The New England Patriots’ recent success is a reminder of how America’s favorite sport is also the most hierarchical and least collaborative.
The Boston Red Sox designated hitter is a legend on the field and beloved by fans—but his place in baseball’s official memory isn’t guaranteed.
The San Francisco quarterback has been attacked for refusing to stand for the Star Spangled Banner—and for daring to criticize the system in which he thrived.
The 49ers quarterback’s decision to sit during the national anthem is being framed by some as an affront to the American military.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld the International Paralympic Committee's ban on all Russian competitors at the games.
The successes of foreign-born athletes like Mo Farah and Bernard Lagat offer a rejoinder to nationalistic sentiment in the U.S. and Britain.
Americans once completely dominated the sport—but that hasn’t been the case since last century.
The last of the four swimmers involved in a bizarre tale of robbery at gunpoint has paid $10,800 to resolve the case, for which Ryan Lochte and the U.S. Olympic Committee have apologized.
Embraces—in victory, defeat, and everything in between—are the best part of the Olympics, and they come in many varieties.
Chance the Rapper, Sia, and others bring their inspirational A-Games.
For both the men and women’s teams, the USA’s expected dominance in Rio means their goal isn’t so much to win: It’s to prove they can’t lose.
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, the antics outside the pool have rivaled the events themselves.
Is switching nationalities just to compete in the games in the Olympic spirit?
All the ways to enjoy the next two weeks of events, from rowing to rhythmic gymnastics
The basketball icon breaks with his 30-year reluctance to address racial violence and police killings.
The IOC says 45 additional athletes, including 23 who won medals, were caught doping when samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics were retested.
With some the sport’s biggest stars now gone, a seemingly inexhaustible wave of young talent has come to take their place.
The player’s record-tying championship at Wimbledon means as much for the world outside of tennis as it does for the sport itself.
FC Barcelona’s Argentinian star Lionel Messi was sentenced Wednesday to 21 months in prison for tax fraud, but he won’t have to serve time. He says he’ll appeal the decision to Spain’s Supreme Court.
Thoughts on the first episode of ESPN’s five-part documentary