One by one, black New England Patriots players are refusing to visit Donald Trump’s White House

  It’s tradition for the team that wins the Super Bowl to visit the White House after their victory. But at least two members of the New England Patriots are turning down the invitation this year because of President Donald Trump. “I’m not going to the White House,” the Patriots’ Devin McCourty told Time in a text message Monday. “Basic reason for me […]

Pets, Car Repairs and Mom: How College Football Players Use Their Stipends – The New York Times

CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson safety Van Smith drives a BMW, but the car is long past its days as a ride of luxury. It is a 1999 sedan with 300,000 miles on its odometer. Like many college students, Smith holds his breath every time he turns the key in the ignition — hoping the car […]

Serena Williams engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian – CNN.com

Story highlights Serena Williams is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian The tennis champ announced the news on Reddit The couple have been dating since 2015 A spokesperson for Ohanian confirmed that he popped the question while the two were vacationing in Rome. Williams first announced the news herself in a Reddit post on its […]

Russians No Longer Dispute Olympic Doping Operation – The New York Times

The Russian Olympic Committee’s building in Moscow in 2015. Many of the athletes pictured in the building’s hallways have been implicated in this year’s doping scandal. Credit Pavel Golovkin/Associated Press MOSCOW — Russia is for the first time conceding that its officials carried out one of the biggest conspiracies in sports history: a far-reaching doping […]

ESPN Is Hemorrhaging Subscribers And Pretending It Doesn’t Matter

Illustration: Jim Cooke ESPN is doing a very bad job of pretending it isn’t deathly afraid of rapidly declining subscriber numbers. At the end of October, Nielsen released its monthly television subscriber numbers report, and it showed a loss of 621,000 subscribers for ESPN and similar losses for ESPN2 and ESPNU. Other networks, like Spike […]