In M.L.S., the Pandemic Changes the Playoff Math

Major League Soccer’s reworked regular season is, at last, racing to a conclusion. Many of the league’s teams have only two games left to play of this year’s truncated, 23-game schedule. Several others must squeeze in three matches in the next 11 days. The Colorado Rapids, who missed a month because

Even Cowboys Get the Blues

When a team is winning, it is all smiles and agreement in the clubhouse. But when a team loses a lot, the camaraderie gets fractured. The Dallas Cowboys have lost five games, and fingers are pointing in all directions. On Sunday, the Cowboys lost to the Washington Football Team, hardly a worldbeater,

The Erasure of Mesut Özil

LONDON — Everything started with a tweet. Mesut Özil knew the risks, in December last year, when he decided to offer a startling, public denunciation both of China’s treatment of the Uighurs, a largely Muslim minority in the region of Xinjiang, and the complicit silence of the international community. Friends and

Wild Days, New Faces and a Ticking Clock

The season is still young. The sample size is far too small to draw conclusions. Over the next month or two, order most likely will be restored. As the weeks clog with matches, as muscles tire and injuries occur, chances are that the familiar faces will be the ones left