Caroline Wozniacki, a Former Top-Ranked Tennis Player, to Retire

Caroline Wozniacki, who spent 71 weeks as the No. 1 player in the world, but did not win a Grand Slam event until the twilight of her career, will retire after the Australian Open in January, she said on Friday. “I’ve played professionally since I was 15 years old,” she said in a statement. “I’ve accomplished everything I could ever …

N.F.L. Week 14 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread

Lions at Vikings, 1 p.m., Fox Line: Vikings -13 | Total: 43.5 Stefon Diggs became a household name for a 61-yard touchdown reception in the playoffs two seasons ago, but last year the Vikings inexplicably turned him into a possession receiver. Despite his game-changing speed, Diggs caught 102 passes for just 1,021 yards, giving him the worst yards per reception …

The Personal Toll of Photographing a Story About Euthanasia

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. In April 2017, The New York Times sent me to Japan to meet and photograph the decorated Paralympic athlete Marieke Vervoort while she carried out the last wish on her bucket list: dying. Marieke was fresh off the Paralympic circuit, …

Lawsuit Against Luke Walton Is Dropped

A woman who accused Sacramento Kings Coach Luke Walton of sexual assault has dropped her lawsuit. The request for dismissal, filed on Tuesday in Superior Court in Los Angeles, was first reported by TMZ. After the woman, Kelli Tennant, filed the suit in April, the N.B.A. and the Kings announced an investigation by a Sacramento law firm. In August they …

Steve Cohen in Talks to Buy Majority of Mets From Wilpons

A shy father of seven, Mr. Cohen long ruled his multibillion-dollar hedge fund from a workstation in the middle of a sprawling suburban Connecticut trading floor. Bespectacled and favoring half-zip fleeces, Mr. Cohen has long been known as a workaholic, holding investment meetings on Sunday evenings and personally weighing in on big trades. In recent years, he began to groom …

James Harden Dunked It. Ruling: No Basket.

James Harden rose for an uncontested dunk. It went into the basket with great downward force, as so many of his others have before. Then came an apparent violation of some of the fundamental laws of physics. The ball passed through the hoop, but then spun upward back to the top of the rim, where it bounced twice before caroming …

For L.S.U., a Lot of Love in Polls, Not So Much in Playoff Rankings

Whoever emerges in the final spot will be a prohibitive underdog against the top seed. The 13 members of the selection committee will convene next weekend in Grapevine, Texas, to watch the conference championship games together, making the final assessments of each team’s closing argument. The committee has the former football coaches R.C. Slocum, Frank Beamer and Ken Hatfield and …

A Welcome Funding Source for College Athletics: Women Investing in Women’s Sports

Lisa Palmer, 51, a former star softball pitcher at Virginia who is now president and chief financial officer of a real estate investment trust, endowed a softball scholarship there in 2014. Now she is the lead donor, with her mother, for a $10 million softball stadium scheduled to open at the university in March. At Indiana University, women have given …

Rob Gronkowski Will Not Return for Patriots’ Playoff Run

Rob Gronkowski really is retired, at least for this season. The former New England Patriots tight end had dangled the possibility of returning to the N.F.L. almost as soon as he announced his retirement in March, a month after he helped the Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII. Despite a long list of injuries during his …

College Basketball: Who Gets the Spotlight This Week?

One thing fans have learned about preseason rankings in college basketball: They don’t mean a thing. Early-season tournaments have created opportunities for teams from the periphery to emerge, and they have. Expect plenty of different programs to take turns in the spotlight from now until March. What We Learned Juwan Howard has dispelled any questions about his ability to run …