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For Aaron Judge’s Foes at College Home Run Derby, Thrill Hasn’t Descended

For weeks, Major League Baseball officials had been pleading for Judge to enter the showcase event. This was far different from the only other home-run-hitting contest he entered — the one in Omaha, site of the College World Series, in 2012. When Judge, who had hit four home runs that season as a sophomore at Fresno State, received his invitation, ...

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As More Teams Host Gay Pride Events, Yankees Remain a Holdout

Those events have ranged from the infamous Disco Demolition Night once staged by the Chicago White Sox to the Mets’ Jewish and Irish heritage nights. The San Francisco Giants will host an African-American heritage night in September. Photo Billy Bean, a former player who is an executive with Major League Baseball promoting inclusion, threw out the ceremonial first pitch for ...

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When the Tour de France Comes to Town

“We need to study this on our end, and I promise we’ll do what we can,” Prudhomme replied, according to Dufouleur. “If you do all you can on your end, I promise that you’ll get this.” The men shook hands, but there was a long way to go. Prudhomme, 56, makes the final decision on the route personally each year, ...

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For Teammates in Love, an Island Oasis

But here in Akureyri, they said, they feel welcome. Here they are the stars of an unbeaten team in Iceland’s top women’s league. Local residents greet them in the street, and the coach of their club, Thor-KA, is appreciative of their talent. “From the very beginning,” Sierra said, “we felt that they valued our work here — they valued us ...

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Mets’ Plan to Keep Yoenis Cespedes Healthy: Add Water, Stir, and Hope

“I cannot afford to have him blow out that hammy again and he’s out for two months,” Collins said, adding later: “It’s hot and it’s humid. Dehydration is an issue.” Photo Cespedes missed six weeks this season after he injured his hamstring in a game against the Braves on April 27. Credit Al Bello/Getty Images While Cespedes recovered from a ...

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How Charlie Blackmon (a.k.a. Chuck Nazty) Bluffed His Way Into a Career

Greer, a .305 hitter over nine seasons with the Texas Rangers, met Blackmon that summer, after Blackmon’s discouraging spring at Georgia Tech. He had transferred there after two seasons at Young Harris College in Georgia, where he had been a 20th-round draft choice of the Red Sox. Before that, after a high school career near Atlanta, Blackmon was chosen by ...

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From the Quiet of Wimbledon, the Loud Groan of the Crowd

The groan is not unique to Wimbledon. But it is more obvious there because, in contrast to the United States Open, for example, it is much more common for the crowd to fall into silence before points begin. The grass muffles the sound of the ball bounce, too, so when the urrrr comes, it is inescapable. Photo Pam Shriver hurling ...

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Jim Bouton, Author and Former Pitcher, Struggles With Brain Disease

Bouton nodded. Turning the notes into a book, he said, was the best thing he ever did. “I didn’t know the value of it,” he added. “I was just really sharing the nonsense. Every once in a while, I would transfer the notes to audio and send in my tapes. I’d call Shecter and say, ‘Is this interesting?’ And he’d ...

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A Late Debut in the Tour de France: The Scars Tell Why

When Taylor Phinney was 14, he went to the Tour with his father and rode some of the course and saw some of the mayhem and glamour. It was alluring enough for him to quit playing soccer and start racing a bike. He was so good, so fast, that he soon became a junior world champion. Later came three Olympics ...

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Jeff Hornacek Tries Being Tactful About the Triangle

“When you look at the triangle and look at what it can do, there are a lot of options,” he said. “There are a lot of things you can do. You can take pieces of it.” He went on: “We’re going to do a lot of things from last year and some new things, and we’ll blend it so it ...

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