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N.H.L. Will Open Practice Rinks Next Week

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The Associated Press The N.H.L. on Thursday announced that players would be able to return to practice rinks for limited, voluntary workouts starting Monday and solidified its playoff format. Players can skate in groups of up to six at a time under the guidelines, which include instructions on testing, wearing......
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Drew Brees’s Unchanged Stance on Kneeling Is Suddenly Out of Step

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Ken Belson The act of kneeling in protest during the anthem is still subject to laissez-faire oversight, as it is still not technically allowed by league policy. In May 2018, the N.F.L. owners said that players could no longer kneel during the national anthem without being subject to punishment or......
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Megan Rapinoe’s Coach Says Star Will Skip N.W.S.L. Event

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Andrew Keh Megan Rapinoe, the biggest star in women’s soccer, will not be on the field when the National Women’s Soccer League becomes one of the first American sports leagues to resume competition later this month, her coach said. Rapinoe’s apparent decision to sit out a monthlong tournament in Utah......
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College Football Season Could Be Shortened, N.C.A.A. Chief Tells Congress

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Alan Blinder and Jonathan Martin The president of the N.C.A.A. told congressional Republicans this week that the football season this fall could be shortened, with the regular season perhaps ending by Thanksgiving because of the coronavirus pandemic. In a call on Wednesday with members of the House Republican whip team......
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Bobby Morrow, Who Ran to Stardom at the 1956 Olympics, Dies at 84

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Richard Sandomir Bobby Morrow, who sprinted to three gold medals at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, dominating his competition as only Jesse Owens had done at the Berlin Games in 1936, died on Saturday at his home in Harlingen, Tex. He was 84. His partner, Judy Parker, said......
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Rafael Nadal Not Yet Ready to Travel for U.S. Open

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Christopher Clarey Traditionally, this is Rafael Nadal’s time to dominate: the week when the world’s premier clay-court tennis tournament, the French Open, comes to a close, and when Nadal secures another singles title. He has won the Open an astounding 12 times, but this is a season like no other,......
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N.B.A. Sets July 31 Return to Play Entirely in Florida

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Marc Stein N.B.A. owners on Thursday overwhelmingly approved the league’s plan to restart the season with 22 teams at Walt Disney World in Florida in July, according to a person familiar with the voting results. The single-site proposal was ratified by a vote of 29 to 1, with the Portland......
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Rafael Nadal Not Yet Ready to Travel for U.S. Open

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Christopher Clarey Traditionally, this is Rafael Nadal’s time to dominate: the week when the world’s premier clay-court tennis tournament, the French Open, comes to a close, and when Nadal secures another singles title. He has won the Open an astounding 12 times, but this is a season like no other,......
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At Belmont’s Backstretch, Caring for Horses During the Shutdown

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Natalie Keyssar and Joe Drape Tom Morley had two thoroughbreds entered at Belmont Park on Wednesday when horse racing returned to New York for the first time in nearly three months. No winners, but it didn’t matter — this was hardly business as usual. No spectators were allowed in the......
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Drew Brees Criticized for Calling Kneeling During the Anthem ‘Disrespectful’

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Michael Levenson Drew Brees, the star quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, faced intense criticism on Wednesday after reiterating that he considered it disrespectful for players to kneel during the national anthem in protest of police brutality. Brees made the comments after he was asked in an interview how the......
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TPG in Talks to Acquire Goal, the Soccer Website, for $125 Million

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Tariq Panja LONDON — DAZN Group, the sports media company owned by the billionaire Len Blavatnik, is in talks to sell Goal.com, the world’s largest online soccer news website, to the investment giant TPG for as much as $125 million, according to executives with knowledge of the discussions. The sale......
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N.B.A. Team Owners to Vote on 22-Team Plan to Resume Season

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Marc Stein The N.B.A. will formally present a return-to-play plan to owners on Thursday that calls for 22 of its 30 teams to resume the 2019-20 season at Walt Disney World in Florida in late July, according to several people familiar with the league’s intentions. The structure requires the voting......
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Johnny Majors, 85, Winning Coach at Pittsburgh and Tennessee, Dies

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Frank Litsky Considered too small to play in the National Football League, Majors was not selected in the draft. Instead, he spent 11 years as an assistant coach — three seasons at Tennessee, four at Mississippi State and four at Arkansas — before becoming head coach at Iowa State. In......
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As Baseball Squabbles Over Money, It Risks a ‘Disastrous’ Outcome

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Tyler Kepner It was all there for baseball, a chance to fulfill some of its high-minded ideals, to be a symbol of renewal and a comforting distraction in times of trouble. And even if you don’t buy into that vision, you have to admit: It sure would be nice to......
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Iditarod Champion and His Dogs Finally Make It Home

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Victor Mather Thomas Waerner of Norway, the Iditarod sled dog race winner who was trapped in Alaska for three months, made it home on Wednesday after a 20-hour flight. His unconventional ride was a 1960s-era DC-6B airplane that happened to be bound for an aviation museum in Norway. It was......
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Angelo Rottoli, Italian Boxer and Man About Town, Dies at 61

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Emma Bubola This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. MILAN — The long reach and good looks of the five-time Italian heavyweight champion Angelo Rottoli earned him the nickname Beautiful Ali in the ring. Outside it, he......
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With Precautions, Golf Is Back. So Are Scoring Squabbles.

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Bill Pennington Since many golfers like to wager a few dollars, or much more, on matches, deciding the outcome of a putt or several putts by four players across 18 holes can lead to squabbles with financial implications. Dominic Namnath, who routinely plays with a group of 12 golfers at......
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Sacramento Kings TV Announcer Resigns Over ‘All Lives Matter’ Tweet

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Scott Cacciola LOS ANGELES — The Sacramento Kings announced on Tuesday that Grant Napear, their longtime television play-by-play broadcaster, had resigned, two days after tweeting “All Lives Matter” in an exchange with one of the team’s former players. In addition, Bonneville International, which owns the Sacramento radio station at which......

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