Abramovich cedes 'stewardship' of Chelsea amid threat of sanctions

Roman Abramovich, the Russian oligarch who turned Chelsea into a global powerhouse, announced Saturday he’s surrendering control of the club to trustees of its charitable foundation, throwing into question the billionaire’s future as owner amid the growing threat of sanctions against him. Abramovich faced calls to denounce Vladimir Putin after the Russian president ordered troops […]

Bill introduced to end tax break for stadium builds

The investigation into the Washington Commanders’ workplace — and the NFL’s response — served as an impetus for a bill introduced in Congress aimed at eliminating subsidies for professional stadiums. Three members of Congress — Reps. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), Don Beyer (D-Va.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) — introduced a bill on Tuesday that would immediately […]

4 takeaways from Tuesday's Champions League action

The Champions League last 16 rumbles on this week with the final batch of first-leg matches. Below, we dissect the biggest talking points from Tuesday’s games in Europe’s premier club competition. Silva’s all-around game still staggering In the 86th minute, Thiago Silva shifted to a different persona. The Chelsea defender quietly and almost invisibly mopped […]

ESPN's Voepel, Walt Frazier, Ebersol win Gowdy

8:23 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN CLEVELAND — ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel, Hall of Famer and longtime New York Knicks broadcaster Walt “Clyde” Frazier and longtime NBC executive Dick Ebersol were named the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Media Award winners Friday afternoon here during All-Star Weekend. “I am really appreciative of the honor because it […]

Matthew Berry's fantasy football 2022 rankings

It’s been more than a month since the end of the 2021 fantasy football season and already, much has changed. Fantasy player value changes with every news item, every rumor, every game, every play, and that includes in the playoffs. While you never want to put too much stock in one game or a few […]

5 thoughts from this week's Champions League action

The Champions League made its anticipated return as the knockout stage got underway this week. Below, we dissect the biggest talking points from an entertaining batch of last-16 matches in Europe’s premier club competition. Manchester City use energy wisely The scoreboard read 0-4 in Lisbon when Sporting CP and Manchester City retreated for halftime. With […]

1 player Europe's top clubs should sign before transfer window closes

Time is running out for teams to make a splash in the January transfer window. With the shopping period set to close next week and a flurry of late activity expected in the coming days, we highlight one player that Europe’s top clubs should be targeting at the 11th hour, even if it means getting […]

Preview, predictions for Champions League round of 16

The draw for the last 16 of this season’s Champions League is finally complete, but with the first legs not kicking off until February, a lot could change in the intervening months. Here’s an early breakdown of each matchup, along with predicted outcomes. Sporting CP vs. Manchester City First leg: Feb. 15 at Estadio Jose […]