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When Is College Football? It’s Changing Rapidly With the Season in Flux

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Alan Blinder Remember calendars? Long ago — you know, like March — college football schedules were largely set far in advance. But the coronavirus pandemic has forced the sport’s leaders to reshuffle the 2020 season, and whether a season will happen at all is very much in question. Executives are......
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Rangers Score First Pick in the N.H.L. Draft

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Andrew Knoll A month and a half after the initial phase of the N.H.L. draft lottery was held, the Rangers won No. 1 selection and the opportunity to select the consensus top prospect Alexis Lafreniere, a dazzling 18-year-old wing from Quebec. “It really is exciting, for sure,” Lafreniere said moments......
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Sure? No. But Rob Manfred Is Still Optimistic About This Season.

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Tyler Kepner The commissioner then listed three factors: “No. 1, throughout tens of thousands of tests, we have a positive rate that’s less than one-half of 1 percent. That’s way better than wandering around in the general population. No. 2, the bulk of our activity is outdoors. Just look at......
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Rangers Score First Pick in the N.H.L. Draft

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Andrew Knoll A month and a half after the initial phase of the N.H.L. draft lottery was held, the Rangers won No. 1 selection and the opportunity to select the consensus top prospect Alexis Lafreniere, a dazzling 18 year-old wing from Quebec. “It really is exciting, for sure,” Lafreniere said......
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Stephen Curry Has ‘Major FOMO’ in Life Outside the N.B.A. Bubble

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Marc Stein Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The phone rang Sunday night with a giddy Stephen Curry on the other end of the line. The most renowned long-distance shooter in basketball was driving home from......
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Marcus Stroman Becomes Second Mets Player to Opt Out

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Kevin Armstrong A day after finally providing some run support for their ace, Jacob deGrom, and winning a weekend series against the Miami Marlins, the Mets appeared to be enjoying an upswing after an underwhelming start to their season. But Monday brought another reminder of how quickly things can change......
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Collin Morikawa’s Joyful Win Broke Through Golf’s Pandemic Fog

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Brian Murphy As Collin Morikawa hoisted the huge Wanamaker Trophy above his head on Sunday evening, giving it a quick, jubilant shake, the lid went clattering off. Again, he was providing exactly what golf needed in a season dimmed by plague. First the 23-year-old Morikawa delivered a dazzling final round......
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Welcome Back to the Champions League. Please Maintain Social Distance.

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Rory Smith and Tariq Panja Those final few minutes, just before kickoff, have been mapped out with almost military precision. At exactly 8:50 p.m. local time, a disinfected Champions League match ball will be placed on a ceremonial plinth. At 8:53 p.m., the players will leave their locker rooms. The......
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Washington N.F.L. Team Owner Files Claims Hinting at a Conspiracy

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Ken Belson and Katherine Rosman Daniel Snyder, the owner of the Washington Football Team, has accused a disgruntled former team employee of taking money and assisting in a campaign to spread damaging information against him, his latest effort to fight back attacks on his ownership of the N.F.L. club. In......
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College Football Stars Press an Urgent Case: ‘We Want to Play’

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Alan Blinder Emboldened by the imperiling of the college football season and a summer of social activism, some of the sport’s biggest stars pressured administrators on Monday to allow the games to go on under the right circumstances — and raised the prospect of more formally organizing in the future,......
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Hockey, Rocked by Racist Acts, Embraces Black Lives Matter Campaigns

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Morgan Campbell Minnesota Wild forward Matt Dumba walked to center ice before an N.H.L. game this month and addressed the television audience, not about the game but the need for the sport to fight racism. “The world woke up to the existence of systematic racism and how deeply rooted it......
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The First Round of the N.H.L. Playoffs Is Set. There Have Already Been Upsets.

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Andrew Knoll Nashville played its usual goal celebration song, Tim McGraw’s “I Like It, I Love It,” though Arizona’s Brad Richardson scored the series winner in overtime to upset the favored Predators. Chicago piped in their fans’ raucous cheering during the U.S. national anthem and there were nightly nods to......
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P.G.A. Championship 2020: Collin Morikawa Wins His First Major Title

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Brian Murphy The long-awaited first major golf tournament in a season upended by the coronavirus pandemic delivered an upstart winner on Sunday. Collin Morikawa, a 23-year-old Californian playing in just his second major, won the 102nd P.G.A. Championship at a spectator-free TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. Morikawa, who turned......
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P.G.A. Championship 2020: Collin Morikawa Wins His First Major Title

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Brian Murphy The long-awaited first major golf tournament in a season upended by the coronavirus pandemic delivered an upstart winner on Sunday. Collin Morikawa, a 23-year-old Californian playing in just his second major, won the 102nd P.G.A. Championship at a spectator-free TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. [This is a......
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In Women’s Golf, Virus Upends the Typical Paths to a Pro Career

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Brendan Porath ROCKVILLE, Md. — The Jacksonville Amateur Championship in Florida is not a typical stop on the summer circuit for the reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur champion. But Gabriela Ruffels wanted competitive tournament rounds ahead of her title defense, so in July she joined two others as the first women......
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Yankees Cool Off in a Heated Series Against the Rays

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James Wagner Just more than a quarter into this unusual 60-game season, this is where the Yankees stand: A 10-6 record, leading the American League East. They possess one of the most talented rosters and best records in Major League Baseball, and were leading the American League in runs and......
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The N.B.A.’s ‘Yacht Club Six’ Seek Respect and a Lifeline

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Marc Stein A trying trip for Sacramento and Coach Luke Walton has been marred by injuries, late arrivals for players recovering from the coronavirus and Richaun Holmes’s being ordered back to quarantine for an extra 10 days after he strayed beyond a campus border outside the Yacht Club without authorization......
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Players to UConn Coach: ‘There’s No Way That We Can Play’

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Billy Witz The measures will certainly do little to comfort players at Colorado State, which is investigating a report that said Coach Steve Addazio pressured players to avoid testing. Or at Washington State, where players who were considering opting out for health reasons — but were questioned by Coach Nick......
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A Brazilian Soccer Mine Strikes Gold at Last

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Tariq Panja CURITIBA, Brazil — In many ways, there is nothing extraordinary about Renan Lodi. A defender at the Spanish soccer club Atlético Madrid, Lodi is among the hundreds of Brazilian players who have crossed the Atlantic to play for European clubs in elite competitions like the Champions League. More......

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