Roman Abramovich and the End of Soccer’s Oligarch Era

There were, over the years, three stories that explained how Roman Abramovich washed ashore at Chelsea. Each one, now, serves as a kind of time capsule, a carbon-dated relic from a specific period, capturing in amber each stage of our understanding of what, precisely, soccer has become. The first took root in the immediate aftermath … Read more

Alex Ovechkin Skates Into Canada’s Ukrainian Enclave as a Scorned Star

The hockey star Alex Ovechkin, center among Russian professional athletes in the public’s anger over the war in Ukraine, played before the most unsympathetic crowd yet. Ovechkin, President Vladimir V. Putin’s high-profile supporter, and his Washington Capitals teammates faced the Oilers on Wednesday night in Edmonton, Alberta, home to one of Canada’s largest concentrations of … Read more

Aaron Judge Sets a Deadline for His Yankees Future

TAMPA, Fla. – The Yankees’ first game of the 2022 regular season is three weeks away. By then, their biggest star, who is entering his final season before free agency, hopes to have clarity on his future with the team. “April 7, we won’t be talking about this anymore,” outfielder Aaron Judge said on Tuesday, … Read more