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New York Times Sports
Jul 05, 2020

Baseball Is Showing Some Early Optimism. How Long Can It Last?
As players return for workouts amid the coronavirus pandemic, cities with clubs have seen recent increases in cases.

New York Times Sports
Jul 04, 2020

Masahiro Tanaka Struck by Ball as Yankees Take Health Hit
In a harrowing first workout of the summer, the Yankees starting pitcher was struck on Saturday. Later, the team announced that All-Star infielder D.J. LaMahieu and pitcher Luis Cessa tested positive for Covid-19.

New York Times Sports
Jul 04, 2020

Masahiro Tanaka Hospitalized After Being Hit by Line Drive
The Yankees starting pitcher was struck during live batting practice in the team's first summer workout on Saturday.

New York Times Sports
Jul 04, 2020

Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo Win 2020 Nathan's Hot Dog Competition
Even with a diminished field, the two competitive eaters put on an impressive showing in the annual event, which was held in a private location with coronavirus provisions this year.

New York Times Sports
Jul 04, 2020

With Plexiglass and Piles of Hot Dogs, a Fourth of July Tradition Lives On
"They're going to be burping and groaning, and I'm just going to have to focus on my hot dogs," the 2020 Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest champion mused ahead of the quieter, crowd-free competition.

New York Times Sports
Jul 04, 2020

The Anthem Debate Is Back. But Now It's Standing That's Polarizing.
As games return and dozens of players drop to one knee, leagues that once tried to tiptoe around the issue won't be able to avoid it.

New York Times Sports
Jul 04, 2020

Interpreting More Than Words for a Baseball Star
At one point, Bryan Lee, the interpreter for the Toronto Blue Jays ace Hyun-jin Ryu, was not cutting his hair or changing his T-shirt, to be in sync with the pitcher.

New York Times Sports
Jul 04, 2020

Tennis Tours Debate Ranking Systems Frozen by the Coronavirus
The rankings have key implications for tournament seedings and sponsor bonuses.

New York Times Sports
Jul 03, 2020

Cleveland Indians Say They Will ‘Determine Best Path Forward' on Name
The announcement came hours after the Washington Redskins of the N.F.L. made a similar statement. Both teams have been the subject of protests and criticism from Native Americans and others.

New York Times Sports
Jul 03, 2020

A Joyous Return to M.L.B.'s Ballparks, With a Dose of Wariness
"I know you can't really see the smiles on us, because we've got our masks on," the Red Sox' manager said as teams were allowed to formally work out again. "But it was a long time at home."

New York Times Sports
Jul 03, 2020

The Washington Redskins Might Get a Name Change. Why Now?
The move toward changing a mascot name after decades of complaints underscores how America's most popular sport has scrambled to keep up with shifts in public opinion.

New York Times Sports
Jul 03, 2020

Ryan Babel's Career Never Fit in 140 Characters.
Ryan Babel, one of the first high-profile soccer players to use social media, has spent his career being defined by everything but his play.

New York Times Sports
Jul 03, 2020

Washington Redskins' Name Review Follows Years of Protest
Many find the name offensive, yet there has always been defiance from the team's owners.

New York Times Sports
Jul 03, 2020

Washington and the N.F.L. Might Change the Redskins Name. Why Now?
The move toward changing a mascot name after decades of complaints underscores how America's most popular sport has scrambled to keep up with shifts in public opinion.

New York Times Sports
Jul 03, 2020

Coronavirus Leads Some Athletes to Opt Out, if They Can Afford It
The decision on whether to participate in restarting seasons is exposing the haves and have-nots of the sports world.

New York Times Sports
Jul 03, 2020

Washington Redskins to Review Team's Name
The review — a prelude to a potential change — comes after years of protest from those who find the name offensive and defiance from the team's owner.

New York Times Sports
Jul 03, 2020

Coronavirus Leads Some Athletes to Opt Out, if They Can Afford to
The decision on whether to participate in restarting seasons is exposing the haves and have-nots of the sports world.

New York Times Sports
Jul 03, 2020

He Drove 3,000 Miles to Find a Pool and Ended Up in the Ocean
Rudy Garcia-Tolson is determined to make a fifth Paralympic team, even if he has to start at the bottom. Or on a surfboard.

New York Times Sports
Jul 03, 2020

When a Farewell Season Was Wiped Out, the Outfield Became a Diner
This was supposed to be the Pawtucket Red Sox's final season in Rhode Island before moving to Massachusetts. Without any games for fans to attend, the team got creative.

New York Times Sports
Jul 03, 2020

Secret Contracts Held a Surprise for Fiorentina's New Owners
Rocco B. Commisso completed his purchase of an Italian team in record time. It was only after the closing that he learned an agent controlled the fate of some of the club's top players.

New York Times Sports
Jul 02, 2020

FedEx Joins Push for Washington Redskins to Be Renamed
The shipping giant paid $205 million for the naming rights to FedEx Field under a sponsorship deal that began in 1999.

New York Times Sports
Jul 02, 2020

Manchester City Runs Past Liverpool, but Premier League Race Ended Months Ago
"How is it possible," the coach of Liverpool's champions asked himself recently, "that anybody is 20 points ahead of this team?"

New York Times Sports
Jul 02, 2020

Maya Moore's Help to Win Jonathan Irons's Freedom Shows Women Leading Change
Largely outside of the limelight, athletes like Maya Moore, who helped win the freedom of Jonathan Irons in a questionable conviction, have led the charge for social change.

New York Times Sports
Jul 02, 2020

After Toasting Liverpool, City Shows What Might Have Been
"How is it possible," the coach of Liverpool's champions asked himself recently, "that anybody is 20 points ahead of this team?"

New York Times Sports
Jul 02, 2020

For N.W.S.L., Federal Pandemic Relief Loan Saved Season Lost to Virus
The N.W.S.L. was one of millions of businesses that took Paycheck Protection Program loans this year. The money got the league and its players through eight uncertain weeks.

New York Times Sports
Jul 02, 2020

N.F.L. Owners and Players in Talks on How to Offset Loss of Fans
In ongoing discussions, team owners and the players' union are considering how to spread out reductions in the salary cap if few or no fans attend games this fall.

New York Times Sports
Jul 02, 2020

N.F.L. Owners, Players in Talks on How to Offset Loss of Fans
In ongoing discussions, team owners and the players' union are considering how to spread out reductions in the salary cap if few or no fans attend games this fall.

New York Times Sports
Jul 02, 2020

French Open, Unlike U.S. Open, to Allow Fans at its Tournament
The French Open, played on red-clay courts, is known generally for being the most crowded Grand Slam tournament. Organizers say they are planning for as many as 20,000 fans daily.

New York Times Sports
Jul 02, 2020

Gay Culverhouse,Who Helped Injured Football Players, Dies at 73
She navigated the league's male-dominated world as a team president, then devoted her energy to fighting on behalf of players with brain disorders.

New York Times Sports
Jul 02, 2020

N.F.L. to Shorten Its Preseason, Pending Players' Approval
The league proposed halving the preseason, going from four games per team to two, citing coronavirus concerns and players' need for more time to get in shape for the regular season.

New York Times Sports
Jul 02, 2020

Golfer's Pro Journey Starts With a Burst Bubble
Sahith Theegala is starting his PGA Tour career just as the coronavirus infiltrated pro golf's caravan.

New York Times Sports
Jul 02, 2020

Buried in N.J.'s Budget Cuts: a Break for a Billionaire
A stopgap budget with $4 billion in cuts also includes an opening for private development in state parks, like a long-desired expansion of a golf course into Liberty State Park.

New York Times Sports
Jul 01, 2020

Jonathan Irons, Helped by W.N.B.A. Star Maya Moore, Freed From Prison
The W.N.B.A. star took time away from basketball to help Irons overturn his conviction.

New York Times Sports
Jul 01, 2020

The Yankees' 2 Goals: Avoid the Coronavirus, and Win the World Series
Winning a title has been their focus since February, of course. As they return to training, they acknowledged it's gotten a little more complicated.

New York Times Sports
Jul 01, 2020

A Baseball Legend Wrestles With Removing His Former Boss's Statue
A former Times columnist was struck by Rod Carew's encounters with the police decades ago while playing with the Twins, and his outlook now on the legacy of the former owner Calvin Griffith.

New York Times Sports
Jul 01, 2020

Let's Race Two: Behind the Indy-NASCAR Doubleheader
For the first time, NASCAR and IndyCar will run races at the same venue on the same weekend. Is this the start of a new tradition?

New York Times Sports
Jul 01, 2020

Reality Seeps In: Basketball Is Starting, and the Virus Is Still Here
"It sounded good a month or two ago," said the Raptors' Fred VanVleet of the N.B.A.'s restart plan. "Not so much right before we got ready to leave."

New York Times Sports
Jul 01, 2020

Why Morehouse and Clemson Made Different Football Choices
Morehouse, the first scholarship football program to cancel its season, cited how the coronavirus has disproportionately impacted Black people. Clemson has insisted on continuing despite 37 positive coronavirus tests.

New York Times Sports
Jul 01, 2020

Welcome to a Summer of Sports, if All Goes Well
Major League Baseball returns on July 23. The N.B.A. returns on July 30. Both the W.N.B.A. and the N.H.L. will return this month, too.

New York Times Sports
Jul 01, 2020

Do Empty Stadiums Affect Outcomes? The Data Says Yes
When the Bundesliga resumed its season without fans, it became a valuable laboratory. Other leagues should take note of what it learned.

New York Times Sports
Jun 30, 2020

Minor League Baseball Season Is Canceled for the First Time
The decision was expected but still devastating for tens of thousands of players and workers who rely on the minor league season for employment.

New York Times Sports
Jun 30, 2020

Sports Are Returning. Virus Cases Are Rising. How Many Is Too Many?
Leagues are setting up bubbles and writing safety protocols, but as long as the coronavirus continues to surge across the country, their seasons remain at risk.

New York Times Sports
Jun 30, 2020

Angela Madsen, Paralympian Rower, Dies on Solo Pacific Voyage at 60
With her legs paralyzed, she found freedom rowing across oceans. "It's hopeless, it's majestic, it's exhilarating," she said.

New York Times Sports
Jun 30, 2020

A Month Before the N.B.A.'s Restart, the Nets Keep Losing Players
The coronavirus and injuries have left the Nets with a depleted roster, raising questions about how competitive they will be when the season resumes in July.

New York Times Sports
Jun 30, 2020

Well, It Was a Nice Try: Some Sports Aren't Going So Well
Some colleges are calling off fall sports entirely as leagues around the world grapple with how to return to play safely.

New York Times Sports
Jun 30, 2020

Adidas Executive Resigns as Turmoil at Company Continues
Karen Parkin oversaw human resources for the sports apparel giant, which has faced criticism from employees who say it fosters a racist and discriminatory workplace.

New York Times Sports
Jun 30, 2020

Reflecting on Rod Carew, Minneapolis and Racism
A former Times columnist was struck by Carew's encounters with the police decades ago while playing with the Twins, and his outlook now.

New York Times Sports
Jun 30, 2020

As Major League Soccer Expands, Teams Are Getting New Homes
Seven teams are building privately financed stadiums, a departure from the billions of public dollars spent on new arenas in other sports leagues.

New York Times Sports
Jun 30, 2020

‘Intelligent' or ‘Strong': Study Finds Bias in Soccer Broadcasts
An analysis sponsored by a union of English soccer professionals concluded that there was racial bias in the way European commentators talk about players.

New York Times Sports
Jun 30, 2020

College Coaches Might See Top Prospects Through Streams This Summer
At least four big events are planned in Las Vegas in July. But these are no bubbles like in the pros — there are no mandated coronavirus tests or restrictions on where players may stay.

New York Times Sports
Jun 30, 2020

Spencer Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan of the Nets Test Positive for the Coronavirus
Jordan said he would not play when the N.B.A. resumes at the end of July, while Dinwiddie said he was exhibiting symptoms but still hoped to participate.

New York Times Sports
Jun 29, 2020

In a Season of Challenges, the Mets See a Unique Opportunity, Too
With a short season and a universal designated hitter, General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen is optimistic about his team's chances — as long as players and staff can keep the virus at bay.

New York Times Sports
Jun 29, 2020

Bill Belichick Never Tipped His Post-Brady Plan. Now It's Clear.
The Cam Newton signing shows why league observers have nearly unshakable faith in decisions made by the New England Patriots' coach. "People are just so used to Bill Belichick figuring it out."

New York Times Sports
Jun 29, 2020

Ryan Zimmerman, Joe Ross and Mike Leake Opt Out of MLB Season Citing Pandemic
Zimmerman, a pillar of the Nationals' World Series-winning team, will skip the season, citing personal and family safety. Joe Ross of the Nationals and Mike Leake of the Diamondbacks also opted out.

New York Times Sports
Jun 29, 2020

Ryan Zimmerman and 2 Others Opt Out of M.L.B. Season
Zimmerman, a pillar of the Nationals' World Series-winning team, will skip the season, citing personal and family safety. Joe Ross of the Nationals and Mike Leake of the Diamondbacks also opted out.

New York Times Sports
Jun 29, 2020

Athletes Speak Out Against Returning: ‘People Are Still Dying'
"Thousands of people are still dying in Brazil, and we're forced to play football with no protection," Mario Bittencourt, the chairman of a Brazilian soccer team, wrote before a game.

New York Times Sports
Jun 29, 2020

Netflix Series About Colin Kaepernick Is in the Works From Ava DuVernay
The six-episode show will be based on the athlete's teenage years growing up Black with a white adoptive family.

New York Times Sports
Jun 29, 2020

Netflix Series About Colin Kaepernick in the Works From Ava DuVernay
The six-episode show will be based on the athlete's teenage years growing up Black with a white adopted family.

New York Times Sports
Jun 29, 2020

Swimming With the Sea Lions of Los Islotes
Sea lions are often referred to as "dogs of the sea." On a small island off the Baja coast, where the playful animals populate every rocky outcropping, they live up to their nickname.

New York Times Sports
Jun 29, 2020

Gerardo Parra Hopes ‘Baby Shark' Magic Can Bring a Title in Japan, Too
"It brings energy, and we need that to help make a championship team here," Parra, the former Nationals player, said of the children's song that was the soundtrack to the team's World Series run.

New York Times Sports
Jun 29, 2020

Florida Court Will Hear Video Appeal in Robert Kraft Case
An appellate court will decide whether video evidence is admissible in the case against the New England Patriots owner. It was thrown out by a court in Palm Beach County, Fla., in May 2019.

New York Times Sports
Jun 29, 2020

Italian Soccer's Fractious Chorus Tries a New Tune: Cooperation
Serie A's president, Paolo Dal Pino, walked into a crisis when he took the job in January. Six months later, he sees the pandemic as an opportunity to remake his league.

New York Times Sports
Jun 28, 2020

New England Patriots Sign Cam Newton and Face N.F.L. Penalty
On Sunday, the team signed the former league M.V.P. to a one-year deal and was fined $1.1 million and a third-round pick in the 2021 draft for its role in a videotaping an opponent's sideline.

New York Times Sports
Jun 28, 2020

Dustin Johnson Splashed and Rallied to a Travelers Championship Win
Johnson shot a career low 61 on Saturday and held on late Sunday to stretch his tour wins streak to 13 consecutive seasons.

New York Times Sports
Jun 28, 2020

The Lost Spring
For many young athletes, senior night is the last act of the last season of their high school careers, and their days as competitive athletes. But how do you celebrate after the coronavirus rewrites the story?

New York Times Sports
Jun 27, 2020

The First Pick in the N.H.L. Draft Goes to … TBD
The N.H.L. held the first of two lotteries to determine the 2020 draft order but, in a confounding reveal, did not name the team which will select first over all.

New York Times Sports
Jun 27, 2020

N.W.S.L. Players Kneel for Anthem as League Returns to Field
Kaiya McCullough plans to continue to kneel during the national anthem when the N.W.S.L. restarts its season. On Saturday, dozens of other players did the same.

New York Times Sports
Jun 27, 2020

French Soccer's Renegade President Would Like a Word. With Everyone.
As French soccer closed down, one club executive complained the loudest. Now, as other European soccer leagues have resumed, Jean-Michel Aulas is doubling down.

New York Times Sports
Jun 27, 2020

Her Olympic Dream on Hold, Teen Gymnast Faces Other Trials
Sunisa Lee had been ecstatic to return to her gym at the start of June. Then came tumult in Minnesota and the death of two close relatives. "I just want this year to be over. I'm so ready for 2021."

New York Times Sports
Jun 27, 2020

How College Sports Spurred Mississippi to Seriously Reconsider Its Flag
Time and again, debate over the state's flag and its Confederate battle imagery faded away. Then college sports leaders threatened to take away some of the biggest games.

New York Times Sports
Jun 26, 2020

Despite Virus Spike, N.B.A. Is ‘Very Comfortable' With Florida Plan
"We can't sit on the sidelines indefinitely," Commissioner Adam Silver said on Friday, as the number of coronavirus cases in Florida continued to quickly rise.

New York Times Sports
Jun 26, 2020

She Took a Knee in College. She'll Do the Same as a Pro.
Kaiya McCullough plans to continue to kneel during the national anthem when the N.W.S.L. returns to play on Saturday. This time, though, she might not be alone.

New York Times Sports
Jun 26, 2020

The Triumph of Merseyball: How Liverpool Won the Premier League
For three decades, Liverpool has struggled to find its place in modern soccer. Its Premier League title, the product of good data and good decisions, is the apotheosis of a very modern club.

New York Times Sports
Jun 26, 2020

Soccer Needs to Break This Link
The far right has always seen soccer as fertile territory for new recruits. It is high time soccer made it plain its hatred is not welcome.

New York Times Sports
Jun 26, 2020

P.G.A. Tour Reminds Golfers to Stay Safe at Travelers Championship
Tour officials sent golfers a health tracking device and expanded testing protocols after six golfers pulled out of the Traveler's Championship because of positive tests for the coronavirus.

New York Times Sports
Jun 26, 2020

Morehouse Cancels Football and Cross Country Because of Coronavirus
The historically black college in Atlanta is one of the first universities to cancel football in 2020 amid the pandemic.

New York Times Sports
Jun 26, 2020

Is This Whistle the Future of Refereeing?
Officiating with a deep breath and a burst of air no longer seems wise in the coronavirus era. Is a hand-held, electronic whistle the answer?

New York Times Sports
Jun 26, 2020

For Black NASCAR Fans, Change Would Mean Feeling at Ease at a Race
NASCAR's decision to ban the Confederate battle flag has stirred conversations about attracting new fans. In some ways, that has overlooked the experiences of black fans already committed to the sport.

New York Times Sports
Jun 26, 2020

Baseball Avoided a Lost Season. But Bigger Threats May Lie Ahead.
The contentious negotiations between M.L.B. and the players' union that nearly killed the 2020 season only deepened a schism that could soon swallow up the sport.

New York Times Sports
Jun 26, 2020

NASCAR Releases Image of Noose Found in Bubba Wallace's Garage
"As you can see from the photo, the noose was real, as was our concern for Bubba," said Steve Phelps, the president of NASCAR.

New York Times Sports
Jun 25, 2020

Liverpool Wins Premier League Without Breaking a Sweat
Chelsea's victory over Manchester City handed the trophy to Liverpool, which ended a 30-year title drought to cap the strangest of seasons.

New York Times Sports
Jun 25, 2020

N.F.L. Trims Early Preseason Game and Prepares for Training Camps
Team owners canceled the annual Hall of Fame Game, but held firm on opening training camps in July and the regular season in September.

New York Times Sports
Jun 25, 2020

Australia and New Zealand Will Host 2023 Women's World Cup
The joint hosting arrangement would be the first for women's soccer's biggest championship, which will expand to 32 teams for the event.

New York Times Sports
Jun 25, 2020

Kentucky Derby to Allow Spectators in September
The plan encourages guests and staff at Churchill Downs to wear masks, wash their hands and keep their distance from one another in the stands and in the barns.

New York Times Sports
Jun 25, 2020

Jarome Iginla Headlines 2020 Hockey Hall of Fame Class
Iginla, the fourth black person selected to the hall, joins inductees Marian Hossa, Kevin Lowe, Doug Wilson, Canadian women's goaltender Kim St. Pierre and longtime general manager Ken Holland.

New York Times Sports
Jun 25, 2020

U.S.T.A. Reinstates U.S. Open Wheelchair Tournament
The tournament's original framework released last week eliminated the competition, a decision many wheelchair players said had been made without consulting them.

New York Times Sports
Jun 25, 2020

This College Football Team Had No Coronavirus Cases at First. Then It Shut Down.
A spike in positive coronavirus tests is prompting universities across college sports to acknowledge how precarious their plans are for a season.

New York Times Sports
Jun 25, 2020

Racing a World-Champion Rower in My Garage
I wanted to let myself be swept away by the intoxicating fantasy of: What If?

New York Times Sports
Jun 25, 2020

N.B.A. Ironmen Cling to Routine During the Load Management Era
A small faction of players — less than 4 percent in the 2018-19 season — play in all 82 games in a season. They have had to adjust to some rare downtime with the N.B.A. shut down by the pandemic.

New York Times Sports
Jun 24, 2020

Talladega Noose Incident Puts Spotlight on NASCAR's Troubles With Racism
Although investigators determined that the knot was not meant as a hate crime targeting Bubba Wallace, the auto racing giant has long had complaints of racist behavior from people within the sport.

New York Times Sports
Jun 24, 2020

Baseball's New Rules: No Spitting, No Arguing, and Lots of Testing
M.L.B. has a new 113-page manual with protocols to keep players and staff members from getting infected by the virus during its upcoming, shortened season.

New York Times Sports
Jun 24, 2020

Knicks Add a Well-Connected Player to Their Front Office
William Wesley, better known as World Wide Wes, has long been an hugely influential, if largely unofficial, figure in college and pro basketball.

New York Times Sports
Jun 24, 2020

Redskins Cling to Team's Name but Erase Former Owner's
The Washington N.F.L. franchise spent this week removing a monument and remembrances honoring its former owner, George Preston Marshall, from team facilities and its website.

New York Times Sports
Jun 24, 2020

Basketball's Getting Close. But the Hoops Talk Will Have to Wait.
The challenges caused by the pandemic remain plentiful for the N.B.A., so hypothesizing about on-court story lines still takes a back seat to bigger issues around the sport.

New York Times Sports
Jun 24, 2020

NYC Marathon Canceled Because of Coronavirus Pandemic
Despite dropping infection rates in the region, organizers and city officials decided the risks of running a race with 50,000 participants were too high.

New York Times Sports
Jun 24, 2020

Bulked Up DeChambeau Is a Travelers Championship Favorite
DeChambeau gained 40 pounds and is now routinely hitting drives 50 yards past the competition. "I have to chase down the most scientifically efficient way to get the golf ball in the hole."

New York Times Sports
Jun 24, 2020

A Softball Team's Tweet to Trump Leads Players to Quit Mid-Series
The players said they did not want a photo of them standing during the national anthem to be used for political purposes.

New York Times Sports
Jun 24, 2020

The Team That Liverpool Forgot
Liverpool's men are on the verge of adding a Premier League crown to their European and world titles, while the club's underpowered, overlooked women's team has just been relegated.

New York Times Sports
Jun 23, 2020

After an Acrimonious Spring, Baseball Finally Has a Plan to Play
Major League Baseball has set a plan to begin its season in late July, but only after an ugly back-and-forth battle between the team owners and players that cost the sport an earlier restart.

New York Times Sports
Jun 23, 2020

F.B.I. Says Noose Was in NASCAR Garage Since Last Year
Law enforcement officials said the noose was placed well before the stall was assigned to Bubba Wallace, the lone black driver in the sport's top tier, for a race this week.

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