From gridiron to ministry: Matthew Slater maps out post-football plans

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Quick-hit thoughts and notes around the New England Patriots and NFL: 1a. Patriots special-teams captain and perennial Pro Bowler Matthew Slater enters his 10th NFL season, all spent in New England, and that’s about 10 years more than he ever envisioned playing professional football. He knows he’s closer to the end of […]

Bayern chief: Juventus in 'concrete talks' to sign Douglas Costa

Reuters / Kai Pfaffenbach Juventus fans’ fears of being roundly trumped in the transfer market by Chinese-backed AC Milan and the spendthrift Premier League will be allayed a little by the anticipated purchase of Douglas Costa. The Brazilian, 26, failed to hold down a regular starting berth under Carlo Ancelotti last season, resulting in the […]

Sources: Melo still counting on deal to Rockets

9:24 AM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN As New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry pursue a meeting with Carmelo Anthony in the coming days, league sources told ESPN that the 10-time All-Star is counting on the franchise to carry out its previously agreed upon mandate to trade him to the Houston Rockets. […]

The scrimmage in Monte Carlo

Twenty-five years ago today, Michael Jordan played in the greatest game he’s ever played in. Those are his words, not ours. This summer marks the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. It was at the Pavelló Olímpic de Badalona that the greatest basketball team ever assembled played eight games during a two-week […]

Perry, Triplett a record 11 under in US Senior Open

AP Published 7:05 p.m. ET June 30, 2017 | Updated 8:01 p.m. ET June 30, 2017 Doug Garwood reacts after missing a putt on the 17th hole during the second round of the U.S. Senior Open golf tournament, Friday, June 30, 2017, in Peabody, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)(Photo: The Associated Press) PEABODY, Mass. (AP) — […]

Brady to put out conditioning, nutrition book

Book publisher Simon & Schuster announced Thursday that it has acquired the rights to a strength training and nutrition book by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady that will be called “The TB12 Method: How To Achieve A Lifetime Of Sustained Peak Performance.” Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The publisher said that the […]

Paul George's OKC arrival is start of yearlong recruiting effort

OKLAHOMA CITY — Paul George was the last person to step off a private jet sent by Oklahoma City Thunder owner Clay Bennett to fly George and his family from Los Angeles to Oklahoma City. The 6-foot-9 forward ducked his head under the doorway and adjusted the brand new Thunder hat he’d worn on the […]

The GOAT Index: Coaches, execs rank modern-era QBs

It takes an all-time-great voting panel to rank the greatest NFL quarterbacks of the modern era. We have assembled one of those, which might be the last time everyone reading this treatise nods in solidarity. Pete Carroll, Tony Dungy, Mike Holmgren, Howard Mudd, Wade Phillips, Mike Reinfeldt, Ray Rhodes, Mike Shanahan, Al Saunders and Norv […]