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After leaving ESPN, Maria Taylor joins NBC in time for the Olympics

Two days after leaving ESPN, Maria Taylor was in Tokyo hosting NBC's primetime Olympics coverage.
  • Jul 23, 2021

After failed contract talks and controversy, Maria Taylor is leaving ESPN

Taylor's exit comes weeks after the New York Times published audio of Rachel Nichols suggesting that the network was elevating Taylor to improve its record on diversity.
  • Jul 21, 2021

After Stephen A. Smith’s rant about Shohei Ohtani, his ESPN co-workers led the pushback

Smith, facing internal blowback at ESPN, twice apologized for his comments about the Los Angeles Angels star.
  • Jul 13, 2021

Rachel Nichols is back on the air, but the fallout at ESPN is just beginning

Nichols returned to the air three days after audio emerged of her talking about a Black colleague, Maria Taylor. The saga is sparking new questions about ESPN’s record on race and diversity.
  • Jul 8, 2021

ESPN removes Rachel Nichols from NBA Finals sideline role after leaked video

ESPN announced Tuesday that Nichols will not serve as a sideline reporter during NBA Finals coverage after the New York Times reported on a leaked tape in which Nichols disparaged colleague Maria Taylor.
  • Jul 6, 2021

College sports was once ‘the scandal beat.’ Then amateurism became the scandal.

Over the past decade, reporters and pundits began to more consistently view college sports through the lenses of race, labor and athletes’ rights.
  • Jul 1, 2021

NFL expected to keep locker rooms closed as sports reporters push for a return to access

Even as fans return to stadiums, sports reporters probably will not be roaming locker rooms any time soon.
  • Jun 4, 2021

Naomi Osaka ignites a fight over the future of postgame news conferences

Osaka's rejection of a sports ritual in service of her mental health comes as athletes renegotiate their relationships with fans, the press and their sports.
  • Jun 3, 2021

F.P. Santangelo is off the air. The Nats and MASN are tight-lipped. And a path forward is unknown.

F.P. Santangelo, the longtime color commentator for MASN broadcasts of Nationals games, last appeared on the air in early May.
  • Jun 2, 2021
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Fauci’s inbox

What we can learn from Fauci’s emails. Why tennis star Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open. And, the joyous sounds of Americans reuniting.
  • Jun 1, 2021