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Recent articles by Ben:

Tiger Woods — ‘Humpty Dumpty,’ as he called himself — decides to pull out of PGA Championship

Woods withdrew from a major for the first time as a pro after shooting a 9-over-par 79, and his appearance at next month’s US Open in Brookline is in doubt. → Read More

NFL rookies are signing faster than ever, and making gains at the negotiating table

As of Thursday morning, just three weeks after the NFL Draft, 154 of the 262 picks had already signed (58.8 percent). → Read More

Tiger Woods limps to a 74 in first round of PGA Championship, and it’s only going to get worse

In the best conditions he is likely to face all week at Southern Hills, Woods made seven bogeys and hit only 7 of 18 greens. → Read More

Phil Mickelson isn’t at the PGA Championship, but he is still making plenty of golfers squirm

This week was supposed to be a celebration of the defending champion, but it's the controversy around the Saudi-backed LIV series that has taken the spotlight. → Read More

Which NFL teams have had the best and worst offseasons?

With the main wave of free agency and the draft behind us, 95 percent of the roster building for 2022 is complete. → Read More

With tickets sold out for US Open at The Country Club in Brookline, USGA enters secondary market

“It’s a place where we can control the ebb and flow of tickets, and hopefully avoid some price gouging,” said a USGA official. → Read More

The Patriots’ draft was universally panned by NFL analysts

The experts said the Patriots reached on several of their 10 draft picks. → Read More

Breaking down the top stories from an unexpectedly exciting NFL Draft

It included a record nine trades between picks 11-32. A record six receivers drafted within 11 picks. A record five defensive players from Georgia. And two major trades. → Read More

Once feared, the Patriots are now a laughingstock

Taking a guard like Cole Strange in the first round of the NFL Draft is a safe move, but it also might be the least impactful starting position on the field. → Read More

It’s defense first, but wide receivers steal the show in 2022 NFL Draft

A total of six receivers were drafted within 11 picks in the top 20. → Read More

15 things the Patriots should do in the draft, in the eyes of our NFL writers

The Patriots are notoriously unpredictable, and this draft is particularly tough to gauge, but our writers can provide some general advice for them. → Read More

Why are many college players busts in the NFL? Blame the hash marks

The difference in the spacing of the hash marks can make it difficult to evaluate quarterbacks, defensive backs, and even kickers. → Read More

Ben Volin’s 2022 mock NFL Draft

The annual talent search is coming up this week, and here is one expert opinion on how the first round will go. → Read More

The level of uncertainty is what makes this year’s NFL Draft so intriguing

No one knows what will happen at the top. This could be the first draft in history that doesn’t have a quarterback, running back, receiver, or tight end go in the top 10. → Read More

Here’s an inside look at this year’s unpredictable NFL Draft

With a lack of star power at quarterback and 88 pre-draft trades, it's all up in the air heading into Thursday. → Read More

DeVante Parker says the Patriots were ‘first on my list’ of teams to be traded to

“The Patriots have a great organization, and the fans here are just outstanding," said the former Dolphin. "That’s just something I wanted to be a part of.” → Read More

Malcolm Butler didn’t burn any bridges, and that’s how he landed back with the Patriots

The infamous Super Bowl benching didn't get in the way of a deal, because he and Bill Belichick talked it out shortly after it happened. → Read More

If Kyler Murray wants out, the Arizona Cardinals should listen to him

Murray has a few concerning traits that should give any team pause about making a big investment. → Read More

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson could play in 2022 US Open at The Country Club

The two are among the entrants for the major in Brookline in June, but that doesn't mean they'll play. Woods is still recovering from his 2021 car crash, and Mickelson has gone underground after his inflammatory comments in February. → Read More

NFL free agency is a dud as trade market steals the excitement

Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson, Tyreek Hill, Davante Adams, and Khalil Mack are among the star players dealt this offseason. → Read More