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Somehow, Roger Federer keeps pushing the boundaries of greatness

LONDON -- He keeps rocketing farther into the tennis firmament. Keeps pushing the boundaries past what was previously thought possible in his …

The journey continues for Manu Ginobili, symbol of 'The Spurs Way'

SAN ANTONIO -- The number of regular-season games, points, assists and steals add up to 19,646, but it’s impossible to accurately quantify what Manu …

Bright spots abound at Summer League, but viewing through appropriate lens matters | NBA.com

Believe NBA Summer League at your own risk.<p>It’s easy to get seduced -- plays are simple, guards are in charge, the quality of opponent makes the more …

Roger Federer: Tennis Genius Is Doing the Impossible

Tennis superstar had nothing left to prove. Not to his fans. Not to his opponents. Not to himself.<p>Part of the joy of watching Roger Federer – which …

Tennis

Roger Federer Wins Record-Breaking Eighth Wimbledon Title

WIMBLEDON, England — In the end, Roger Federer’s record eighth Wimbledon singles title looked easy compared with some of the marathon finals he has had to win on this same patch of London grass.<p>But a race should not be judged only by the last hurdle. Federer had to get so many tough calls right …

Tennis

Garbiñe Muguruza Wins Wimbledon, Defeating Venus Williams

WIMBLEDON, England — As it turned out, Serena Williams was quite right about Garbiñe Muguruza, and it came at her beloved sister’s expense.<p>After defeating Muguruza in the 2015 Wimbledon final, Serena Williams turned to her teary young Spanish opponent on Centre Court and said: “Don’t be sad. You’ll …

Tennis

Golf Psychology: Quiet Your Putting Demons And Win Under Pressure

Pro golfers agree that mental golf psychology is imperative to winning under pressure. Golf writer Peter Dobereiner said; "Half of golf is fun; the …

4 Signs to Immediately Identify Someone With True Emotional Intelligence

Imagine the immense possibilities of working with a team that possesses these traits.<p>In a recent report, top human resources officers from global companies were asked what they see as the 10 job skills required by the year 2020 for workers to thrive.<p>One of those critical skills for success that …

Leadership

If The Process Had Results, It Wouldn't Be The Process

The Process is a success.<p>Not on any of its nominal, publicly-espoused terms, of course. Those terms, laid out by former Philadelphia 76ers general …

NBA

5 Bad Leadership Habits That Will Make You Look Totally Unprofessional

Some of these unprofessional behaviors may be excusable. But three strikes, and you're out.<p>Forrest Gump famously quipped about the unpredictability of life when he said, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."<p>That metaphor of life certainly applies to the …

Body Language

Among lessons Bill Belichick learned from his dad: Team is bigger than you

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quick-hit thoughts and notes around the New England Patriots and NFL:<p>1a. Here's wishing everyone a Happy Father's Day, while …

Jordan Spieth, Inside His Own Head, Struggles to Get Out

ERIN, Wis. — For most of Saturday, it seemed as if the most visible part of Jordan Spieth was the top of his golf cap. Five missed birdie putts of 12 feet or less and two missed par putts from inside 6 feet will make any golfer drop his chin to his chest.<p>That would be especially true if you were …

Golf

This Brain Hack Can Make You a Great Public Speaker

There are two kinds of thinking. Knowing which to use onstage can keep you from freezing.<p><i>In his book,</i> Psyched Up: How the Science of Mental Preparation Can Help You Succeed <i>(Portfolio, 2017), author Daniel McGinn discusses how successful people use psychological research to excel in high-pressure</i> …

The Lone Ranger

Trek through post-Super Bowl psychological valley awaits Falcons

In the wake of the most historic collapse in Super Bowl history, the Falcons, individually and colle...

Super Bowl

The Big Lie About Hard Work

The conventional wisdom that "hard work results in success" is belied by the facts.<p>If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times: "Hard work results in success." While that conventional wisdom is endlessly repeated, it's also dead wrong. Hard work--meaning long hours pursuing a single …

Success

The Spurs’ next great point guard might not be a free agent

There’s a handful of starter-quality point guards the Spurs could chase this summer, but their own 20-year-old is coming along faster than expected. …

NBA

Canyon Barry is determined to carry on his family’s NBA lineage

For any younger fans who may not be familiar with <b>Rick Barry</b>, he’s a basketball legend with an absolutely amazing hoops résumé.<p>Over the course of his …

Basketball

A winning culture

Australian NBA great Luc Longley was beginning to fall out of love with basketball, but everything changed when he joined Michael Jordan and Scottie …

LeBron at the line: Anybody’s guess, including his own

After a season of experimentation, fresh ideas arriving nonstop, <b>LeBron James</b> stepped to the free-throw line in Cleveland’s Game 4 of the Eastern …

LaVar Ball

LeBron James passes Michael Jordan as No. 1 all-time playoff scorer

LeBron James’ first playoff points came on a driving layup against the Washington Wizards in the opening quarter of the 2006 NBA playoffs.<p>Nearly 6,000 postseason points, thousands of made shots and more than 200 playoff games later, James is the NBA’s all-time leading playoff scorer.<p>He passed …

Lebron James

Trusting Pop’s Process

David Lee was making an impact in the first quarter of Game 3 against the Warriors. Read that sentence again. Luxuriate in the whipsaw incongruity of …

LeBron James defers on Warriors thoughts: 'It's too stressful'

BOSTON -- As they celebrated defending their Eastern Conference title Thursday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers weren't ready to focus on defending …

17 apps that will help you become a more productive person

I've spent most of my life in awe of early birds. You know the type: People who can jump out of bed at 5:00 a.m., run a mile, actually eat breakfast, and still make it to work on time.<p>As a night owl, I often struggle to be productive during the day. I've tried productivity hacks to no avail, and I …

Productivity

The San Antonio Spurs don't do transition years

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports / Action Images<p>As the final minutes ticked away on the San Antonio Spurs' 2016-17 season - and possibly the career of one …

NBA

Kelsey Plum Is About to Take the WNBA By Storm

Kelsey Plum was second-guessing her commitment.<p>University of Washington head coach Kevin McGuff had abruptly left for Ohio State, leaving Plum unsure …

College Basketball

Gregg Popovich says he changed Manu Ginobili's role for the Spurs' final game of the season to pay tribute to his 'selflessness'

The San Antonio Spurs season ended Monday night at the hands of the Golden State Warriors, and speculation about Manu Ginobili's future immediately began.<p>Ginobili, at 39 years old, will be a free agent this offseason and has said he would consider retirement, though he doesn't have his mind made up.<p>…

Basketball

The Spurs Way May Be Endangered Unless Kawhi and Co. Find Their Voices

SAN ANTONIO — For a moment, you could see signs of the old silver and black standard.<p>This was last Thursday, and Tim Duncan was on the practice court in a "SAN ANTONIO BASKETBALL" tank top and black Adidas high tops, a brace protecting one knee while he used the other to pretend to nail guys in the …

NBA

Manu Ginobili was one of the greatest draft picks of all time

When the San Antonio Spurs lost to the Golden State Warriors on Monday, it may have marked the end of Manu Ginobili's Hall of Fame career. If Ginobili does retire, it will also mark the end of what was one of the best draft picks of the last 30 years.<p>In the late '90s, the San Antonio Spurs …

Basketball

The future of the Spurs in the Golden State age

For nearly twenty years, the San Antonio Spurs have measured the rest of the league. When they won their first title in 1999, the NBA was finding a …