October 17, 2017

TALLADEGA, Ala. —  Here’s what went right at Talladega Superspeedway:

— It was a beautiful day with packed grandstands.

— Fans were treated to a sincere send-off to Dale Earnhardt Jr.

— NBC’s overnight television rating was the highest for this race since…

For real now: Eagles, Panthers, Rams, Texans, Saints, Jets

October 17, 2017

Six weeks of success, some of it relative, do not provide a harbinger for the rest of the NFL season.

Nonetheless, it’s necessary to praise the work of the Eagles, Panthers, Rams, Texans, Saints and Jets. For now, they are for real.

Who expected that?

In the case of the Jets (3-3), that…

Welcome, Rook: Ball, Tatum, Fultz and more making NBA debuts

October 17, 2017

MIAMI — If there was one takeaway from Lonzo Ball’s first training camp and preseason, it was this: He doesn’t sound like his dad.

There’s no humility in Ball’s game. The confidence of the Los Angeles Lakers’ rookie point guard is through the roof when he’s…

Brady gets wins record, Patriots hold off Jets 24-17

October 16, 2017

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Tom Brady’s record-setting victory was hardly smooth and easy. It also wasn’t the prettiest of his 187 regular-season wins.

Brady, who broke a tie with Peyton Manning and Brett Favre, had to rally the New England Patriots from a two-touchdown deficit in the…