NBA Rookies Are Receiving The Best Advice

The New York Times's Sarah Lyall is at the NBA Rookie Transition Program, where the most talented young basketballers in the world learn the important things about their sometimes-rocky transitions to the pros. They're receiving advice on everything from fashion to fan relations to celebrity, and Lyall is passing… » 8/07/14 9:10am 8/07/14 9:10am

Tony Sanchez Is Really, Really Excited To Be A Pittsburgh Pirate

Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez, the fourth overall pick in the 2009 MLB draft, made his big-league debut yesterday as a DH against the Angels. His first plate appearance came with two outs in the second inning, and it was especially memorable. Neil Walker was on first and Joe Blanton was pitching. Sanchez drove a 2-1… » 6/24/13 1:12pm 6/24/13 1:12pm

Vikings Rookie Placekicker Forces Tie, Breaks Tie, Receives Tie

Week one of the NFL season was full of strong debuts. But the best rookie quote came, to no one's surprise, from the Vikings kicking unit. Blair Walsh nailed the first four field goal attempts of his career on Sunday, all of them coming after the third quarter. His third was a 55-yarder as time expired, sending the… » 9/11/12 1:10pm 9/11/12 1:10pm

Undrafted NFL Rookie Andrew Sweat Is Making A Mistake By Going To Law…

This is Andrew Sweat. He was a linebacker for Ohio State, and he recently signed as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Cleveland Browns. "Andrew Sweat" is the perfect name for an undrafted linebacker on a Midwestern team who makes lots of frenzied tackles, but Sweat has decided to forgo the NFL for a "career" in… » 5/14/12 4:20pm 5/14/12 4:20pm

NHL Rookies Draw Like 4-Year-Olds

That up there is the handiwork of Avs rookie Gabriel Landeskog, and it's a hell of a medical textbook cross-section of a watermelon. Except it's not that. It's Landeskog's favorite pregame meal of spaghetti (we assume he pronounced it "pasgetti") and Swedish meatballs. This is acceptable because he was born in 1992 is… » 11/09/11 8:10pm 11/09/11 8:10pm

The 2011 MLB Rookie Hazing Costume Collection

Forcing rookies to dress in costume is an MLB tradition that's as childish as it is time-honored. A gloriously dumb reminder that most baseball players are manchildren, forever stuck in high school. We are too; it's a major reason baseball players are perhaps easier to connect with than athletes in any other sport. » 9/13/11 1:15pm 9/13/11 1:15pm