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Mesut Özil’s Long Goodbye

Mesut Özil watched Jack Wilshere’s pass as it drifted over his shoulder, and then plucked it down from the sky, a coin landing on a cushion. Most players might have…

Super Bowl to Host 22,000 Fans

It won’t quite be the usual full house, but 22,000 seats, or roughly 30 percent of capacity, will be filled at the Super Bowl in Tampa, Fla., the N.F.L. said…

Hank Aaron, Home Run King Who Defied Racism, Dies at 86

While a teenager, he played alongside men many years his senior as a shortstop for the semipro Mobile Black Bears. (Mobile over the years was a breeding ground for top…

Requiem for the ‘Indestructible’ Green Bay Packers of the 1960s

“I guess if I had thought about it, or if somebody had warned me, I would have maybe protected myself,” Curry said. “But you begin to think of certain people,…

Ovechkin and Three Other Capitals Out After Health and Safety Violation

The Washington Capitals will be without four key players, including the star forward Alex Ovechkin, for at least four games after the team was found to have violated the N.H.L.’s…

Robert Saleh Outlines Plans for the Jets, With No Specifics About Quarterback

As Robert Saleh said he planned to infuse every aspect of the Jets with a clear identity, the team on Thursday formally announced the bulk of the staff that will…

With Pac-12 Falling Behind, Schools Decide Larry Scott Won’t Dig Them Out

The contract was the most lucrative in college sports, but its length meant the Pac-12 was locked in until 2024. The Big Ten zoomed past the Pac-12 with a new…

Despite Virus Surge, I.O.C. Pledges Summer Olympics in Tokyo Will Happen

With the coronavirus surging in much of the world, including a spike in Japan, the president of the International Olympic Committee on Thursday sought to quell doubts about the Summer…

Players in a New Super League Would Be Barred From the World Cup

Since the summer, Perez found a new ally in Joel Glazer, the chairman of Manchester United, who has also joined forces with the American owners of Liverpool in an effort…

Moisés Caicedo and the Perils of Too Much Interest

A transfer deal should, on the surface, be a straightforward thing. The buying club should — strictly speaking — contact the selling team, establish a price, and then contact the…