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England looked every bit the Group B favorite in its 6-2 win over Iran, and the U.S. tie with Wales complicates its hopes of emerging from the World Cup group stage.
Ever since FIFA awarded the world’s biggest sporting event to Qatar in 2010, the soccer tournament has been clouded by bribery, migrant deaths and questions about the country’s human rights record.
NPR’s team in Beijing put together moments and storylines that stuck out — including those that showed immense inner strength, athleticism and grace.
NPR’s team in Tokyo put together our favorite moments of the Games, where participants showed their athleticism, sportsmanship, and what motivated them to compete.
The swimmers are now leaving Japan and the spotlight moves to the track and field events at Olympic Stadium. We’ll walk you through the biggest things to watch for until the closing ceremony.
Professional sports players in the NBA, MLB, NFL, WNBA, and MLS protested the police shooting of Kenosha, Wis., resident Jacob Blake. The players refused to play to raise social justice awareness.
Major League Baseball’s delayed and shortened regular season gets underway Thursday. There will be no fans in the stands and plenty of health and safety protections for the players and team officials.
Major League Baseball is getting ready to play ball once again. But it all depends on the coronavirus. Teams have begun ‘summer training’ before a shortened season that’s supposed to begin on July 23.
Last season, Colin Kaepernick said he was protesting treatment of African-Americans. His supporters now say league owners are freezing him out.
As the country starts to get back into its most popular professional team sport, this serves as a reminder of how dangerous football can be.
John McEnroe reignited the battle of the sexes when he rushed the net to declare Williams is “an incredible player” and would be “like 700 in the world” if she played on the men’s circuit.
The long-time sports commentator announced his retirement from NPR this week. His success was often measured by just how much the audience loved, or hated, what he had to say.
The lady Gamecocks earned their first national title with a 67-55 win over Mississippi State. It’s also a first for former player, Coach Dawn Staley, who had made several Final Fours in her prime.
On Sunday, the selection committee set the field for the annual descent into March Madness. The four No. 1 seeds are defending champion Villanova, North Carolina, Kansas and Gonzaga.
The NFL players union says it will tell members not to sign with the Chicago Bears if a state workers’ comp bill passes. The bill reduces benefits for professional athletes injured during a game.
New testing of athletes from the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics have found more doping violations. Medals have been stripped and awarded to new athletes. Expect more discipline to follow.
Cleveland fans hope their city will claim its 2nd championship this year. The Cavaliers won the NBA championship in June. Will the baseball team be next? The Indians are on their way, winning Game 1.
The Cleveland Indians host the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday night. The Indians last title was in 1948 — the Cubs in 1908.