More than 30 years after its Olympic debut, the sport was rebranded as “artistic swimming”—a controversial move that athletes fear could backfire.
Skateboarders like myself feared that the activity’s mainstream debut would change our culture. Instead, we left our mark on the Games.
In walking away from an Olympic event, the world’s best gymnast rejected the false dichotomy between personal well-being and professional excellence.
The proceedings did anything but distract from the distressing reality surrounding this year’s Tokyo Games.
The squad has transformed culturally since the last time the English were champions. I’m rooting for the future it represents.
This year’s tournament has been unlike any I’ve ever witnessed, a reminder that when soccer fans enter a stadium, it becomes a church.
The post-pandemic return of spectators should be an opportunity to reset their antagonistic relationship with athletes.
A little-known Supreme Court ruling makes it legal for the league to promote its men’s and women’s teams unequally.
Forget the Lions or the Clippers or even the Knicks. No team in all of American sports is better than the Mets at being the worst.
The National Women’s Hockey League distanced itself from a Barstool Sports endorsement, sparking a firestorm about how teams should build their audiences.
Never before in the NHL’s history has a tail so wagged the dog.
Last night’s Super Bowl was supposed to be a pleasurable diversion for weary Americans. Instead, the quarterback annoyed viewers with his flawlessness.
Black fans of the Washington Football Team are adapting to a new future for their beloved franchise—and reckoning with its past disregard of Native Americans.
When I was young, the Superdome was full of joyful chaos. Then Katrina hit, and filled it with despair. Now the stands at Saints games are hauntingly empty.
Love them or hate them, the NBA’s most storied franchise was the right team for this moment.
Here’s why you probably haven’t heard about it.
Amid a global pandemic, the NFL’s non-guaranteed contracts force players into a familiar choice: stay safe, or stay on the field.
The Milwaukee Bucks’ going on strike and disrupting their season at one of its most crucial inflection points proves that the players’ activism is no longer a fringe movement.
The league’s insulated relaunch in Florida amid the pandemic has a surprising antecedent.
A lifelong fan took in yesterday’s Manchester City–Arsenal game, and struggled to connect with his onetime obsession.
As players return to empty arenas, they are discovering a basic truth: Live sports is an act of social imagination.
The first live sports games to air in the U.S. since the start of the pandemic provide a hopeful, yet harrowing, look at the future.
With its deep archival footage of the Bulls legend, The Last Dance was always going to be epic. Now it needs to fill the void of sports writ large.
Sunday’s showing offered a blueprint for a potentially dynamic chapter in professional football.
A social-justice-focused ad that aired during last night’s Super Bowl affirmed a disturbing and all too familiar truth about the league.
Houston’s dominance once looked like the sport’s biggest success story. Now their whole legacy is in doubt.
The MLB has handed harsh penalties to Houston for sign stealing, but revoking the team’s ill-gained 2017 championship is implausible.
Even before Saturday’s game, New England was showing signs of having been passed by.
As the 2019 season enters its final stretch, an entertaining MVP race showcases a less restrictive brand of football.
After a season away, the future Hall of Famer comes back to a league that no longer has much use for him.
For the first time in years, nobody really knows what to expect.
Breaking a pattern of first-round heartbreak, the decade’s most downtrodden playoff team finds itself in the World Series.
The Chicago Cubs say goodbye to the manager who led them to their first World Series victory in 108 years.
After a record-setting regular season, the MLB playoffs figure to host offensive fireworks and long-ball fatigue.
As the league looks to the future, the way many analysts talk about black players such as the Baltimore Ravens passer still belongs to an ugly past.
After a grueling and dramatic final against tournament antihero Daniil Medvedev, the Spaniard inched closer to the men’s grand-slam record.
The 19-year-old Canadian’s victory over Serena Williams marks one of the most meteoric rises by a young tennis player in recent years.
Long heralded as a future No. 1, the world No. 78 is within striking distance of his first Grand Slam final.
In trying to reverse a generation’s worth of losing, the team is loading up on stars and embracing the hype.
This year’s U.S. Open has no shortage of female players who could win the title, which has made for an exciting tournament—with one caveat.
The Clemson quarterback and Heisman favorite, seen by many as NFL-ready, is all but forced by the mechanisms of amateur sports to play for free.
The Colts quarterback is leaving the game at age 29—a move that reaffirms the danger of the sport and the willingness of some players to walk away from it.
Considered the greatest of all time by many, Serena Williams and Roger Federer will seek to solidify their legacies with another grand-slam title.
The argument that the female champions can draw big crowds only during World Cup years doesn’t consider the lacking investment from their governing body.
The 32-year-old Serb overwhelmed Roger Federer in a marathon men’s singles final at Wimbledon and proved himself the best of his generation.
The 27-year-old Romanian underdog handily defeated the formidable Serena Williams in a final that echoed a classic 2008 match.
Some 1 billion people tuned in to the games this year, making the USWNT’s victory even more crucial in their upcoming legal fight for equal pay.
As the United States and the Netherlands prepare to face off, teams and fans wonder whether VAR—or instant-replay reviews—will decide the champion.
It’s not just about the game—these athletes are playing with something more to prove.
The young male players trying to unseat the “big three” of tennis should look to upstarts such as Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka for a lesson on how to translate talent into titles.
Two of the NBA’s best players have teamed up in the league’s glitziest and most history-rich locale, each with a legacy to burnish and an unhappy narrative to reverse.
The Golden State Warriors were hampered by injuries, but the league’s newest victors were built to seize on the opportunity.
After Golden State’s star forward injured his Achilles tendon in the NBA Finals, the team’s decision to let him play is facing scrutiny.
A new documentary about the athlete formerly known as Ron Artest moves beyond his—and the NBA’s—most notorious moment: 2004’s “Malice at the Palace” brawl.
The Golden State Warriors forward is an unstoppable scorer and matchup nightmare—and without him, the team is on the doorstep of another championship.
The postseason is lagging in action and viewership. A skunk rule could be the solution.
The Milwaukee Bucks’ do-everything prodigy has simplified his approach and become the NBA’s best player.
The most appealing aspect of the golf pro’s 15th major championship is that it doesn’t quite signal a return to dominance.
For the first time in its history, the World Surf League requires that cash prizes be uniform for men and women. But gender inequality isn’t completely eradicated from the sport.
Opening Day 2019 finds the league tinkering with the sport to draw younger audiences—and weighing which aspects of the game are essential.