(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) A little bit of mysticism keeps men sane, and robot umpires make baseball a little less mystical. Last night in the independent Atlantic League, “robot umpires” took the field for the…

U.S. national soccer team players celebrate winning the Women’s World Cup Final in Lyon, France, July 7, 2019. (Bernadett Szabo/Reuters) The women and men have two different collective bargaining agreements, and different World Cup hoops…

Memorial Stadium during the World Series featuring the Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates, October 1979 (Rich Pilling/Contributor/Getty Images) Ballpark: Baseball in the American City, by Paul Goldberger (Knopf, 384 pp., $35) Memorial Stadium in…

The problem with the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is it doesn’t really lend itself to most people’s working hours in the U.S. And taking a day off to watch the U.S. vs. France seems…

Former UEFA head Michel Platini leaves a judicial police station where he was detained for questioning over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament in Nanterre, France, June 19, 2019. (Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters) Even…

The 2019 Kentucky Derby (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports) HORSE: Mister Sandman COMMENTS: An older horse, been around the track. Doesn’t have much speed or poise or elegance to its gait, and never looks good in…

The Ernie Banks statue outside Wrigley Field ( Jerry Lai USA Today Sports via Reuters) Let’s Play Two: The Legend of Mr. Cub, the Life of Ernie Banks, by Ron Rapoport (Hachette Books, 464 pp.,…

Luis Saez rides Maximum Security (at right) during the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., May 4, 2019. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports) Law and economics’ seemingly simple, but profound, insight is that legal…

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray was taken with the first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. Interested in NFL? Add NFL as an interest to stay up to date on the latest…

Screw York Yankees

Screw York Yankees

During the national anthem at Yankee Stadium, April 10, 2019 (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports/File Photo/via Reuters) You are dead to me. You are a collection of Fredos. The cock has crowed, you pathetic sniveling jerks.…

Connor Letourneau April 13, 2019 Updated: April 13, 2019 10:19 p.m. Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry is seen during a break in the action in the first quarter during game 1 of the Western Conference Playoffs between the…

Former player Charles Barkley greets fans before a game in Auburn, Ala., in 2017. (Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports) A Q&A on some favorite subjects In a recent article, I spoke of “infield practice,” a term…

Harry Caray sings ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’ during a seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field. (John Soohoo/MLB Photos via Getty Images) Its republic lives on We talk about baseball in terms of memory.…

Frank Robinson, R.I.P.

Frank Robinson, R.I.P.

Washington Nationals manager Frank Robinson at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., in 2005. (Gary Hershorn/Reuters) Tough, fearless, competitive, and smart, he left his mark on baseball. Frank Robinson died yesterday at age 83. Robinson had…