• Roberta Vinci Ends a Career Defined by One Match

    Taco Winter

    Roberta Vinci played her last professional match on Monday, ending a 19-year career that included one of the biggest upsets in the history of professional tennis. Vinci, 35, lost, 2-6, 6-0, 6-3, to Aleksandra Krunic in the first round of the Italian Open in front of a raucous crowd. She confirmed after the match that…

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  • Next Goal for American Women’s Hockey Stars? One United Pro League

    Taco Winter

    In the last 14 months, the United States women’s hockey team won a labor dispute, a world championship and Olympic gold. Those accomplishments have created the biggest spotlight yet for women’s hockey, giving the players more leverage than ever this off-season. Veterans on the national team want to use their influence to achieve another long-sought goal:…

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  • N.B.A. Playoffs: Celtics Take 2-0 Lead Over Cavs in Eastern Conference Finals

    Taco Winter

    Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and the Boston Celtics withstood a 42-point night by LeBron James to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers by a score of 107-94 on Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Terry Rozier added 18 points, while Al Horford finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Boston improved…

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  • Yankees’ Visit to Washington Was Brief, but Not Without Benefits

    Taco Winter

    The Yankees packed their belongings and headed to the airport on Wednesday for a flight to Kansas City, Mo., having played only five and a half innings over the last three days. But their visit here might not have been completely fruitless. There were from some ancillary benefits from the rain that caused the suspension…

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  • 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI

    Taco Winter

    The GTI is now entering its 12th consecutive year as a winner of our 10 Best Cars award (along with the rest of its Golf family), and it’s as good as ever. The GTI is a practical car with real performance credibility at a price that would make plenty of dynamically inferior cars blush. But despite already having…

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  • 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

    Taco Winter

    “Too long; didn’t read,” abbreviated tl;dr by internet commenters who can’t be bothered to spell out all of four words, could be our new national motto, a reflection of society’s shrinking attention span. Twitter’s generous doubling of its character limit notwithstanding, we live in a world that tends to ignore complex ideas that can’t be…

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  • 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe

    Taco Winter

    The Chevrolet Tahoe is essentially an enclosed pickup truck with three rows, bolstered by the useful space and handy towing capability such a design brings. Despite its relatively poor fuel economy and rich price, this hefty Chevy continues to be a popular seller. There are two V-8 power trains available with rear- or all-wheel drive, with…

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  • 2018 Buick Regal Sportback

    Taco Winter

    Flashback to 2009: Despite offering just two sleepy sedans and one three-row crossover, Buick survived General Motors’ bankruptcy-related restructuring wherein the company euthanized nearly half of its brand portfolio. Buick was then charged with expanding into new segments to fill the chasm between Chevrolet and Cadillac products, an endeavor that occasionally prompts Buick to engage…

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