Cedric Benson, 36, Former Texas Longhorns Running Back, Dies

Cedric Benson, a running back who was a dominant force for the University of Texas before an eight-year career in the National Football League, died on Saturday. He was 36. His friends and family told The Austin American-Statesman that he had been in a motorcycle crash. The police responded to a crash in Austin, Tex.,…

After Gloomy Talk of No-Shows, Signs of Optimism for U.S.A. Basketball

LOS ANGELES — Marc Gasol maintains a mostly detached relationship with the N.B.A.’s social media machine. Yet as he trained with the Spanish national team in Southern California last week, Gasol’s exposure to the gloom-and-doom talk around the United States team ahead of the FIBA World Cup was unavoidable. Sitting on the wood bleachers of…

The Yankees Continue to Dominate. Is That Enough?

The Yankees, with 36 games remaining and a 9½ game lead in the American League East, might seem like a team whose dominance has dulled the edges of a successful season. But there’s been more going on in the Bronx than calisthenics in preparation for October. At stake, in the final six weeks of the…