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    The Knicks’ Revolutionary CompetenceIn what feels like a miracle, the perpetually embarrassing squad is showing signs of life.
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    Every Melissa McCarthy Movie, RankedMcCarthy hasn’t always found material worthy of her talents, but she always tackles it with gusto.
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    Major League Baseball Has Not Gone WokeThe league’s decision to move its All-Star Game out of Georgia was a cold business calculation, not a statement of principle.
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    Baseball Can’t Screw Up Its Big 2021 OpportunityThe sport has a chance for a banner season — but a treacherous labor war looms at the other end.
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    Who You Should Root For in March Madness (Not Oral Roberts)A totally harmless guide for the extremely casual fan.
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    Every DC Comics Movie, RankedFrom the Christopher Reeve era to the Snyder Cut.
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    Sports Are About to Look Like 2019 AgainThe Texas Rangers and Wrestlemania are paving the way for crowded stadiums and arenas to become the norm within weeks.
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    March Madness Is Back, Outbreaks Be DamnedThe NCAA won’t let COVID ruin its cash cow a second time.
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    The Athletes Have More to SayAthlete activism is the new normal — and organizations like LeBron James’s More Than a Vote are here to stay.
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    It Already Feels Like the Post-COVID Era in SportsA shockingly ordinary baseball spring training presages a return to normalcy — or close to it.
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    Every Jodie Foster Movie, RankedWhere does The Mauritanian fall in the Jodie Foster canon?
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    Sports Have Been a Shadow of Themselves Without FansThe wisdom of bringing spectators back right now is debatable. But there’s no arguing how much they’ve been missed.
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    10 Essential Christopher Plummer PerformancesA look back at the late actor’s decades-spanning career.
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    A Telling Streak at the Pandemic Super BowlA blowout that should have been remembered for cementing Tom Brady’s legacy instead served as a symbol for the nation’s coronavirus failures.
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    The 25 Best Movies About GamblingFrom Uncut Gems to California Split, many of our favorite films revolve around big bets.
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    Six Big Questions About the Pandemic Super BowlA lot of weird stuff has gone down in years past. Sunday has the potential to be the strangest big game yet.
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    Every Denzel Washington Movie, RankedA look at the Oscar winner’s best (and worst) work through the decades.
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    A Marquee Super Bowl Is the NFL’s Reward for Cutting CornersCOVID schmovid. It’s Tom Brady versus Patrick Mahomes!
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    The 20 Best Movies About American PresidentsFrost/Nixon, Secret Honor, Lincoln, and more.
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    7 Ways Trump Changed Sports ForeverHe left a permanent imprint — and not entirely in a bad way.
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    Bill Belichick Can’t Escape Trump That EasilyThe Patriots coach declined a Medal of Freedom, but his and other Trump-friendly sports figures’ legacies remain linked to the president.
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    How on Earth Are They Going to Pull Off the Olympics?Almost a year after their postponement, the pandemic is still raging. Maybe giving up altogether wouldn’t be such a bad thing.
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    The 10 Most Important Sports Figures of 2020The athletes, executives, and yes, politicians, who defined a stormy year.
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    Every Tom Hanks Movie, RankedWhere does News of the World fall in the Tom Hanks canon?
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    10 Ways 2020 Changed Sports ForeverThe pandemic and the racial-justice movement will leave permanent marks, on and off the field.
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    All 23 Pixar Movies, RankedFrom Toy Story to Cars 3, and everything in between.
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    Every George Clooney Movie, RankedIn many ways, Clooney is both the perfect movie star and a repudiation of what we think of as one.
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    Cleveland’s Baseball Team Shouldn’t Get Too Much CreditChanging its name is a welcome move, but one that’s long, long overdue.
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    Every Steven Soderbergh Movie, RankedStudying Soderbergh, from Solaris to Schizopolis.
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    Every Meryl Streep Movie, RankedFrom Sophie’s Choice to The Prom, we take a closer look at the acting legend’s career.
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    How Sports Leagues Are Gearing Up for Another Weird SeasonEveryone is hoping for vaccine-enabled normalcy in 2021, but some sports are better positioned than others to wait things out.
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    Farewell to My Go-toRuth Reichl, Rumaan Alam, Jiayang Fan, and more on losing the place where they were a regular.
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    The NFL Is Too Big to Let COVID Stop ItThe increasingly pandemic-afflicted league has learned an important lesson from other sports: Just keep playing.
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    Sports Are Making COVID Look Like No Big DealCoaches and athletes’ casual approach to the virus doesn’t exactly set a great example for the rest of the country.
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    10 Essential Movies About ChessQueen of Katwe, Searching for Bobby Fischer, and other films to satisfy your sudden desire for chess content.
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    COVID Is an Existential Crisis for College BasketballThanks to unlucky timing, no sport has been as badly hit by the pandemic.
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    Every Kevin Costner Movie, RankedThe actor’s career is full of peaks, valleys, and Waterworlds.
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    Sports Leagues Are Being Very Trumpy After the ElectionThe NFL, NBA, and MLB may have veered left this year, but they aren’t acknowledging that Biden won.
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    If Trump Wins, Athletes Might Just Stop PlayingA shock victory next week would have a tectonic effect on activists in the NFL and other leagues.
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    The Pandemic Lessons From MLB’s Surprisingly Successful SeasonFour takeaways and four unknowns as the World Series looms.
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    The Fans Can Go to Games Again. Will They?The stadiums are open, but fans aren’t exactly rushing through the doors.
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    How Don Hertzfeldt Survives as an Indie AnimatorThe World of Tomorrow author talks watching his own back, turning down studio work, and whether or not we’re all doomed.
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    All of Robert De Niro’s Comedic Roles, RankedThe War With Grandpa is just the latest in a long line of comedies for the actor.
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    Why Are Pandemic Sports Ratings So Terrible?Some theories on why viewers have unexpectedly turned away in droves.
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    LeBron James Is Now at the Center of EverythingStill dominant on the court, he has fully embraced his role as sports’ moral conscience as he vies for another title.
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    Sports Pulled Off a Miracle in 2020. Now What About 2021?The pandemic isn’t going anywhere, but leagues can’t afford another season with no fans.
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    If Athletes Want to Force Real Change, They Need to Stop PlayingSocial-justice momentum in the NBA and NFL is already stalling. Radical action is needed.
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    Every Leonardo DiCaprio Movie, RankedHe’s played troubled men and boyish romantic heroes with equal skill. Which of his roles will stand the test of time?
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    The NFL Is Returning To a Different World. Can It Adapt?Every NFL season brings with it madness and unpredictability, but none has ever had more potential for implosion than this one.
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    College Football Is Still Recklessly Barreling ForwardSome of the big conferences canceled their seasons. Others seem to have adopted a “let’s hope for the best” pandemic strategy.
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