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Who’s Fresher Than the Warriors?

Perhaps that sentiment didn’t fully apply on this occasion, since the showpiece matchup on the N.B.A.’s five-game Christmas slate — even with Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Cleveland’s Isaiah Thomas both unavailable to play — represented perhaps the most anticipated event on the regular-season calendar. “Definitely didn’t feel like just another game,” said the veteran guard Dwyane Wade, who jumped ...

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Giants Are Shut Out by the Cardinals as Eli Manning Sputters

Photo Giants quarterback Eli Manning on the sideline during the second half of Sunday’s loss. He threw two interceptions and had a fumble returned for a touchdown. Credit Rick Scuteri/Associated Press GLENDALE, Ariz. — Eli Manning’s first trip to University of Phoenix Stadium was one of the highlights of his career. His latest was a dud. Manning committed three turnovers ...

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A Baseball Trivia Quiz for the Holidays

1. Which of these Hall of Famers never played for the A’s? a) Billy Williams b) Mike Piazza c) Jim Bunning d) Willie McCovey 2. Which of these Hall of Famers never played for the Giants? a) Phil Niekro b) Steve Carlton c) Duke Snider d) Goose Gossage 3. Which of these Hall of Famers never played for the Astros? ...

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Seven Years After His Dismissal, Omar Minaya Is Back With the Mets

“And not just come home to the Mets family, but the city,” said Minaya, who was born in the Dominican Republic but grew up in Queens. For the last three years he worked as a senior adviser with the players union. During the conference call, Minaya was somewhat vague when he was asked for details on how his return to ...

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The Real Mr. Met Is Selling Off His Past and Coping With the Present

Then why is he selling? “I just don’t have space for it,” he said. “There’s no more space on the walls, and my closets are full. I’ve given so much away to my kids and grandkids that they can’t take any more. So now, I’d rather the fans have it.” The fans, at least those of an older generation, remember ...

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Another Florida Star Departs as the Rays Trade Evan Longoria

“We have a fan base here that’s very passionate, and Evan is somebody that they connected to and they looked up to, and they took a lot of pride in having as part of this organization,” Rays General Manager Erik Neander said. Longoria was the Rays’ franchise leader in wins above replacement, as Stanton was for the Marlins, who have ...

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How This Lithuanian Outpost Lured LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball

Over the next few days, Lithuanians learned the basic facts: LiAngelo, 19, and LaMelo, 16, are the younger brothers of Lonzo, the star rookie point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers. The boys’ father, LaVar, has become famous in his own right over the past year, most recently entering the news cycle for goading the President of the United States ...

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Steelers Find New Level of Agony at the Hands of the Patriots

Judging by the mood afterward in the Steelers’ locker room, where cornerback Artie Burns sat in front of his stall, still in full uniform, looking at everyone and no one, they all hurt the same. New England and Pittsburgh are both 11-3, the Patriots now own the No. 1 seed by claiming the head-to-head tiebreaker. “Obviously the Patriots are the ...

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For Kobe Bryant, a Double Salute, With Two Numbers Headed to the Rafters

Instead, it just fueled Bryant even more. He was determined to prove to O’Neal and every other doubter that he would ultimately surpass all of the game’s greats. “Kobe didn’t care about night life or anything else,” said Del Harris, who coached Bryant for his first two N.B.A. seasons and the start of his third. “He only had one interest. ...

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Carmelo Anthony, Back in New York, Gets Cheers, a Video and a Loss

A welcome also came from Knicks teammates and Garden security guards, who greeted Anthony with handshakes and hugs during pregame warm-ups. But once the game began, the dynamic shifted, as Knicks fans got down to the business of rooting for their team. They did cheer Anthony when his first shot of the game, a 3-pointer, went in. But as the ...

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