He has the ability to see the big picture and respond in an instant.
Ray Rice is released by Ravens and suspended indefinitely by NFL
He is to me, and to many, the embodiment of the goodwill that our games inspire. Every day he reminds us of why this game is forever our national pastime.
You don’t have it until the money has transferred to the sellers’ accounts. When that happened, I said, ‘Darn, I guess we are done.’
Steve Ballmer is officially the new owner of the Clippers, NBA says.

The transaction ends a fractious period of nearly four months in which embattled owner Donald Sterling fought to retain control of the team he had presided over for three decades. A judge affirmed the right of Shelly Sterling, Donald’s estranged wife, to wrest control of the team from her husband and sell it to Ballmer.

In all honesty, I don’t ever feel I’ve done anything. Somebody will say, ‘You’ve done 19 no-hitters and three perfect games.’ And I think I just happened to be there. It’s not something I can take any pride in. I am humbled, believe me, for being given the honor of working the games all these years.

Dodgers announcer Vin Scully will return next year for an unprecedented 66th season, the team has announced.

Top photo: Scully in front of a street sign marking Vin Scully Way at the Dodgers’ spring training complex in 1985. Credit: Los Angeles Times. Middle photo: Scully announces “It’s time for Dodgers baseball” before the team’s season opener in 2009. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times. Bottom photo: Scully prepares to call a game at Dodger Stadium in 2012. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Alice Coachman, who in 1948 became the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal, has died. 
During her youth in Georgia, she wasn’t permitted to use public sports facilities because of the color of her skin; to practice high-jumping, the event that later won her the gold medal, she used rope or tied rags together to substitute for crossbars. When she returned home from the London Olympics in 1948, her hometown gave her a celebratory welcome, but she wasn’t allowed to speak at the ceremony and the mayor did not shake her hand.
Photo: Coachman wins the 1948 Women’s National Track Meet in Grand Rapids, Iowa. Credit: Associated Press

Alice Coachman, who in 1948 became the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal, has died

During her youth in Georgia, she wasn’t permitted to use public sports facilities because of the color of her skin; to practice high-jumping, the event that later won her the gold medal, she used rope or tied rags together to substitute for crossbars. When she returned home from the London Olympics in 1948, her hometown gave her a celebratory welcome, but she wasn’t allowed to speak at the ceremony and the mayor did not shake her hand.

Photo: Coachman wins the 1948 Women’s National Track Meet in Grand Rapids, Iowa. Credit: Associated Press

Tim Howard could be U.S. Defense secretary, the real Defense secretary said today.
Photo: U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard makes a save during the team’s World Cup game against Belgium yesterday. Credit: AP / Felipe Dana

Tim Howard could be U.S. Defense secretary, the real Defense secretary said today.

Photo: U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard makes a save during the team’s World Cup game against Belgium yesterday. Credit: AP / Felipe Dana

The U.S. lost to Belgium today, but Team USA still had "a remarkable underdog run" at the World Cup. 
Photo: AP / Michael Conroy

The U.S. lost to Belgium today, but Team USA still had "a remarkable underdog run" at the World Cup

Photo: AP / Michael Conroy

The U.S. soccer team lost at the World Cup today, but it was still cause for celebration. Here’s how the team advanced even without a win or a draw.

The U.S. soccer team lost at the World Cup today, but it was still cause for celebration. Here’s how the team advanced even without a win or a draw.

How fans of the U.S. World Cup team showed their support as USA beat Ghana today, 2-1

See more fans and shots of the game here.

Photos: Top: Fans cheer for the U.S. team at a viewing party in Chicago (AP/Sun-Times Media, Chandler West). Middle left: U.S. fan arrives for the U.S.-Ghana game in Natal, Brazil (Getty Images/Diego Marcel). Middle right: U.S. fan celebrates his team’s victory (AP/Leo Correa). Bottom: Fan dressed as Elvis arrives for the U.S.-Ghana game in Natal, Brazil (Getty Images/Diego Marcel).

In basketball, when a player scores or flings a pass out of bounds, the other team gets the ball. After touchdowns in the NFL, there is a kickoff. Hockey is different.
No matter which team scores or commits a penalty, the puck goes up for grabs every time play resumes.
"You almost have that mind-set where you’ll do anything," Kings center Jarret Stoll says of the faceoff. Above, you can see that he’s been pretty successful at it. Sports writer David Wharton breaks down this unique and vital aspect of the game.

In basketball, when a player scores or flings a pass out of bounds, the other team gets the ball. After touchdowns in the NFL, there is a kickoff. Hockey is different.

No matter which team scores or commits a penalty, the puck goes up for grabs every time play resumes.

"You almost have that mind-set where you’ll do anything," Kings center Jarret Stoll says of the faceoff. Above, you can see that he’s been pretty successful at it. Sports writer David Wharton breaks down this unique and vital aspect of the game.

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has won a frenetic bidding war for ownership of the L.A. Clippers. His $2-billion offer sets a record price for an NBA team. 
Photo: Kay Nietfeld / EPA

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has won a frenetic bidding war for ownership of the L.A. Clippers. His $2-billion offer sets a record price for an NBA team. 

Photo: Kay Nietfeld / EPA