Super Bowl 50: The game will feature two generational talents on offence in Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton and Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning. Photograph: Getty Images

The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers are primed to provide a grand finish worthy of a landmark Super Bowl 50 on Sunday and cap a season of celebra(...)

Wales winger Liam Williams receives treatment after sustaining a head injuring during the World Cup match against England. He sat out the next match against Fiji before returning for the final pool game against Australia. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

This past week the concussion conversation zeroed in around the acronym HIA. Two medical experts – Dr Barry O’Driscoll and Dr Willie Stewart – believ(...)

Spike Lee, in a post on Instagram, said he “cannot support” the “lily white” Academy Awards this year. Photograph: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards are growing over the Oscars’ second straight year of all-white acting nominees, as Spike Lee and Jada Pinke(...)

 Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald (centre) breaks away from Green Bay Packers’ Morgan Burnett (left) for a 75-yard pass reception to set up the winning touchdown during their NFL Playoff game, in Glendale, Arizona. Photograph: EPA/ROY DABNER

Green Bay Packers 20 Arizona Cardinals 26 What is it that makes the biggest players shine in the most important moments? How is it that Aaron Rod(...)

Paul DePodesta has excelled is at harvesting the reams of information now available to coaches and scouts. Photograph:  Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

In 2002, Professor David Romer, an economist at the University of California, Berkeley, wrote an academic paper for the Journal of Political Economy (...)

Tregg Duerson, the son of Dave Duerson, and his mother Alicia with the late Chicago Bears defensive back’s NFL Man of the Year trophy. The family is upset at the portrayal of Duerson in Concussion. Photograph: Marc Serota/The New York Times

Before pointing a revolver at his chest and pulling the trigger almost five years ago, Dave Duerson wrote a note to his next of kin that read, “Please(...)

India captain MS Dhoni in action during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match against Zimbabwe. Photograph: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

The Bosman ruling, made 20 years ago this week, was a watershed moment in European football history. From that moment a player once out of contract c(...)

People attend a candlelight vigil at the San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino, California for victims of Wednesday’s mass shooting  which left 14 dead and at least 17 injured. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images.

The San Bernardino County coroner has released the names of the 14 victims of Wednesday’s mass shooting, who ranged in age from 26 to 60. “This sho(...)

A melee between Ireland and Australia players during the third Test.

For an event whose attendant publicity had laboured metaphors of marriage and coming together, the very first international rules Test turned out t(...)

Bills Simmons, the founder of the Grantland website, came to media prominence via an untraditional route. Photograph: Mike Windle/Getty Images.

“It was a good run.” That’s what you see now when you visit the Grantland website. The archives are available but from here on there will be nothing n(...)