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On-Field Drama, Not Fireworks, Will Keep the F.A. Cup Relevant

The pyrotechnics must now be considered part of that ritual. They are present every year — always slightly bigger, slightly more spectacular — to welcome the teams to the field. Later, they are wheeled out again to provide the picture-perfect backdrop to the victors’ joy. Photo Olivier Giroud of Arsenal pumping a fist after the win over Chelsea. Credit Laurence ...

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A Football Coach’s Struggle With C.T.E. — and a Guilty Conscience

At first, he scoffed when his wife suggested that he donate his brain for C.T.E. testing, saying “‘I’m going to donate my brain just to prove you wrong,’” Maura Horton said. Affliction, and Opportunity Over time, however, as more neurological functions began to fail, Horton, in quiet moments at home, accepted that he could have C.T.E. and that it might ...

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Britain Hopes for a New Chapter at the America’s Cup

Despite five well-financed challenges from 1899 to 1930, Lipton never won the Cup, which in his era was one of the premier sporting events. Lipton won plenty of admirers on both sides of the Atlantic as a gallant loser, but he has come to embody Britain’s 166-year history of frustration in the Cup. Continue reading the main story Though it ...

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The Mets’ Stretched Bullpen Nears the Breaking Point

Blevins, whose career high is 73 games, does not aspire to break any records. “It’s not like a goal of mine to throw that much,” he said. “But the season has ups and downs. As long as I feel like I’m ready to pitch, I’ll be available. If I’m not, I won’t throw that day.” Photo A struggling Matt Harvey ...

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Kyrie Irving Scores 42 to Help Cavaliers Rally Past Celtics

Photo Kyrie Irving going up for a layup against Al Horford of the Celtics on Tuesday. Irving led the Cavaliers with 42 points in their Game 4 win. Credit Gregory Shamus/Getty Images CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving took over in the second half and finished with 42 points, LeBron James added 34, and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved to within one win ...

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From Hockey 101 to a Ph.D. in Nashville

Gerry Helper, a senior vice president and the team’s unofficial historian, worked through it all. Hopscotching from one expansion franchise to another, Helper arrived in October 1997 from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Until then, he had never visited Nashville, though its size reminded Helper of Buffalo, his hometown. Right away, he knew he wanted the fans here to feel the ...

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Aaron Judge, His Bat Dulled, Makes Brilliant Catch in Yankees Win

The play by Judge showed that even on a day when he struck out four times, he could find ways to influence a game. It showed not just his raw athleticism, but the skills he refines each day in batting practice, when he spends 10 to 15 minutes in the outfield reading when the ball leaves the bat. Photo With ...

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Cloud Computing Takes the Preakness, Ending Always Dreaming’s Crown Hopes

Up until the last sixteenth of a mile, it looked as if they had. Then Leparoux heard Javier Castellano smooching to his colt, a 13-1 long shot named Cloud Computing. And with every kiss Castellano blew into his horse’s ear, Cloud Computing’s stride stretched longer and the ground between him and Classic Empire disappeared quicker. This was not the duel ...

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‘This Doesn’t Sound Legal’: Inside Nike’s Oregon Project

Salazar has emphatically denied violating antidoping rules. He has said that he and his athletes closely followed all protocols established by antidoping authorities. Continue reading the main story But in the report, antidoping officials depicted Salazar as a medicine chest whose door swung open for the world-class athletes on Nike’s payroll. They said he provided or helped gain access to ...

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Penguins Go From Murray to Fleury, to Murray?

And it was a decision the Penguins were never expected to have to make. Murray, 22, was set to be the starter, but he sustained a lower-body injury in warm-ups before Game 1 in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Columbus Blue Jackets and was sidelined for three weeks. Continue reading the main story Fleury took over and has been ...

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