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What to Watch For in Saturday’s N.F.L. Playoff Games

The four teams headlining Saturday’s N.F.L. wild-card doubleheader know each other well. The Las Vegas Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals met in November amid a three-game skid for the Raiders. The New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills, two A.F.C. East rivals, met twice in the regular season, splitting those games 1-1 with each team winning on …

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Is This Stadium in England or Wales? The Team Needs to Know.

Chas Sumner has heard the quiz question in all its forms. There was the one that asked: “Which club has an international border running along the halfway line of its stadium?” Or this one: “Which soccer team gets changed in one country but plays in another?” Or: “Where can you take a corner in England, …

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Novak Djokovic’s Fight to Stay in Australia Lives Another Day

Novak Djokovic, the top men’s tennis player in the world, was detained by border authorities in Australia, on Saturday, the latest turn in a legal dispute over his travel visa that has drawn interest around the world and inflamed tensions during a rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak. The Australian minister for immigration revoked Djokovic’s travel visa …

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The Clock Is Ticking, but M.L.B. and its Players Remain Apart

Major League Baseball’s spring training is scheduled to start in a month and the 2022 regular season is supposed to kick off on March 31. Neither can happen until the owners of M.L.B.’s 30 teams and the players strike a new labor agreement, and with little progress so far, the clock is ticking on whether …

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With Djokovic’s Status in Limbo, So Is the Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — On the outside courts, spectators were seeking refuge and cool drinks on Thursday as temperatures spiked to over 90 degrees. Players exchanged shots and grunts in qualifying matches, hustling to make the most of their long journeys. But however familiar the sun-drenched scene, this already has been an Australian Open like no …

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Julius Randle Is Playing With Passion. But Where Are the Points?

For much of the Knicks’ thrashing of the Dallas Mavericks, Julius Randle was A Problem, in basketball parlance. He bullied his way to the basket on Wednesday, like when he absorbed contact from three defenders to finish a layup in the first half. He pushed the ball up the floor. He deftly found open shooters …

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A Groundbreaking Hiring Caused Little Fuss: ‘Everybody Was on Board’

Soon after the news broke that Rachel Balkovec had been hired to become the first woman to serve as a manager in affiliated professional baseball history, the messages poured in. She heard from players she worked with as a hitting coach in the Yankees’ minor leagues the past two years. She heard from Jean Afterman, …

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