Sports Perspectives

Of all the great mysteries you may come across in your summer reading the next couple of months, the Curious Case of Earl Thomas won’t test your faculties much.


Russia, Egypt match at World Cup could test close ties

Not since the Cold War days of the 1950s and 1960s has Egypt been as close to Russia as it is now.


Tiny Iceland neutralizes Messi and Argentina

When the final whistle blew, Lionel Messi angrily kicked away the ball like it was poison and tore off his captain's armband as though it was cursed. A superstar of football knocked off his pedestal at the World Cup. By a bunch of guys from Iceland.

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The US is missing, so here's one reason to watch every World Cup team

With the U.S. sidelined for the 2018 World Cup, there have been plenty of suggestions about which teams Americans should instead pull for. But that list could rightly be 32 teams long. Here is one reason to watch every team in the field.


Can Russia, with its history of racist attacks and hooligans, put on a World Cup welcome?

Russian soccer history has been marred by discrimination against non-white people, and incidents of racist and homophobic chants shot up over the last year, according to a study released last month. FIFA, the global soccer federation, has adopted new measures at this tournament.


Warriors' reign atop the NBA is far from a guarantee

There have been plenty of pronouncements that the burgeoning Warriors dynasty has ruined the NBA, after Golden State completed a sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals last week to win its second straight championship and third in four years.

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Who’s better, Ronaldo or Messi? World Cup could end the debate

Neither has held soccer’s biggest prize, and this summer’s tournament could be the last chance at capturing a World Cup title for both: Cristiano Ronaldo will be 37 when the next World Cup kicks off in Qatar while Lionel Messi, his longtime rival in Spain’s La Liga, will be 35.