Sports Reporter, New York Times
Patrolling sports on the web at the New York Times
nytimes.com — The latest developments in the Stanley Cup playoffs have sparked an almost unthinkable question: Things cannot get easy now, can they? Easy, of course, is a relative term in the N.H.L. It still involves losing teeth and having your head treated like a piñata while a bunch of men dressed in striped shirts forget they have whistles.
nytimes.com — If you are feeling a bit of neck strain trying to follow the trajectory of the N.B.A. finals, you are in good company. As the series took its latest superball-worthy bounce to a 3-2 San Antonio Spurs lead Sunday night, the league should consider running a Groupon for chiropractor visits so we do not come down with a nationwide case of vertigo.
nytimes.com — Now that the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs have traded victories, each team slipping alternately into the role of heroic victor and pathetic also-ran as if it were trying on bathing suits for the summer, the N.B.A. finals have formally started.
cnn.com — In 2007, the New York Yankees signed Alex Rodriguez to a 10 year, $275 million contract. The Yankees must continue to pay him more than $90 million on a contract that doesn't expire until he's 42 years old. Click through to see other sports contracts that sports columnist Steve Politi says will go down as less than savvy deals.
nytimes.com — In the dying moments of Game 1 of the N.B.A. finals Thursday night, as San Antonio point guard Tony Parker nearly dribbled himself a sinkhole to the Everglades only to right himself and sink a 2-point dagger, the Spurs confirmed all of the Miami Heat's fears. They are not going away.
nytimes.com — With the N.B.A. finals set to start Thursday night, pitting a set of grizzled veterans against the best player in the world, those hoping the relics of a bygone era would finally be bygone have to hope they were not seeing an omen in the N.H.L. playoffs Wednesday night.
straightsets.blogs.nytimes.com — Women's tennis is in need of rivalries, and Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova have quite a competitive one. They have played 12 times, with Azarenka winning 7 of those matches.
grantland.com — The Pittsburgh Penguins haven't found an answer for the Boston Bruins, who lead the Eastern Conference finals 2-0 By Charles P. Pierce on Once upon a time, I gave in to a fatal weakness for cliché and used the phrase "just like a Swiss watch" around someone who actually knew something about timepieces.
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