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A Diagnosis Brings C.T.E. Into American Pro Soccer

Scott Vermillion’s family members still struggle to articulate the jumble of emotions they felt last November when they received the phone call from the doctors. Vermillion, a former M.L.S. player, had died almost a year earlier, on Christmas Day in 2020, at age 44. The direct cause was acute alcohol and prescription drug poisoning, his …

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In the Stanley Cup, He Was Where He Wanted to Be: ‘In the Thick of It’

TAMPA, Fla. — The pain in Nazem Kadri’s thumb, operated on earlier this month, was so severe that he could not lace up his skates for the last three games of the Stanley Cup finals. Just gripping his stick was a chore, but he did it well enough to score one of the defining goals …

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How a Tennis Nerd Gave Serena and Venus Williams a New Lease on the Game

WIMBLEDON, England — Already coaching one American tennis icon, Eric Hechtman added another: logging the extra miles and the extra hours to try to help both Venus and Serena Williams get the most out of however many matches or seasons they have left. “If they are both good with it, I’m absolutely good with it,” …

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A Soccer Team’s Success Puts Its Small Arab Village on the Map

REINEH, Israel — Jamil Bsoul is smiling. The mayor has clearly delivered this line before. But after all that his community’s soccer club has achieved, and in such a short time, that is what makes it fun. “Before the season started, everyone said we have no chance of staying in the second division,” Bsoul said. …

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Astros Give Yankees a Tough Series, and a Measuring Stick

The best two teams in the American League played a ballgame in the sunshine, bookended by home runs. Jose Altuve drove the first pitch over the left-field wall, and Aaron Judge did the same to the last pitch. More than 44,000 fans packed into Yankee Stadium for the fourth day in a row. Some even …

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Novak Djokovic Has Prepared His Way. So Has Rafael Nadal.

WIMBLEDON, England — While the French Open has long been Rafael Nadal time, Wimbledon has become Novak Djokovic time. He is not yet the greatest grass-court player of this Darwinian era in men’s tennis. Roger Federer, 40, absent from this year’s tournament, still gets that nod with his eight singles titles at the All England …

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Will LIV Golf Diminish PGA Tour Events Like the Travelers Championship?

CROMWELL, Conn. — The Travelers Championship in central Connecticut, contested on a golf course beside cornfields, is celebrating its 70th anniversary this week, which makes it one of the oldest continuously operated PGA Tour events. Through the decades, the tournament has changed names and venues, but in a small state lacking a professional franchise in …

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A Year Away, a New Coach and the Same Goal: Winning Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON, England — At first glance, it certainly looked like business as usual at Wimbledon on Saturday. Two days before the start of this Grand Slam tournament, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were practicing on adjacent grass courts with the steeple of St. Mary’s Church for a backdrop. As the two longtime rivals trained in …

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Three Astros Pitchers Combine to No-Hit the Yankees

It took three pitchers, 150 pitches and 15 strikeouts, but the Houston Astros combined for a no-hitter against the Yankees on Saturday at Yankee Stadium, beating the best team in baseball, 3-0. Cristian Javier got things started for Houston, dominating the Yankees for seven innings. He struck out 13 batters and his only blemishes were …

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For Some N.B.A. Draftees, Making it to the Pros Runs in the Family

When the Houston Rockets selected Auburn’s Jabari Smith Jr. with the third pick of the N.B.A. draft on Thursday, it continued a tradition of basketball as a family inheritance. His father, also named Jabari Smith, played in the N.B.A. in the early 2000s. “My dad just told me it was time to amp it up …

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