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Westminster Dog Show: Rumor Wins Best in Show

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 05:48:54 GMT

Adrian, the Irish Setter, and his handler, Adam Bernardin, after winning the sporting group.A year after being favored to win it all, Rumor, a German shepherd, won top honors at the 141st Westminster Dog Show.

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An Israeli Desert City Blooms as a Soccer Power

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 05:30:30 GMT

Saturday’s match between Hapoel Beer Sheva and Hapoel Ashkelon at Turner Stadium in Beersheba, Israel. Beer Sheva is the defending Israeli soccer champion.Hapoel Beer Sheva, the only professional soccer team in Israel owned by a woman, is looking to repeat its unlikely title run of last year.

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On Baseball: Indians, No Longer Underdogs, Seek Another Title Shot

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 01:51:11 GMT

Reliever Andrew Miller on Tuesday. “We can’t claim ‘poor little us’ anymore,” he said of the Indians, who lost the World Series in seven games last season.Cleveland, which lost to the Cubs in seven games in the World Series, signed the slugger Edwin Encarnacion and will get some injured veterans back this season.

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On Tennis: Nadals Will Shake Up a Unique Tennis Relationship

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 01:59:53 GMT

Rafael Nadal, left, with his uncle Toni Nadal, who plans to step down as his primary coach at year’s end.Toni Nadal, the uncle and primary coach of the 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal since he was 3, plans to step down at the end of the year.

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Knicks’ James Dolan Offers Apology; Charles Oakley Says He Won’t Accept It

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:57:49 GMT

Charles Oakley in 2011. He said Tuesday that he would be unwilling, at least for now, to accept an invitation to attend another Knicks game.A day after a private meeting with the owner Dolan seemed to end his ban from Madison Square Garden, Oakley said he would not be quick to forgive.

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Westminster Dog Show Photos: Up Close and Personal

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:06:51 GMT

The show is a flurry of activity, but stopping to take a close look at the animals reveals the mesmerizing qualities that make each breed unique.

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Yankees Are Rebuilding Everywhere as Spring Training Starts

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 01:23:56 GMT

Construction crews are trying to finish improvements to the Yankees’ spring training home before preseason games begin.The Yankees enter the season as young and untested as they have been in decades: They could have as many as five starting players under age 28 on opening day.

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Mets’ David Wright Exercising Caution About Returning to Throwing

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 03:25:41 GMT

The Mets’ David Wright at Citi Field last year. He had season-ending surgery in June.Wright, a third baseman who had season-ending disk surgery in June and continues to deal with spinal stenosis, has been in training camp for weeks but has not thrown a baseball since May.

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A Final Flurry of Activity

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:55:15 GMT

Handlers and their dogs prepared for their shot at Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

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Sounders’ Clint Dempsey Is Cleared to Return From Heart Problem

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:52:32 GMT

Clint Dempsey, center, with beard, and teammates at a Seattle Sounders workout in preparation for the M.L.S. season.Dempsey learned in 2016 that he had an irregular heartbeat and was sidelined in December as Seattle won its first M.L.S. Cup, but he hopes to be on the field for the start of the coming season.

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Coach Jeff Hornacek Expects Knicks to Remain Intact at Trade Deadline

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:37:15 GMT

Carmelo Anthony, among others, has been mentioned in rumors, but Hornacek said he was planning on leading the same roster after the All-Star game break.

Album: What Cats Think of the Dog Show

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 22:22:37 GMT

Cats at Westminster? While some fur may have been ruffled and human hackles raised, the felines don’t seem to care.

Tug McGraw’s ’73 Mets Rallying Cry? It’s Now on a Phillies Wall

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:04:09 GMT

Tug McGraw pitching for the Mets in the 1973 World Series.A hallway of Philadelphia’s spring training home has photos of McGraw (who was on the 1980 title team) and Ryan Howard (2008) with the words, “Ya Gotta Believe.”

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West Virginia (Loved by Handicappers) Falls to Kansas (Adored by Voters)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:41:42 GMT

West Virginia’s players went to their bench during a timeout late in their loss at Kansas on Monday night.An incredible comeback by Kansas sealed the win, in overtime, but bookmakers continue to show great respect for the Mountaineers.

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Charles Oakley Has Issues With a New York Team Owner. He’s Not the First.

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:00:27 GMT

Charles Oakley, shown here in 2011, was arrested after tussling with security guards at Madison Square Garden at a Knicks game on Feb. 8. He has had a contentious relationship with the team’s owner, James L. Dolan.The city has had its share of dust-ups between the men who own sports teams and those employed by the franchises.

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On Sports: Should Athletes Stick to Sports?

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:00:03 GMT

How the current moment has changed the pressures on players, coaches and other to speak out or be silent.

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