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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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    Tom Konchalski Was the Last of the Old-School Basketball ScoutsThe legendary high-school basketball talent evaluator died Monday at 74.
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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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    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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    The 10 Most Important Sports Figures of 2020The athletes, executives, and yes, politicians, who defined a stormy year.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Baseball Without Fans Is Best Enjoyed From AfarIf you find yourself envious of those who are able to set foot inside the ballpark, you shouldn’t be.
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    NFL Players, Employee Forced Goodell’s Protest Ban ApologyThe NFL commissioner apologized on Friday for the league’s ban on the protests started by Colin Kaepernick, but not to Kaepernick, and not on his own.
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    This Is What It’s Like to Watch Live, Professional Baseball Right NowA conversation with Lotte Giants staffer Sung Min Kim.
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    Most U.S. Sports Leagues Have Suspended Their Seasons Due to CoronavirusThe NHL, MLB, MLS, and NBA are all either suspending or canceling play due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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    U.S. Soccer Star Carli Lloyd Nets NFL Invite After Nailing 55-Yard Field GoalLloyd sees the potential for a “pioneering moment for women.”
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    With White House Invitation, the Red Sox Couldn’t WinThe Red Sox will leave behind the green monster to visit the orange monster.
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    Donald Trump Doomed a Football League, But He’d Have Been a Great NFL OwnerAuthor Jeff Pearlman on how Trump’s time as a USFL owner predicted so much of his presidential behavior, including his feud with the NFL.
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    The NFL’s Back, and So Are Trump’s Attacks on Protesting PlayersTwo members of the Miami Dolphins took a knee during the anthem on Thursday and someone got very cranky.
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    NFL Anthem Protest Policy Put on Hold Under Agreement With Players’ UnionThe joint announcement came hours after a report that the Miami Dolphins might suspend protesters for four games sparked new outrage.
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    The Sports World Needs Its #MeToo MomentUnfortunately, when fans don’t care, executives certainly won’t.
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    The NBA Draft Is Great. It’s Also Totally Un-American.Sports have some really unfortunate ideas about competition, free markets, and labor, it turns out.
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    Mexico’s World Cup Goal Caused Man-Made EarthquakeMexico City literally trembled during Mexico’s stunning upset win over Germany on Sunday.
  24. U.S., Mexico, and Canada to Host 2026 World Cup, and Probably Play in It TooIt’s the only win the U.S. will get in Russia this summer, but it’s a big one.
  25. Jets Owner Says He’ll Pay Fines If Players Defy New Anthem-Protest BanChristopher Johnson is acting owner of the Jets while his brother serves as Trump’s ambassador to the U.K.
  26. Putin Scores 5 Goals in Exhibition Hockey Game With Former ProsThat’s down from his seven last year and eight in 2015.
  27. The U.S. May Not Land the 2026 World Cup and It’s All Trump’s FaultMore than 200 FIFA members have to vote on the host and Trump has reportedly imperiled America’s chances.
  28. Warriors to Meet With Local Kids, Not Trump, on Trip to WashingtonTrump disinvited the NBA champs from the White House last September, but they didn’t want to go anyway.
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    Several Eagles Players Already Refusing to Celebrate Super Bowl Win With TrumpRepeatedly accusing NFL players of being unpatriotic for protesting probably won’t boost turnout.
  30. ESPN: The Patriots Dynasty Is On the Verge of DeflatingTom Brady, Bill Belichick and Bob Kraft are denying the bombshell report and insisting they “stand united.”
  31. Trump’s Going to the College Football Title Game in ‘Crime Infested’ AtlantaThe White House is hoping for a warm reception but Trump might be in for a surprise.
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    Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson to Sell Team Amid Sexual Misconduct AllegationsThe announcement came hours after a report said former employees received settlements over Richardson’s sexual and racial misconduct.
  33. South Carolina Women’s Hoops Team Turns Down White House InvitationHead coach Dawn Staley waited months for the invitation, but now she says the team has moved on.
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    Most Houston Texans Kneel During Anthem to Protest Owner’s ‘Inmates’ RemarkWhile discussing the ongoing controversy during an owners meeting, Bob McNair said, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.”
  35. MLB Suspends Astros’ Gurriel Over Racist Gesture, But Not Until Next SeasonMLB commissioner Rob Manfred said he didn’t think it would be fair to Gurriel’s teammates to suspend him during the World Series.
  36. Yankees Fire Joe Girardi, Will Reportedly Seek a New ‘Analytics-Driven’ ManagerAfter ten seasons in the Bronx, the former Yankee catcher will move on.
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    The Yankees Are Back! (But Maybe Don’t Mention It to Them.)Careful not to spook this overperforming bunch. Also, Aaron Judge talks about his playoff heroics with New York.
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    Colin Kaepernick Files Complaint Accusing NFL Owners of CollusionThe grievance calls President Trump “an organizing force in the collusion among team owners,” but Kaepernick may have a hard time proving his case.
  39. The Yankees Might Not Be Postseason Favorites, But They’re No UnderdogsThe plucky upstarts from the Bronx just took down the mighty Cleveland Indians. Now they’ll face the Astros in the ALCS.
  40. It’s a Dark Day for United States Men’s SoccerFor the first time since 1986, the U.S. men’s team will miss the World Cup.
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    Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones: Players Who Protest During Anthem Won’t PlayJones participated in his team’s show of “unity” several weeks ago, but after talking with Trump he’s taken a stand against demonstrators.
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    Pence Flies to NFL Game to Stage Walkout Over Anthem ProtestsThe vice-president gave a master class in how not to orchestrate a political stunt.
  43. Former Knick Charles Oakley Gets a One-Year Madison Square Garden BanHe agreed to the terms as part of a plea deal after he was arrested in February at a Knicks home game.
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    Chris Froome Wins Tour de France, AgainThe most unpredictable Tour in a decade ends in the most predictable way.
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    Meet the Future Voice of the Brooklyn Nets. Maybe.He (and it was mostly guys) could have been among the 175 hopefuls that showed up for open auditions at the Barclays Center on Tuesday.
  46. Yankee Trade Upgrades Lineup and Bullpen, Screws the Red SoxTodd Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle are getting fitted for pinstripes.
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    An Upset Is Brewing in the Tour de FranceThe favorite lost the yellow jersey, and things are getting interesting.
  48. UFC Boss: Trump Wants to Attend Mayweather vs. McGregor, But Won’tDana White told reporters that even though Trump is hyped for the fight, he’s not coming because it would be a huge hassle.
  49. Yankees Phenom Aaron Judge Was Born for the Home Run DerbyThe rookie right-fielder doesn’t just hit a lot of home runs, he hits them a long way.
  50. Now That Phil Jackson Is Gone, What’s Next for the Knicks?The end of the triangle could be the start of something for the Knicks.
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