In Super Squads, The Athletic follows the New York Liberty and Las Vegas Aces in their quests to win a WNBA championship. Our reporters will tell the stories of the players on two of the most star-studded teams in league history and examine how their paths shape the future of the WNBA. NEW YORK — Courtney Vandersloot recognizes that sooner than later her playing days will come to an end. “I’ve had a lot of miles,” she says. And she’s played a lot of minutes — more than 12,000 in her WNBA career, plus thousands more overseas and in college. Bumps and bruises have become expected for...
FIFA is at the centre of escalating tensions with the Kroenke family, the owners of Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium, over the terms of the agreement to be a host venue at the 2026 men’s World Cup. The 2026 World Cup is to be staged across sixteen cities in the U.S., Mexico and Canada and the venues were announced last year. Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle are the other U.S. cities, with Mexico represented by Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey and Canada by Toronto and Vancouver. However, tensions...
Major League Soccer has created a new sport and competition group that will be co-led by Nelson Rodriguez and Todd Durbin, the league said on Thursday. The group will be charged with “ensuring the integrity of competition and continuing our focus on elevating the league’s quality of play.” Rodriguez, most recently chief of staff to commissioner Don Garber, but also a former president and general manager of the Chicago Fire, will be Executive Vice President of Sporting Product & Competition. Durbin is the EVP of Strategy & Relations. Rodriguez previously held roles with U.S.