Jose Altuve, the Houston Astros’ second baseman, turned 31 on Thursday. No one would have expected Yankees fans to serenade a star of a reviled rival with a rendition of “Happy Birthday,” but simply ignoring the event would have been preferable for Altuve during his team’s 7-4 win at YankeeContinue Reading

Ten years ago this month, a popular Rangers enforcer, considered by some to be the toughest man and the most fearsome fighter in the N.H.L., died alone in his apartment from an accidental overdose of painkillers and alcohol. That man, Derek Boogaard, 28, was later determined to have a severeContinue Reading

Efforts to prevent the use of performance-enhancing drugs ahead of the 2016 Olympics could not have gone much worse. In the months before the Rio de Janeiro Games, more than 1,900 athletes across 10 key sports — including track and field, weight lifting and cycling — were not tested, aContinue Reading

The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James said on Sunday night that the league forces behind a playoff play-in tournament “should be fired.” Weeks before James voiced his displeasure, Mark Cuban, who voted for the play-in as the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, called the concept an “enormous mistake.” I sayContinue Reading

Some basketball pairings sync seamlessly. Think Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, Bill Russell and Red Auerbach and Eric Collins and LaMelo Ball. That last tandem might not be the first to come to mind. But Collins, the Charlotte Hornets’ television play-by-play announcer, has served as the ideal conduit to introduceContinue Reading