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November 23, 2020

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N.B.A. Players Meet With Pope Francis on Social Justice Efforts

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Jonathan Abrams A delegation of five N.B.A. players and officials from the players association met privately with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday to discuss their social justice efforts. The visit came after the Vatican extended an invitation to the players union about two weeks ago. Michele Roberts, the......

African Soccer Chief Banned for Five Years Over Ethics Violations

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Tariq Panja FIFA on Monday banned the top official in African soccer from the sport for five years, upending the leadership of one of its six regional confederations only months before a presidential election and offering a new reminder that corruption continues to plague global soccer even at its most......

103 Seconds to Go. Is Patrick Mahomes the Quarterback? No Problem

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Ben Shpigel In both those games, Mahomes spun victories from double-digit deficits, developing a reputation for comeback wizardry that only intensified at the Super Bowl, when he led three touchdown drives in the final 6:32. But Mahomes doesn’t lead many fourth-quarter comebacks — six across 46 N.F.L. games, counting the......

A Quarterback With N.F.L. Potential Pledges to an H.B.C.U., Joining a Trend

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David Waldstein In the hallway of his family’s apartment in Valley Stream, N.Y., last month, Noah Bodden overturned a large green trash bag, spilling out several pounds of recruiting letters. The envelopes bore the insignia of many prominent college football programs across the country, like Louisiana State, Baylor, Oregon, Tennessee......

Toronto Raptors Will Play Home Games in Florida Because of Pandemic

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Scott Cacciola The Toronto Raptors are heading south for the winter — at least for the start of it. The Raptors announced Friday that they would begin the 2020-21 season based in Tampa, Fla., amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic’s impact in Canada. In a statement, Masai Ujiri, the Raptors’......

With Soccer’s Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

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Rory Smith That perseverance occasionally drifts into the realms of the absurd, but soccer has a remarkable ability to tolerate that, too. As mentioned last week, Denmark played Sweden even though both teams’ managers were self-isolating, and both teams had been deprived of a raft of players. England considered playing......

A Cal Football Player Opted Out Because of the Virus. Then Came the Tuition Bill.

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Billy Witz “Everything was up in the air,” Siemieniec said. The three other players besides Bazakas entered the transfer portal to seek scholarship offers elsewhere. Two transferred, and one, tight end Collin Moore, had his scholarship renewed. Bazakas, though, was already deep into a master’s program for information and data......

M.L.S. Layoffs Cut League’s Staff by 20 Percent

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Kevin Draper Major League Soccer reduced its work force by about 20 percent on Thursday through a combination of layoffs and the elimination of open positions, yet another sign of the punishing financial effect the coronavirus pandemic is having on professional sports. Most of the league’s employees, besides those in......

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