WNBA, players reach tentative 8-year labor deal

NEW YORK — The WNBA and its union announced a tentative eight-year labor deal Tuesday that will allow top players to earn more than $500,000 while the average annual compensation for players will surpass six figures for the first time.

The Bright Side: One man’s ceiling…

Willie Nelson once said that the loneliest guys on earth were cowboys and sailors. Both have plenty of time on their hands to live in their heads. Hence “cowboy poets” and the oldest poem in history — “Tale of the Shipwrecked Sailor” — circa 2500 B.C.

Chiefs rally from 24-0 hole to beat Texans 51-31 in playoffs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick Mahomes stalked up and down the sideline like a field marshal rallying his troops, the brilliant young quarterback imploring the Kansas City Chiefs to stay together even as the Houston Texans were on the verge of taking them apart.

Kyrie Irving returns to help Nets rout Hawks

NEW YORK — Kyrie Irving scored 21 points in 20 minutes of an easy return from a two-month absence with an injured right shoulder, leading the Brooklyn Nets to a 108-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.