New Boss in the N.F.C. West Is Seattle

The scramble among the Kansas City Chiefs, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens for supremacy of the American Football Conference has dominated the headlines as the N.F.L. reaches its halfway point, and for good reason: Combined, they are 19-3, with the Steelers the last remaining undefeated team. The National Football

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