As N.B.A. Forges Ahead, LeBron James Is ‘Ready for This Moment’

LOS ANGELES — As N.B.A. teams migrate to Florida for the N.B.A.’s scheduled restart later this month, players have expressed a range of concerns. They are concerned about the coronavirus, and Florida’s status as one of the pandemic’s hot spots. They are concerned about being separated from their families. They are concerned about being stuck …

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Barcelona ‘Enquire’ About Tottenham Duo Tanguy Ndombele & Ryan Sessegnon

Sessegnon and Ndombele have attracted interest from Barcelona | GLYN KIRK/Getty Images Barcelona are said to have ‘enquired’ about Tottenham pair Tanguy Ndombele and Ryan Sessegnon, as the Catalan giants eye more exchange deals this summer. Ndombele has endured a difficult first season in north London, with it even being suggested numerous times that his …

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Riyad Mahrez: The Algerian Ace Tearing Premier League Defences Apart Since 2014

Riyad Mahrez is a multiple-time Premier League winner. | Visionhaus/Getty Images It’s hard not to love z, iRiyad Mahresn’t it? He came from absolutely nowhere, helped keep Leicester in the top-flight and dragged the Foxes to an unbelievable title victory. Now, he’s rocking it up at Manchester City and best thing of all, he’s done …

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MLB players who were most helped and hurt by the delayed start of the 2020 season

MLB finally resumes in July with summer camp after being abruptly halted in mid-March due to the COVID-19 epidemic.The following players were helped or hurt most by the delay in the season. Roy Dabner / USA Today Sports Images Braun looked like he’d have his playing time slashed with the addition of Avisail Garcia. That …

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Chelsea Must Not Stunt Growth of Current Starlets With Influx Superstars

West Ham United v Chelsea FC – Premier League | Michael Regan/Getty Images It’s an exciting time to be a Blue. Frank Lampard, club legend is at the wheel, a dynamic and bold crop of academy products are blessing Stamford Bridge on a weekly basis, and the west Londoners are being linked with Europe’s elite …

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Jonathan Irons, Helped by W.N.B.A. Star Maya Moore, Freed From Prison

Jonathan Irons, whose bid for freedom from a 50-year prison sentence was embraced and pushed by the W.N.B.A. star Maya Moore, walked out of a Missouri penitentiary on Wednesday, nearly four months after a judge overturned his conviction on charges of burglary and assault. Irons, 40, an African-American man convicted at age 18, was met …

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Sports Are Returning. Virus Cases Are Rising. How Many Is Too Many?

It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. The return of major sports in the United States from their coronavirus-caused breaks was supposed to coincide with flattened curves and reduced concerns about infection and death rates and hospitalizations. Instead, cases are skyrocketing, and concerns are rising with them. The worry is perhaps most profound in Florida, …

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Barcelona Preparing to Sack Quique Setien as Players Row With Boss

Barcelona players reportedly rowed with Setien in the dressing room after the draw with Celta Vigo | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images Only winning La Liga or the Champions League will save Quique Setien’s job at Barcelona, amid reports of a growing rift between the players and coaching staff at Camp Nou. 61-year-old head coach Setien …

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Francesco Totti: Remembering the King of Rome’s First Year as a Professional

Claudio Villa Archive | Claudio Villa/Getty Images There’s a reason that football is widely monikered ‘the beautiful game’, and it’s due to mavericks like Francesco Totti. To many, Totti is remembered as a one-club man, a legend of the sport who gave his entire career to his beloved hometown side, AS Roma. For others (mainly found …

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Despite Virus Spike, N.B.A. Is ‘Very Comfortable’ With Florida Plan

Despite what Adam Silver, the N.B.A. commissioner, described as an “increased” level of concern over a significant rise of coronavirus cases in Florida, the league moved forward on several fronts Friday by formalizing its plans to restart the 2019-20 season at Walt Disney World near Orlando. The league and the National Basketball Players Association jointly …

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The Moments That Made Liverpool’s Season as Reds Crowned Premier League Champions

Virgil Van Dijk and Mohamed Salah celebrate the win over Manchester United | PAUL ELLIS/Getty Images 30 years in the making, Liverpool are officially, unequivocally and inevitably Premier League champions! The Reds’ showcase mauling of Crystal Palace on Wednesday meant that  Man City had to beat Chelsea at the Bridge on Thursday to keep the …

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DII college basketball Power 10 rankings Week 13

Trevor Hudgins saved the day, keeping Northwest Missouri State’s 17-game winning streak alive with a buzzer-beater against No. 17 Missouri Southern on Thursday, Feb. 21. That kept the Bearcats locked in on the top spot in this week’s Power 10 heading into the final week of the regular season. RANKINGS: How the Power 10 fared last …

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Knicks Have Long List of Coaching Candidates

With a list of candidates that has already reached double digits, the Knicks’ coaching search is poised to extend well into July, according to two people who were familiar with the team’s plans but not authorized to discuss the search publicly. Tom Thibodeau, the former coach of the Chicago Bulls and the Minnesota Timberwolves, is …

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Manchester City 5-0 Burnley: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Phil Foden Turns on the Style

Aguero celebrates Foden’s opener | Pool/Getty Images Manchester City prolonged Liverpool’s title coronation until Thursday at the very earliest with a thumping 5-0 victory over Burnley at the Etihad Stadium on Monday evening. City took advantage of the Clarets’ first lapse in concentration 27 minutes in as an unmarked Phil Foden lashed a low effort …

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Adama Traore’s Importance to Wolves Once Again Made Evident in 2-0 West Ham Win

Adama Traore was the difference | Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images Prior to the enforced break, Wolverhampton Wanderers had played over 50 matches in all competitions in 2019/20. Despite Nuno Espirito Santo having a fairly small squad (compared to others), the Premier League outfit were going strong on numerous fronts. However, the three-month layoff provided …

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LeBron James’s Business Partner Now Wants to Get Out the Vote

When LeBron James began building his business empire, he didn’t turn to a professional talent agency or an established Hollywood manager. He went to his childhood friend Maverick Carter. The two grew up together in Akron, Ohio, and were basketball and football teammates in high school. Mr. Carter interned at Nike after college, and began …

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Brighton vs Arsenal Preview: How to Watch on TV, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

Not a happy return for Arsenal | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Arsenal were among the first group of teams to get the Premier League back up and running, but they probably wish they hadn’t been. A toothless performance, in which they failed to register a single shot on target, in a harrowing 3-0 defeat at the …

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Florida Is a Popular Site for Pro Leagues. It’s Also a Virus Hot Spot.

Florida reported 2,610 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, according to a New York Times database, only a slight drop from the state’s one-day record of 2,783. That was set on Tuesday. Florida was one of the first states to reopen in the midst of the global pandemic. Now, it is one of nearly two dozen …

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Bayern Munich’s 8 Consecutive Bundesliga Titles – Ranked

Bayern Munich have now won eight consecutive Bundesliga titles | THOMAS KIENZLE/Getty Images Is it getting repetitive, or is it just simply awe-inspiring? Whatever your take on it, Bayern Munich are an unstoppable force that cannot be tamed over in Germany. Relentless, unwavering and destructive, they’ve just claimed their eighth consecutive Bundesliga title. Eighth. EIGHTH …

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The NBA 113-Page Rule Book for Their July ‘Disney Bubble’ Return

An anonymous tip line to report rules violations. Preapproved golf outings. Protocols for how to properly disinfect basketballs. Table tennis is allowed — but singles, no doubles. The N.B.A. on Tuesday night detailed its elaborate plan for resuming play this summer by sending a 113-page handbook to team personnel, with a heavy emphasis on health …

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W.N.B.A. and Players Agree to Plan for 22-Game Season Starting in July

W.N.B.A. players have ratified a plan between the league and the players’ union to play a 22-game season, beginning in late July, along with a full playoff schedule, all at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., the league announced Monday. Players who opt into the 2020 season — they have until June 25 to notify their …

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Timo Werner Removed From RB Leipzig’s Champions League Squad Ahead of Chelsea Move

Chelsea have agreed a €60m deal for Werner | KAI PFAFFENBACH/Getty Images Timo Werner is prepared to miss the remainder of RB Leipzig’s Champions League campaign in order to move to Chelsea as early as possible and will be removed from the club’s European squad. Despite months of heavy interest from Liverpool, Chelsea swooped in …

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Harry Glickman, Who Brought Basketball to Oregon, Dies at 96

Harry Glickman, who founded the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association and was widely considered the father of professional sports in Oregon, died on Wednesday in Portland. He was 96. His death, at an assisted living center, was confirmed by his son, Marshall. Mr. Glickman held many titles for the Trail Blazers: executive …

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Bernd Leno Claims Arsenal Are Still in the Running for Champions League Spots

Bernd Leno is optimistic of Arsenal’s chances this season | Julian Finney/Getty Images Bernd Leno has claimed that there is no reason why Arsenal can’t secure a Champions League spot through their Premier League finish this season – citing their recent form as a beneficial to their chances. Remarkably, considering how poor the Gunners have …

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Snapchat Expands Deals With N.F.L., Disney and Others

LOS ANGELES — Disney, NBCUniversal, ViacomCBS, the National Basketball Association and the National Football League are expanding deals to supply Snapchat with customized short-form content, underscoring the platform’s renewed momentum. Snap, which makes the ephemeral-messaging app, unveiled the multiyear deals on Thursday, along with a spate of original series and a breaking news feature called …

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Lionel Messi Returns to Barcelona Training Following Injury Scare

Messi is expected to be fit for La Liga’s restart | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images Lionel Messi returned to full Barcelona training on Monday following a minor injury scare, making an anticipated recovery ahead of La Liga’s restart. Barcelona return to league action on Saturday after a three month hiatus as a result of the …

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Latest MLB proposal includes further expansion of playoff field

The new proposal sent this on Monday morning from Major League Baseball to the Players Association in many ways boils down to a repackaging of previous, similar offers, but it does come with at least one particularly notable change, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). The league asked for 2020 postseason …

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Thomas Muller: The Space Investigating Assist Machine Is Every Coach’s Dream

FC Bayern Muenchen v Eintracht Frankfurt – Bundesliga | Pool/Getty Images The modern day footballer is often associated with flashy cars, multi-million pound mansions and luxury lifestyles. But Thomas Muller doesn’t fit that narrative at all. In fact, the German forward is so out of sync with the current wave of superstars, he can be …

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Shut Out of Disney World, Where Do These N.B.A. Teams Go Next?

The N.B.A. has taken a concrete step to resume play, announcing on Thursday that its board of governors had officially approved a format, pending player approval, for the league to reopen at Walt Disney World. Many hurdles remain, including figuring out how to protect those in the so-called Disney “bubble,” which players are not likely …

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W.N.B.A. Union Mulling Plans to Start Season as Early as July

The union representing the players of the W.N.B.A. is mulling over proposals to start its coronavirus-delayed 2020 season, with the league hoping to begin play as early as next month. The season was postponed because of the pandemic in early April, before training camps even opened. The league has been formulating plans for an abbreviated, …

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Premier League Confirms Fixture List for First Three Rounds of Restarted Games From 17 June

Premier League fixture list announced for return from coronavirus | Visionhaus/Getty Images The Premier League has released a fixture list for the next three rounds of games in the 2019/20 season, which will resume on 17 June if all safety measures are met, following a three-month enforced suspension due to the coronavirus crisis. Premier League …

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N.B.A. Owners Set a July 31 Restart, All in Florida

N.B.A. owners on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a restart plan featuring 22 of the league’s 30 teams at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida in July to complete what the league described as the “first formal step among many required to resume the season.” The single-site proposal was ratified by a vote of 29 to 1, …

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Real Madrid’s Champions League & European Cup Triumphs – Ranked

Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images The most successful club in the history of the Champions League. Sounds pretty good, does that. While there are some clubs who’ve reached the final of Europe’s elite club competition and faltered at the final hurdle, Real Madrid have made a habit out being perennial winners on the biggest stage. With no …

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N.B.A. Team Owners to Vote on 22-Team Plan to Resume Season

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 Orlando in late July, according to several people familiar with the league’s intentions. The structure requires the voting support of at least 23 owners, but …

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N.B.A. Players March in George Floyd Protests

A broad range of athletes and sports figures have issued statements on social media condemning the killing of George Floyd and other police violence against African-Americans. But several N.B.A. players have gone even further. They’ve jumped off the sidelines to join the sprawling protests that have leapt up all over the country, which lines up …

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How Much Man Utd Will Pay for Odion Ighalo Loan Extension

UEFA – Handout/Getty Images Manchester United are to pay Shanghai Shenhua £6m in order to extend Odion Ighalo’s loan deal until January 2021, while covering at least a third of the striker’s wage packet. Ighalo joined United in January, scoring four times in eight appearances before the coronavirus brought football to a near-universal halt. His …

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Pietro Pellegri: Everything You Need to Know About the Talented Young Italian

FBL-FRA-LIGUE1-MONACO-DIJON | VALERY HACHE/Getty Images It’s fair to say things haven’t quite gone to plan so far for Pietro Pellegri since making a €25m switch from Genoa to Monaco in January 2018. Unfortunately for Pellegri, who was labelled the ‘new Lionel Messi’ by Genoa’s owner back in 2015, he has become more recognised in recent …

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Carlos Sanchez Discusses Future After Being Transfer Listed at West Ham

FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia”Columbia v England” | VI-Images/Getty Images West Ham midfielder Carlos Sanchez has discussed the possibility of moving to South America this summer, as he looks set to leave West Ham after just two years with the club. The Colombian has struggled to adapt to life in London since moving from Fiorentina …

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Basketball Hall of Fame Event Will Be Pushed to 2021, Colangelo Says

The Basketball Hall of Fame induction for an exceptionally illustrious class, including the late Kobe Bryant, will be postponed from August to next spring because of the coronavirus pandemic, Jerry Colangelo, the chairman of the Hall of Fame’s board of governors, said Wednesday. No announcement will be official until the board of governors convenes on …

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Chelsea Target Nicolas Tagliafico Available This Summer for Cut-Price Fee

Heracles Almelo v Ajax – Dutch Eredivisie | Soccrates Images/Getty Images Chelsea have been made aware that Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico is available for a cut-price fee this summer, with the Dutch side prepared to let him leave to scupper up extra finances. Chelsea have been linked with a number of potential left back targets …

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The N.B.A. May Return Too Soon

Building up to Friday’s virtual meeting between ownership representatives from the league’s 30 teams and Commissioner Adam Silver, league officials are lasering in on a scheduling format to present to the players’ union to finish out a rebooted 2019-20 season. Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, advised me Monday that he thought it …

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Seville Derby Pencilled in as First Fixture for 11 June La Liga Return

La Liga president Javier Tebas has spoken of his optimism that Sevilla’s derby against Real Betis will be the first match at the restart of La Liga’s season. Preparations to resume the season after it was put on hold are accelerating, with players beginning to train in groups of 14 from Monday, having already trained …

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N.B.A. in Talks to Resume Season at Walt Disney World Resort

The N.B.A. is in the early stages of discussions with the Walt Disney Company to restart its suspended season in late July at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, a league spokesman said Saturday. The restart, said Mike Bass, the spokesman, would be at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which would act …

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Juventus Forward Gonzalo Higuain Reveals Desire to End Career at River Plate

Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain has revealed that he would like to end his career with boyhood club River Plate. The Argentinian is currently enjoying his 14th season in European football after departing River Plate for Real Madrid in 2007. Higuain’s Juventus contract expires in 2021, leading to speculation he could see out the twilight years …

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Patrick Ewing Says He Has Tested Positive for Coronavirus

Patrick Ewing, the Knicks great who is now coaching the Georgetown University men’s basketball team, announced on Friday evening that he had Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. “This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly,” Ewing said in a statement from the university’s athletic department. “I want to encourage everyone to …

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The Top 10 Cool Kit Releases From Around the World Ahead of the 2020/21 Season – Ranked

Aside from the hope of a new signing, every football fan awaits the beginning of the new season for one main reason – the kit. While there is always the risk of manufacturers messing it up and potentially cursing a whole season, when it goes well, boy does it go well. With a number of …

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7 Players Liverpool Could Promote From Within to Save Money This Summer

Covid-19 stoppage aside, it’s looking for all the world as if Liverpool will have a Premier League title to defend when 2020/21 kicks off. As much as fans might want Kylian Mbappe, Jadon Sancho, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and every exciting young attack-minded player to arrive at Anfield and aid their bid to do so, …

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Borussia Dortmund ‘Not Desperate’ to Sell Jadon Sancho With Move in Manchester United’s Hands

will be under very little pressure to sell Jadon Sancho in the summer should Manchester United attempt to drive their asking price down, according to Raphael Honigstein. United have long been touted as the next destination for the 20-year-old, with 90min revealing in September that the Red Devils were confident of landing him in 2020. …

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2020 MLB Amateur Draft will be held remotely

The shortened 2020 MLB,will be held remotely, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports (Twitter thread). It’s not a particularly surprising development but is nevertheless yet another departure from the norm. Per Passan, teams won’t be permitted to have draft rooms. Each club’s head of baseball operations will be on camera during the draft, without audio, as was …

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Disadvantage, Yankees? Winners, losers if MLB plays shortened season

If Major League Baseball resumes in 2020, it’s going to look a lot different than usual. Last week, MLB floated ideas about drastic changes to the schedule and roster rules. Let’s evaluate what those potential changes mean and which teams would be helped, or hurt, the most by various scenarios. 140 games or fewer Any …

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Breanna Stewart’s Comeback Is Going to Take a Little Longer

Along with the rest of the world, athletes have had their careers upended by the coronavirus pandemic. They are giving The New York Times an intimate look at their journeys in periodic installments through the rest of the year. Over the last decade Breanna Stewart has dominated her sport as few ever have. She won …

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The Old Knicks Made Basketball Games the ‘Hippest Place’ in New York

An adage cracking wise on New York’s half-century love affair with the only championship teams in the Knicks’ history goes like this: So many books, so few titles. It wouldn’t be surprising, or unreasonable, if this literary cynicism originated in Boston, where the Celtics’ mega-dynasty of the 1950s and 1960s concluded with an 11th N.B.A. …

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When the Knicks Were Legend

Now it’s the Knicks’ and New York’s turn. Friday marks 50 years since the Knicks won their first championship, and it is a memory to savor and celebrate. It is an anniversary worthy of pressing pause on the typical disappointment-filled, James L. Dolan-dominated Knicks discourse of the past two decades. Spike Lee, the Oscar-winning filmmaker …

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Heyward Dotson, 71, Dies; Lifted Columbia to Basketball Glory

Heyward Dotson, who helped lift Columbia University’s basketball team to its only Ivy League title, in 1968, and who later attended the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, died on May 1 in the Bronx. He was 71. His daughter, Kahlillah Dotson Mosley, said the cause was liver failure. Dotson was a hard-nosed, 6-foot-4 …

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Many N.B.A. Stars Lack Home Court Advantage: Basketball Hoops

When he kept getting the same downbeat message from various Miami Heat teammates about their long spell of inactivity, Jimmy Butler knew he had to do something. Again and again, Butler said, he heard them lament: “I feel like I’m getting worse.” Butler’s answer: He paid a company in Utah to send portable basketball hoops …

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Scott Perry Keeps Knicks General Manager Job for One More Year

Scott Perry will remain the general manager of the Knicks for at least another year after his contract was extended under Leon Rose, the recently hired team president, a source with knowledge of the matter said Wednesday. The extension was first reported by Newsday. It is unclear what personnel moves Rose and Perry will be …

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Nothing Can Keep Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois Away From the N.B.A.

Given his club and his country, plus his physical stature, they don’t come much bigger in global soccer than Courtois. I am a stocky 5-foot-9 scribe who was moved to celebrate when I was once charitably described as a “cool nerd” by Steve Nash, the N.B.A.’s two-time Most Valuable Player Award winner. I never imagined …

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Dennis Rodman’s College Coach Recalls Recruiting Him Over H-O-R-S-E

The telephone calls from reporters and television producers are more sporadic now. But Lonn Reisman still hears from people who want to know more about Dennis Rodman, and that has been the case again thanks to “The Last Dance,” ESPN’s 10-part documentary series on Michael Jordan’s final season with the Chicago Bulls. Two more episodes …

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The “Last Dance” Fans Debate: Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James

Michael Jordan seemingly has everything. He toppled almost all of his foes as a player. There was his individual greatness. Team greatness. Much business greatness. So why, after all these years, would Jordan, who rarely gives interviews, take part in a lengthy documentary series rehashing his epic time with the Chicago Bulls? It’s the legacy. …

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Carlos Correa: Quarantining players away from families ‘will never happen’

Like many fans and individuals within Major League Baseball, Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is eager for the 2020 season to begin as quickly as possible. However, he also poured cold water over what’s been deemed the most likely scenario for a campaign during the coronavirus pandemic. As Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and MLB …

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Who Was Jerry Krause? The 90’s Bulls’ General Manager

Every good narrative needs someone wearing the black hat, and in at least the first two episodes of “The Last Dance,” the ESPN documentary about Michael Jordan, that man is Jerry Krause. Who was Krause? And why did he play such a big, and contentious, part in the Chicago Bulls’ dynasty and Jordan’s career? What …

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In ‘The Last Dance,’ Michael Jordan and the Bulls Still Dominate

Right now, 10 hours of old playoff basketball should probably be broadcast with a trigger warning. Ten hours of Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls playoff basketball should probably come with a chaplain. For “The Last Dance” is 10 hours of all-time postseason sports. The documentary is ostensibly about the season that culminated in the team’s historic …

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Which MLB pitchers could be affected the most by robot umpires?

The future of baseball is filled with uncertainty these days, but there is one thing we do know about the future of the sport: Robot umpires are coming! Just ask Jayson Stark of the Athletic, who wrote back in January, “MLB is moving purposefully toward the world of electronic strike zones. And now that even the …

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With Sabrina Ionescu, the Liberty Have a Much-Needed Chance to ‘Reset’

For the Liberty, a tumultuous decade that put the franchise’s future in doubt has given rise to a team that is new in almost every way imaginable. A new owner: Joe Tsai, not James L. Dolan. A new home: Barclays Center, after a long run at Madison Square Garden and a two-year exile to the …

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The awkward tenure and uncertain future of steady Dodgers slugger Joc Pederson

Any guesses as to which Dodgers player has hit the most total dingers since the start of the 2015 season? That’d be outfielder Joc Pederson, with a tally of 123. Sure, he has since been bypassed in more recent seasons by younger slugger Cody Bellinger and the suddenly emergent Max Muncy. And several other excellent …

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Liberty Trade Tina Charles to Mystics in Three-Team Deal

The Liberty traded Tina Charles, a veteran All-Star center, to the Washington Mystics as part of a three-team deal on Wednesday, just days before they are widely expected to select Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu with the top pick in the W.N.B.A. draft. The Liberty received the 12th pick in this year’s W.N.B.A. draft from Washington as …

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Baseball league restarts in Taiwan with robot, mannequin ‘fans’

After enduring a monthlong coronavirus lockout, the Chinese Professional Baseball League has resumed play without fans in stadiums. However, the league did fill the stands in a rather creative way. Robot and mannequin fans comprised the crowd, and they were all dressed up in favor of the Rakuten Monkeys. Some of the mannequins even held …

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Can the N.B.A. Learn From Taiwan’s Basketball Bubble?

As a student at George Washington University, Ben Metcalf worked as a Washington Wizards ball boy for the same two seasons that the Wizards employed a shooting guard named Michael Jordan. Soon after, Metcalf was an intern in the Orlando Magic video room when they beat the Knicks on opening night — and then lost …

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MLB considering realignment for 2020 season, eliminating AL, NL

Major League Baseball may be in for an overhaul for the 2020 season. League officials have discussed the possibility of eliminating the American and National League for the 2020 campaign and resorting to realigning the divisions for a shortened season, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. This proposal is one of many being discussed by …

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April 10 in sports history: Wild thing! Who caught J.R.?

1953: In the NBA Finals, the Lakers — the version that played in Minneapolis — defeated the Knicks, 91-84, in New York for their fifth championship in six seasons. “The magnificence of the Laker triumph, adroitly engineered by the superb bench jockeying of Johnny Kundla, and amply demonstrating the devastating power of the whole club, left …

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The N.B.A. Should Crown a Champion. But Will the Title Count?

Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here. Asterisks have long been a fickle form of punctuation in the N.B.A. They tend to be subjectively attached to certain championships and, even then, don’t always stick. Some of the loudest asterisk talk in league history followed the San Antonio …

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Cleveland Sports Fan

Hello Sports Fans, I have been a sports fan for many years and really enjoy watching sports, such as football,baseball,basketball and college sports. (Really missed March Madness) Unfortunately I’m also a Cleveland Browns fan and there’s a reason we call the stadium “House of Sadness” . We have had couple of owners that seem lost …

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Aaron Judge at tight end? 20 MLB players with NFL potential

The days of two-sport stars in the professional ranks — remember Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders? — may be a thing of the past. But what if they weren’t? Here are 20 MLB players with NFL potential. Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire At  6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, Mondesi might be a little undersized to take the pounding …

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Kobe Bryant Headlines 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Class

Kobe Bryant leads one of the most highly anticipated player classes ever for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame alongside three other superstars from the N.B.A. and W.N.B.A. who defined the sport over the first two decades of this century. Bryant, the former Los Angeles Lakers star who died on Jan. 26 in a …

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A player we’ll miss most from every team during MLB hiatus

With MLB on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, fans are stuck anxiously awaiting word when opening day will take place. Until then, here’s one player we’ll miss most from every team. 1 of 31 30 players we’ll miss most during MLB’s hiatus Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports With MLB on hold because of the coronavirus …

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For This N.B.A. Rookie, Reality TV Is an Escape That Feels Like Home

Long before he began feeding his obsession and even found himself sitting next to its hosts, Rui Hachimura didn’t understand all the fuss about the Japanese reality television show “Terrace House.” His high school teammates in Japan had tried hard to get him on board. “I was the only one who was like, ‘Nah,’” said …

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First Woman Drafted in N.B.A. Avoids Coronavirus, but Not Its Frustrations

Before the coronavirus pandemic, the class of 1969 from tiny Union-Whitten High School in Iowa still met once a month. Its homecoming queen, Denise Rife, then known as Denise Long, once scored 111 points in a basketball game, and was the first woman drafted by an N.B.A. team. Rife, a retired pharmacist, turned 69 last …

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