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Houston’s Shortstop Was Right on Time With Go-Ahead Homer

HOUSTON — There are bat flips and home runs celebrations. And then there is what Houston Astros star shortstop Carlos Correa did on Friday night. Even those who despise the Astros can perhaps appreciate the blend of swagger, showmanship and uninhibited emotion that Correa displayed after he provided the pivotal swing in a 5-4 win …

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Sky Bring Hoops Championship Buzz Back to Chicago

CHICAGO — It has been more than 23 years since Michael Jordan stole the ball from Utah Jazz forward Karl Malone, drove the length of the court and nailed a jumper to give his Chicago Bulls a 1-point win in Game 6 of the N.B.A. finals. The unforgettable sequence secured the Bulls’ sixth championship and …

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Paula Badosa, Victoria Azarenka in Surprise Indian Wells Final

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Victoria Azarenka’s and Paula Badosa’s tennis seasons did not begin on a high note. Both had to go through hard quarantine in their hotel rooms in Melbourne, Australia: 14 days for Azarenka and 21 for Badosa, who also tested positive for the coronavirus. Shortly after their release in February, both lost …

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Why Are the Boston Red Sox Singing ‘Dancing on My Own’?

BOSTON — The soundtrack of a baseball clubhouse tends to follow a predictable pattern, its beat sticking mostly with hip-hop, country, rock and Latin music. But when video clips emerged in recent weeks of the Boston Red Sox celebrating various playoff milestones, what stood out was the players’ enthusiasm — and full-throated singalong — to …

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Soccer’s Problem With Silver Medals

In all the photographs, there is one constant. In some of the images, Spain’s players stare at the ground, disconsolate, chewing over their loss to France in the final of the Nations League. In others, they give interviews, lead-faced and faintly forlorn. In one, Luis Enrique, their coach, offers respectful applause for his team’s conquerors. …

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Just Like Their Manager, the Red Sox Keep Coming Back

Some year-long suspensions are better than others. The suspension Major League Baseball levied on Alex Cora, for example, could not have been imposed at a more convenient time. After Cora played a principal role in the Astros’ illicit sign-stealing caper of 2017, M.L.B. suspended him for the entire 2020 season. The Boston Red Sox let …

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Two 100-Win Teams. Winner-Take-All Game. Play Ball.

SAN FRANCISCO — Leo Durocher had lived enough baseball to know what the moment demanded: Sportsmanship, the personal acknowledgment of a job done well by a rival. Jackie Robinson had shown him the way. Durocher had managed the New York Giants in 1951, when Bobby Thomson’s pennant-winning homer leveled the Brooklyn Dodgers. Even after such …

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Jon Gruden’s Emails: What We’ve Learned So Far

Jon Gruden resigned as the coach of the N.F.L.’s Las Vegas Raiders this week after The New York Times reported that he had made racist, homophobic and misogynistic remarks in numerous emails in the past decade. The emails were disclosed as part of an investigation into workplace misconduct on the Washington Football Team, an inquiry …

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An N.B.A. Female ‘First’ Hopes It’s Not Such a Big Deal Soon

MILWAUKEE — It had the feel of the first day of school for Lisa Byington, who was learning her way around Fiserv Forum, where the Bucks play their home games. A couple of television production trucks were stationed in a corridor not far from the court, but Byington faced a dilemma: Which belonged to Bally …

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Rangers, Devils and Islanders All Looking to Better Days

It’s 29.5 miles from Elmont, N.Y., to Newark, and in this tiny corridor of the United States exist three of the N.H.L.’s 32 teams: the Devils, the Rangers, and the Islanders, soon to move to Elmont from their creaking Long Island home in Uniondale. With this overabundance of hockey — almost 10 percent of the …

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