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    Maybe there’s a certain fakeness in watching spectator sports being played in empty stadiums and arenas, the column says. Maybe it’s the infiltration of politics and virtue-signaling into what has always been a pleasant diversion from both. Maybe I’ve simply learned to live without sports. Maybe, given everything unfolding in the country, it’s just not that important anymore.

    ATLANTA — A recruiting analyst for the University of Georgia football team was not authorized to drive an SUV rented by the university at the time of a crash in which she and a football player died, athletic department officials said late Friday. After nearly two weeks of refusing to answer questions about the crash, the UGA Athletic Association released a brief statement in response to The ...

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    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Football can be a beautiful game, replete with dazzling athletic feats of finesse, improvisation and grace. Sunday’s NFC Championship Game between the 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles won’t be that kind of football. No, the Niners and Birds are set to play a brutal, facemask-to-facemask, mud-and-blood contest in Philadelphia. A trip to the Super Bowl is on the line. If scars ...

    PHILADELPHIA — Inside the practice bubble at the NovaCare Complex, taking up the entire wall behind one of the end zones, is a wide-angle photograph from what was, in all likelihood, the game that featured the loudest moment at Lincoln Financial Field. The photo is from the 2018 NFC championship game, and it spans to show the Eagles and Vikings on the field and most of the crowd in the stands. ...

    PHILADELPHIA — With four NFL teams vying Sunday for two spots in the Super Bowl, most everyone is focused on the quartet of young quarterbacks. That's fair. They touch the football on just about every play. The Philadelphia Eagles have a ton of other critical assets. Well, make that 1,620 pounds of them. That's the collective listed weight of the Eagles offensive line, the best in football and ...

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