Dan Wolken, USA TODAY

Dan Wolken


Atlanta, GA, United States

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Past articles by Dan:

Pat Fitzgerald failed to protect players. New hazing allegations 100% his responsibility

Pat Fitzgerald was suspended for two weeks after a vague investigation, but the school’s student newspaper found a sickening amount more. → Read More

LPGA has young star Rose Zhang and great golf. So why is women's tour stagnating?

If LPGA can’t promote Rose Zhang, a charismatic American superstar, at US Women's Open at Pebble Beach, it’s not a great sign for health of the tour. → Read More

Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki returning to tennis tour after 2020 retirement

In a Vogue magazine essay, Caroline Wozniacki wrote she began practicing again last winter and decided to start down the road toward a return. → Read More

Kirby Smart, Georgia football program need to heed warning signs before it's too late

Off-the-field problems have brought down coaches and programs in college football for years. Kirby Smart needs to be careful or he could be next. → Read More

PGA Tour sold out to LIV Golf and the Saudis. Pro golf will never be the same.

In less than a year, the Saudis went from disruptors to forcing capitulation that laid PGA Tour’s moral high ground to waste. They now own pro golf. → Read More

PGA Tour sold out to LIV Golf and the Saudis

In less than a year, the Saudis went from disruptors to forcing a complete capitulation that laid the PGA Tour’s moral high ground to waste. From top to bottom, they own professional golf now. → Read More

Russian tennis player Daria Kasatkina showing true bravery by coming out

During this Pride Month, it’s hard to imagine many have put more on the line than Russian tennis player Daria Kasatkina, who is ranked No. 9 in world. → Read More

Here come the Celtics! Boston finally looks like Boston. This series just got interesting

Are we really looking at these maddening, brilliant, inconsistent Boston Celtics as the first NBA team to erase a 3-0 deficit in a playoff series? → Read More

What to know about 2023 French Open without 14-time champion Rafael Nadal

What to know about the 2023 French Open, which will be without 14-time champion Rafael Nadal as two-time champion Iga Swiatek faces health questions. → Read More

As long as Bob Baffert keeps winning, he'll keep getting horses despite deaths and doping

After 2-year ban from the Kentucky Derby, Bob Baffert returning to Triple Crown winners’ circle was the best bet in sports, columnist Dan Wolken writes. → Read More

Grant Williams poked the bear, and Jimmy Butler made him

If the Heat hold on and win this Eastern Conference finals, they may want to send Grant Williams a thank-you note. → Read More

Preakness losing relevance with quick turnaround after Derby. It's time to make changes.

The point of the Triple Crown series is to match best 3-year-olds against each other. That's not happening. Saturday's Preakness is all about Mage. → Read More

Of course Spurs' tankapalooza paid off with Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes win

The perfect organization (San Antonio Spurs) getting the perfect player (Victor Wembanyama) in NBA draft lottery was entirely predictable. → Read More

Kentucky Derby's fragility on display with favorite Forte's morning scratch

“The stakes are high, always. I think all eyes are on this race," said Forte's owner after the horse was scratched hours before the Kentucky Derby. → Read More

Mage's magical Kentucky Derby win overshadowed by specter of animal death in the sport

Kentucky Derby winner Mage ran a magnificent race and has an inspirational story. But the deaths of seven horses hang over Churchill Downs. → Read More

Kentucky Derby favorite Forte scratched in stunning turn of events

The 2023 Kentucky Derby favorite was scratched the morning of the race, the fifth horse to be scratched in recent days → Read More

Forte is Kentucky Derby favorite, but don't count out Tapit Trice, Angel of Empire, Verifying

There’s a good chance the Kentucky Derby winner probably will come out of Todd Pletcher or Brad Cox’s barn. They will saddle seven of 19 starters. → Read More

Inside Kentucky Derby pace that will decide winner: First half mile is key

The Kentucky Derby is a long race, but for most of the field, the outcome will be determined in the first half mile. → Read More

Wolken: Just like most of its players, LIV Golf is already past its prime

Can you really call it “Golf But Louder” when you’d need a stethoscope to determine if this tour even has a pulse? → Read More

Wolken: NCAA's arguments in favor of amateurism grow more and more ridiculous

We need a system that justly benefits both the Alabama quarterback and the Division 2 golfer without pretending they are the same. → Read More