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New York Times Sports
Jan 18, 2020

The Rise and Sudden Fall of the Houston Astros
Aggressive and innovative strategies pushed the club to the pinnacle of baseball. But a cheating scandal has tarnished its accomplishments and left the sport reeling.

New York Times Sports
Jan 18, 2020

A Grieving Young Tennis Star Finds Solace on the Court
Just as Amanda Anisimova's career was soaring last summer, her father's sudden death changed everything, except her deep love of the sport and its connection to her family's history.

New York Times Sports
Jan 18, 2020

Lakers and Clippers: The Back-to-Back to Beware
Rarely have the two Los Angeles N.B.A. teams been good at the same time. Now they are both great — and visiting opponents are struggling.

New York Times Sports
Jan 18, 2020

Technology Throws a Curveball to a Sport Built on Cheating. Or Gamesmanship?
Baseball's sign-stealing scandal reflects a blurred line between being clever and breaking rules, a distinction that baseball and its unique codes of behavior have long wrestled with.

New York Times Sports
Jan 18, 2020

Conor McGregor and U.F.C. Attempt a Shift Away from Heel Status
With some selective spin, the mixed-martial arts promotion has been billing its biggest star as past most of his legal troubles since a loss in October 2018.

New York Times Sports
Jan 17, 2020

The N.B.A. Embraces a ‘Trash' Defense
Zone schemes draw their share of cynicism, but pro teams are using them more often and finding success.

New York Times Sports
Jan 17, 2020

The Raiders Left Oakland. The 49ers Want to Take It.
Winning over another team's fans can be a delicate exercise, even when you are on the doorstep of the Super Bowl and the other franchise has abandoned the region.

New York Times Sports
Jan 17, 2020

The Ballad of Danny Drinkwater
The fall of a Premier League champion shows just how precarious a soccer career can be, and the damage that can be inflicted by one bad choice.

New York Times Sports
Jan 17, 2020

A Rival's Advice Put the 49ers on a Super Bowl Path
San Francisco's success this season is rooted in a process initiated three years ago by Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch, but also in a tip from the Ravens' John Harbaugh.

New York Times Sports
Jan 17, 2020

N.F.L. Playoff Predictions: Our Picks for the Conference Championships
The 49ers host the Packers and the Chiefs host the Titans, with a trip to Super Bowl LIV on the line.

New York Times Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Carlos Beltran Lost His Best Asset: Credibility
With no official punishment from M.L.B. for his role in the Astros' cheating scandal, Beltran could have continued as the Mets' manager. But his reputation had sustained too much damage.

New York Times Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Jessica Mendoza Speaks for the Mets. Or Is It for ESPN? It Depends.
When ESPN analyst Jessica Mendoza said M.L.B. should have come down hard on players involved in the sign-stealing scheme, she was also criticizing the manager of the team she works for.

New York Times Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Kevin Love, Amid Trade Talk, Is Finding a Way to Fit In
The Cavaliers forward is a prime candidate to be traded soon, but in the meantime he said he is trying to be a better leader for his younger teammates.

New York Times Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Derrick Henry Leads the Titans' Run-More Rebellion
Tennessee's success, behind a power running game and a quarterback who keeps teams honest, runs counter to football's modern aerial show, but the Titans have shown that teams can win in different ways.

New York Times Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Tagliabue's Missteps on Concussions Don't Impede Entry to Hall of Fame
The crisis in brain damage believed tied to head hits in football soared on his watch, but he did little to acknowledge it and, some say, tried to hide it.

New York Times Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Carlos Beltran Out as Mets Manager After Cheating Scandal
Beltran, whom the Mets had hired in November, was implicated as part of the sign-stealing scheme used by the Astros when he was with them.

New York Times Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Carlos Beltran Resigns in Wake of Astros Cheating Scandal
M.L.B. named Beltran as one of the central figures in a sign-stealing scheme that started in 2017, when Beltran was a player with the Houston Astros.

New York Times Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Police Seek to Arrest Odell Beckham Jr. After Video Shows Backside Slap
Video of the star Cleveland Browns receiver showed him smacking the backside of a security officer while celebrating his former university, Louisiana State, winning college football's national championship.

New York Times Sports
Jan 16, 2020

George Nicolau, Arbitrator in Baseball's Collusion Cases, Dies at 94
He found that team owners had twice conspired to impede the market for free agents in the 1980s. As a result of his rulings, owners had to pay $280 million.

New York Times Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Louisiana Authorities Seek to Arrest Odell Beckham Jr. for Backside Slap
Video of the star Cleveland Browns receiver showed him smacking the backside of a security officer while celebrating his alma mater, Louisiana State, winning college football's national championship.

New York Times Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Rocky Johnson, Pro Wrestler Who Trained His Son the Rock, Dies at 75
Mr. Johnson battled racism early in his career and later helped train his son Dwayne Johnson, introducing him to the world of professional wrestling years before he became a famous actor.

New York Times Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Iranian Chess Official Fears Going Home Over Hijab Photo
Shohreh Bayat said she was afraid of returning to Iran after an image of her at a chess tournament abroad seemed to show her not wearing a hijab.

New York Times Sports
Jan 16, 2020

When Titles Are Tarnished by Cheating but Not Taken Away
The Houston Astros' sign-stealing scheme could be the apex of the cheating era. Or maybe that's just the way things are now in sports.

New York Times Sports
Jan 16, 2020

When Titles Are Tarnished but Not Taken Away
The Houston Astros' sign-stealing scheme could be the apex of the cheating era. Or maybe that's just the way things are now in sports.

New York Times Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Coco Gauff Will Have a Familiar First-Round Opponent: Venus Williams
The 15-year-old American, who beat Williams in the first round at Wimbledon last year, will face her again at the Australian Open.

New York Times Sports
Jan 16, 2020

N.H.L. Draft Pick Inspires Dreams as Big as the Yukon
Dylan Cozens became only the fourth Yukon-bred player drafted to the N.H.L. last year, giving juniors in his remote hometown a path to follow.

New York Times Sports
Jan 15, 2020

Conor McGregor Silent When Asked About Sexual Assault Investigations
At a news conference, the U.F.C. star got help turning aside a question about two investigations in Ireland.

New York Times Sports
Jan 15, 2020

Rocky Johnson, Professional Wrestler and Father of Dwayne (the Rock) Johnson, Dies at 75
Mr. Johnson battled racism early in his career and later helped train his son, introducing him to the world of professional wrestling years before he became a famous actor.

New York Times Sports
Jan 15, 2020

L.S.U. Examines Whether Odell Beckham Jr. Gave Cash to Players
After the Tigers won the national championship, Beckham, a former L.S.U. player, was recorded counting "apparent cash" on the field and giving bills to at least one player.

New York Times Sports
Jan 15, 2020

After Painful Divorces for Red Sox and Astros, Will the Mets Follow Suit?
Boston and Houston fired their managers over their roles in a cheating scandal. Carlos Beltran's involvement gives his new employer a difficult decision.

New York Times Sports
Jan 15, 2020

Zion Williamson Seems Just Days From His Official N.B.A. Debut
The former Duke star, who is in his rookie season for the Pelicans, is set to play his first regular-season N.B.A. game on Jan. 22.

New York Times Sports
Jan 15, 2020

Luke Kuechly Joins N.F.L.'s Under-30 Retirees Club
The Carolina Panthers star linebacker joins a wave of stars — including Gronk, Luck and Megatron — who chose their health over football's warrior culture.

New York Times Sports
Jan 15, 2020

Iranian Chess Official Fears Going Home Over Hijab Images
Shohreh Bayat is at the top of her field, but she is afraid of returning to Iran after images of her at a chess tournament abroad seeming not to wear a hijab reportedly circulated online.

New York Times Sports
Jan 15, 2020

Holy Cross Student Rower Killed in Florida Crash
According to the college, Grace Rett, 20, died when a pickup truck slammed into a van carrying about a dozen members of the team.

New York Times Sports
Jan 15, 2020

Carlos Beltran's Future Is Murky After Scandal Claims 2 Managers' Jobs
M.L.B. found that Beltran was a key part of the Astros' plan to steal pitching signs. But since he was a player, he wasn't punished, and it could give the Mets a path toward keeping him.

New York Times Sports
Jan 15, 2020

Neanderthals Could Swim. They Even Dived.
Shell tools found in a Neanderthal cave may have been retrieved from water as deep as 13 feet.

New York Times Sports
Jan 15, 2020

Don't Be Mad at Alex ‘Bald Eagle' Caruso
In this week's newsletter, Marc Stein talks to Lakers guard Alex Caruso about his All-Star votes, and explains whether N.B.A. players have to get a flu shot.

New York Times Sports
Jan 15, 2020

Caddies Push for a Share of Sponsorship Money
They are on camera almost as much as the players and say that the exposure is valuable.

New York Times Sports
Jan 15, 2020

For Golfers, Qualifying School Opens the Door
It is the fastest way for players to get into the European Tour, and some who passed the test will be at Abu Dhabi.

New York Times Sports
Jan 15, 2020

Patrick Cantlay, Once a Star Amateur, Aims for the Top
A back injury waylaid him for years, and he now wants to be the best player in the world.

New York Times Sports
Jan 14, 2020

Alex Cora Ousted by Red Sox After Sign-Stealing Scandal
Cora, who spent two seasons as the Boston manager, was Houston's bench coach in 2017 and has been implicated in an M.L.B. report on the Astros' cheating.

New York Times Sports
Jan 14, 2020

Alex Cora Parts Ways With Red Sox After Cheating Scandal
Cora, who was hired as the Red Sox's manager in 2018, was the Houston Astros' bench coach in 2017 and was implicated in an elaborate sign-stealing scheme.

New York Times Sports
Jan 14, 2020

Houston Astros Cheating Scandal: Sign-Stealing, Firings and Other Questions
The team fired its manager, A.J. Hinch, and general manager, Jeff Luhnow, just after Major League Baseball handed them one-year suspensions.

New York Times Sports
Jan 14, 2020

L.S.U. Won a Championship. Its Next Challenge Has Already Started.
College football's national champions have found consecutive titles difficult to attain. Now, it's L.S.U.'s turn to try.

New York Times Sports
Jan 14, 2020

Wildfires Mar First Days of Play at Australian Open Qualifiers
Smoke from the fires shrouded the courts and caused one player to double over in coughing fits.

New York Times Sports
Jan 14, 2020

Alex Cora Helped the Astros Cheat. Will He Face Similar Penalties?
Cora, the Boston Red Sox manager, helped design the Astros' cheating operation in 2017, when he was their bench coach. Now M.L.B. is turning its attention to his role in the scheme.

New York Times Sports
Jan 14, 2020

Astros Fire Two, but That Won't Clean Out Baseball's Den of Thieves
One takeaway from the Astros' sign-stealing scandal is the cheating is ignored until the moment it isn't.

New York Times Sports
Jan 14, 2020

Ernesto Valverde and the Prison of Barcelona's Past
On top of La Liga and unbeaten in the Champions League, Barcelona fired its manager because its present cannot compete with its golden age.

New York Times Sports
Jan 14, 2020

W.N.B.A. Makes ‘Big Bet on Women' With a New Contract
The league and its players' union have agreed in principle on a new collective bargaining agreement that would nearly double the maximum salary and provide paid maternal leave.

New York Times Sports
Jan 14, 2020

Astros Manager and G.M. Fired Over Cheating Scandal
General Manager Jeff Luhnow and Manager A.J. Hinch transformed the team from a perennial loser to a champion, but a cheating scheme that began in 2017 cost them their jobs.

New York Times Sports
Jan 14, 2020

The Houston Astros' Cheating Scandal: Sign-Stealing, Firings and Other Questions
The team fired its manager, A.J. Hinch, and general manager, Jeff Luhnow, just after Major League Baseball handed them one-year suspensions.

New York Times Sports
Jan 14, 2020

Wildfires Mar First Day of Play at Australian Open Qualifiers
Smoke from the wildfires shrouded the courts and caused one player to double over in coughing fits.

New York Times Sports
Jan 14, 2020

L.S.U. Wins the Title the Way It Won All Season: Behind Joe Burrow
The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback threw five touchdowns Monday night against Clemson, delivering a national championship for L.S.U.

New York Times Sports
Jan 14, 2020

How L.S.U. Beat Clemson to Win the College Football National Title
A win in Monday's title game erased any remaining doubts that Ed Orgeron's team had arrived as a dominant force in the sport.

New York Times Sports
Jan 13, 2020

L.S.U. vs. Clemson Live Updates: Clemson Gets Closer
Clemson started with a lead on L.S.U., but L.S.U. came storming back as the college football giants traded blows.

New York Times Sports
Jan 13, 2020

What We Know About the Houston Astros' Sign-Stealing Scandal
The team fired its manager, A.J. Hinch, and general manager, Jeff Luhnow, just after Major League Baseball handed them one-year suspensions.

New York Times Sports
Jan 13, 2020

Clemson vs L.S.U. Live Updates: Clemson Scores First
Clemson has the No. 1 defense and is the reigning champion. L.S.U. has the top offense and the Heisman Trophy winner, Joe Burrow, at quarterback.

New York Times Sports
Jan 13, 2020

Technology, Once the Astros' Ally, Helps Do Them In
Jeff Luhnow built a powerhouse in Houston by trying to gain every edge possible. In the end, he pushed the envelope too far.

New York Times Sports
Jan 13, 2020

A.J. Hinch and Jeff Luhnow Are Ousted Over Astros Cheating Scandal
Luhnow and Hinch helped transform the team from a perennial loser to a champion, but a brazen cheating scheme that began in 2017 cost them their jobs on Monday.

New York Times Sports
Jan 13, 2020

Clemson vs. L.S.U.: Live Updates From the National Championship Game
Clemson has the No. 1 defense and is the reigning champion. L.S.U. has the top offense and the Heisman Trophy winner, Joe Burrow, at quarterback.

New York Times Sports
Jan 13, 2020

A.J. Hinch and Jeff Luhnow Fired Over Astros Cheating Scandal
Hours after M.L.B. announced punishment for the club because of an elaborate sign-stealing scheme, the team's owner announced that Hinch, the manager, and Luhnow, the general manager, had been fired.

New York Times Sports
Jan 13, 2020

A.J. Hinch and Jeff Luhnow Suspended One Year in Astros Scandal
Houston will also lose draft picks in 2020 and 2021 and will be fined $5 million as part of the punishment.

New York Times Sports
Jan 13, 2020

Where Trails Are for Skating, Not Hiking
It's a skater's dream: icy forest mazes and long, winding paths through winter landscapes. In Quebec, Canada, the dream is real.

New York Times Sports
Jan 13, 2020

Week of Upsets Shakes Up Women's Basketball
The Nos. 1, 2 and 3 teams all lost, pushing South Carolina to the top of the poll.

New York Times Sports
Jan 13, 2020

The Devils Have a New G.M., and a New Role for Martin Brodeur
Tom Fitzgerald was named interim general manager on Sunday. The team's most famous ex-player may be getting a higher profile, too.

New York Times Sports
Jan 13, 2020

After California Law, Statehouses Push to Expand Rights of College Athletes
More than two dozen states are expected to debate issues like whether college athletes can cut endorsement deals or hire agents. The N.C.A.A. says a patchwork of rules could jeopardize competition.

New York Times Sports
Jan 13, 2020

Nelson Bryant, ‘Supreme Chronicler' of Outdoor Life, Dies at 96
For nearly four decades, his lyrical columns for The Times brought readers to the banks of clear-running streams and the hushed glades of majestic forests.

New York Times Sports
Jan 13, 2020

Back in A.F.C. Title Game, Patrick Mahomes Is Eager for More
After falling behind, 24-0, in the second quarter, the Chiefs rallied behind their quarterback.

New York Times Sports
Jan 13, 2020

Kyrie Irving Is Back, as if He Never Left
After a 26-game absence, and just a week after talking about having surgery, Kyrie Irving was almost perfect.

New York Times Sports
Jan 13, 2020

Back in the A.F.C. Title Game, Patrick Mahomes is Hungry for More
After falling behind, 24-0, in the second quarter, the Chiefs rallied behind their quarterback.

New York Times Sports
Jan 13, 2020

Iran's Only Female Olympic Medalist Defects Over ‘Lies' and ‘Injustice'
Kimia Alizadeh, 21, announced her decision in an Instagram post featuring a photo from the 2016 Summer Games, where she won a bronze medal in taekwondo.

New York Times Sports
Jan 13, 2020

Keys for the Clemson-L.S.U. National Title Game
The teams competing for a national title have two of the top quarterbacks, two of the top running backs and the luxury of rest.

New York Times Sports
Jan 13, 2020

An Ice Skater's Paradise in Quebec
It's a skater's dream: icy forest mazes and long, winding trails through winter landscapes. In Canada, the dream is real.

New York Times Sports
Jan 13, 2020

As Joe Burrow Spoke of Hunger, His Hometown Felt the Lift
The L.S.U. quarterback's comments after winning the Heisman Trophy resonated with a region that struggles with poverty.

New York Times Sports
Jan 13, 2020

What We Learned in the N.F.L.'s Divisional Round
The Titans pulled off a stunning upset, the Chiefs won in a blowout, the 49ers got healthy and the Packers survived a comeback attempt. The conference championship field is set.

New York Times Sports
Jan 12, 2020

Arizona State Completes Oregon Sweep
The unranked Sun Devils took down No. 2 Oregon and No. 3 Oregon State this weekend.

New York Times Sports
Jan 12, 2020

How the Packers Beat the Seahawks to Advance to the N.F.C. Championship Game
Thanks to Aaron Rodgers, and some plucky defense, Green Bay will play San Francisco next week for a shot at the Super Bowl.

New York Times Sports
Jan 12, 2020

Seahawks vs. Packers Live Updates: Green Bay Keeps Packing on Points
Aaron Rodgers finds Davante Adams again, this time with a 40-yard touchdown pass.

New York Times Sports
Jan 12, 2020

Seahawks vs. Packers Live Updates: Rodgers Puts Green Bay Up, 7-0
Green Bay is hosting Seattle in a game that will send its winner to the N.F.C. championship game against San Francisco.

New York Times Sports
Jan 12, 2020

How the Chiefs Beat the Texans to Advance to the A.F.C. Championship Game
Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City offense were unstoppable after withstanding the Houston Texans' early rally.

New York Times Sports
Jan 12, 2020

Chiefs Rally From 24-0 Deficit to Take Lead at Half: Live Updates
The Kansas City Chiefs take an improbable 28-24 lead over the Houston Texans into halftime.

New York Times Sports
Jan 12, 2020

Texans vs. Chiefs: Live Updates of the A.F.C. Divisional Round
Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City host Deshaun Watson and Houston, with a trip to face the Titans in the A.F.C. championship game on the line.

New York Times Sports
Jan 12, 2020

What to Watch in the Seahawks-Packers Divisional Game
Snowy conditions could lead to both teams leaning heavily on their running backs. For once, that's not an issue for Green Bay.

New York Times Sports
Jan 12, 2020

What to Watch in the Texans-Chiefs A.F.C. Divisional Game
Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City host Deshaun Watson and Houston, with a trip to face the Titans in the A.F.C. championship game on the line.

New York Times Sports
Jan 12, 2020

Serena Williams Gets First Singles Tournament Win Since Giving Birth
No. 10-ranked Williams beat fellow American Jessica Pegula, 6-3, 6-4, on Sunday in New Zealand.

New York Times Sports
Jan 12, 2020

Lamar Jackson's Dream Season Ends With a Startling Loss
The N.F.L.'s presumptive Most Valuable Player could not lead the Baltimore Ravens past the Tennessee Titans.

New York Times Sports
Jan 12, 2020

In Competition for Top Jobs, in the N.F.L. and Beyond, It Pays to be a White Man
Only one of five head coach openings in the N.F.L. this off-season has been filled by a person of color, which is how it often goes at the country's elite organizations.

New York Times Sports
Jan 12, 2020

How the Titans Beat the Ravens to Advance to the A.F.C. Championship Game
The Ravens came into the playoffs as the top seed in the A.F.C., but quarterback Ryan Tannehill turned the game into a rout for Tennessee by outplaying Lamar Jackson.

New York Times Sports
Jan 11, 2020

Titans up 28-12 on Ravens: Lamar Jackson Has 3 Turnovers
The Ravens came into the playoffs as the top seed in the A.F.C., but quarterback Ryan Tannehill was turning the game into a rout for Tennessee by outplaying Lamar Jackson.

New York Times Sports
Jan 11, 2020

Titans up 14-0 on Ravens: Tannehill Throws Long Touchdown
The Baltimore Ravens came into the playoffs as the top seed in the A.F.C. But Ryan Tannehill threw two touchdowns to give Tennessee a 14-0 lead in the second quarter.

New York Times Sports
Jan 11, 2020

How the 49ers Beat the Vikings to Advance to the N.F.C. Championship Game
The 49ers defeated the Vikings, 27-10, in dominating fashion, including two rushing touchdowns and by capitalizing on Vikings mistakes.

New York Times Sports
Jan 11, 2020

49ers vs. Vikings Live Score: San Francisco Up 27-10 in the 4th Quarter
The 49ers capitalized on a Vikings mistake to kick a field goal and expand their lead. They have dominated the whole game.

New York Times Sports
Jan 11, 2020

Titans vs. Ravens: Live Updates of A.F.C. Divisional Round
The Baltimore Ravens are the top seed in the A.F.C. and fresh from skipping the wild-card round. But the Tennessee Titans beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots last week.

New York Times Sports
Jan 11, 2020

49ers Vs. Vikings Live Updates: Kendrick Bourne Puts 49ers Ahead
The 49ers go up 7-0 on their first possession. The Vikings are coming off an upset of the Saints driven in part by a strong passing game.

New York Times Sports
Jan 11, 2020

C.T.E. and a Loved One's Death Haunt a Clemson Player's Family
Nolan Turner caught a game-clinching interception to send Clemson to college football's title game. Kevin Turner, his father, played in the N.F.L. and died after battling a disease associated with blows to the head.

New York Times Sports
Jan 11, 2020

What to Watch in the Titans vs. Ravens A.F.C. Divisional Game
The Baltimore Ravens are the top seed in the A.F.C. and fresh from skipping the wild-card round. But the Tennessee Titans beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots last week.

New York Times Sports
Jan 11, 2020

What to Watch in the Vikings vs. 49ers N.F.C. Divisional Game
The 49ers are the top seed in the N.F.C. and have a strong offense and stout defense (usually), but the Vikings are coming off an upset of the Saints driven in part by a strong passing game.

New York Times Sports
Jan 11, 2020

The 8 N.F.L. Stars Who Powered Their Teams to the Playoffs
A field of 32 teams is down to its final eight in the quest for a championship. Our experts pick the players most instrumental to each team's success.

New York Times Sports
Jan 11, 2020

Officials Called ‘Redmen' a Racist Mascot. Then Voters Weighed In.
The symbol was removed in a Connecticut town. Now, newly empowered Republicans are restoring it.

New York Times Sports
Jan 11, 2020

What Makes Nick Bosa So Good? Let the Experts Explain
The best rookie defender in the N.F.L. dominates with speed, power and technical expertise amplified by a sophistication rare for his age.

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