San Francisco 49ers Increase Ownership Stake in Leeds United

Advertisement Continue reading the main story Supported by Continue reading the main story San Francisco 49ers Increase Leeds United Ownership Stake The N.F.L. team, a minority owner in Leeds since 2018, now will control 37 percent of the Premier League club. Leeds United currently sits 12th in the 20-team Premier League.Credit...Paul Ellis/Pool, via Reuters Jan. 25, 2021 Two

Eric Hall, British Soccer Agent With a Flair, Dies at 73

This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. LONDON — Eric Hall, Britain’s most extravagant soccer agent in the 1980s and ’90s, often confessed that he knew little about the sport. Many said that was his greatest strength, even if

Diego Maradona, a Hero Who All Too Human

The day that Diego Maradona said goodbye, as his voice cracked and the place that had always been home heaved and sobbed, his mind drifted to the mistakes that he had made, the price that he had paid. In his valedictory moment, he did not seek absolution. All he asked, instead,

Diego Maradona Is Mourned in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES — People laid flowers and lit candles below the mural of Diego Maradona outside the stadium here that bears his name. A man cried inconsolably. At the Obelisk in central Buenos Aires, another man waved a banner depicting Mr. Maradona that read, “God Is Argentine.” There was a sense

The N.B.A. Slam Dunk Champion Cashes In

In a Miami hotel room, Derrick Jones Jr. and his agent, Aaron Turner, sat on a gray, three-seat couch with a laptop propped open on a coffee table in front of them. This was the start of N.B.A. free agency last weekend, compressed and frenzied, squeezed in just after the draft

College Football Changes Thanksgiving Traditions Amid Pandemic

At Colorado, the Thanksgiving meal for football players, a ritual since at least the mid-1990s, will not happen. Ohio State’s seniors will miss out on a tradition of Thanksgiving practice. At Virginia, any players who attend a large Thanksgiving gathering could have to quarantine. College football players across the country are