Thomas Vanek is headed to the Florida Panthers , who added some offensive punch near the trade deadline on Wednesday in an effort to get back to the N.H.L. playoffs for a second consecutive season. The Detroit Red Wings sent Vanek to Florida in exchange for defenseman Dylan McIlrath and a... Read more

Golf Unveils New, Simplified Rules

01-03-2017

Golf Unveils New, Simplified Rules

Photo Anna Nordqvist was assessed a two-stroke penalty for grounding her club in a bunker during a playoff at last year’s U.S. Women’s Open. Credit Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images MEXICO CITY — Golf’s two governing bodies released a draft of new rules on Wednesday aimed at bringing common sense to what can be a complicated sport. The Royal & Ancient Golf Club and the United States Golf Association spent more than five years trying to simplify... Read more

Anything Else, LeBron? Cavaliers Give James the Depth He Coveted

01-03-2017

Anything Else, LeBron? Cavaliers Give James the Depth He Coveted

Photo Deron Williams, center, who signed with the Cavaliers this week, is the type of veteran playmaker LeBron James openly pined for in January. Credit Tony Dejak/Associated Press In late January, LeBron James declared that the Cleveland Cavaliers were top-heavy, too reliant on him, guard Kyrie Irving and forward Kevin Love. He challenged team management to act, saying, “I just hope that we’re not satisfied as an organization.” Judging by the work of General Manager... Read more

Encouraging Players to Plan for After the Games

01-03-2017

Encouraging Players to Plan for After the Games

Ms. Beard said that after she retires for good, she and a former teammate, Marissa Coleman , hope to buy two Mellow Mushroom restaurants of their own in Maryland. “The average basketball career is six, seven, eight years, so you have to start prepping from the moment you get money in your pocket,” said Ms. Beard, 34, who has played 11 years in the league. She may be more prepared than most players for life... Read more

Kevin Durant Hyperextends Knee

01-03-2017

Kevin Durant Hyperextends Knee

Photo Kevin Durant headed to the bench early in Tuesday night’s game against the Washington Wizards. Durant hyperextended his left knee. Credit Nick Wass/Associated Press WASHINGTON — Kevin Durant has a hyperextended left knee, and the Golden State Warriors are preparing for his absence even before knowing how long he could be sidelined. Durant was hurt Tuesday early in Golden State’s 112-108 loss to Washington and the Warriors said he would have an MRI exam.... Read more

Styles Q. and A.: Filmmaker Bart Freundlich on Shooting Hoops at 47

01-03-2017

Styles Q. and A.: Filmmaker Bart Freundlich on Shooting Hoops at 47

Photo Bart Freundlich in Manhattan at the West Fourth Street Courts, known widely as the Cage. Credit An Rong Xu for The New York Times Two or three times a week, for 20 years, Bart Freundlich has played basketball with a group of guys in gymnasiums around New York City, where he grew up and continues to live. Many of his fellow players would be a mystery to him outside the gym; their unifying bond... Read more

Baseball’s Too Slow. Here’s How You Fix It.

01-03-2017

Make the fans enter through tiny turnstiles surrounded by armed police officers. Make the seats really uncomfortable and humiliate anyone who leaves in the middle of play to get food or go to the bathroom. Encourage people to shout abuses at one another and to chuck garbage onto the field. No kiss cams. No seventh-inning stretch. You want to sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” or, worse, “Sweet Caroline”? Do it on your... Read more

Disability: The Athlete in Me Won’t Stop

01-03-2017

The American Spinal Injury Association has a scale of “incompleteness” and I’m an ASIA D — meaning “more than 50 percent of the muscles spared below the level of injury are strong enough to move against gravity.” At some point in recovery my muscles edged from “not useful” to “useful.” Last summer, after many months of training, and a bit of adaptive tinkering, I taught myself to ride an upright pedal-assist e-bike. It has low,... Read more

Sports Briefing: Kevin Durant Hurts Knee Early in Warriors’ Loss

28-02-2017

Sports Briefing: Kevin Durant Hurts Knee Early in Warriors’ Loss

Photo Kevin Durant, center, after he hyperextended his left knee in the opening minutes of a loss at Washington. Credit Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports, via Reuters Kevin Durant injured his left knee and departed after only 93 seconds, Golden State trailed by 19 points at one point in the first quarter, and Stephen Curry missed what would have been a go-ahead 3-pointer late in the game, all of which led to a 112-108 home victory... Read more

Capitals 4, Rangers 1: Kevin Shattenkirk, Newly Acquired, Helps Capitals Beat Rangers

28-02-2017

Capitals 4, Rangers 1: Kevin Shattenkirk, Newly Acquired, Helps Capitals Beat Rangers

For the league-leading Capitals and their star, Alex Ovechkin, the addition of Shattenkirk could be a crucial piece as they try to win the Stanley Cup for the first time. “Enough talking, we have to win,” said Ovechkin, who has 552 career goals but has never been to the conference finals since entering the league in the 2005-6 season. “Obviously, it’s a big move. He’s going to help us a lot.” Ovechkin was held off... Read more

Four Years After America’s Cup Loss, Team New Zealand Is Not Over It

28-02-2017

Four Years After America’s Cup Loss, Team New Zealand Is Not Over It

But Oracle and its upbeat skipper, Jimmy Spithill, kept finding new ways to ward off defeat. Races were called off for exceeding time limits and wind limits. Oracle kept revamping and improving, and it ultimately won eight straight races to retain the Cup . “I don’t think you ever get over that,” said Grant Dalton, Team New Zealand’s chief executive. “It was particularly brutal, particularly in this country where the America’s Cup is so big.... Read more

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