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Thunder star Kevin Durant. (Getty Images)

Bernstein: How A Smart Superstar Could Break The NBA

The increase in endorsement income has changed the entire ballgame.

CBS Chicago–04/16/2014

Bears kicker Robbie Gould. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bernstein: The NFL’s War On Kickers

Kickers have created unforeseen imbalance, and now the NFL has created a double standard.

CBS Chicago–03/05/2014

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Sunday. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Photo: Tiger, Phil, Others Outrageously Celebrate President Cup Win

This photo, originally posted by Jason Dufner’s wife, is worth well over a thousand words.

670 The Score–10/08/2013

Jim Furyk celebrates after putting on the ninth green to shoot a 59 during the Second Round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club on September 13, 2013 in Lake Forest, Illinois. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Furyk Becomes 6th Player To Shoot 59 On PGA Tour

Jim Furyk birdied two of his last holes, stuffing a gap wedge into just over 3 feet on his final hole Friday at the BMW Championship, and knocked in the putt to become the sixth player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59.

09/13/2013

Tiger Woods tees off Thursday at the Masters. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Woods Says Back Is Fine And He’s Ready To Go

On and off the golf course, Tiger Woods didn’t look anything like the player who only four days ago dropped to knees with back pain.

670 The Score–08/29/2013

Phil Mickelson of the United States holds the Claret Jug as he answers questions after winning the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 21, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Bernstein: Why Don’t I Root Harder For Mickelson?

After completing his sparkling final round at what would be his first victory at the Open Championship, Phil Mickelson admitted that he had a difficult time explaining how he felt about one of the best performances of his brilliant career.

670 The Score–07/21/2013

Adam Scott celebrates after winning the Masters. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Adam Scott Captured In One Of The Greatest Pictures From The 2013 Masters

It was quite the journey for 32-year-old Adam Scott to win his first major title.

670 The Score–04/15/2013

Sergio Garcia of Spain plays in the first round of the 77th Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Garcia, Leishman Tied For Lead At Masters

Sergio Garcia matched his best score at the Masters on Thursday, a 6-under 66 with no bogeys on his card, to share the lead with Marc Leishman of Australia. And he still wasn’t entirely happy, although this time with good reason. He hit the ball so well his score could have been so much better.

04/11/2013

Martin Laird of Scotland tees off on the second hole during the final round of the Valero Texas Open. (Credit Scott Dykes, Getty)

Laird Ties Course Record With 63 To Win Texas Open

Martin Laird tied the course record with a 9-under par 63 to hold off Rory McIlory to earn his first win in more than two years at the Texas Open.

04/07/2013

Billy Horschel hits his drive on the second hole during the third round of the Valero Texas Open. (Credit: Michael Cohen, Getty)

Horschel Holds On At 10 Under For Texas Open Lead

Billy Horschel held off an experienced leaderboard to shoot 2-under 70 and take a two-shot lead entering the final round of the Texas Open.

04/06/2013

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the 15th hole during the second round of the Valero Texas Open at the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio on April 05, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

McIlroy Pulls Within 3 Shots Of Lead At Texas Open

Rory McIlroy matched the low round of the day with a 5-under par 67 on Friday and moved within three shots of the lead, continuing his last-minute preparations for next week’s Masters.

04/05/2013

Stewart Cink watches his tee shot on the 16th hole during the third round of the Shell Houston Open. (Credit: Scott Halleran, Getty)

Cink, Haas Tied For Lead In Houston Open

Stewart Cink and Bill Haas wound up with a share of the lead Saturday in the Houston Open, and they have plenty of company.

03/30/2013

Steve Wheatcroft plays his second shot on the eighth hole during the second round of the Shell Houston Open at the Redstone Golf Club on March 29, 2013 in Humble, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Wheatcroft Leads Houston, McIlroy Sticks Around

Steve Wheatcroft, a Monday qualifier for the Houston Open, had another 67 to take the lead among early starters Friday at Redstone Golf Club.

03/29/2013

Tiger Woods.  (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Woods Wins Bay Hill, Regains No. 1 Ranking

Tiger Woods is back to No. 1 in the world with a game that looks as good as it ever has.

CBS Chicago–03/25/2013

Tiger Woods of the USA tees off on the 13th hole during the second round of the WGC - Cadillac Championship at the Trump Doral Golf Resort & Spa on March 8, 2013 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

More Birdies For Tiger, And The Lead At Doral

Tiger Woods struggled on the practice range, and he didn’t feel much better two holes into his second round Friday at the Cadillac Championship. He would not have guessed this would be the day to set a personal record for birdies, much less wind up with a two-shot lead.

03/08/2013

Tiger Woods waits to putt on the sixth hole during the first round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at the Trump Doral Golf Resort & Spa on March 7, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Stricker Offers Timely Tip To Tiger

Steve Stricker is playing a part-time schedule this year. He might consider becoming a part-time putting coach for Tiger Woods.

03/07/2013

Rory McIlroy.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

McIlroy: I’ll Never Quit Again

ory McIlroy offered another apology, a straightforward explanation and a pledge Wednesday that he will never again quit in middle of a round.

CBS Chicago–03/06/2013

Michael Thompson hits his tee shot on the fourth hole during the final round of the Honda Classic. (Credit: Getty)

Thompson Wins Honda For 1st Tour Title

Michael Thompson had one of only five rounds under par Sunday to win his first PGA Tour event at the Honda Classic.

03/03/2013

World number one and defending champion, Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks off the course on the 18th hole, his nineth during the second round of the Honda Classic on March 1, 2013 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Frustrated McIlroy Walks Off Course At Honda

Whether his pain was mental or dental, Rory McIlroy walked off the course in the middle of his round Friday at the Honda Classic and invited even more scrutiny of golf’s No. 1 player.

03/01/2013

Rory McIlroy attempts a putt on the sixth hole green during the first round of the World Golf Championships - Accenture Match Play at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain on February 21, 2013 in Marana, Arizona. Round one play was suspended on February 20 due to inclimate weather and is scheduled to be continued today. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

A 1-2 Knockout: McIlroy, Woods Lose In Match Play

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods knocked out in the first round of the Match Play Championship? Not many would have given that a snowball’s chance in the desert.

02/21/2013

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