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Youth Soccer Participation Has Fallen Significantly in America

Youth Soccer Participation Has Fallen Significantly in America

Over the past three years, the percentage of 6- to 12-year-olds playing soccer regularly has dropped nearly 14 percent, to 2.3 million players, according to a study by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association.

Dominic Thiem Stuns Rafael Nadal on Madrid Clay

Dominic Thiem Stuns Rafael Nadal on Madrid Clay

Rafael Nadal of Spain, right, congratulated Dominic Thiem of Austria after their quarterfinal match at the Madrid Open on Friday.

What Ban? Patriotic Fervor Grips Russia’s Celebration House in South Korea

What Ban? Patriotic Fervor Grips Russia’s Celebration House in South Korea

Photographs of Russian President Vladimir V. Putin blanket Sports House, a sort of social headquarters for the supporters of the “Olympic Athletes from Russia.”

Hall of Fame or Not, Chase Utley Was ‘The Man’ for Philadelphia

Hall of Fame or Not, Chase Utley Was ‘The Man’ for Philadelphia

Chase Utley acknowledged his former home crowd at Citizens Bank Ballpark in Philadelphia during the second inning of Monday's game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Phillies.

The Tragic Diagnosis They Already Knew: Their Brother Died With C.T.E.

The Tragic Diagnosis They Already Knew: Their Brother Died With C.T.E.

Jeff Parker, above, who was drafted by the Sabres in 1982, was encouraged to fight as a pro, his family said. “He didn’t want to do that,” said his brother Scott, who provided this photo. “He just wanted to be a hockey player.”

Tank to the Top? Not So Fast

Tank to the Top? Not So Fast

Jan Vesely, center, was selected by the Washington Wizards with the sixth pick in the 2011 N.B.A. draft. It didn’t turn out well.

Sochi Performances That Deserve a Mention, if Not a Medal

Sochi Performances That Deserve a Mention, if Not a Medal

Vic Wild, left, swept the parallel giant slalom and the slalom, to win gold for Russia.

What the Mets Need Now: Some Yankees-Style Boldness

What the Mets Need Now: Some Yankees-Style Boldness

Gleyber Torres came to the Yankees from the Chicago Cubs’ farm system during a roster overhaul in 2016. He hit 10 homers in his first 39 major league games.

Athletic Bilbao Is Flush With Cash and Facing Relegation

Athletic Bilbao Is Flush With Cash and Facing Relegation

Athletic Bilbao, a Spanish stalwart that fields only Basque players, faces a battle to avoid relegation this spring.

FIFA Pitches Multibillion-Dollar ‘Project Trophy’ to Seven Top Clubs

FIFA Pitches Multibillion-Dollar ‘Project Trophy’ to Seven Top Clubs

Gianni Infantino and FIFA are trying to sell an expanded version of the annual Club World Cup.

Does Jacob deGrom Need Victories to Win the Cy Young Award?

Does Jacob deGrom Need Victories to Win the Cy Young Award?

Jacob deGrom during the first inning of the Mets' game against the Yankees on Monday night.

The Curious Case of Bryce Harper’s .214 Batting Average

The Curious Case of Bryce Harper’s .214 Batting Average

This season has not lived up to expectations for Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals, but a win in the home run derby on Monday gave both Harper and the hometown fans something to be happy about.

Dwane Casey to Coach Pistons

Dwane Casey to Coach Pistons

Dwane Casey, formerly coach of the Toronto Raptors, will take over in Detroit.

St. John’s Rides Transfers to Renewed Relevance

St. John’s Rides Transfers to Renewed Relevance

Forward Marvin Clark II is a part of a group of transfers that has helped make St. John’s a solid team again.

The Oakland A’s Are Crashing the Playoff Race Again

The Oakland A’s Are Crashing the Playoff Race Again

Chad Pinder in three of the six positions where he has started for the Oakland A’s this season. From left: Pinder as a second baseman, after forcing out a runner; Pinder in the outfield; Pinder as a shortstop making a barehanded catch on a popup he initially bobbled.


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