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Theo Epstein Is Making Lightning Strike Twice

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:00:06 GMT

Epstein helped the Boston Red Sox end an 86-year World Series title drought. Expectations are high he can duplicate the feat with the playoff-bound Chicago Cubs.

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On Golf: Win or Lose, the U.S. Ryder Cup Team Belongs to Phil Mickelson

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:33:01 GMT

From left, Rickie Fowler, Jimmy Walker, Phil Mickelson and Brooks Koepka at Hazeltine National Golf Club during practice Wednesday for the Ryder Cup.Mickelson, a member of eight losing teams, was part of a United States task force that helped implement changes, including a more decentralized system.

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Baseball Playoffs: Thursday Update

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:48:39 GMT

The Yankees won on a walk-off grand slam by Mark Teixeira Wednesday night and cling to life in the wild card race.The Red Sox clinched baseball’s final division title, but the wild-card races continue.

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Alex Rodriguez Is Headed to the Playoffs, as a TV Analyst

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:00:12 GMT

Alex Rodriguez at the United States Open this month. During the baseball playoffs, he will work as a studio analyst for Fox Sports, as he did last year after the Yankees lost the wild-card game.Rodriguez, released by the Yankees last month, will work as a studio analyst for Fox Sports with Pete Rose, Frank Thomas and the rest of its postseason crew.

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Yankees 5, Red Sox 3: Mark Teixeira’s Ninth-Inning Grand Slam Lifts Yankees From Brink of Elimination

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 04:38:39 GMT

Yankees teammates douse Mark Teixeira, left, after he preserved their playoff hopes Wednesday with a ninth-inning grand slam.With the Yankees one out from being officially out of the postseason hunt, Teixeira hit a game-ending home run off Joe Kelly.

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David Ortiz Makes His Final Visit to Yankee Stadium

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:26:46 GMT

David Ortiz in his first at-bat Tuesday. “Yankee Stadium, it might be my favorite place to hit,” he said.Ortiz often made himself at home in the Bronx, where he has been a beloved foil.

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Mets 5, Marlins 2: Jay Bruce Homer Helps Mets Beat Marlins and Protect Wild-Card Lead

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 04:12:40 GMT

Mets first baseman James Loney hitting a two-run homer in the second. Right fielder Jay Bruce added a two-run shot in the fifth.Bruce, who had mostly struggled since arriving from the Reds in an Aug. 1 trade, hit his third home run in five games, and the Mets stayed ahead of the Giants and the Cardinals.

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Fantasy Football: Players to Start in Week 4

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:56:01 GMT

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins appeared to turn a corner against the Giants in Week 3 and has the good fortune to be playing the Browns as a follow-up.Cam Newton, LeGarrette Blount and Demaryius Thomas are among the players set up to perform well in Week 4.

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On Soccer: Lingering on the Edge of His Father’s Long Shadow

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:00:12 GMT

Jordi Cruyff at the Cruyff Foundation’s offices in Barcelona, Spain. His father, Johan Cruyff, founded the organization in 1997.The death of the Dutch soccer great Johan Cruyff pushed his son, Jordi, to drive himself to distraction. But his father’s fans would not let him.

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Essay: Like Father, Like Son. Like the Cubs? No Way!

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:47:03 GMT

Try arguing on the playground with a mob of 12-year-old Cubs fans that Frank Thomas, above, the White Sox slugger, was a better player than the Cubs’ Sammy Sosa.What a Cubs World Series title would mean to a family of lifelong White Sox fans.

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‘I Won’t Be Silent’: Serena Williams on the Fear of Driving While Black

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:06:24 GMT

In a Facebook post, Serena Williams wrote about fearing for her nephew’s well-being.The tennis champion shared a story on her public page of allowing her nephew to drive, and having misgivings after spotting a police officer on the side of the road.

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Canada Needs Sidney Crosby’s Best for One More Night in World Cup

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:48:49 GMT

Entering Thursday’s second finals game, Canada’s Sidney Crosby, above, had three goals and six assists to lead the World Cup of Hockey tournament in points.Crosby and Canada enter Game 2 of the World Cup of Hockey finals with a chance to sweep Team Europe on Thursday night.

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Sports Business: Arnold Palmer and His Savvy Agent Set the Bar for Pitchmen

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:57:55 GMT

Arnold Palmer in an advertisement for Heinz ketchup, one of the many companies he represented.His success representing corporations far outlived his golf career and has provided a lesson plan in branding to succeeding generations of athletes.

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A.C.C. Moves Football Championship Game to Orlando

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:53:18 GMT

The Atlantic Coast Conference’s football championship game will be played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.The game, typically played in Charlotte, was pulled from North Carolina earlier this month in response to a controversial state law.

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Colin Kaepernick Says Presidential Candidates Were Trying to ‘Debate Who’s Less Racist’

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:08:46 GMT

The San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem before a game against Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday.The 49ers quarterback, whose protests during the national anthem have caused a stir, also said both Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton were liars.

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Tim Tebow Homers in First At-Bat (and Finishes 1 for 6)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:56:55 GMT

Batting second, Tim Tebow hit a solo home run in the first inning of his first instructional league game with the Mets on Wednesday.Tebow, the football player turned Mets minor leaguer, hit a home run on Wednesday afternoon on the first pitch he faced in the Florida Instructional League.

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4 N.F.L. Teams Are Still on the Road to an 0-16 Season

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:58:56 GMT

Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis after a 19-17 loss to the Ravens on Sunday. Jacksonville was at least competitive in both of its home games.The Jaguars, the Saints, the Bears and the Browns are 0-3 and could wind up where only the 2008 Detroit Lions have been: winless for a full season.

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Law on Disparaging Trademarks Gets Supreme Court Review

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:51:57 GMT

Members of a band called the Slants say their goal is to adopt and reform a disparaging term about Asians.The case involves an Asian-American dance-rock band called the Slants, but it also has implications for the Washington Redskins.

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Giants’ Shane Vereen May Miss Rest of Season With a Torn Triceps

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:39:22 GMT

Shane Vereen in the Giants’ loss to the Redskins on Sunday. He will have surgery to repair a torn triceps, most likely ending his season.Coach Ben McAdoo said he wasn’t sure when the injury occurred but said Vereen may have been playing with it “for a significant amount of time.”

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After a Debacle, the Jets Already Face a Potential Turning Point

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:47:54 GMT

Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) threw six interceptions in Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had the worst game of his career, and the team’s red-zone offense, among the best last year, is now among the worst.

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Yankees Praise Their Hitting Coach, but Not Their Hitting

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:01:56 GMT

Alan Cockrell has presided over the Yankees’ batting woes this season.The team’s general manager stood by the job done by Alan Cockrell, saying the players were to blame for a subpar offensive year.

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Cubs Reward Theo Epstein With Five More Years

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:51:47 GMT

Afghan youths playing soccer on a field in Herat province.Chicago gave Epstein, its president for baseball operations, a contract extension after an overhaul that has the franchise aiming for its first title since 1908.

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Baseball Playoffs: What if Three Teams Tie for Two Wild-Card Spots?

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:46:39 GMT

The Cardinals’ Randal Grichuk was tagged out by Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud in a game last month. The Mets entered Tuesday with 83 wins; the Giants had 82 and the Cardinals 81.With the playoffs in sight, the Mets, the Giants and the Cardinals are still fighting for the two wild-card berths in the National League.

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On Baseball: Mets Still Scrambling for One-Game Shot at a Longer Postseason

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:39:53 GMT

Noah Syndergaard, who started for the Mets on Tuesday night, was also set up to be their pitcher for the last regular-season game or a potential wild-card game.After months of having to address one injury after another, the Mets lead the National League wild-card race and retain strong hopes of hosting the wild-card game.

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Special Report: Ryder Cup: Europe Is Putting Faith in Its Ryder Cup Rookies

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:22:46 GMT

Danny Willett, above, is one of the six rookies in Europe’s 12-man Ryder Cup squad, but he is also the 2016 Masters champion.Half of the defending champion's 12 players are newcomers, which helps explain why the United States is the odds-on favorite to regain the Ryder Cup this year.

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Michael Phelps Is Calmer These Days, on the Golf Course and Off

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:57:44 GMT

Michael Phelps playing on Tuesday at Hazeltine National Golf Club, the site of the Ryder Cup.Phelps’s second Ryder Cup pro-am hardly resembled his shaky experience at his first, in 2012 — a change that is mirrored in his life more broadly.

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The Best Sellers: Filed Under Sports

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:59:13 GMT

The cover of “Barbarian Days,” by William Finnegan.The best-selling sports books in August 2016, according to the New York Times best-seller list.

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In Martino, Atlanta United Hires a Pedigree With an Eye on the Future

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:34:55 GMT

Gerardo Martino was introduced on Wednesday as the new coach of Atlanta United, an expansion Major League Soccer team.Gerardo Martino, who most recently coached Barcelona and Argentina, was hired to get M.L.S.’s new expansion team, Atlanta United, off the ground.

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On Soccer: England Manager Sam Allardyce Undone by an Undercover Film

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:06:36 GMT

Sam Allardyce, the Football Association found, displayed conduct “inappropriate of the England manager.”His employers at the Football Association found that footage shot by journalists from The Daily Telegraph contained conduct “inappropriate of the England manager.”

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Knicks Open Camp With Rose Looking to Complement Anthony

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:39:15 GMT

Derrick Rose, left, a new Knick, with the team’s new coach, Jeff Hornacek, at training camp on Tuesday.With Derrick Rose around to lessen the burden on Carmelo Anthony, the new-look Knicks are getting to know one another while hoping they won’t be waylaid by injuries.

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Islanders, Preparing for Second Season in Brooklyn, Have Lots of Fresh Faces

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:40:18 GMT

Michael Dal Colle, a forward and a first-round pick, is among the young players being assessed by the Islanders.The team, coming off a season in which it won a playoff series, lost Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin, but has a raft of rookie prospects.

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Conor McGregor Takes Manhattan: ‘The Irish, We Built This Town. Now We’re Coming Back to Claim What’s Ours.’

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:08:03 GMT

Conor McGregor fired up the crowd during a U.F.C. news conference at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.In a news conference at the Garden, where he will face Eddie Alvarez in November, McGregor announced: “I run New York, I run this whole city.”

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Beyond Baseball, Vin Scully Leaves Behind an Archive of Oddities

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:57:30 GMT

Vin Scully, the Dodgers’ announcer, pictured at Ebbets Field in the 1950s. Much of his work from that time was erased, discarded or never recorded in the first place.The body of work of the longtime voice of the Dodgers, including his hosting of a game show and reading of a grocery list, reflects a time when no job seemed too small.

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Sports of The Times: Tax Break for Olympic Heroes? A Sole Lawmaker Says No

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:31:23 GMT

Representative Jim Himes questioned why Olympians should receive tax breaks on their compensation when other extraordinary Americans did not.Connecticut’s Jim Himes, the only United States representative who voted against a bill to grant medalists a break on their bonuses, called it “a lonely, lonely moment.”

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On Golf: Playing for His Country Brought Out Arnold Palmer’s Best

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:37:54 GMT

Arnold Palmer in Ryder Cup play in 1967.His Ryder Cup record in six appearances as a player was 22-8-2.

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Arnold Palmer, the Magnetic Face of Golf in the ’60s, Dies at 87

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:44:51 GMT

Palmer was 24 when he won the 1954 United States Amateur at the Country Club of Detroit.Palmer, who won seven major titles, captivated fans with his ferocious swing and fearless attitude, helping to inspire an American golf boom.

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Golf Great Arnold Palmer Was Also a Pioneering Pitchman

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:33:26 GMT

Arnold Palmer in 1965 with his agent, Mark McCormack, at the Laurel Valley Country Club in Ligonier, Pa., for the U.S. Open. Mr. McCormack would lead Mr. Palmer to make ads for Pennzoil, Wheaties and, more recently, the blood-thinning drug Xarelto, among many others.Mr. Palmer hawked nearly 50 products over a half-century and created the template for the modern entrepreneurial athlete.

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Arnold Palmer (1929 – 2016)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:56:12 GMT

He was the charismatic face of professional golf and one of its dominant players.

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Raise a Glass to Arnold Palmer! Heavier on the Iced Tea!

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:10:16 GMT

Arnold Palmer, golfer and drink inventor.The legacy of Palmer, a golf legend who died on Sunday at 87, will always be invoked on hot days when a refreshing drink that bears his name is poured.

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Brian Anderson, Skateboarding Star, Comes Out as Gay

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:09:32 GMT

Brian Anderson, the professional skateboarder who announced that he was gay in a Vice Sports video posted on the web on Tuesday.Mr. Anderson, 40, becomes the most prominent professional athlete to come out as gay in a sport once considered tinged with homophobia.

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Sporting: Adventures on the China Golf Tour

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:47:31 GMT

Zhou Xunshu at Guangzhou International Golf Club in China in the mid-1990s.The sport proved to be a wonderful window to view modern China and its contradictions.

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International Cricket’s Biggest Test Is Security

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:56:55 GMT

Pakistan has not played a Test match at home since March 2009, when the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked en route to a match in Lahore.England will play a series in Bangladesh next month without some of its leading players because of safety concerns.

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On College Football: Stanford’s Flawless Finish Masks Its Need for a Quarterback

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:47:42 GMT

Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey, right, had 165 all-purpose yards against Cameron Judge and U.C.L.A., but until late in the game, the Cardinal had to settle for three field goals.Ryan Burns led a Cardinal comeback against U.C.L.A. on Saturday, but their offense is having some trouble, which could derail their championship hopes.

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To Kneel or Not in the N.B.A.? For Some Stars, Team Consensus Is Key

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:31:33 GMT

Eric Reid, left, and Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem. N.B.A. players are debating whether to join a protest.The league’s rule book requires players, coaches and trainers “to stand and line up in a dignified posture” during the national anthem.

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On Baseball: Emotion Takes Center Stage After Tragic Loss of Jose Fernandez

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 02:28:03 GMT

Marlins players in jerseys honoring pitcher Jose Fernandez before a game against the Mets on Monday. Fernandez and two others were killed in a boating accident.Fernandez, a Miami Marlins pitcher who died in a boating accident with two others, represented the best to his teammates, his city and his Cuban compatriots.

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Sports of The Times: Are You Ready for Some Football … and Riot Gear and Pepper Spray?

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:03:35 GMT

The National Guard was at Bank of America Stadium for the Panthers’ game against the Vikings on Sunday.The fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C., brought a different tenor to the Carolina Panthers’ game.

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Home Teams Are Israeli, but Turf Is in West Bank

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:02:18 GMT

The Beitar Ironi Maale Adumim youth soccer team played Ironi Modiin, in white, on Friday in Maale Adumim in the West Bank.Palestinians are asking soccer’s governing body, FIFA, to bar clubs run by Jewish settlers from using fields in occupied territory.

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The Deflategate Scientists Unlock Their Lab

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:00:40 GMT

Engineers at Exponent were tasked with studying the air pressure of footballs at its test complex in Phoenix in the aftermath of the N.F.L.’s Deflategate scandal.The researchers whose work led to Tom Brady’s suspension have never spoken publicly. Now they’re eager to say they were right, no matter what Patriots fans believe.

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On Soccer: With Wayne Rooney Benched, Manchester United Looks Sharp Once Again

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:26:06 GMT

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United’s captain, preparing to enter as a substitute in Saturday’s match against Leicester City. Rooney was surprisingly not included in the starting lineup.In what may foretell a new stage of the career of Rooney, United’s captain, the team rolled past Leicester City, 4-1, without him in the starting lineup.

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If the 18th Hole Isn’t Made for TV, Make It the 9th

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:01:34 GMT

Henrik Stenson playing the traditional ninth hole at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta during the 2013 Tour Championship. For this year’s event it is the 18th hole, and organizers hope it will provide more end-of-round scoring drama because it is a par 5.The PGA Tour has flipped the front and back nines at East Lake Golf Club for the Tour Championship, while the last five holes of each nine at Hazeltine will be swapped for the Ryder Cup.

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