Riley McCarron Laments ‘Stupid Play’ As Muffed Punt Mars Patriots Debut

FOXBORO, Mass. — Riley McCarron’s New England Patriots career got off to an inauspicious start Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium. McCarron, who was promoted from the Patriots’ practice squad this week primarily to handle punt return duties during Julian Edelman’s four-game suspension, muffed a punt late in New England’s season opener against the Houston Texans. […]

Patriots Slot Cornerback Jonathan Jones Was Secret Weapon In Week 1 Win

FOXBORO, Mass. — After the offseason additions of Jason McCourty, Duke Dawson, Keion Crossen and JC Jackson, New England Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones became a forgotten man this summer. Jones began training camp on the physically unable to perform list following a postseason foot injury and appeared in just one preseason game, playing 10 defensive […]

How The Mystics Can Pull Off An Upset In The WNBA Finals

It seemed easy enough to count out the Washington Mystics at different junctures during the WNBA playoffs. Elena Delle Donne’s knee injury looked flat-out brutal — and potentially season-ending — when it happened in Game 2 of the semifinals last week. Things appeared bleak when the Mystics were pushed to the brink of elimination after […]

Politics Podcast: How Useless Are Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings?

By Perry Bacon Jr., Oliver Roeder and Galen Druke, Perry Bacon Jr., Oliver Roeder and Galen Druke and Perry Bacon Jr., Oliver Roeder and Galen Druke   More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code <iframe frameborder="0" width="100%" height="180" style="margin:20px auto 25px;max-width:600px;" scrolling="no" src=""></iframe> After watching Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s […]

The Serve-And-Volley Works, But Women’s Tennis Players Aren’t Using It

Women at this year’s U.S. Open have displayed incredible athleticism and shrewd strategy. We’ve seen blistering serves and masterful groundstrokes in the nearly two weeks of play. But we’ve been missing a powerful, ancient weapon: the serve-and-volley. The tactic is all but extinct from women’s tennis, despite still being incredibly effective. Through the quarterfinals in […]

I’d Like To Use My Riddler Lifeline

Welcome to The Riddler. Every week, I offer up problems related to the things we hold dear around here: math, logic and probability. There are two types: Riddler Express for those of you who want something bite-size and Riddler Classic for those of you in the slow-puzzle movement. Submit a correct answer for either,5 and […]

Significant Digits For Friday, Sept. 7, 2018

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. $1 fine Jeffrey Winder, who was convicted of punching Jason Kessler, the organizer of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was ordered by a jury to pay a $1 fine. He faced a maximum sentence of a year in […]