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Draymond Green Doesn’t Mind Missing the N.B.A. Finals. This Year.

In this newsletter, Marc Stein talks to Green about the Golden State Warriors’ down year, analyzes the many coaching vacancies, and looks ahead to the Lakers-Heat finals.

Twins’ Playoff Misery Continues, Courtesy of the Depleted Astros

The stage seemed set for Minnesota to break its streak of postseason losses. But sure enough, a late collapse delivered a 17th consecutive playoff defeat.

Jay Johnstone, Major League Outfielder and Prankster, Dies at 74

He played in the World Series with the 1978 Yankees and the 1981 Dodgers, but he was best known for his imaginative stunts. He died of Covid-19 complications.

FIFA Plans to Order Release of Players Over Clubs’ Objections

Coronavirus fears, rising infection rates and quarantine rules are raising serious practical concerns before the first round of World Cup qualifiers in South America.

Titans, Vikings Experience NFL's First Coronavirus Outbreak

The Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings are the N.F.L.’s first teams to halt operations after eight members of the Titans received positive tests.

Are the Chicago Bears That Good or Are the Atlanta Falcons That Bad?

The Chicago Bears started the season with a 3-0 record and a quarterback controversy. The Atlanta Falcons (0-3) have personnel stability and a penchant for blowing leads.

Monday Night Football: Lamar Jackson vs. Patrick Mahomes

They’re under 26, have won M.V.P.s and they can seemingly do anything. On Monday night, the N.F.L. gets a boost from the latest installment of its best current rivalry.

Breanna Stewart Is Ready for the W.N.B.A. Finals, and the Election

Stewart and her W.N.B.A. peers are playing through the postseason while also continuing their social justice advocacy in the wake of the Breonna Taylor grand jury decision.

Meet the Biggest Prankster in Baseball: Yankees G.M. Brian Cashman

Bogus trades. Fake lottery tickets. Electric pen assaults. No one at Yankee Stadium is safe from the longtime general manager’s high jinks.

The Celtics Have a Bright Future — and a Low Ceiling?

Boston has several young stars and a trio of first-round draft picks, but strong competition may blunt their hopes of bouncing back next season from this year’s disappointment.

2020 French Open: What to Watch on Tuesday

Novak Djokovic starts his campaign for a second French Open title against Mikael Ymer, while Aryna Sabalenka tries to live up to her potential on the Grand Slam stage.

Patrick Mahomes Flexes Chiefs’ Muscle to Beat the Ravens

In a showdown of two of the N.F.L.’s best quarterbacks, Patrick Mahomes again bested Lamar Jackson. The Kansas City quarterback showed off an efficient and varied offense in Baltimore.

Tampa Bay Lightning Win Stanley Cup in Pandemic ‘Bubble’

The Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars, four games to two, to win their second championship, in a season upended by the coronavirus pandemic.

Doc Rivers Is Out as Los Angeles Clippers Coach

The Clippers were expected to contend for a championship this season, but they were upset in the second round of the playoffs as their big-name stars struggled.

Now Pitching for the Yankees … These 13 Guys

A quirk in Major League Baseball’s modified postseason format could lead to an unusual assortment of pitchers getting innings aside from the usual starters and relievers.
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