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.
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.