The NFL has become increasingly central to how America perceives itself, which means that sport and politics can never be divorced.
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 retiring from a virtually flawless career, the former shortstop embarked on a messy tenure as the CEO of the Miami Marlins.
Competitive parking may not inspire the popular imagination like NASCAR or the NBA, but a handful of enthusiasts are hoping to change that. Welcome to the National Valet Olympics.
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.
One Marine learned that you can’t outpace your demons or suicidal thoughts. But it doesn’t hurt to try.
Daryl Morey has spent a decade orchestrating a new kind of basketball juggernaut. Finally, Houston appears ready to deliver a title.
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.
The outspoken lawyer-turned-ESPN analyst may be the moral conscience college basketball needs this season, as it grapples with its biggest scandal in decades.
Turkey Day usually represents a late-season reset for pro football, but myriad controversies portend a more serious tone this year.
After forging his own way following his father’s death, the longtime NASCAR fan favorite prepares to hang up his helmet after one final ride.
After 20 years in the NBA, the most influential dunker of all time is winding down his career—and the game prepares for a new era of high-flyers.
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.
With the surprising firings of Dusty Baker, Joe Girardi, and others, Major League Baseball is learning that managers must do far more than just win.
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.