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College Football Season Teeters on the Brink

The idea of playing college sports this fall has felt iffy all along, like assembling a massive and unwieldy Jenga tower of good intentions and questionable hopes. Now, it is…

Turkish Soccer Has Lost Its Way

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For Sale: A Team With a Colorful Financial History

When Nelson Doubleday, John O. Pickett and Fred Wilpon bought the Mets from the Payson family for $21 million in 1980, it was a relatively simple transaction. “It took us…

In Campaign Against Racism, Team Names Get New Scrutiny

Guy Jones had been advocating for 21 long years, hoping for the day when Anderson High School, outside of Cincinnati, would drop the nickname he found vulgar and insulting to…

A Lot of Athletes Seem to Have the Coronavirus. Here Are Some Reasons.

While some might have hoped that the return of sports leagues in the United States would triumphantly signal some steps toward normalcy, the lurching process has instead felt like a…

In Turkey’s Soccer League, the Super Lig’s Giants Face a Reckoning

ISTANBUL — The fury drew them in their hundreds to the doors of the Ulker Stadium. They pressed up against the barricades, climbed onto each other’s shoulders and chanted for…

Tennis Tours Hope to Salvage Their Seasons. It’s Not Getting Easier.

The path continues to get bumpier for the professional tennis tours as they attempt to salvage seasons disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. For now, both the ATP Tour and the…

Dream Owner Kelly Loeffler Faces Backlash for Protest Opposition

On Monday, the W.N.B.A. announced that their upcoming season would be “dedicated to social justice with games honoring the Black Lives Matter movement.” It did not seem to be a…

New Jersey Devils Hire Lindy Ruff as Coach

Lindy Ruff, the Devils’ new head coach, has 736 career wins over 19 seasons but he still concedes that what worked for him in the past may not apply in…

Big Ten Will Play Fall Sports Only Within Conference, if at All

The Big Ten Conference’s fall sports teams will play only within the league, a decision that will affect football, men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer,…