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Flush With Cash, N.B.A.’s Players Union Will Improve Retiree Benefits

27-07-2016

Flush With Cash, N.B.A.’s Players Union Will Improve Retiree Benefits

Photo Michele Roberts, executive director of the N.B.A.’s players union, said that the move to bolster health insurance for retirees had “germinated well before the dollars that we’re now seeing became real.” Credit Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times Backed by a financial windfall that has distributed unprecedented wealth throughout the league this summer, the National Basketball Players Association will give more than 1,500 retired N.B.A. players improved access to health insurance. The upgrade, made to... Read more

Putin Says Doping Sanctions Devalue Rio Olympic Medals

27-07-2016

Putin Says Doping Sanctions Devalue Rio Olympic Medals

Photo President Vladimir V. Putin told members of the Russian Olympic team that they had fallen victim to “double standards” imposed by “short-sighted politicians.” Credit Yury Kochetkov/European Pressphoto Agency MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin blamed politics for the doping scandal that has led to the barring of more than 100 Russian athletes from the coming Rio Games, saying that the absence of some Russian athletes will devalue the medals of other Olympians and render... Read more

Putin Says Doping Sanctions Devalue Rio Olympic Medals

27-07-2016

Putin Says Doping Sanctions Devalue Rio Olympic Medals

Photo President Vladimir V. Putin told members of the Russian Olympic team that they had fallen victim to “double standards” imposed by “short-sighted politicians.” Credit Yury Kochetkov/European Pressphoto Agency MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin blamed politics for the doping scandal that has led to the barring of more than 100 Russian athletes from the coming Rio Games, saying that the absence of some Russian athletes will devalue the medals of other Olympians and render... Read more

Putin Says Doping Sanctions Devalue Rio Olympic Medals

27-07-2016

Putin Says Doping Sanctions Devalue Rio Olympic Medals

Photo President Vladimir V. Putin told members of the Russian Olympic team that they had fallen victim to “double standards” imposed by “short-sighted politicians.” Credit Yury Kochetkov/European Pressphoto Agency MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin blamed politics for the doping scandal that has led to the barring of more than 100 Russian athletes from the coming Rio Games, saying that the absence of some Russian athletes will devalue the medals of other Olympians and render... Read more

Putin Says Doping Sanctions Devalue Rio Olympic Medals

27-07-2016

Putin Says Doping Sanctions Devalue Rio Olympic Medals

Photo President Vladimir V. Putin told members of the Russian Olympic team that they had fallen victim to “double standards” imposed by “short-sighted politicians.” Credit Yury Kochetkov/European Pressphoto Agency MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin blamed politics for the doping scandal that has led to the barring of more than 100 Russian athletes from the coming Rio Games, saying that the absence of some Russian athletes will devalue the medals of other Olympians and render... Read more

On Baseball: The Next Ty Cobb? For Jose Altuve, Hyperbole, Like Limits, Hardly Exists

27-07-2016

On Baseball: The Next Ty Cobb? For Jose Altuve, Hyperbole, Like Limits, Hardly Exists

Photo Through Monday, Jose Altuve was leading the A.L. in hits and stolen bases for the third year in a row, while also leading the majors in batting average, on-base percentage and total bases. Credit Bob Levey/Getty Images HOUSTON — Of all his wondrous statistics this season, Jose Altuve cares most about games played. Altuve, the Houston Astros ’ second baseman, has played all 100 this season, part of an active streak that leads the... Read more

N.F.L.-Backed Youth Program Makes Unsupported Concussion Safety Claims

27-07-2016

N.F.L.-Backed Youth Program Makes Unsupported Concussion Safety Claims

Photo Members of the New Britain Jr. Hurricanes practicing in 2013. The team is one of thousands of youth football teams that have adopted the Heads Up Football program, which has been sold as an effective means of reducing injuries. Credit Kike Calvo/Associated Press for National Football League As increasing numbers of parents keep their children from playing tackle football for safety reasons, the National Football League and other groups have sought to reassure them... Read more

N.F.L.-Backed Youth Program Makes Unsupported Concussion Safety Claims

27-07-2016

N.F.L.-Backed Youth Program Makes Unsupported Concussion Safety Claims

Photo Members of the New Britain Jr. Hurricanes practicing in 2013. The team is one of thousands of youth football teams that have adopted the Heads Up Football program, which has been sold as an effective means of reducing injuries. Credit Kike Calvo/Associated Press for National Football League As increasing numbers of parents keep their children from playing tackle football for safety reasons, the National Football League and other groups have sought to reassure them... Read more

N.F.L.-Backed Youth Program Makes Unsupported Concussion Safety Claims

27-07-2016

N.F.L.-Backed Youth Program Makes Unsupported Concussion Safety Claims

Photo Members of the New Britain Jr. Hurricanes practicing in 2013. The team is one of thousands of youth football teams that have adopted the Heads Up Football program, which has been sold as an effective means of reducing injuries. Credit Kike Calvo/Associated Press for National Football League As increasing numbers of parents keep their children from playing tackle football for safety reasons, the National Football League and other groups have sought to reassure them... Read more

Yankees 6, Astros 3: Mark Teixeira’s Bat Shows Pop in the Spot Where the Yankees Need It Most

26-07-2016

Yankees 6, Astros 3: Mark Teixeira’s Bat Shows Pop in the Spot Where the Yankees Need It Most

Photo Brian McCann, right, tied the score on a sacrifice fly by Didi Gregorius in the second inning. Credit Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports, via Reuters HOUSTON — Perhaps it is foolish to read too much into one game, but there was a heartening sign for the Yankees in their 6-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. It appeared through glimpses of life in the bat of Mark Teixeira , who doubled, singled, walked... Read more

Sports Briefing: Aroldis Chapman Has a Bumpy Introduction With the Cubs

26-07-2016

The star closer Aroldis Chapman joined the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, saying he could not remember what the team’s management had told him about off-the-field expectations and behavior. After Chapman’s awkward introductory news conference, Theo Epstein, the Cubs’ president of baseball operations, said that Chapman understood what the team expected of him after an off-season domestic violence case. The Cubs’ chairman, Tom Ricketts, had said he and Epstein had talked by phone with Chapman before... Read more

Ivan Gazidis, Arsenal’s Chief Executive, Seeks a Major Trophy

26-07-2016

Ivan Gazidis, Arsenal’s Chief Executive, Seeks a Major Trophy

Photo Arsène Wenger has been the manager of Arsenal since 1996. Credit Ben Stansall/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Ivan Gazidis became Arsenal ’s chief executive in 2009, but before that he spent more than a decade as one of the founding executives of Major League Soccer , eventually rising to deputy commissioner. That makes his return to the United States this week with Arsenal, which was invited to play Thursday in the M.L.S. All-Star Game,... Read more

At Athletes’ Village, a Nonstop Effort to Stem Flow of Complaints

26-07-2016

RIO DE JANEIRO — Olympic officials were scrambling and hundreds of handymen, electricians and plumbers were working round the clock Tuesday to fix a multitude of infrastructure problems plaguing the Olympic Village here, as complaints appeared to be more widespread than initially thought . There were some signs of progress. Members of Australia’s Olympic Committee, which first publicly voiced criticism of the Village’s condition Sunday, said at a news conference Tuesday that they were satisfied... Read more

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