Chile Loses Appeal Seeking Ecuador’s Place in World Cup

A FIFA panel reaffirmed an earlier decision dismissing Chile’s claim that its rival fielded an ineligible player. Chile plans one last appeal.

‘I Would Be Booing Myself,’ Broncos Coach Admits After Win

For the second week in a row, Denver fans were left scratching their heads about Nathaniel Hackett’s play-calling and time management.

Arnold Tucker, 95, Celebrated but Overshadowed Quarterback, Is Dead

Though he helped lead Army to three national titles, he was eclipsed by two storied running backs, and his death in 2019 was largely overlooked.

The 49ers Bet Big on a Quarterback Upgrade but Ended Up Settling Anyway

The 49ers tried to move on from Jimmy Garoppolo, but the value of game-managing quarterbacks is highest to teams with sudden openings to fill.

Rainbow Armbands Are New Flash Point for FIFA and Qatar World Cup

An effort by European soccer federations to highlight gay rights could force a collision between FIFA rules and social campaigns.

Suns and Mercury Owner Plans to Sell Teams Amid Scandal

Robert Sarver, the majority owner of the N.B.A. and W.N.B.A. teams in Phoenix, had been fined $10 million and suspended for one year for using racist slurs and mistreating employees for years.

For N.F.L. Kickers, Showing Too Much Leg Could Hurt Their Pockets

The league drew the ire of several kickers over its enforcement of uniform policies that require players to wear pants that cover their knees.


In Russell Wilson’s Seattle Return, Seahawks Have the Last Word

Wilson connected on big passing plays in his return to the city he led to a Super Bowl title, but a missed field-goal attempt in the final minute denied his Denver Broncos a victory.

A Passing Record Even Marino, Manning and Brady Haven’t Touched

Norm Van Brocklin threw for 554 yards in a game in 1951. A few players have come close but, even in a pass-heavy era of football, none have surpassed his total.

The Chasm Between A.F.C. and N.F.C. Teams Seems Huge — for Now

Led by offenses both expected (the Bills and Ravens) and surprising (the Jaguars), A.F.C. teams have dominated early-season scoring while perennial N.F.C. contenders have shown their age.

U.S. Men’s Soccer Team Closes World Cup Tuneups Looking Listless

The team had a scoreless draw with Saudi Arabia to follow a 2-0 loss to Japan. In more ways than one, they were atypical of the send-off matches in World Cup years.

Giants’ Promising Start Fades Under Cowboy Pressure

Daniel Jones took five sacks as the Giants’ offense failed to make a case it should remain intact.

An Inside Job: How Aaron Donald Bull-Rushed His Way to 100 Sacks

With an average of 0.77 sacks per game, Donald could challenge Bruce Smith’s career sacks record. But only if he plays well beyond his stated plans.

N.F.L. Nixes Tackle Game From Pro Bowl

Pro football’s annual all-star event will instead feature a flag football game and skills competition in an attempt to restore interest and increase player participation.

Despite Injuries, Several Quarterbacks Play On

The N.F.L.’s players’ union will start an inquiry after Miami’s Tua Tagovailoa hits his head, yet returns to the game.

A Snap, a Punt, a Butt. Dolphins Make a Blunder to Remember.

The butt punt seems destined to join the butt fumble in N.F.L. rear-end-related lore.

Neymar Is Still a Singular Star, but He Has More Help on Brazil

As Brazil begins its quest for a sixth World Cup, the team’s resources run deep — though Neymar still shoulders much of the load.


How the Passage of Time Softened the Fury Over Diana’s Death

A quarter-century ago Princess Diana’s shocking death provoked outrage at the royal family. Queen Elizabeth’s passing, in contrast, has been draped in civility and respect.

This Might Not Be a Cold War, but It Feels Like One

Even at their worst moments, the Americans and the Soviets kept talking. Today, U.S.-China contacts are scarce, while Beijing and Moscow move closer together.

Apple Extends Reach With $800 Watch, as New iPhone Inches Along

The Apple Watch Ultra is aimed at endurance athletes, a market dominated by Garmin. Apple also introduced updated AirPods.