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NFL: Brady: ‘I didn’t alter the ball in any way’

Tom Brady, the handsome pitchman of a quarterback who has won MVPs with his arm and hearts with his megawatt smile, was asked the question no athlete wants to face. As he stood in front of a packed news conference yesterday to address reports that the Patriots used deflated footballs to gain an illegal advantage in Sunday’s AFC title game, his very integrity and legacy were called into focus with just four words:

Knicks’ woes rival those of the Sixers

NEW YORK — Walt Frazier, the flamboyantly attired, loquacious broadcaster, Hall of Fame guard and two-time NBA champion with the New York Knicks could only speak in single word sentences when describing this nightmarish season for the tenants of Madison Square Garden.

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2 men reach top of Yosemite’s El Capitan in historic climb

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — A pair of Americans completed what had long been considered the world’s most difficult rock climb Wednesday, using only their hands and feet to scale a 3,000-foot vertical wall on El Capitan, the forbidding granite pedestal in Yosemite National Park that has beckoned adventurers for more than half a century.