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.
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 49ers quarterback’s decision to sit during the national anthem is being framed by some as an affront to the American military.
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.
The mononymous Miami Marlins player, who just reached 3,000 career MLB hits, stands out for his simple, elegant approach to the game.
With some the sport’s biggest stars now gone, a seemingly inexhaustible wave of young talent has come to take their place.
LeBron James has suffered from PR missteps and public criticism alongside his accomplishments on the court. On Sunday night, he achieved an unequivocal triumph.
Better replay technology and refereeing rules don’t necessarily make sports any less messy—or fair.