Opening Day 2019 finds the league tinkering with the sport to draw younger audiences—and weighing which aspects of the game are essential.
Mike Trout just signed a record-breaking contract extension with the Los Angeles Angels. What he really needs is a team that can win championships.
In a tedious championship game against the Los Angeles Rams, New England confirmed that the ingredients of its success can’t be replicated by the rest of the NFL.
As the ageless Tom Brady and Bill Belichick lead the Patriots to another Super Bowl, the star tight end shows signs of wear and tear.
With shrewd drafting and a style adjustment, New Orleans built a team capable of helping out its star quarterback—and winning a Super Bowl.
As the sport gets faster and scores climb higher, a formerly traditionalist program and its star quarterback embrace the future.
A championship victory for Los Angeles would mean the team’s sustained ability to make it to the postseason—year after year—has finally paid off.
The Kansas City Chiefs’ upstart signal-caller and oft-imitated coach have the league buzzing.
Javier Báez stands out for his incredible versatility—a trait not common to, or usually required of, MLB superstars.
As the league begins its 2018 regular season, a player whose presence it hoped would fade from view is very much in the spotlight—and on multiple fronts.
The wide receivers, known as much for their off-the-field antics as their game-day accomplishments, challenged the NFL’s domineering mores.
The Washington Nationals slugger, arguably the sport’s most famous player, no longer numbers among its best.
The outcome of the NBA Finals between Golden State and Cleveland was rarely in doubt, even if the winner didn’t need to play its very best.
As baseball grows younger and faster, there’s less opportunity for the type of late-stage reinvention that salvaged the Texas Rangers pitcher’s career.
Having led the Cavaliers to a fourth consecutive Finals showdown with the Warriors, the game’s best player doesn’t need another ring to prove himself.
The league’s new policy on how teams should behave during the national anthem adopts a familiar strategy: Focus on the spectacle of the game, and hide the rest.
Inspired by the dominance of the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, a new generation of superstars-to-be looks to unseat them—sooner or later.
New York’s power-hitting duo, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge, have set high marks in both homers and strikeouts—underscoring one of baseball’s most pressing issues.
Baseball’s labor rules are at odds with the larger, evolving understanding of the worth of aging superstars.
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