Friday's sports stories

Shawna Chen
Nov 19, 2021 - Sports

Cruz backs WTA's willingness to pull out of China over Peng Shuai

Photo of Ted Cruz's face up close as he is speaking
Sen. Ted Cruz,(R-Texas) at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images
Noah Garfinkel
Nov 19, 2021 - Sports

White House wants "verifiable proof" of Peng Shuai's whereabouts

Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai
Peng Shuai during a match in the 2020 Australian Open. Photo: Fred Lee/Getty Images
Kendall Baker
Nov 19, 2021 - Sports

NFL to enforce stricter protocols as COVID surges

General view of the National Football League logo inside of MetLife Stadium.
Photo: Rich Barnes/Getty Images
Adam Tamburin
Nov 19, 2021 - Sports

TSSAA investigates slur allegation

The leader of Nashville charter school STEM Preparatory Academy sent a letter saying the incident was a vivid illustration of "institutional racism" embedded in athletics and the TSSAA itself.
A letter from STEM Prep CEO Kristin McGraner to the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. Image courtesy of STEM Prep
Thomas Wheatley
Nov 19, 2021 - Sports

A casual fan’s guide to Atlanta United’s MLS Cup playoff

Atlanta United FC goalkeeper Brad Guzan jumps to make a save during a match against NYCFC.
Brad Guzan makes a save. Photo: Rich von Biberstein for Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
Updated Nov 19, 2021 - Sports

Fears grow for China's missing tennis star

Peng Shuai of China looks on during her match against during the Connecticut Open in 2017.
Peng Shuai. Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

NBC retains English Premier League rights in 6-year deal

Illustration of a goalie about to be hit by a giant soccer ball
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Kendall Baker
Nov 18, 2021 - Sports

Florida's football woes

Jeff Tracy
Nov 18, 2021 - Sports

Cricket sets sights on America

Illustration of a cricket wicket, ball and bat styled as a deconstructed US flag
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
Kendall Baker
Nov 18, 2021 - Sports

The 25 highest-paid coaches in U.S. sports

Illustration of an $100 bill with football helmet on Benjamin Franklin's head.
Photo illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo: Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
Jeff Tracy
Nov 18, 2021 - Sports

Catching up on the college conference realignment wave

Illustration of the U.S. with arrows around it
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios
Nate Rau
Nov 18, 2021 - Sports

Titans claim top spot in NFL power rankings

Ben Montgomery
Nov 18, 2021 - Sports

The sad state of Florida collegiate football