One of the fiercest debates among fans and observers each N.B.A. season is over who should win the Most Valuable Player Award. This season — already strange because of the coronavirus pandemic — has created the most wide-open race for the coveted award in several years. Being named M.V.P. isContinue Reading

As far as Elin Rubensson knew, the call was about plans for the coming year, nothing more. Between Christmas and New Year’s Day, she and her colleagues at Kopparbergs/Gothenburg F.C. were summoned for a remote team meeting. They dialed in expecting to hear details of the club’s ambitions for theContinue Reading

For Tiger Woods, it was a resounding comeback. After a back injury that had seemed destined to end his career, he won the Masters Tournament in 2019, a thrilling return to form that captivated the nation. But after a year of fits and starts that yielded no major victories, heContinue Reading

Until Monday, Kevin Mather was the president and chief executive of a Major League Baseball team with two dubious distinctions. His franchise, the Seattle Mariners, is woeful, both currently and historically. It is the only team to never reach the World Series and owns the longest active postseason drought inContinue Reading

Luis Suárez had already been made a scapegoat, blamed for all that had gone wrong at Barcelona. He had already been rejected, told bluntly by the club’s new coach, Ronald Koeman, that his services were no longer required. He had been forced to sit alongside the president who had precipitatedContinue Reading