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Dustin Johnson Leads the P.G.A. Championship, With Some Young Players Threatening

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Brian Murphy He lost a playoff to another young star, Daniel Berger, in the first event back at Colonial in June, only to outlast the world No. 1, Justin Thomas, in a three-hole playoff at the Workday Charity Open one month later for his first professional win. Bryson DeChambeau, 26,......
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The Deafening Silence of a Coronavirus Championship

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John Branch SAN FRANCISCO — For three days of the P.G.A. Championship, golf’s first major of this discombobulated sports year, the world’s best players were introduced at the start of their rounds by a public-address announcer with no public to address. It is a tradition, a chance to send players......
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In Champions League, a Coach With the Right Résumé Can Still Get It Wrong

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Rory Smith The strangest thing about Zinedine Zidane’s rise into the ranks of the finest coaches in the world should, really, be that nobody saw it coming, not even those at Real Madrid who had been observing him up close as he learned the craft. After retirement, Zidane scratched around......
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Tiz the Law Wins the Travers in a Runaway

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Joe Drape SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The Belmont Stakes champion Tiz the Law added the Travers Stakes to his winning résumé on Saturday, making him the favorite to win the postponed Kentucky Derby next month and then possibly to claim the sport’s 14th Triple Crown with a Preakness victory in......
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Pac-12 Players Say Commissioner Was Dismissive of Their Virus Concerns

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Billy Witz Knowing that some schools might balk at the cost of such regular testing, the players urged the conference to ask Stanford, whose medical school recently received federal approval for pooled testing, which greatly increases testing capacity and efficiency, to make it available to the conference’s other schools at......
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Pitchers Are Creatures of Habit. A Season of Chaos Is Testing Them.

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Tyler Kepner Of all the elements that make baseball distinctive, nothing compares to pitching. In what other team sport does the most influential player spend most of the schedule resting? Training for the treacherous job of throwing overhand repeatedly, at high speeds, requires careful calibration and strict routines. And then......
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Bear Hugs and Bubbles: Why Some N.F.L. Players Opted Out

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Ben Shpigel When she is old enough, Philadelphia Eagles receiver Marquise Goodwin will teach his daughter, Marae, to put family first. He will say that she should prioritize the people she loves most when making decisions. He will share his own choice, made five months after she was born: He......
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Tiger Woods’s Latest Adjustment Becomes a Burden

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Brian Murphy SAN FRANCISCO — At this stage of Tiger Woods’s career, unpredictability is as sure a bet as a red shirt on Sunday. Concerns about loosening his surgically repaired back linger over his every appearance. The much-discussed summer fog and cool air at T.P.C. Harding Park constantly threaten Woods’s......
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‘When You Say Badminton, You Say Indonesia’

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James Hill JAKARTA — Raja Sapta Oktohari, the muscular and youthful president of the Indonesian Olympic Committee, was finding it hard to contain his enthusiasm. Badminton, he explained in an interview early this year, is more than a casual pastime in his country. It is part of the country’s social......
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Former Angels Employee Charged in Pitcher’s Overdose Death

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Christina Morales A former employee of the Los Angeles Angels was charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with the fatal overdose of Tyler Skaggs, a pitcher for the team, federal prosecutors announced on Friday. The former employee, Eric Prescott Kay, who worked as the team’s communications director, surrendered......
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What It’s Like to Be a Virtual N.B.A. Fan

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Scott Cacciola Malenda Meacham usually watches the Memphis Grizzlies play their home games at FedEx Forum from her perch in Section 106. She stands. She cheers. She paces. And, of course, she pretends to pound on the cartoon bongos whenever they flash on the arena’s big screens. A part-time judge......
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N.F.L.’s Push Ahead With Season Rankles Workers in the Home Office

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Kate Kelly and Ken Belson In late June, the N.F.L. brought back about 25 percent of its usual head count to its headquarters at Manhattan’s 345 Park Avenue, where about 800 people work. Workers at its offices in Culver City, Calif., and Laurel, N.J. have followed a different timetable. Now,......
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Cardinals Game Is Postponed After Another Positive Virus Test

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The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals’ game Friday against the Chicago Cubs was postponed after another St. Louis player tested positive for the coronavirus. Major League Baseball said the game was postponed to allow more time for additional testing and to complete the contact tracing process. The Cardinals......
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Washington N.F.L. Owner Dan Snyder Sues Media Company for Defamation

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Ken Belson, Katherine Rosman and Kevin Draper Daniel Snyder, the owner of the Washington N.F.L. team, has accused an online media company of accepting payment in exchange for publishing defamatory rumors, including one that Snyder was named on a list of sexual offenders maintained by Jeffrey Epstein, the sex criminal......
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We Know Little About David Silva. That’s How He Wanted It.

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Rory Smith At some point in all of that hullabaloo, City seemed to make a decision: For the club to become a consistent, established force, it needed to be a little less Tevez, and a lot more Silva. Anyone deemed a troublemaker was jettisoned, and serious, studious quiet became the......
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The Weird, Disturbing (and Comforting) Return of Pro Sports

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Dan Barry Finally, we thought: Sports. After months of living in a state of paralytic dread, we could once again find distraction in a jump shot, a slap shot, a moon shot. We could set aside our fears and anxieties — our grief — for matters no more urgent than......
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After It All, Serena Williams Still Has No. 24 In Sight

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Christopher Clarey “But if it was complete silence, then I would be like, ‘OK, she’s winning,’” Serena said. The negative reaction at that early stage was certainly not all because of race. The Williamses’ initial Grand Slam duels and finals were often, awkward constrained occasions because the sisters were so......
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Horace Clarke, Standout in a Dismal Yankee Era, Dies at 82

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Mathew Brownstein Horace Clarke, a dependable though light-hitting second baseman for the Yankees who became indelibly and ingloriously associated with the team’s lean years in the 1960s and ’70s — what some sardonically labeled “the Horace Clarke era” — died on Wednesday at his home in Laurel, Md. He was......
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Lewis Hamilton Is Demanding Change

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Luke Smith Lewis Hamilton has broken numerous records through his Formula 1 career, and two longstanding landmarks may fall to him in 2020. He is just one world championship behind Michael Schumacher’s record of seven and only four wins behind Schumacher’s record of 91 total victories. But Hamilton is focused......

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