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Elevated to Ace, Luis Severino Shows His Electric Stuff

Severino’s counterpart, Homer Bailey, was decidedly less intimidating than the previous two pitchers Severino had dueled — Felix Hernandez of Seattle six days earlier and Chris Sale of Boston on July 15 — and aside from Joey Votto, the Reds’ lineup was significantly less formidable than that of the Mariners or the Red Sox. Photo Todd Frazier (29) had his ...

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Yankees’ New Look Isn’t Lost on Their Fresh Faces

The regular catcher is Gary Sanchez, who is 24. The 22-year-old Clint Frazier — acquired for Miller — is quickly becoming a fixture in left field. Aaron Judge, 25, has been baseball’s most productive hitter this season. “It’s a lot of fun,” said Todd Frazier, the veteran third baseman who arrived from Chicago with Robertson and reliever Tommy Kahnle. “Clint ...

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In Kyrie Irving’s Revelation, a Moment of Reflection

As the abdicating head coach of the Jets in January 2000, Parcells assumed that Bill Belichick, his loyal and longtime defensive coordinator, was eager to replace him. Parcells — who had also been director of football operations — was to continue in a murky consulting role. Writing in The New York Times about what happened next, I submitted, referring to ...

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Spieth Goes From Hunted to Hunter, and Back Again, in Winning British Open

Greller reminded Spieth that he belonged in that photograph. “You’re that caliber of athlete,” Spieth recalled Greller saying. “But I need you to believe that right now, because you’re in a great position in this tournament.” Photo This photograph on Jordan Spieth’s Instagram page, of him and other star athletes in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, was used as inspiration by ...

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Branden Grace Secures a Record, but Jordan Spieth Owns the Day

A day that dawned warm and sunny over Royal Birkdale turned cooler and wet near the end. Under a pewter sky, Kuchar and Spieth reached the 18th green with their approaches, then began walking toward grandstands filled mostly with British fans — who greeted the two Americans as if they were their own. Photo Spieth putting on the 18th green ...

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At British Open, Caddies Have Their Golfers’ Bags, and Backs

Johnson added: “He’s able to pinpoint one or two things because we’ve been together so long. That’s the luxury of having the same guy forever.” Continue reading the main story When Adam Scott bogeyed the 16th to fall to four over for the tournament, he knew he could not afford another mistake. He stood statue still over the ball for ...

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A British Open Lesson: Golf is a Sport of Personal Responsibility

What is great and, at times, grating about golf is Spieth had no one to blame but himself for the miss at 18 – or, for that matter, the five missed fairways on the first seven holes. Since Spieth turned professional at the end of 2012, he has largely controlled his fate. Much is made of how cruel golf can ...

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Something Strange in Usain Bolt’s Stride

“Generally there are small differences between the right and left leg, but I think they are normally about 1, 2, 3 percent,” Mero said in a telephone interview. “This sounds a little bigger.” Continue reading the main story Given the scoliosis and discrepancy in the length of Bolt’s legs, Mero said, the sprinter’s stride appeared optimal for him. “If the ...

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Anthony and D’Antoni May Reunite, This Time for the Better

On the phone recently from Myrtle Beach, S.C., where he scouted high school players in his role as the head coach at Marshall University, Dan D’Antoni added: “I don’t think Mike’s backed off at all on how the game should be played.” Photo Carmelo Anthony’s out-of-my-way isolation was a bad fit with D’Antoni. Credit Elsa/Getty Images In other words, for ...

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At Knicks’ Facility, Hopeful Talk and Lessons Learned (or Maybe Not)

It was also encouraging to hear Knicks executives talking about building with lean, long, young athletic sorts. This is as opposed to the past season, when Phil Jackson, the Knicks’ busted valise of a Svengali, turned to two former Chicago Bulls stalwarts, Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose, to serve as the pillars of the team. Rose played defense almost never ...

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