Tim Layden

Tim Layden

All Tim Layden Stories

April 12, 2010

Tough As They Come

Led by a rejuvenated coach and embracing a bruising brand of play, Duke seized its fourth national title in Indianapolis—but only after resilient Butler gave the Blue Devils all they could handle in a breathtaking final

Aug. 23, 2010

Crash Course

Once the face of the game, the feature back is falling victim to the harsh laws of physics and economics. Brutal hits and a brief shelf life are turning the elite runner into the league's most endangered species

Sept. 05, 2011

What Ever Happened to Tackling?

Even as ballcarriers get bigger, more athletic and more elusive, the list of rules to protect them grows longer. That's put defenders on their heels, and turned the pure takedown into a dying art

Dec. 06, 2010

Sportsman of the Year: Drew Brees

The Saints quarterback brought a Lombardi Trophy to New Orleans—just one of the countless ways he has contributed to the rebirth of a great American city

Nov. 07, 2011

All for one, one for all

Aaron Rodgers is the story of the fall, performing at a record-setting pace for a Packers team that looks even more formidable than it did in its Super Bowl season. But it takes two to complete a pass, and from Lambeau Field back to his high school in Northern California, Rodgers has had an uncanny connection with his receivers

May 10, 2004

Smart Money

Smarty Jones silenced the skeptics with an impressive win in the Kentucky Derby and collected a $5 million bonus in the process

Dec. 01, 1997

Hail! Hail!

No. 1 Michigan Wasn’t The Only Victor As It Ran Its Record To 11-0. The Big Ten Was A Big Winner Too

Sept. 22, 1997

Putting Peyton in His Place

That’s what Florida coach Steve Spurrier has been doing to Tennessee’s Peyton Manning with his one-liners and what the Gators may well do to him on Saturday

Nov. 18, 2002

The Loneliest Losers

Fifteen years ago SMU's powerhouse football program was obliterated by a pay-for-play scandal and the NCAA's first "death penalty." Since then 20 other college programs--including Alabama football this year--have qualified for the ultimate sanction, but all have been spared. Why hasn't the NCAA dropped the death bomb again? Much of the answer lies in the athletic rubble at SMU.

Feb. 19, 1996

Sign Language

Another manic football recruiting season climaxed on National Signing Day, when often bewildered high school athletes boosted the hopes and dreams of coaches and fans, as Alcender Jackson did LSU’s, with one stroke of a pen

Jan. 18, 2016



Feb. 08, 2016

Print the Legend

Every football fan knows the tale of Max McGee's hungover heroics in Super Bowl I. But there was much more to the man than one epic day (and night). McGee embraced that story, but he never let it define him

Nov. 16, 2015

A New Man

A year ago the bestswimmer inOlympichistory waslost. Now, after comingto termswith himself, the best of MICHAEL PHELP smight lie ahead ...

Feb. 21, 2005

Chow Time

Unable to land a college head coaching job, USC's offensive guru goes to the NFL

Dec. 28, 2009

Lasting Impact

Blitzing is king in the modern NFL, and the Double A Gap Blitz, a legacy of late Eagles coordinator Jim Johnson, is one big game-changer.

April 24, 2006

Horse Racing

A StrongCasePowerful colt Lawyer Ron served notice that he's a Kentucky Derby favorite witha convincing victory in Arkansas James T. Hines ...

March 12, 2012


The hardest part of changing the culture of professional football may be transforming the way the players themselves think and talk about the ...

Feb. 06, 2012


The Giants' epic upset of the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII offers valuable lessons— for both teams—this time around.