Trouble in Titletown

VALDOSTA, Ga. — There is no joy in Titletown, as this South Georgia city calls itself. The Valdosta Wildcats are undoubtedly one of America’s most successful high school football teams, with more than 900 victories, two dozen state titles and its star players seemingly on a conveyor belt to football meccas like Georgia and Alabama. Greatness is a given here. […]

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Canadian Basketball Hopes a New Floor Will Raise Its Ceiling

What worked for Wayne Gretzky and Canadian hockey at the 2002 Winter Olympics never quite fit the karmic ambitions of Canadian basketball officials nearly two decades later. The sacred tradition of sneakily stashing a good-luck coin beneath the playing surface did not sound as good to those antsy officials as buying a complete basketball floor for its supposed mystical properties. […]

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Hideki Matsuyama Wins the Masters With a Groundbreaking Performance

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Hideki Matsuyama’s first swing in the final round of the 85th Masters was an unsightly banana-shape slice that would have looked familiar on the nerve-racking first tee of any golf course in the world. Matsuyama, who entered Sunday’s fourth round with a four-shot lead, hunted down his wayward drive in the left woods and chose an intrepid […]

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Hideki Matsuyama Charges Into the Lead at the Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The third round of the Masters tournament began Saturday with a gusting wind that bedeviled the field and seemed to make the firm, already crusty Augusta National Golf Club greens more parched, speedy and vexing. Then, just before 4 p.m., a rainstorm with the potential for thunder and lightning sent the golfers scurrying to the safety of […]

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The Nets Could Have Had It All With Dr. J

Kevin Loughery and Julius Erving share a city, Atlanta, a golf club and an emotional connection to a basketball allegory told inharmoniously in three distinct parts — what was, what might have been and what now has become. In other words: the history of the Nets, from Long Island to New Jersey to Brooklyn. Inevitably, wistfully, Loughery’s conversation with Erving […]

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He Sought Refuge in Online Poker: ‘This Is Never About the Cards’

The author is not good at the game. But games played online while meeting on a video call with strangers provided connection at the right time. By Sopan Deb One of my closest friends is Myki Bajaj, a 30-year-old film and television producer in Los Angeles. We see each other every week, and we usually speak multiple times. Our conversations […]

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Diving: World Cup to be held in Tokyo in May, say organisers

TOKYO (AFP) – The Diving World Cup, which serves as an Olympic qualifier and test event, will be held in Tokyo around two weeks later than planned, organisers said on Saturday (April 10). Last week the International Swimming Federation (Fina) said it was moving the competition from the city, reportedly due to Japan’s strict Covid-19 border rules. It had been […]

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