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Croatia, Cast in Underdog Role, Has the Look of a Champion

Croatia, Cast in Underdog Role, Has the Look of a Champion

Josip Pivaric after Croatia’s extra-time win against England in the semifinals.

In Cairo, All Roads Lead to Image of Salah

In Cairo, All Roads Lead to Image of Salah

Mohamed Salah's image looks out over a café in downtown Cairo. “So many people come to see it that I tell people Salah is asleep to rest,” said the café's manager.

The Left Side of Steve Kerr’s Brain

The Left Side of Steve Kerr’s Brain

Sammy Gelfand, head of analytics for the Golden State Warriors, is the son of a physicist who also gets on the court every day and rebounds for Shaun Livingston and other players at practice.

LeBron James and the Twilight of the Cavaliers

LeBron James and the Twilight of the Cavaliers

Down, 3-2, to Boston, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have their work cut out for them to rescue the Eastern Conference finals.

At ESPN, John Skipper Resigns as President, Citing Substance Addiction

At ESPN, John Skipper Resigns as President, Citing Substance Addiction

John Skipper, who resigned on Monday, has been the president of ESPN since 2012.

Nickelodeon Lines Up With the N.F.L., Confident Children Will Cheer

Nickelodeon Lines Up With the N.F.L., Confident Children Will Cheer

As part of the Super Bowl festivities in Minneapolis, the Nickelodeon cable channel helped the N.F.L. promote its Play 60 campaign, which encourages physical activity for children. Of the N.F.L. sponsors creating a prominent presence for themselves at the Super Bowl, Nickelodeon is by far the largest company that interacts primarily with children.

‘Not the Old Jags’: Defense Brings the Playoffs to Jacksonville

‘Not the Old Jags’: Defense Brings the Playoffs to Jacksonville

Jaguars safety Barry Church breaking up a pass intended for the 49ers’ Marquise Goodwin in December. A defense that excels in takeaways and sacks helped Jacksonville win 10 games this season.

Parents Behaving Badly: A Youth Sports Crisis Caught on Video

Parents Behaving Badly: A Youth Sports Crisis Caught on Video

Referees in youth sports are frequently subject to nasty jeers and even violence. One of them is fighting back, using videos meant to publicly shame the offenders.

The Belichick Whisperer

The Belichick Whisperer

Scott Zolak during his weekly radio show. Zolak, a former Patriots backup quarterback, is popular with fans who know he has a direct line to Coach Bill Belichick.

In Russia’s Archives, a Soccer History Cloaked in Contradictions

In Russia’s Archives, a Soccer History Cloaked in Contradictions

Nikolai Starostin, far left, a founder of Spartak Moscow, pictured in the mid-1930s with Soviet leaders, including Nikita Khrushchev and Joseph Stalin, at Lenin’s Tomb during a parade of athletes.

N.F.L. Playoff Predictions: Our Picks for the Wild-Card Round

N.F.L. Playoff Predictions: Our Picks for the Wild-Card Round

The Ravens, led by Lamar Jackson’s unusual run-first approach, will host the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday in an N.F.L. wild-card matchup.

The Fancy Footwork of Dressage Freestyle

The Fancy Footwork of Dressage Freestyle

Laura Graves and her 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood, Verdades, finished second at the 2017 World Cup.

How Big Can the N.F.L. Draft Get?

How Big Can the N.F.L. Draft Get?

Fans of all 32 teams attended the first round of the N.F.L. draft at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Thursday.

The Curious Case of Bryce Harper’s .214 Batting Average

The Curious Case of Bryce Harper’s .214 Batting Average

This season has not lived up to expectations for Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals, but a win in the home run derby on Monday gave both Harper and the hometown fans something to be happy about.

Gleyber Torres Arrives as Part of a Pinstriped Youth Movement

Gleyber Torres Arrives as Part of a Pinstriped Youth Movement

Gleyber Torres warming up before his major league debut on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

N.B.A. Power Brokers Gather, With No Men Allowed

N.B.A. Power Brokers Gather, With No Men Allowed

Liliahn Majeed, center, the N.B.A.’s vice president for diversity and inclusion, with other executives at a happy hour organized for women working in the league.


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