When healthy, San Antonio Spurs swingman Kawhi Leonard is a card-carrying MVP candidate and one of the game’s premier all-around talents. But here’s the thing: Leonard hasn’t really been healthy since the 2017 playoffs, when he landed awkwardly on Zaza Pachulia’s foot in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. Between that season-ending ankle sprain […]

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There is an uncharacteristic air of hope this year surrounding an uncharacteristic England team. To be an England supporter is to inherit a contradictory combination of utter nihilism and raging anger, expecting nothing and everything at the same time. English players have developed an unfortunate reputation: They will wilt under the brightest lights, typified by […]

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This time of year, black people all over America come together to celebrate Juneteenth: June 19, 1865. That was the day black slaves in Galveston, Texas, were told the Union had held. The South had been beaten. The Civil War had ended. And they were free. In some of my earlier Juneteenth celebrations, a red […]

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There’s arguably nobody whose draft stock is soaring so high, so close to the NBA Draft, as former Michigan State big man Jaren Jackson Jr. And there’s nobody who’s prouder at this moment than his father, former NBA player Jaren Jackson Sr. Father and son NBA duos exist, but they are rare, and each person’s […]

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Father’s Day is usually a celebration of fathers. Wayne Pratt chose to honor his son, two-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant. Durant was born on Sept. 29, 1988, in Washington, D.C. A 23-year-old Pratt left Wanda Durant and their sons, Kevin and Tony, about a year later and was in and out of […]

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — It was only fitting that Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson led a small entourage walking off the ninth tee and up the fairway for their final hole together Friday in the second round of the U.S. Open. The most dominant player of his era alongside today’s best golfer in the world, being […]

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — It’s approaching 1 p.m. at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club and the spectators are crowding the first-tee box and jockeying for position along the first hole to witness the return of Tiger Woods to the U.S. Open. It’s been three years since Woods has played at a U.S. Open. Ten years since he’s […]

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In the 12 years since he became the youngest Argentine to score a World Cup goal, Lionel Messi has won more Ballon d’Or trophies, awarded to the world’s best player, than anyone before him.

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