1. La Liga Agrees to $3 Billion Private Equity Investment Sports, Today

    Spain’s top soccer league has agreed to sell a 10 percent stake to CVC Capital Partners. The deal, which requires the approval of clubs, could alleviate a cash crunch.

  2. U.S. Falls to Canada, a Stinging Blow in a Frustrating Olympics Sports, Yesterday

    A second-half penalty kick sends Canada to the gold medal game, and leaves the U.S. seeking the bronze, and answers.

  3. Georginio Wijnaldum and the Collective Toxic Sports, July 30

    No one can compare themselves to Simone Biles, but Wijnaldum’s exit from Liverpool carried many of the same themes.

  4. ‘All or nothing’: The U.S. soccer team faces the Netherlands in a World Cup rematch. Sports, July 29

    The quarterfinals will be an unwelcome memory for many of the United States players. It was the stage at which they exited the Olympic tournament at the Rio Games in 2016.

  5. Track and field events start, and the U.S. women play a soccer quarterfinal. Sports, July 29

    The men’s 10,000-meter track final is set for Friday night. There will be four finals in swimming, and the U.S. women’s team plays the Netherlands in soccer.

  6. El fútbol era la alegría del Valle del Puercoespín. Luego llegó el virus en Español, July 28

    El club Wadi al-Nis, de un pequeño poblado de Cisjordania de apenas 1400 habitantes donde casi todos son parientes, era una potencia local. La pandemia detuvo su racha ganadora

  7. The Games have already had some major upsets. Sports, July 27

    In just the first few days of the Tokyo Olympics, some big names have fallen.

  8. Soccer Team Was Lone Bright Spot in West Bank Village. Virus Took That, Too. Foreign, July 25

    Despite a fan base of just 1,400 people, the Wadi al-Nis club was a perennial West Bank powerhouse. But the team — most of whose players are related — could not defeat the coronavirus.

  9. The U.S. women’s soccer team files an opening brief in their ongoing equal pay lawsuit. Sports, July 24

    “We believe in our case and know our value,” Megan Rapinoe said in a statement. “It’s time the U.S.S.F. does too.”

  10. The U.S. soccer team bounced back with a ‘ruthless’ performance. Sports, July 24

    The United States dominated New Zealand from start to finish in a 6-1 victory.

  11. Some famous American faces were missing from the parade of nations. Sports, July 23

    Simone Biles and Megan Rapinoe were among the U.S. athletes who skipped the opening ceremony to focus on training.

  12. The True Value of Gold Sports, July 23

    The Olympics may be a major championship for women’s teams, but they remain an afterthought for the men.

  13. What to watch: Men’s soccer, including Brazil vs. Germany. Sports, July 21

    Another day of sports continues with softball and men’s soccer games.

  14. The Coach Who Can’t Lose Sports, July 19

    Vlatko Andonovski has not lost a single game as coach of the U.S. women’s soccer team. The Olympics are no time for that to change.

  15. Boris Johnson Finds Himself in a Quandary Over Racism and Sports Foreign, July 18

    The British prime minister is under fire for failing to condemn crowds who booed when England’s soccer players took a knee during the European Championship.

  16. Measuring the Cost of Racial Abuse in Soccer Science, July 16

    Plus, fluorescent flying squirrels, aging golfers and more feats of athleticism in the Friday edition of the Science Times Newsletter.

  17. This Is England Sports, July 16

    England, the country, is represented and reflected by its national soccer team: diverse and modern, progressive and compassionate. But there is another, darker England, too.

  18. English Soccer Player Urges Facebook and Twitter to Crack Down on Abuse Business, July 15

    After facing a torrent of racist abuse online, Bukayo Saka said he didn’t want anyone to deal with such “hateful and hurtful messages.”

  19. Just by Playing, These Goalies Made Crucial Saves Sports, July 14

    Covid-19 protocols sometimes left teams without a traditional goaltender, meaning another player had to put on a lacrosse helmet or soccer gloves to keep the games going.

  20. A Manchester Mural Was Defaced by Racist Graffiti. Soccer Fans Rushed to Fix It. Foreign, July 13

    A mural of the English star Marcus Rashford, marred by racist slurs after England lost the European soccer championship to Italy, was soon covered in messages of support from fans.

  21. El Barça quiere a Messi. La Liga tal vez no lo permitirá en Español, July 12

    Los problemas financieros del Barcelona y el vencimiento del contrato de su estrella han dejado al club en un aprieto. Y la única solución —unos 200 millones de euros en recortes salariales—no será fácil.

  22. The Slog Is Over. Now a New Slog Begins. Sports, July 12

    The players who battled for the Euro 2020 title will walk away from the tournament and right into a new season.

  23. Barcelona Wants to Keep Lionel Messi. La Liga May Not Allow It. Sports, July 12

    Barcelona’s financial woes and the expiration of its star’s contract have left the club in a bind. And the only solution — about $200 million in salary cuts — won’t be easy.

  24. After Defeat, England’s Black Soccer Players Face a Racist Outburst Foreign, July 12

    The social media bigotry, directed at three players who missed penalty kicks in the Euro 2020 final, was condemned by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and most everyone else.

  25. A Day Filled With Noise, and a Silence They’ll Never Forget Sports, July 11

    A Euro 2020 delayed by the pandemic and then extended to a shootout ends, finally, with an Italian celebration on the field and stunned fans in the stands.

  26. The July 11 England Italy Score Euro Final live blog included 16 standalone posts:
  27. Italy’s Victory at Euro 2020 Echoes a Broader Resurgence Foreign, July 11

    The national team beat England in the final of the European Championship soccer tournament, and the country wildly celebrated a win that seemed to symbolize renewal after adversity.

  28. We go to penalties at Wembley. Sports, July 11

    Italy wins Euro 2020, extending England’s wait for a major championship.

  29. Extra time: It was never going to be easy. Sports, July 11

  30. Italy’s backbone: dependable, inseparable and, at Euro 2020, unbeatable. Sports, July 11

  31. What do we really know about Harry Kane? Sports, July 11

  32. The teams have arrived, so find a TV. Here’s how to watch England-Italy. Sports, July 11

  33. Italy thinks it’s coming home, too. Sports, July 11

  34. Delayed consequences: Hungary is ordered to play in empty stadiums as punishment for its fans’ behavior. Sports, July 11

  35. Far from Europe, another cathartic victory. Sports, July 11

  36. Euro 2020’s top scorer is the own goal. Sports, July 11

  37. Will home-field advantage be the difference (again) today? Sports, July 11

  38. Why Do English Soccer Fans Sing ‘Sweet Caroline’? Express, July 11

    At Wembley Stadium, where London has been following in the footsteps of Belfast and Boston, good times never seemed so good (so good, so good, so good).

  39. In the Big Euro 2020 Game, I Knew the England I Was Rooting For Op Ed, July 11

    Who really represents the country?

  40. Euro 2020: What to Watch as England Faces Italy Sports, July 11

    The Euro 2020 final has been a month in the making, and features a showdown of two of Europe’s biggest names: England and Italy.

  41. Lionel Messi and Argentina Beat Brazil in Copa América Final Sports, July 10

    A star player’s glittering career finally gets the one honor it was missing: a major title with his national team.

  42. Lionel Messi enfrenta a sus fantasmas en la final de la Copa América en Español, July 10

    El partido contra Brasil es otra oportunidad para que Messi y Argentina consigan un título que persiguen desde hace una generación.

  43. At Wimbledon, Men’s Final Takes a Back Seat to England vs. Italy Sports, July 10

    In London, Novak Djokovic’s attempt at a 20th Grand Slam title on Sunday is but an opening act for the European Championship match starring England and Italy.

  44. Chiellini, Bonucci and the Art of Defending Sports, July 9

    The veteran defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci have given Italy the freedom to push forward at Euro 2020, right to the brink of a title.

  45. Italy Holds Its Breath as Its National Soccer Team Prepares to Face England Foreign, July 9

    A small soccer museum in Florence tells the story of the Italian national team, and the fans’ hopes for the Euro 2021 final match.

  46. Lionel Messi Tries to Slay His Ghosts Sports, July 9

    Saturday’s Copa América final against Brazil is another chance to deliver the title that Messi and Argentina have chased for a generation.

  47. ‘Tenemos que mejorar’: los clubes de fútbol de Brasil planean una liga independiente en Español, July 8

    Preocupados por los escándalos y el descuido de la federación nacional, los principales equipos brasileños planean un futuro independiente que, aseguran, les beneficiará con ingresos por miles de millones de dólares.

  48. Brazil’s Top Clubs Are Planning a Breakaway League Sports, July 8

    Weary of scandal and neglect from the country’s soccer federation, Brazil’s biggest teams are plotting an independent future that they argue will unleash billions in revenue.

  49. ‘Let’s Bring It Home’: England Celebrates as It Reaches the Euro 2020 Final Foreign, July 8

    After 55 years of unsuccessful attempts to reach the final of a major soccer tournament, and after months of sorrow brought by the coronavirus pandemic, England tastes victory.

  50. The July 7 Euro 2020 England Denmark live blog included 18 standalone posts:
  51. Before England Could Celebrate, It Had to Suffer Sports, July 7

    A 55-year wait for a place in a major final was always going to be agonizing. The final step did not disappoint.

  52. First-half updates: One win from the final. Sports, July 7

  53. Today’s referee is a Dutch policeman, Danny Makkelie. Sports, July 7

  54. Italy Bars the Door and Keeps the Party Going Sports, July 6

    Reverting to type after a Euro 2020 filled with fun, Italy locked down on defense and then defeated Spain on penalties to reach the final.

  55. The July 6 Euro 2020 Semifinals Italy Spain live blog included 14 standalone posts:
  56. A German referee will be in charge of Italy vs. Spain. Sports, July 6

  57. Steeped in Soccer Heartbreak, England Holds Its Breath Foreign, July 6

    Raised on 55 years of disappointment, English fans are daring to hope this might be their year for a major championship.

  58. ‘We need the ball. We want to have it.’ Sports, July 6

  59. Brace yourselves: Italy will be counting on its defense as usual. Sports, July 6

  60. Denmark’s Christian Eriksen has been invited to Sunday’s final. Sports, July 6

    UEFA invited Eriksen, the Danish star who collapsed on the field during his team’s first game, and the paramedics who saved his life.

  61. No Semifinalist Is an Island Sports, July 5

    Denmark and Italy borrowed ideas from Spain. Spain has learned from Germany. And England has taken everything it can from anywhere it can get it.

  62. Reaction to the Super League: Super Anger Interactive, April 20

    When 12 of the world’s richest soccer teams announced plans for a breakaway league, it threw the sport into crisis. And the response has been scathing.

  63. El anuncio de la ‘Superliga’ Interactive, April 19

    Doce de los principales clubes de fútbol europeos confirmaron sus planes de formar una liga independiente. Este es el comunicado [en inglés] que emitieron el domingo.

  64. The ‘Super League’ Announcement Interactive, April 19

    Twelve leading European soccer clubs have confirmed their plans to form a breakaway league. Here’s the statement they issued on Sunday.

  65. The Champions League Is Changing. Here’s How It Will Work. Interactive, March 29

    After more than a generation in its current form, the Champions League is remaking itself, and about to become an actual league for the first time.

  66. In 30 Years, Little Progress for U.S. Sports Leagues on Leadership Diversity Interactive, December 23

    There are rules, initiatives and eager proclamations throughout North American sports leagues when it comes to hiring more nonwhite leaders. Then there are actual hiring numbers.