Coutinho transfer to Aston Villa marks end of Barcelona’s error

It’s the end of an error. One of the most dispiriting stints for any player at any club in football history technically and officially concluded on Thursday with confirmation that, nearly four-and-a-half years after joining Barcelona for an initial £ 105 million fee (£ 142 million with add -ons), Philippe Coutinho has moved to Aston … Read more

Braves World Series repeat unlikely, future success is main goal

Welcome to The Opener, where every weekday morning during the regular season you’ll get a fresh, topical column to start your day from one of’s MLB writers. When Marquis Grissom caught the final out of the 1995 World Series to give Atlanta its first major pro sports championship, NBC announcer Bob Costas exclaimed, “The … Read more

NCAA sets new COVID guidance on vaccine booster

The NCAA medical advisory group is changing its definition of a fully vaccinated individual as someone who has received the COVID-19 booster shot if they are eligible, sources tell Sports Illustrateda significant move that will trigger a rush from universities to get their players and staff boosted. The new definition only applies to previously vaccinated … Read more

NFL broadcaster changes; Al Michaels, Kirk Herbstreit, Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

1. It appears that the NFL broadcasting shuffle is just about over. Where do we stand? What have we learned? Here are some thoughts and answers to questions you may have about all the moving around that’s happened over the past few weeks. – Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit will call Thursday Night Football for … Read more

LeBron stole the show, but today’s Cavs have room to grow

For just about nearly every young, talented team with the makings of something greater, there comes a breakout moment. Stephen Curry’s 54-point game at the Garden in 2013 not-so-quietly raised the ceiling of what might be possible with Golden State, which broke the 50-win mark the following season before winning it all one year after … Read more

UConn wins an ‘ugly’ one to reach yet another Sweet 16

It was chippy, it was tense and it certainly wasn’t pretty. But No. 2 UConn pushed past No. 7 Central Florida to land a place in the Sweet 16 on Monday, extending its own NCAA record for the program’s 28th consecutive appearance in the women’s tournament’s second weekend. Monday’s second-round game was notably rough for … Read more

USMNT news: Injuries, form entering last World Cup qualifying camp

It was just a week ago that it seemed as if things on the injury front were clearing for the US men’s national team. Well, a lot can change in a week, especially in the bubble-wrap-or-bust world of the USMNT. Sergiño Dest’s hamstring injury and Brenden Aaronson’s apparent knee injury are two late problems the … Read more