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What’s it like to play Rafael Nadal on clay? We asked Djokovic, Ruud and Dimitrov

This article is part of the launch of extended tennis coverage on The Athletic, which will go beyond the baseline to bring you the biggest stories on and off the…

Iga Swiatek’s (tennis) bagels: How the WTA world No 1 bakes her 6-0 sets

This article is part of the launch of extended tennis coverage on The Athletic, which will go beyond the baseline to bring you the biggest stories on and off the…

Does lightning-rod umpire Angel Hernandez deserve his villainous reputation?

Standing at second base, Adam Rosales knew. So did the fans watching on TV and the ticket holders in the left-field bleachers. They knew what crew chief umpire Angel Hernandez…

Could a $100 million annual NBA player salary be coming? Plus, the new CBA goes into effect

As the NBA closes in on a new media rights deal, much of the attention has been on what it means for the league and its teams. But there’s also…

Chase Elliott calls out NASCAR for fining Ricky Stenhouse Jr., sharing fight video

Chase Elliott, NASCAR’s most popular driver, had pointed criticism for NASCAR after the sanctioning body issued a record fine earlier this week against Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for his role in…

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. fined, Ricky Stenhouse Sr. suspended for Kyle Busch fight

NASCAR fined Cup Series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. $75,000 and suspended his father and two JTG Daugherty Racing crew members for their roles in a fight that occurred following Sunday…

How the House v. NCAA settlement could reshape college sports: What you need to know

Big 12 presidents and chancellors voted to approve proposals of what is expected to be a multi-billion dollar settlement in the House v. NCAA class-action lawsuit Tuesday, a source briefed on the…

Spurs’ Victor Wembanyama makes history as first rookie on All-Defensive First Team

Victor Wembanyama just accomplished something no other NBA player has ever done. On Tuesday, the towering San Antonio Spurs big man became the first rookie in league history to be…

How Jrue Holiday found his voice as a leader with help from his soccer star wife

When Jrue Holiday was a teenager, he needed to make some extra money. He had a knack for bagging groceries, arranging cans of soup alongside bags of grapes to maximum…

Has the NFL wide receiver market reached a breaking point? How much is too much?

I’m not one for letting good players walk out the door. I know from experience that talent is too hard to replace, even with the best-hatched plan, without taking a…

After puzzling decision to let go of Jeff Van Gundy, ESPN’s NBA broadcasts are worse off

It was perplexing last summer when ESPN fired NBA Finals game analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson. It was part of the network’s layoffs that Disney seemingly goes through…

How tennis inequality lets women down: Prize money, scheduling and Saudi Arabia

This article is part of the launch of extended tennis coverage on The Athletic, which will go beyond the baseline to bring you the biggest stories on and off the…

Liverpool’s whirlwind week: Klopp meets Ferguson, Taylor Swift songs and Rolex watches

What a momentous end to the season for Liverpool. An emotion-fuelled goodbye to Jurgen Klopp, two senior players also saying farewell and the dawn of a new era with Monday’s…

Timberwolves, and their bigs, get last laugh against defending champion Nuggets and Nikola Jokić

DENVER — The notion that the Minnesota Timberwolves’ magic began and ended with Rudy Gobert was so hilariously apropos. They were down 20 points against the defending champion Denver Nuggets…

Xander Schauffele’s PGA Championship win changes the narrative forever

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — He says it so many times you stop believing him. First it was “just Thursday.” Then it was “just 36 holes.” Then it was “just another result.”…

What do you think of Scott Foster after reading this?

When he was a cocksure 25-year-old, on the fast track to officiating big-time college basketball, Scott Foster was summoned for a sit-down with his dad. They met at a bar,…

It’s time for the NHL to stop interference and offside reviews

The symmetry was almost perfect. In the history of the NHL’s foray into the world of replay review, there are two moments that stand out as crucial landmarks, the key…

Thompson: The Caitlin Clark panic should stop. Trust that the rookie will figure it out

No, this was not the fantastical introduction to the professional ranks for Caitlin Clark. Certainly not the bender of basketball bliss a segment of her legion was hoping to be…

Will Man City win five in a row? What hurt Arsenal most? Will you remember Mateta? – The Briefing

Welcome to The Briefing, where every Monday during this season, The Athletic will discuss three of the biggest questions to arise from the weekend’s football. It was the weekend when…

From Dairy Daddies to Trash Pandas: How branding creates fans for lower-league baseball teams

Maybe you’ve seen him. Perhaps his sideways glance and piercing blue eyes have crossed your timeline. His smirk might be all over your TikTok. If you follow baseball or if…

Pacers earn their moment in the sun after blasting Knicks in historic Game 7

NEW YORK — As ever, Knicks Nation was cogent and discerning watching its team lose Game 7 at Madison Square Garden to the Indiana Pacers. “(Bleeping) scrubs,” one well-reasoned fan…

PGA Championship 2024 live updates: Round 4 tee times, leaderboard after Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy fall back

Another similarity to last month’s Masters was the sight of Bryson DeChambeau pulling out a remarkable shot at the 18th on his third round, propelling him into final-day contention. In…

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. punches Kyle Busch after NASCAR All-Star Race

An angry Ricky Stenhouse Jr. confronted Kyle Busch, then punched him following the NASCAR All-Star Race on Sunday night at North Wilkesboro Speedway, setting off a brief fight between teams…

2014 Boston Marathon winner finally receives prize money, from a stranger: ‘We cried’

Ten years and one month after Buzunesh Deba finished as the rightful winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon, she was finally given the prize money she never received — but…