Chasing for Years, Ernie Els Has Tiger Woods Right Where

MELBOURNE, Australia — The way Ernie Els sees the Presidents Cup, Royal Melbourne Golf Club is like a savanna in his native South Africa and the United States team is the bared-teeth beast charging at his players. Sometimes the beast bites, Els told his International squad. And when that happens? “Put a spear in it […]Read More

North Korea Links 2nd ‘Crucial’ Test to Nuclear Weapons Program

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said on Saturday that it had conducted “another crucial test” at a missile-engine and satellite-launching site, its second such test in a week as the country attempts to press the United States into further talks and new concessions. It declared that both tests would feed into its military’s nuclear […]Read More

Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes Is Said to Take a Pay Cut

When the Mets announced in May that outfielder Yoenis Cespedes had fractured his right ankle in a “violent fall” on his Florida ranch in May, General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen insisted that his immediate focus was on his player’s health. “We haven’t even thought about implications to the contract,” Van Wagenen said during a news […]Read More

On New Zealand’s Volcano, Knee-Deep Ash and Boiling Water Underfoot

WHAKATANE, New Zealand — The bodies were more than a quarter-mile from shore, some on higher ground, on a scorched, moonlike landscape shrouded in toxic gas. The troops had about three hours’ worth of oxygen, more than enough, they thought, to complete the mission. But soon after setting foot on White Island, they knew they […]Read More

The Patriots’ Season of Chaos

The New England Patriots are 10-3. They currently hold the No. 2 seed in the A.F.C. In all likelihood — a 76 percent chance, according to The New York Times’s playoff simulator — they will earn a first-round bye for the 10th consecutive postseason. And yet an uneasy feeling has settled across New England, where […]Read More

Congrats on the Heisman Trophy. Now Sign Here and Promise

As Robert Griffin III sat in the front row at the Downtown Athletic Club eight years ago, he could sense the room going silent and his heart pounding through his chest when the master of ceremonies announced: “And the winner of the 2011 Heisman Trophy is …” There is so much from that night that […]Read More

Out of Africa, Migrants Seek a Home With an Old

LYON, France — From their villages and towns in West Africa, the squatters had crossed deserts, seas and mountains to arrive in Lyon, most of them for no specific reason. The next bus was headed to Lyon, one explained. As France’s third-largest city, Lyon didn’t seem as intimidating as Paris, another said. A fellow migrant, […]Read More

What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Black Christmas’ and ‘The Polar Express’

What’s Streaming BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974) Stream on Tubi and Vudu; Rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes and YouTube. Before Bob Clark made “A Christmas Story,” the gift of holiday programming that keeps on giving, he directed this slasher film that has a decidedly deadlier take on the holiday. It follows a group of sorority sisters […]Read More

California Governor Rejects PG&E’s Restructuring Plan

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California said on Friday that Pacific Gas & Electric’s restructuring plan did not comply with a state law, throwing up a new hurdle to the company’s effort to resolve its bankruptcy. The move was not surprising given that Mr. Newsom, a Democrat, has criticized PG&E for starting devastating wildfires, not moving […]Read More

Florida Police Officer Indicted on Federal Charges Alleging Sex Abuse

A police officer in Florida was charged Friday with violating the civil rights of two women, one of them a minor, in separate episodes in 2015 that federal prosecutors said involved kidnapping, sexual abuse and threats of physical harm. F.B.I. agents arrested the officer, Jesus Manuel Menocal Jr., 32, a police sergeant in Hialeah, Fla., […]Read More