Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In At age 29, McIlroy is trying hard to make his life more than just an extension of the golf course. He seems to be succeeding. Rory McIlroy during the P.G.A. Championship in St. Louis last month. His last victory in a major event came in the same tournament, back in 2014. Credit Credit Jamie Squire/Getty Images Supported by ByKaren Crouse Sept. 28, 2018 ST.-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Rory McIlroy is straddling two continents, two tours and two colliding worlds — the celebrity and the secular. It is a lot to balance, and this year he has sometimes staggered under the weight of expectations, even taking up juggling at the advice of a doctor friend, who suggested it as a stress-relieving, focus-sharpening exercise. After he pored over YouTube instructional videos, McIlroy took three balls and “literally spent all night juggling,” he said. … [Read more...] about Rory McIlroy Is the Golfer Who Juggles. Or Is it Vice Versa?
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Sports Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByKaren Crouse July 9, 2018 WIMBLEDON, England — Evgeniya Rodina’s daughter is always on her mind, but she was conspicuously out of sight Friday when Rodina upset Madison Keys in the third round at Wimbledon. Anna, a rambunctious 5-year-old, cannot sit still in the players’ box, and her movements can distract Rodina from her business on the court. Rodina’s husband, Denis Shteyngart, is also her coach, so he has to watch her, not their child. Rodina’s solution typically is to leave her daughter in the players’ lounge with stern instructions to watch movies on her tablet and behave. But at this tournament, she has a better option. Since 1983, Wimbledon has featured a fully staffed nursery. While Rodina, a native of Russia, played her way into the fourth round of singles in a major … [Read more...] about Mothers in Tennis Grow in Influence
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Sports Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByRory Smith June 11, 2018 Group A RUSSIA Best World Cup Fourth place, as the Soviet Union (1966); as Russia, it has never advanced out of the group stage in three tries How did they qualify? Automatically, as the host. Russia’s form over the last two years, though, has been patchy: the occasional creditable result, like a draw against Spain, but sapping setbacks, too, including a heavy defeat against Ivory Coast and a disappointing display in the Confederations Cup. What can we expect? There is a genuine fear in Russia that, whether or not the World Cup as a whole is a success, on the field it might become only the second host nation — joining South Africa in 2010 — to be eliminated in the group stage. Who’s the star? Only Alan Dzagoev, a mercurial playmaker with CSKA Moscow, gives Russia any … [Read more...] about World Cup 2018: Group-by-Group Analysis
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Sports Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by On Baseball ByTyler Kepner May 28, 2018 Every pitcher has two primes: one physical, one mental. The problem is they rarely match up. Too often, the wisdom accrued from a long career cannot be applied to the truly dynamic talent of youth. Typically, the more a pitcher learns, the less he has to use. Justin Verlander turned 35 in spring training, and he has probably done enough already to earn a spot in the Hall of Fame. Yet this might be the best he has ever pitched, because his arm is still lively enough to take advantage of his knowledge. “I’m processing information at a much higher level than I ever have in my career,” Verlander said Monday, after stifling the Yankees for six and two-thirds innings of a 5-1 victory for the Houston Astros. “And it’s not like analytic information, just … [Read more...] about Justin Verlander’s Mind Has Aged, but his Fastball Has Not
With his Phillies cap tugged tight over his head and grey hoodie, it’s easy to confuse Branden Pizarro with the other mix of students on a Friday afternoon, as he wends his way through the halls of Swenson Arts and Technology High School in North Philadelphia. Pizarro knows everyone. And, it seems, everyone knows him.He walks nonchalantly with his crew, and as the quartet breaks to go their separate ways, they make a promise to meet later. There were plans that had to be made.I fight grown men for a living, so I like to think a quiet man is a scary man. I have nothing to prove to anyone. I couldn’t think of hurting a kid, when I get paid to hurt men.In just a few weeks time, Pizarro had a fight scheduled. And not just any fight.See, Pizarro is a bit different than the other students at Swenson. The 18-year-old is actually quite different than almost every high school senior in the country. He’s already on his career path as one of a handful of teenaged fighters … [Read more...] about A high school senior by day, Branden Pizarro spends nights fighting grown men to help support his family