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Why the Yankees Are Crowdsourcing Their Manager Vetting Process

Many general managers seem to think it’s a brilliant idea — for the Yankees. “I see the value, especially in an atypical market like New York,” said Mike Rizzo, the general manager of the Washington Nationals, who recently finished his fourth manager search for the team. “But I think we make our best decisions when it’s not nationally known what ...

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What We Learned in N.F.L. Week 11: Eagles are Scary Good

■ Some breaks are going the Lions’ way. Detroit got off to a 3-4 start this season, but the losses came with head-scratching moments of terrible luck and agonizingly narrow scoring margins. In the Lions’ third consecutive win, they got a go-ahead field goal with 1 minute 35 seconds left, then escaped when Connor Barth missed a 46-yard field-goal attempt ...

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Why People in Mississippi Have to Watch the Giants

Early Window Week 11 is a doubleheader week for CBS, meaning it is showing games in both an early window (1 p.m., Eastern time) and a late window (4:25 p.m.). CBS and Fox have nine doubleheader weeks and eight singleheader weeks apiece throughout the season. When a network has a doubleheader the other network has a singleheader; the exception is ...

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Before Thanksgiving Week Showdown, Alabama and Auburn Order Cupcakes

With No. 6 Auburn (8-2) having just walloped No. 7 Georgia (9-1) — the team the Iron Bowl’s winner will face in the Southeastern Conference title game on Dec. 2 — this year’s big game, which will take place at Auburn next weekend, is another high-stakes affair. To prepare for it, Auburn does much the same thing as Alabama. Its ...

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Jose Altuve and Giancarlo Stanton Win M.V.P. Awards

Altuve collected 27 of 30 first-place votes, with Judge — who won the A.L. Rookie of the Year Award on Monday — placing second. In the National League, Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton took the honor, with Cincinnati’s Joey Votto the runner-up. Stanton and Votto both received 10 first-place votes, and Stanton edged Votto by just two points in the closest M.V.P. ...

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Yankees Aiming Lower on the Payroll, but Higher on the Field

The Yankees, who had a $209 million payroll last season, have a number of big contracts coming off the books: those of C. C. Sabathia ($25 million), Alex Rodriguez ($21 million), Matt Holliday ($13 million) and Michael Pineda ($7.4 million). But don’t expect that to lead to the type of binge that ensued four years ago, when the Yankees let ...

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North Korean Soccer Talent Tests Defenses and Sanctions

Han, now 19, is North Korean. He arrived in Italy three years ago through an idiosyncratic arrangement between I.S.M. and the North Korean soccer federation that has brought dozens of the hermetic nation’s most promising young players to Corciano. Han wasted little time distinguishing himself. Liverpool expressed interest soon after he arrived, and Dominici said Manchester City and Fiorentina, among ...

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Cavaliers Erase 23-Point Lead to Beat Feisty Knicks

The Cavaliers, with a record of 7-7, might have their problems, but James provided a reminder of his potency with 23 points, 12 assists and 9 rebounds. Yet the Knicks, after years of losing basketball that numbed their fans and helped run off the star forward Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson, the former team president, proved they are fun and ...

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The A.F.C. Doesn’t Have 6 Playoff-Worthy Teams

The N.F.L. likes to brag about the competitiveness across the league, how in every year since 2000 at least one team with a winning percentage of .500 or lower midway through its season has gone on to make the playoffs. Seeing that the top 10 in the N.F.C. have winning records, if the streak continues this season it will likely ...

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Gymnast Aly Raisman Says She Was Molested by Team Doctor

The American gymnast Aly Raisman said that she too had been sexually abused by the team doctor who is facing criminal charges for molesting other gymnasts. Ms. Raisman, 23, made the revelation in an interview with “60 Minutes,” excerpts from which were released Friday, and in a book, “Fierce,” being released next week. “I am angry,” she said. “I’m really ...

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