• An Australian Star Returns to the W.N.B.A., Happier to Be There

    Taco Winter

    There are a bevy of statistics, sophisticated and basic, that tell the story of how Liz Cambage has changed the trajectory of her Dallas Wings and, perhaps, shifted the balance of power in the W.N.B.A. But her teammate, Skylar Diggins-Smith, has a simpler explanation. “Coach Fred calls her a chick magnet,” Diggins-Smith said, referring to…

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  • Didi Gregorius’s Power Suddenly Returns, Twice, in Yankees’ Win

    Taco Winter

    For the first month of the season, Didi Gregorius was hailed as a potential candidate for the American League Most Valuable Player Award. He had 10 home runs and eight doubles and was drawing favorable comparisons to his beloved predecessor, Derek Jeter. Then came the slump. Gregorius hit only one home run in May, and…

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  • FIFA Set to Make $6.1 Billion From World Cup

    Taco Winter

    China’s men’s national team has played in just one World Cup, in which it finished 31st out of 32 teams. But the nation is playing an essential role in righting the financial ship of FIFA, the governing body for world soccer that has struggled to regain the trust of Western companies in recent years. According…

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  • Yankees Fall to Nationals as Steinbrenner Hints at Pitching Acquisition

    Taco Winter

    With the Yankees holding the best record in baseball, Hal Steinbrenner has very little to quibble about. Even after a 5-4 loss to the Washington Nationals at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, the Yankees were still a couple percentage points ahead of the Boston Red Sox in what Steinbrenner called a heck of a pennant race.…

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  • Fernando Alonso Takes Another Shot at a Motorsport Triple Crown

    Taco Winter

    In the early days of postwar auto racing, it was not unusual for the best drivers to make guest appearances in other series, winning Formula One grands prix and entering small events and regional championships. As Formula One became more professional, with increased investment from sponsors and governments, teams began to insist that their drivers…

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  • At 24 Hours of Le Mans, Toyota Races Against Its Curse

    Taco Winter

    After the recent withdrawals of Audi and Porsche from the LMP1 class of Le Mans, along with Peugeot’s departure in 2012, Toyota is the only manufacturer competing in the top tier of the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. With the field clear, you would think Toyota could simply cruise to victory. But victory…

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  • The Yankees Are in First Place. Or Second Place. Either Way, They Beat the Rays.

    Taco Winter

    At first glance, it made you want to turn the scoreboard page upside down. If you were checking on an app, you felt like hitting refresh over and over. But nothing changed. It was there in black and white, and somehow it was right: The Yankees were in first place on Thursday morning — but…

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  • Porzingis Returns but Knicks Lose to Nuggets

    Taco Winter

    Kristaps Porzingis was back on the court, but the Knicks continued to have no answer for the Nuggets in Denver, losing by a score of 130-118 on Thursday night. Garry Harris scored 23 points and Trey Lyles had 21 for the Nuggets, who defeated the Knicks for the 10th consecutive time in Denver. The Knicks’…

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