M.L.B. Says It Will Punish Ball Doctoring

The era of sticky baseballs and artificially high spin rates may be coming to an end. Major League Baseball placed pitchers on notice Tuesday when it announced new guidelines designed to enforce rules against placing prohibited foreign substances on baseballs, a practice that is believed to improve pitching performance. Beginning June 21, a pitcher who is found to have a […]

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Athletics: Soh Rui Yong earns nomination for SEA Games

SINGAPORE – Two-time SEA Games marathon winner Soh Rui Yong has been nominated by Singapore Athletics (SA) to represent the nation in the men’s 1,500m at the Nov 21-Dec 2 edition in Hanoi. Soh, 29, announced this in a post on social media on Monday (June 15) night. He had met the qualifying benchmark in March, when he won the […]

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For Novak Djokovic, Two Down and Two, Maybe Three, to Go

PARIS — With his 19th career Grand Slam singles title in hand, Novak Djokovic is chasing more tennis milestones unreservedly. No complexes. No playing it cool. “I’ve achieved some things that a lot of people thought it would not be possible for me to achieve,” he said Sunday after winning his second French Open. The odds were stacked against him […]

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Euro 2020: Players make disturbing allegation after Christian Eriksen’s mid-game collapse

Denmark’s goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and striker Martin Braithwaite lamented that they had to choose whether to restart the Denmark-Finland Euro 2020 match while they were reeling from Christian Eriksen’s mid-game collapse. “We were put in a position, that I personally feel that we shouldn’t have been put in,” Schmeichel told Danish media at a press event in Helsingor, north of […]

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Christian Eriksen’s Teammates Question Call to Resume Play

Denmark’s soccer team returned to the field on Monday, practicing for the first time since the shocking collapse of their teammate Christian Eriksen during a match on Saturday. But the players did so amid growing criticism of the decision to resume the team’s Euro 2020 match just over an hour after Eriksen received lifesaving treatment on the field after his […]

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Westminster Dog Show Will Move Outdoors in 2021

[See photos from the 2021 Westminster dog show.] The nation’s top dogs are getting a weekend in the country. The Westminster Kennel Club, the organizer of the popular dog show that has been a midwinter tradition in New York City for more than a century, announced Wednesday that its 2021 event would move from Madison Square Garden, its longtime home, […]

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Yankees Rally to Tie Before Losing in Extra Innings

PHILADELPHIA — Jean Segura scored Ronald Torreyes with an infield single in the 10th inning for his second straight game-ending hit and the Philadelphia Phillies got a third consecutive walk-off win with an 8-7 victory over the Yankees on Saturday. After Yankees star D.J. LeMahieu hit a tying, three-run homer in the ninth, Archie Bradley (2-1) pitched a perfect 10th […]

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Baseball’s Sticky Situation

Since the season began in April, Major League Baseball’s umpires and league officials have been collecting baseballs by the thousands. Balls from games are inspected, with the most suspicious specimens being sent to an independent laboratory for analysis. A forensic examination at that laboratory determined that a majority of the balls had some kind of illegal foreign substance — presumably […]

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