Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Times Insider Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Suddenly, after 30 years, these walls could talk. ByBen Rothenberg June 13, 2018 Times Insider delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how news, features and opinion come together at The New York Times. PARIS — Twenty minutes after Rafael Nadal finished dismantling Dominic Thiem in the French Open final on Sunday evening, we were invited to experience more destruction. Roland Garros was throwing a “Demolition Party,” toasting the last night its 30-year-old media center would be in use. Built into the side of Court Philippe Chatrier, the tournament’s principal stadium, the media center was slated to be torn down, along with most of the rest of the building. Speed is imperative for this renovation project, so a readiness for the wrecking ball had been apparent even before the … [Read more...] about A Tennis Reporter Turned Graffiti Artist Draws on Roland Garros Memories
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Here’s a look at three top White Sox prospects the club is counting on to hasten the rebuild.Michael KopechAfter more than a year of hearing about the promise of Michael Kopech, White Sox fans should be able to watch the real deal in the not-so-distant future.Kopech is the most anticipated Sox pitching prospect since Chris Sale, the popular ace who was traded to the Red Sox in 2016 for a package that kicked off the rebuild and included Yoan Moncada and Kopech. The Sox kept him in major-league camp most of the spring, giving Kopech an opportunity to show he deserves an early — though not too early — call-up.After an impressive start in the Cactus League, Kopech floundered in his last two outings, one of which came in relief. Kopech said he needed to work on his in-game concentration.“I’m not too worried about that,” he said after his first poor start. “I know what kind of pitcher I am and what I’m capable of (doing).”Kopech was … [Read more...] about Get to know a few of the new faces on the horizon for the White Sox
Introducing the Boston.com sports mailbag. Every week we’ll respond to your questions about the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and anything else tangentially related to Boston sports. Have a thought, theory, or question for the mailbag? Send them into [email protected] So without further ado, as Tom Brady would say, “Let’s go!” Karli B.: What are the Patriots going to do without wide receivers Danny Amendola and Brandin Cooks? Nicole: I don’t expect the departures of Amendola and Cooks to have a hugely noticeable impact, performance-wise. Even without considering their offseason additions, the team is adequately stocked at receiver with proven players, like Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan, as well as those eager to get their shot in the Patriots’ system, like Phillip Dorsett and Kenny Britt. Malcolm Mitchell, who shined his rookie season but missed last year due to a knee injury, should also be returning the field, which will only provide more … [Read more...] about Mailbag: A look at the Patriots’ wide receiver depth chart, the Celtics’ playoff chances, and the Red Sox’ pitching strategy
It’s time to call EA Sports’ UFC franchise a contender, at last. “EA Sports UFC 3,” which was released Feb. 2, makes big leaps over its 2016 predecessor in two key areas. While the series still has a way to go before it joins elite sports franchises such as EA’s “FIFA” and “Madden” or Sony’s “MLB The Show,” fans of the sport should enjoy what the newest entry has to offer. The most important advancement brings new fluidity to stand-up battles. Fighters can now strike while moving forward, backward or laterally. The concept comes a few games late, but now that it’s here striking battles will more closely resemble a real MMA bout. Controls for blocking strikes benefits from a slight button reconfiguration. Right trigger protects the head, while holding both triggers blocks the body or checks leg kicks. It’s a snap to switch from high to low blocks, injecting more skill into the defensive aspect of … [Read more...] about ‘EA Sports UFC 3’ review: More fluid striking a welcome improvement
Among the many emails former Tennessee athletic director John Currie received when he began to search for a coach to replace Butch Jones was one from an Alabama athletic department staffer with the subject “Head Coaching Analysis.”It included six pages of charts, graphs, numbers and pictures that told the story of every head coach hired since 2000 by the “Top 25 historic football programs,” determined by using decades of The Associated Press rankings.Using a weighted formula that combined winning percentage, percentage of top-10 finishes in the AP poll and percentage of seasons winning a national championship, and putting extra emphasis on the most recent five seasons, each coach’s stint at a school was given an efficiency rating.What the numbers revealed was mostly what we already know: Nick Saban is doing great at Alabama; Urban Meyer’s tenure at Ohio State has been excellent; and hiring Pete Carroll worked out really well for Southern … [Read more...] about Analysis: Which new FBS head coaches are most likely to succeed?