Chris Almeida, The Ringer

Chris Almeida

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Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Past articles by Chris:

Ken Jennings Just Won the ‘Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time’ Tournament

The winningest contestant in the show’s history just picked up three more wins against top-tier competitors James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter → Read More

The U.S. Open Gave Us a Revelation, an Iconic Champion, and a Look at the Future of Tennis

Bianca Andreescu continued her ascent by beating Serena Williams. Daniil Medvedev put forth a remarkable effort in a loss to Rafael Nadal. The next wave of tennis stars were on display in Flushing Meadows—and this time, they lived up to the hype. → Read More

The Nadal-Federer Rivalry Produced (Yet) Another Thriller

Roger Federer downed Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon semifinals, adding another classic to the books and setting up a Fed-Djokovic final → Read More

In Love With Coco: An American Teenager Makes Her Name at Wimbledon

After defeating her idol Venus Williams in the first round, Coco Gauff made quick work of Magdalena Rybarikova on Court 1. How far can the 15-year-old debutant go? → Read More

Northern Exposure: Toronto Is Now the Center of the Basketball Universe

With its first NBA championship after 24 years, the Raptors are no longer the "other" team—to the Maple Leafs, to American franchises, or to the United States in general → Read More

The Cavaliers Just Stunned the Basketball World by Hiring John Beilein

Michigan’s former boss becomes the fifth coach to jump straight from the college level to the pros since 2010. Is he the right choice to lead Cleveland in the franchise’s post-LeBron world? → Read More

Is Brooklyn in the House? Nets Fandom Is Having Its New York Moment.

Brooklyn is one of the feel-good stories of this season, and has earned a reputation as a legitimate Eastern Conference up-and-comer. As the Nets’ series against the 76ers unfolds, is this team also cementing itself as an integral part of the basketball landscape in its own city? → Read More

Bradley Beal’s Newfound Greatness and the Wizards’ Familiar Predicament

Washington’s seventh-year guard is having the best season of his career. What does his brilliance mean for the future of the franchise? → Read More

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8: What Role Will Varys Play?

When the former Master of Whisperers was castrated as a child, he heard a voice that has haunted him ever since. Soon, the world will need magic to defeat the White Walkers. How will Varys respond? → Read More

A Wizard of Flaws: The Ernie Grunfeld Era in D.C. Has Been One Prolonged Bummer

The Wizards’ weekend trade for Trevor Ariza follows a familiar Grunfeld formula: middling deals to get out of predicaments that the longtime GM created earlier in his tenure → Read More

Best Case, Worst Case: Washington Wizards

The no. 16 team in The Ringer’s preseason rankings didn’t make any radical changes to its roster like some of its Eastern peers, but the additions the Wizards did make could make a real difference in a wide-open conference → Read More

Baseball’s Chosen One Is at a Crossroads

Harper was once seen as the prodigy who would save his sport and his city. But as he approaches free agency, his reputation has changed. What’s the legacy of the Nationals star? And what happens next? → Read More

Nick Kyrgios Is Post-Prodigy

For about four years, Kyrgios has been labeled as the Next Big Thing in men’s tennis. For about four years, he hasn’t lived up to the hype. Will the supremely talented and mercurial player ever break through? → Read More

His Name Is Harry Kane, and He’s England’s Superstar Goober

The Three Lions’ goofy striker and World Cup Golden Boot front-runner will take a goal any which way he can → Read More

Kevin Love Does Not Fit the Finals Narrative

With the Cavaliers on the verge of being swept, Cleveland is being billed as LeBron and the Pips. Love is neither. What is the big man’s role—and where does he go from here? → Read More

‘Borg vs McEnroe’ Is Too Honest to Be a Good Tennis Movie

The biopic painstakingly re-creates the tics and sparks that made Björn Borg and John McEnroe’s rivalry so compelling, but its faithfulness restricts the film’s ability to transcend history → Read More

Jeff Hornacek and Frank Vogel Got Fired, but That Won’t Fix Their Teams

The Knicks and the Magic have roster issues that go well beyond coaching → Read More

The Wizards Have Found New Life Without John Wall

Washington has gone on a tear since its star was lost to injury, reinventing itself along the way. Yet the question isn’t whether the Wizards are better off without him; it’s how good they can be once he gets back. → Read More

Air Apparent: Chloe Kim 1080s Her Way Into Household-Name Status

The American snowboarder earned a victory-lap third run en route to a dominating gold-medal finish in the women’s halfpipe → Read More

Roger Federer’s Grand Slam Title Count Hits 20

By beating Marin Cilic in the Australian Open final, Federer won his record 20th major championship. The number is nothing short of remarkable—and it somehow fails to capture the full extent of his greatness. → Read More