How Will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Replace Tom Brady?

Tom Brady will not be competing on a football field next fall. That much is certain, at least if you believe his second retirement will stick. In the past, N.F.L. players had to file paperwork with the league office to receive certain retirement benefits, and determining if a player had formally retired or not offered … Read more

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Was the ‘Best Weapon in Basketball’

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was still a couple of months from breaking the N.B.A.’s career scoring record, but Mark Eaton of the Utah Jazz had been crunching the numbers, and he was worried — for himself. Eaton had determined that Abdul-Jabbar could eclipse the record when his Los Angeles Lakers faced the Jazz on April 5, 1984 … Read more

Is Chelsea Setting the Market, or Breaking It?

LONDON — As the last few hours of the January transfer window ticked by, and as a small group of Chelsea executives were painstakingly trying to piece together the $131 million deal that would make Enzo Fernández, the 21-year-old Argentine midfielder, the most expensive player ever signed by an English team, Todd Boehly, the most … Read more

Power to Punish LIV Golfers Faces a Legal Test in Europe

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Many of the golfers had wandered away one afternoon last week, seeking lunch or refuge from the Emirati sun or something besides the monotony of a driving range. Ian Poulter, though, kept swinging, the consistency nearly enough to disguise that there is almost no professional golfer in greater limbo. Poulter, … Read more

Bobby Beathard, Mastermind of N.F.L. Dynasties, Dies at 86

Bobby Beathard, a player personnel savant who helped build football dynasties with teams in Miami, Washington and other N.F.L. cities, died on Monday at his home at Franklin, Tenn., a small city outside Nashville. He was 86. The cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease, his brother, Peter, said. An outspoken and out-of-the-box thinker in a … Read more

Tom Brady’s Retirement Is the Best Thing for Football

There is no reason for sadness. This is a time for celebration and fond remembrance. Tom Brady retiring at 45, seven Super Bowl rings on his fingers, as he sits comfortably atop the list for nearly every significant passing category in football, is a reminder that time has its way with all of us — … Read more