Baseball’s labor rules are at odds with the larger, evolving understanding of the worth of aging superstars.
A guide to some of the Games’ most exciting contenders—whether they’re making highly anticipated debuts or returns
The underdog Philadelphia team overcame the New England Patriots in a nail-biter of a game that was pure spectacle.
The 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee played with an originality that outshone even his incredible statistics.
Though the best signal-caller ever remains in the playoffs, his also-ran counterparts may suggest the rise of a more well-rounded sport.
After infusing college football with a jolt of bravado, the outspoken Oklahoma quarterback can close out his amateur career with a championship.
Forced to carry a heavier burden than ever this season, the 15-year NBA veteran is showing the basketball world he’s not yet finished adding to his game.
After years of hype, the young Japanese star has finally arrived stateside. For his new team, the pitcher-slugger is a source of pure potential.
Despite years of setbacks and controversy, the embattled golfer can still capture the sports world’s attention with one weekend of competence.
After years of frustration and controversy, Philadelphia finally boasts a core of young talent—led by Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons—that has become the NBA’s most exciting upstart.
As weeks pass and league-wide quarterback play worsens, the athlete-turned-activist’s continued absence on Sundays is becoming impossible to rationalize.
Few pitchers were more committed to the daily work of the sport—and more present in the moment—than the eight-time All-Star who died at age 40.
The fans booed his arrival. He bided his time behind a hometown star. Now, this 22-year-old Latvian’s breakout moment is finally here—and the NBA may never be the same.
Baseball will endure late-night finishes and endless mound visits if it gets the kind of drama and passion that Houston and Los Angeles provided in a seven-game classic.
After a quarter-century working on the sidelines, ESPN’s newest full-time NBA announcer has broken through in a big way.
Despite sluggers aplenty on Houston and Los Angeles, each club's title chances hinge on the pitching prowess of Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw.
While players around the league team up to chase the Warriors, the Celtics’ new point guard looks for a heavier burden.
The league’s commissioner pleaded for unity while masking the issues that led to the anthem protests in the first place.
The exhilarating MLB play-in games break with the drowsiness of the regular season in the feverish lead-up to the World Series.
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.