Golden State was good. Then too good. Then very, very bad. The worst. Back among the N.B.A. elite, Curry’s team has been humbled by the journey.
Horford, the Boston Celtics center, is the first Dominican player in the N.B.A. finals. With the way he’s competing, it’s hard to tell he hasn’t been here before.
Correa, a superstar shortstop, bucked the recent trend of massive contracts, agreeing to a short and flexible deal — with a record-setting average annual value.
Freddie Freeman led Atlanta to a World Series title, but a general manager known to “regroup and fortify” made a difficult and pragmatic decision to make a change.
With an expensive roster, and high expenses, Hal Steinbrenner brushed off talk of pressure from the Mets’ Steven A. Cohen. “I can’t control what resources other owners or other teams have.”
Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson all made decisions that shifted plans around the league and reinforced the value of having a franchise quarterback.
The collapse of the Nets’ superteam of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving echoes the falls of other starry groupings. But they had a chance to be different.
Francis Ngannou beat Ciryl Gane in the absence of Dana White, the U.F.C. president, who is faced with renewing the champion’s contract.
The New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers, beset by hefty long-term contracts, will be forced into personnel decisions in 2022.
Players are agreeing to huge contracts, and even struggling teams are getting in on the action. With a lockout looming, recalibration may be preferable to reinvention.
Beckham will join the Rams after a rocky tenure with the Cleveland Browns, who released him last week.
Is Carlos Correa the next $300 million player? Would Freddie Freeman leave Atlanta? Can Toronto keep its bargain-bin finds? We may be waiting a long time to find out.
He bounced around the N.B.A., won a championship in Toronto then flexed a little power to find happiness in Miami.
The Knicks are positioned to build on last season’s success after an off-season of smart moves.
Jackson is leading his own negotiation for a contract extension with the Ravens, challenging the norms of executives’ relationships to N.F.L. players and raising questions about the efficacy of agents.
Sherman is facing criminal charges for five misdemeanors, including two for domestic violence, from an arrest this summer. The free agent cornerback was recruited to Tampa Bay by his former rival.
N.F.L. teams are in an ever-escalating arms race to generate maximum pressure on opposing quarterbacks. The Steelers pass rusher T.J. Watt and other QB maulers benefit from the demand.
From Aaron Rodgers to Tom Brady to Patrick Mahomes, quarterbacks are trying to push football’s status quo. The results have lagged behind stars’ achievements in other sports.
Curt Flood took a stand against baseball’s entrenched powers. His defiance cost him everything — and changed everything.
The Brooklyn Nets were built to be an unbeatable superteam of eccentric basketball superstars. Will they dominate the N.B.A. playoffs?
When Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks like Brady, Rodgers and Russell Wilson grow frustrated with their teams, the nature of N.F.L. contracts makes it hard to scramble away. Brady ultimately succeeded by running out the clock.
The 2021 salary cap has put a crunch on some teams looking to shore up their rosters. Others have opened their wallets.
G.M.s will have to work extra hard to add talent in a salary cap-crunched 2021. It’s still a bad way for most teams to improve.
Parker, long the face of the Los Angeles Sparks, opened her W.N.B.A. career with a statement game. Its message has held up for 13 seasons and counting: She deserved the hype.
A Super Bowl matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should not be fiscally possible on paper, but here we are.
While many teams continued to assess the financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, San Diego acquired two pricey pitchers and instantly became one of the favorites to win the World Series.
Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and Mitchell Trubisky have all been marginally impressive at times. But is that enough for their teams to sign them to salary-cap-straining contracts?
The platform that put the “network” in “social network” has proved unexpectedly popular with jocks seeking second careers.
Derrick Jones Jr. took The New York Times behind the scenes of his free agency to reveal all of the nerves, contemplation and, ultimately, joy.
A player was traded three times, and the Lakers and Clippers jockeyed for each other’s stars. But Milwaukee is still waiting for a big decision from its biggest star: Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The Bucks are trying to satisfy Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Warriors are scrambling and the Rockets are dealing with two unhappy stars.
The Houston Rockets’ two stars want out, but the market for Westbrook is lukewarm and dependent on what happens with James Harden. Plus: the latest on LaMelo Ball and the N.B.A. draft.
The Yankees have several roster issues to solve, but their biggest question is one every M.L.B. team will confront: How much can they spend after a pandemic-affected season?
The Dodgers played the long game to build a perpetual winner, and now they have a superstar who may help secure their first title in more than three decades.
Newton went from paradigm-shifting M.V.P. to discarded free agent. Joining the New England Patriots could give him the perfect relaunch.
The 42-year-old quarterback, who becomes an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career, cut ties with the Patriots after helping them win six Super Bowls.