NEWPORT, R.I. — Long before Peter Blake was killed by a Brazilian pirate in the Amazon in 2001, he talked at the dinner table with his young son James about the privileges that came with successfully sailing around the world. “He always told me that you couldn’t put your elbows on the table until you’ve…

The Phoenix Suns are now on the clock for the first pick in the 2018 N.B.A. draft after winning the league’s annual draft lottery, and have a tough call in choosing among Arizona’s Deandre Ayton, Duke’s Marvin Bagley and the international star Luka Doncic. The Suns came into the event with the best chance of…

Dwane Casey of the Toronto Raptors has been selected as the National Basketball Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year for the 2017-18 season, according to two people with knowledge of the voting. Casey will be formally announced as the winner of the N.B.C.A. trophy — which is named in honor of the association’s longtime executive…

It would have been a career night for nearly any other player in the N.B.A., but for LeBron James, a line of 29 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ series-clinching win against the Toronto Raptors on Monday hardly seemed noteworthy. That’s how outlandish expectations for James have gotten. These playoffs have…



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How I Became a 37-Year-Old Snowbird

This is how I found myself crying early one morning in January: For the three weeks I had been living in a studio apartment in Daytona Beach, Fla., I had gone running four times a week. On that particular day, I ran down to the beach, turning right when I hit the sand so that…

Dr. Lawrence G. Nassar, a former team doctor for U.S.A. Gymnastics who has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing gymnasts under the guise of medical treatment, was sentenced on Thursday to 60 years in prison on child pornography charges. The charges, which stemmed from more than 37,000 images of child pornography found on Dr. Nassar’s computer,…

Disgraced in a blatant ball-scuffing scandal that has transfixed the cricket world, one of its most exalted players flew home to Australia from South Africa on Thursday and broke down in tears, apologizing on live national television for sullying his country and its national pastime. “I know I’ll regret this for the rest of my…

Facing fairly long odds when it began its inaugural season last year, the Big3 basketball league managed to find a niche for itself and generate some buzz in a crowded sports landscape. It was enough to lock in a second season, and to enlist a host of familiar names who signed on for a piece…

MINNEAPOLIS — The Eagles and the Patriots may be playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday, but football fans here will be seeing a lot of former Minnesota Vikings, and they will be hearing a lot from one — Carl Eller. Maybe more than the N.F.L. would like. Every year, retired N.F.L. stars who played…

ORLANDO, Fla. — The goal the United States national team needed arrived after only eight minutes. Soon there was another. And another. By halftime, the whispered pregame fears about the unthinkable — that the United States might stumble and bumble its way right out of a place in next summer’s World Cup in Russia —…

Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks had season-ending surgery on his left ankle Thursday, the team announced. A 39-year-old forward, Nowitzki elected to have the surgery now and miss the Mavericks’ final four regular-season games to begin the rehabilitation process as soon as possible. The Mavericks were eliminated from playoff contention nearly a month ago….