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New York Times Sports
Jul 15, 2020

How Exercise May Bolster the Brain
Exercise prompts the liver to pump out a little-known protein that appears to rejuvenates the brain, a new study found.

New York Times Sports
Jul 14, 2020

Jay Riffe, Spearfishing King, Is Dead at 82
He became a champion in sport fishing while in his 20s and went on to found a leading company in the manufacture of spearfishing and diving gear.

New York Times Sports
Jul 14, 2020

Tiger Woods Adjusts to Competing Without Fans
After a five-month PGA Tour layoff, Woods will try to adjust to competing without his usual throng of spectators at the Memorial Tournament this weekend. "It's just a silent and different world."

New York Times Sports
Jul 14, 2020

Delle Donne's Opt-Out Request Is Denied
A medical waiver would have allowed the W.N.B.A. M.V.P., who has struggled with Lyme disease for more than a decade, to skip the abbreviated season with pay.

New York Times Sports
Jul 14, 2020

As Training Camps Near, N.F.L. and Players Debate Protocols
The two sides are working to resolve questions about testing, opting out and revenue loss before the scheduled start of training camps in two weeks.

New York Times Sports
Jul 13, 2020

Washington Name Change Was 'a Long Time Coming'
The Washington N.F.L. team has long been a target of protests but now that its owner has budged, activists are pushing for other teams to follow suit.

New York Times Sports
Jul 13, 2020

Redskins to Drop Name, Yielding to Pressure From Sponsors and Activists
The N.F.L. team in Washington announced the move on Monday and will continue its search for a new name and logo.

New York Times Sports
Jul 13, 2020

Remaining PGA Tour Events Will Not Host Fans
The organizers of four upcoming tournaments announced on Monday that they would hold those events without spectators.

New York Times Sports
Jul 13, 2020

Manchester City Won. Now Brace for the Losses.
City's victory will be welcomed by rivals with deep pockets. But the demise of cost-control rules risks destabilizing teams and a sport already shaken by the coronavirus pandemic.

New York Times Sports
Jul 13, 2020

Russell Westbrook Says He Tested Positive for the Coronavirus
Westbrook, the superstar Houston Rockets guard, said he was "feeling well" in a post on social media on Monday.

New York Times Sports
Jul 13, 2020

Washington Redskins to Drop Name
The N.F.L. team in Washington was expected to announce the move Monday and will continue its search for a new name and logo.

New York Times Sports
Jul 13, 2020

Manchester City's Champions League Ban Is Overturned
The club, one of the world's richest teams, had faced a two-year exile from Europe's top soccer competition for breaking cost-control rules. It had long denied wrongdoing.

New York Times Sports
Jul 13, 2020

ESPN Employees Say Racism Endures Behind the Camera
In meetings and conversations among colleagues, ESPN employees have criticized the career pipeline and diversity of top leadership, eliciting a promise from executives to do better.

New York Times Sports
Jul 13, 2020

She Found Her Voice in a W.N.B.A. Locker Room, Then Used It in Sweden
Amanda Zahui B. wanted to rush back to the U.S. after George Floyd's death. But she realized there was work to be done back home.

New York Times Sports
Jul 12, 2020

Collin Morikawa Is Near-Perfect to Beat Justin Thomas in a Playoff
Morikawa made up a three-shot deficit on the final three holes in regulation and beat fifth-ranked Justin Thomas in a three-hole playoff to win the Workday Charity Open.

New York Times Sports
Jul 12, 2020

For Sports Halted at the Outbreak's Onset, Loans Saved Staff
A youth gymnastics organization. Community-based skeet shooters. A freshly formed lacrosse league. These are some of the organizations that received Paycheck Protection Program funds.

New York Times Sports
Jul 12, 2020

Two Ex-Players Sue N.F.L. and Union Over Cuts in Disability Payments
The N.F.L. and the players association agreed in a new labor deal in March to reduce payments to 400 former players who cannot work.

New York Times Sports
Jul 12, 2020

ESPN Suspends N.B.A. Reporter for Vulgar Reply to Senator
Adrian Wojnarowski, who is known for his "Woj bombs" of breaking news, emailed a different kind to a U.S. senator.

New York Times Sports
Jul 12, 2020

‘We Didn't Want to Sit Idle': A Rush to Meet Pro Sports' Testing Needs
A handful of companies and labs quickly overhauled themselves to fulfill the sudden demand for coronavirus testing from the major American pro leagues.

New York Times Sports
Jul 11, 2020

Terry Gray, Ex-U.S.A. Gymnastics Coach, Faces Charges of Lewdness With a Minor
Terry Gray, who had been a coach for the U.S.A. Gymnastics women's national team, was arrested on Friday, the police said.

New York Times Sports
Jul 11, 2020

N.H.L. Owners and Players Approve New C.B.A. and Return-to-Play Plan
The approval cements the league's plan to begin an expanded playoff tournament in August, and ensures labor peace at least through 2026.

New York Times Sports
Jul 11, 2020

Jack Charlton, Soccer Hero in England and Ireland, Dies at 85
The towering defender won the World Cup with his home country in 1966 and went on to coach the Irish national team to memorable runs at tournaments in Italy in 1990 and the U.S. in 1994.

New York Times Sports
Jul 11, 2020

Even as Covid-19 Looms, an M.L.B. Rookie Is Ready to Play
Seattle Mariners outfielder Kyle Lewis never wavered in his decision to play in baseball's truncated season. Now he's just got to get used to wearing a mask and not spitting.

New York Times Sports
Jul 11, 2020

The Bryan Brothers Were Ready to Call It Quits. Now They Might Need One Last Hug.
2020 was supposed to be a farewell tour for Bob and Mike Bryan, the incomparable tennis twins, who have long been the darlings of doubles. Then coronavirus canceled it. Will they try again?

New York Times Sports
Jul 10, 2020

Running Past an Olympic Dream
When Kyle Merber's plans to reach the Tokyo Games were derailed by the pandemic, he realized how much the singular pursuit had been holding him back.

New York Times Sports
Jul 10, 2020

FedEx Made a Demand Dan Snyder Couldn't Afford to Dismiss
Long a defiant defender of his team's name, the owner of the Washington football team changed course in short order after FedEx sent a letter threatening to withdraw its sponsorship.

New York Times Sports
Jul 10, 2020

Everton Weekes, Cricket Star and Racial Pioneer, Is Dead at 95
Along with his fellow Barbados batsmen Frank Worrell and Clyde Walcott — together they were "the three Ws" — he broke the sport's longstanding color barrier.

New York Times Sports
Jul 10, 2020

College Football Season Teeters on the Brink
Bit by bit, workouts, programs or seasons are canceled by conferences, throwing into question if it is worth having a season at all in a pandemic.

New York Times Sports
Jul 10, 2020

Turkish Soccer Has Lost Its Way
Tottenham and Arsenal are clinging to their status as members of the Premier League's Big Six. The pandemic may loosen their grip for good.

New York Times Sports
Jul 10, 2020

For Sale: A Team With a Colorful Financial History
The Mets are up for auction, with Steve Cohen again being mentioned as a front-runner to buy the team.

New York Times Sports
Jul 10, 2020

In Campaign Against Racism, Team Names Get New Scrutiny
It is not just the N.F.L.'s Washington team that could get a name change. A number of schools are also reconsidering nicknames, though some are resisting any switch.

New York Times Sports
Jul 10, 2020

A Lot of Athletes Seem to Have the Coronavirus. Here Are Some Reasons.
The rate of positive test results released by a few leagues seems higher than that of the general population. But there are explanations for that.

New York Times Sports
Jul 10, 2020

A W.N.B.A. Owner Clashes With Players on Protests
Kelly Loeffler, who is also campaigning for a Senate seat in Georgia, opposes the league's plan to allow players to wear jerseys in support of the movement.

New York Times Sports
Jul 10, 2020

In Turkey's Soccer League, the Super Lig's Giants Face a Reckoning
Turkish soccer, hobbled by fallen giants and rife with conspiracy theories, can no longer match Europe's powerhouses. Fixing its problems will require the one trait no one seems to have.

New York Times Sports
Jul 09, 2020

Dream Owner Kelly Loeffler Faces Backlash for Protest Opposition
Kelly Loeffler, who is also campaigning for a Senate seat in Georgia, opposes the league's plan to allow players to wear jerseys in support of the movement.

New York Times Sports
Jul 09, 2020

Tennis Tours Hope to Salvage Their Seasons. It's Not Getting Easier.
Both the ATP Tour the and WTA are set to resume play in August, but travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines may pose roadblocks.

New York Times Sports
Jul 09, 2020

New Jersey Devils Hire Lindy Ruff as Coach
After an organizational demolition this winter, the Devils tabbed Ruff and made interim general manager Tom Fitzgerald's role permanent.

New York Times Sports
Jul 09, 2020

Big Ten Will Play Fall Sports Only Within Conference, if at All
The league's football teams had been scheduled to participate in some of the most highly anticipated nonconference games of the 2020 season.

New York Times Sports
Jul 09, 2020

‘I Just Cost Myself 250 Grand.'
Missing a short putt worth hundreds of thousands of dollars is a golfer's nightmare, but PGA Tour veterans have ways of psyching themselves up to try anyway.

New York Times Sports
Jul 09, 2020

Game Time Beer? For M.L.S., Make That a Kickoff Cappuccino
Bed head, morning breath, fatigue. The 9 a.m. kickoffs for Major League Soccer games restarting this week could be one of the bigger challenges for players taking the field.

New York Times Sports
Jul 09, 2020

South Korean Triathlete's Suicide Exposes Team's Culture of Abuse
After Choi Suk-hyeon's death, her family released secret audio recordings that depict the physical and psychological abuse she appeared to suffer at the hands of her team's doctor and coach.

New York Times Sports
Jul 09, 2020

As N.B.A. Forges Ahead, LeBron James Is ‘Ready for This Moment'
Much has changed around the league since it shut down in March. But James's focus on winning has not wavered, his Lakers teammates say, with a shot at a title.

New York Times Sports
Jul 09, 2020

Six Feet? Try Seven Separate Tracks
Call it extreme social distancing. Track and field athletes will compete in eight disciplines at seven different tracks in Europe and the United States.

New York Times Sports
Jul 08, 2020

Ivy League Holds All Sports Until January
The league's decision could be influential for other university presidents as they consider how to handle the coronavirus pandemic. It is the first Division I conference to suspend football for the fall.

New York Times Sports
Jul 08, 2020

Ivy League Places All Sports on Hold Until January
The league's decision could be influential for other university presidents as they consider how to handle the coronavirus pandemic. It is the first Division I conference to suspend football for the fall.

New York Times Sports
Jul 08, 2020

Stanford Permanently Cuts 11 Sports Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
The university said in a statement that it faced a $70 million shortfall over the next three years.

New York Times Sports
Jul 08, 2020

Stanford Cuts 11 Sports Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
The university said in a statement that it faced a $70 million shortfall over the next three years.

New York Times Sports
Jul 08, 2020

The Dangers of the N.B.A.'s Short Run-Up to the Restart
Players have about three weeks to re-acclimate their bodies to full five-on-five speed and physicality. But if they push too hard, injuries could become a serious problem.

New York Times Sports
Jul 08, 2020

Ryder Cup Postponed Until 2021 to Accommodate Fans
Many of the world's top golfers had objected to holding the tournament without fans, threatening to drop out of the biennial event if it was not postponed.

New York Times Sports
Jul 08, 2020

Patrick Mahomes's Contract Shows the Gap in Pro Sports Paydays
His new deal with the Kansas City Chiefs was touted as sports' first half-billion dollar contract. But in the N.F.L., contracts are not always what they seem.

New York Times Sports
Jul 07, 2020

Amid Pressure, Chicago N.H.L. Team Says It Won't Change Its Name
After teams in other leagues said they would reconsider their names, the club defended its name by saying it was meant to honor a historic figure.

New York Times Sports
Jul 07, 2020

Scrabble Will Ban Racial and Ethnic Slurs From Tournaments and Game Rules
The fight against systemic racism has taken aim at Scrabble. An agreement is at hand to bar offensive terms, though some players endorse using them for points.

New York Times Sports
Jul 07, 2020

As N.B.A. Teams Arrive at Disney, Focus Turns to Keeping the Virus Out
The league has spent months formulating a plan to keep its campus in Florida virus-free. Only now will it find out how effective that plan is.

New York Times Sports
Jul 07, 2020

Here Are Key Points About M.L.S.'s Return
The league removed F.C. Dallas from their tournament because of coronavirus infections, and one of the games scheduled for opening night on Wednesday was postponed.

New York Times Sports
Jul 07, 2020

With Pandemic Keeping Them Apart, Runners Embrace Virtual Races
Marathons and meets are canceled, so runners are using tech to stay connected and compete.

New York Times Sports
Jul 07, 2020

Here's What You Need to Know About M.L.S.'s Return
The league withdrew F.C. Dallas from their tournament because of virus infections and one of the games scheduled for Wednesday's opening night was postponed.

New York Times Sports
Jul 07, 2020

Women's British Open Will Proceed Without Fans
The event, held Aug. 20 to 23 at the Royal Troon in Scotland, will be the first women's major tournament of 2020.

New York Times Sports
Jul 07, 2020

F.C. Dallas Withdraws from M.L.S. Tournament Because of Virus Cases
League officials said 10 players and one member of the team's technical staff tested positive for the virus.

New York Times Sports
Jul 07, 2020

Kaepernick's Deal With Disney Includes a Jemele Hill Project at ESPN
A first-look deal between Colin Kaepernick and Disney includes a documentary series at ESPN that will be produced by Jemele Hill, who left the network two years ago.

New York Times Sports
Jul 06, 2020

N.H.L. and Players Agree to Start Postseason Tournament on Aug. 1
The two sides agreed to extend the current collective bargaining agreement, setting the stage for a resumption of play that will reportedly be hosted in Edmonton and Toronto.

New York Times Sports
Jul 06, 2020

Two Horses Trained by Baffert Test Positive for Banned Substances
The horses failed tests of a second sample, confirming the presence of an unauthorized local numbing agent.

New York Times Sports
Jul 06, 2020

FC Dallas Withdraws from M.L.S. Tournament Because of Virus Cases
League officials said 10 players and one member of the team's technical staff tested positive for the virus.

New York Times Sports
Jul 06, 2020

Patrick Mahomes Gets 10-Year Deal With Kansas City Chiefs
Mahomes, 24, signed an extension reportedly worth over $400 million on the heels of a Super Bowl win.

New York Times Sports
Jul 06, 2020

As M.L.B. Stumbles Out of the Gate, Player Pushback Gets Louder
Several teams had to cancel their workouts because of delays in virus testing results, and even some club executives had pointed words for the league's handling of the process.

New York Times Sports
Jul 06, 2020

Trump Supports Washington Team Name. Retailers Pull Merchandise.
Walmart and Target removed the N.F.L. team's products from their websites as pressure intensified to change the name, a consideration the president said was motivated by political correctness.

New York Times Sports
Jul 06, 2020

PGA Tour Nixes Plan to Have Fans at the Memorial Tournament
The event had the approval of state and local officials to host a limited capacity of spectators when it opens in Dublin, Ohio, on July 16, but scrapped those plans citing rising Covid-19 cases.

New York Times Sports
Jul 06, 2020

An Unlikely Source of Catharsis for a Black M.L.B. Player: Social Media
Tony Kemp felt depressed after George Floyd's death in police custody. Then he invited fans to have uncomfortable conversations on Twitter.

New York Times Sports
Jul 06, 2020

Can Cam Newton Be Superman Again?
Newton went from paradigm-shifting M.V.P. to discarded free agent. Joining the New England Patriots could give him the perfect relaunch.

New York Times Sports
Jul 05, 2020

Bryson DeChambeau Leapfrogs Matthew Wolff to Win Rocket Mortgage Classic
DeChambeau shot 7-under in the final round, using his long drives to erase a three-stroke lead by Wolff at the start of play Sunday.

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.

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