A rookie, a comeback hopeful, a virtuoso, and an all-time great—here are the players fans should pay attention to in the coming year.
In baseball, having the best regular season rarely leads to a World Series win. But the Los Angeles team is hoping to defy the odds.
The Los Angeles Angels centerfielder shouldn’t need to be on a contending team for baseball fans to appreciate his consistent excellence.
The New York Yankees’ rookie slugger may already be the sport’s biggest star. Will he keep it up?
The team’s notorious “Process,” founded on tanking games, inched closer to paying off with this year’s NBA draft.
Golden State's dominance could grow stale in the future, but for now the team presents nightly masterpieces in pursuit of excellence.
The Golden State Warriors forward is the likeliest candidate to offer a lackluster postseason the dose of raw drama it needs.
Throwing is one of baseball’s most physically demanding tasks. But the Houston Astros’ Dallas Keuchel has mastered a less flashy yet more sustainable style.
As the sport struggles to attract a new generation of fans, the Cleveland Indians shortstop shows how the game might be able to draw classicists and young viewers alike.
Beyond busted brackets and buzzer-beaters, the men's NCAA tournament offers the broader public an early look at likely professional draftees.
The unparalleled University of Connecticut women’s basketball team is hoping to claim its fifth NCAA Tournament championship in a row—an outcome that seems all but inevitable.
Pete Holmes’s new HBO series is a refreshing break from the darkness of similar prestige shows about the lives of stand-ups.
The 51st NFL championship game saw an incredible win for the New England Patriots, who overcame a huge lead by the Atlanta Falcons in the final stretch.
Not rooting for either the Atlanta Falcons or the New England Patriots yet? The Atlantic will help you pick.
The all-time great catcher, soon to be inducted into the sport’s Hall of Fame, embodies the qualities of his time—for better and for worse.
In Saturday’s game, the college-football powerhouse will either reinforce their brilliance, or suffer a historic upset. Whatever happens, it’ll be an incredible watch.
The Houston Rockets guard doesn’t exactly play “beautiful” basketball—but fans will come to appreciate his efficient style of play.
The team, which will play its annual Thanksgiving Day game, is a reminder of the excitement the league used to produce on a regular basis.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors will almost certainly make the Finals next June. So here’s how fans can appreciate all the games in the meantime.
It’s also about defining baseball’s future, with two teams hoping to break losing streaks via forward-thinking approaches.