Sometimes The Universe Smiles

Golf is a frustrating game because it’s static and therefore deceptively difficult. Most sports seem obviously hard to do because a bunch of stuff happens all at once. Even if you or I were 6-foot-3 and built like a construction … More

Mo Martin was an unknown before making a remarkable shot that won her the Women's British Open on Sunday. (USA TODAY Sports)

Mo Martin was an unknown before making a remarkable shot that won her the Women's British Open on Sunday. (USA TODAY Sports)

Race Against Time

The NBA’s overlong moratorium on signings and trades has been lifted. That means all those swaps and new deals we were talking about over the past week-and-a-half can be approved by the league office. Well, actually, nearly all of them. … More

The Houston Rockets want Chris Bosh, but they've got quite a bit of housekeeping left to do in order to make that happen. (USA TODAY Sports)

The Houston Rockets want Chris Bosh, but they've got quite a bit of housekeeping left to do in order to make that happen. (USA TODAY Sports)

Worst-Case Scenario

It feels at times like I’ve started a hundred columns this year with the phrase “…and just when it seemed like things couldn’t get worse for the Yankees,” which is a somewhat remarkable testament to our enduring impression of them … More

The Yankees hope Masahiro Tanaka's elbow issue isn't serious, but they're in trouble even if it isn't. (Getty Images)

The Yankees hope Masahiro Tanaka's elbow issue isn't serious, but they're in trouble even if it isn't. (Getty Images)

FIFA Springs Into Action

The Nigerian government suspended every member of its football federation last week. It did this primarily because — and right off the bat, we’re butting up against disputed facts, but let’s push on — Aminu Maigari, current not-president of the … More

Nigerian soccer is in turmoil after its government fired its football federation. Fortunately, FIFA's on the case. (Getty Images)

Nigerian soccer is in turmoil after its government fired its football federation. Fortunately, FIFA's on the case. (Getty Images)

Reasonable Doubt

Some transgressions stick. In 2014, you won’t find many people who view Kobe Bryant through the prism of rape allegations made over a decade ago, but Barry Bonds is still getting booed. Ray Lewis is less an accused murder-abetter these … More

It's been a long time since David Ortiz tested positive for a banned substance. But once in a while, his presence on a 2003 PED user list comes back to haunt him. (USA TODAY Sports)

It's been a long time since David Ortiz tested positive for a banned substance. But once in a while, his presence on a 2003 PED user list comes back to haunt him. (USA TODAY Sports)

A Painful Possibility

SAO PAULO — You’d think a mind-bending 7-1 defeat might be all the midweek pain a fan base could incur, but no! There’s still more pain available out there. Going into Wednesday, Brazil’s World Cup still retains the right to … More

One thing could make Brazil's loss even worse: watching Argentina win the World Cup. (Getty Images)

One thing could make Brazil's loss even worse: watching Argentina win the World Cup. (Getty Images)

Inside Basketball

On Sunday afternoon, Dan Gilbert went to Miami. Or rather, his plane did. Sound and fury followed. An AP reporter staked out a runway. Zydrunas Ilgauskas was, then was not (because he wasn’t on the plane either, it turned out) … More

Where LeBron James is headed is anyone's guess. Fortunately or otherwise, we have a marching band's worth of insiders determined to find out. (USA TODAY Sports)

Where LeBron James is headed is anyone's guess. Fortunately or otherwise, we have a marching band's worth of insiders determined to find out. (USA TODAY Sports)

The Virtue of The Decision

Think about the first week of the most bizarre free agency period in recent NBA history. Think about how long it’s dragged out, how we’re seven days into what is normally a feeding frenzy with only a handful of minor … More

In the wake of the latest NBA free agency insanity, it’s hard not to view The Decision as a welcome alternative. (Getty Images)

In the wake of the latest NBA free agency insanity, it’s hard not to view The Decision as a welcome alternative. (Getty Images)

Long-anticipated and Unexpected

Here’s the long-anticipated semifinal that nobody anticipated. It’s Brazil-Germany, the World Cup semifinal everybody and his futbol-expert sister could have forecast seven months ago, when the draw emerged and the agony began. And it’s Brazil-Germany, barely recognizable from the vision … More

Neymar's fall sets up a Brazil-Germany semifinal that isn't what anyone was hoping for. (Getty Images)

Neymar's fall sets up a Brazil-Germany semifinal that isn't what anyone was hoping for. (Getty Images)

Klinsmann the Visionary

When Jürgen Klinsmann signed a four-year contract extension at the end of 2013, he was given the title of technical director. This was largely a symbolic promotion. Part of a national team manager’s job is to recruit new talent and … More

It can seem at times like Jurgen Klinsmann criticizes soccer in the U.S. just for the sake of it, but he always has the big picture in mind. (USA TODAY Sports)

It can seem at times like Jurgen Klinsmann criticizes soccer in the U.S. just for the sake of it, but he always has the big picture in mind. (USA TODAY Sports)