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An Electronic Set of Eyes to Feed Data to Tennis Players and Coaches

27-08-2016

Ten years ago, the United States Open was the first Grand Slam tournament to use the Hawk-Eye technology to review line calls. Now, the same type of technology is creating “smart courts” and spreading from the top tournaments to college campuses and junior training facilities. PlaySight , a New Jersey-based sports technology company, has installed its multicamera technology at more than 400 tennis courts worldwide. The system is similar to Hawk-Eye. While PlaySight, like Hawk-Eye,... Read more

Extra Bases: The Farewell Tour Comes to Vin Scully

27-08-2016

Extra Bases: The Farewell Tour Comes to Vin Scully

Photo The Orioles’ Jonathan Schoop, left, and Manny Machado, right, flanked Vin Scully, the Dodgers announcer who is retiring. Credit Los Angeles Dodgers On the rare nights when Vin Scully is not working at Dodger Stadium, the umpires will finish their pregame meeting at home plate, turn to face the press box and, almost audibly, sigh. “They look up to the booth and they see me,” said Charley Steiner, another Dodgers broadcaster. “They kind of... Read more

Why Colin Kaepernick Didn’t Stand for the National Anthem

27-08-2016

Why Colin Kaepernick Didn’t Stand for the National Anthem

Photo San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick against the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Friday. Credit Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images When the national anthem played before the start of the preseason game with the Green Bay Packers on Friday night, Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers , took a stand by not standing. Explaining the gesture, Kaepernick said that he had decided to remain seated as... Read more

Why Colin Kaepernick Didn’t Stand for the National Anthem

27-08-2016

Why Colin Kaepernick Didn’t Stand for the National Anthem

Photo San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick against the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Friday. Credit Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images When the national anthem played before the start of the preseason game with the Green Bay Packers on Friday night, Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers , took a stand by not standing. Explaining the gesture, Kaepernick said that he had decided to remain seated as... Read more

Trucking on the PGA Tour, With 72,000 Pounds of Equipment

27-08-2016

Trucking on the PGA Tour, With 72,000 Pounds of Equipment

His office is now a 15-foot-wide trailer that is equal parts workshop, clubhouse and rock ’n’ roll tour bus. Overhead, fluorescent lights shine onto stainless-steel countertops, automatic sliding glass doors, flat-screen televisions and a stocked mini-fridge. Weekday work is a frenzy of activity helping players with what they need for the tournament ahead. “We’re like a pit crew,” Liles said, “for golf.” And afterward, while the other crew members fly home each week, the drivers... Read more

Sporting: Even Roger Federer Gets Old

27-08-2016

Wallace advances the impossibly ambitious, totally doomed and thrillingly beautiful idea that high-level spectator sports serve an aesthetic and even quasi-spiritual function, namely to reconcile viewers to the limitations of their own bodies. The body ages, breaks down, gets sick, suffers and dies. But when we watch Federer in peak moments, Wallace says, we imagine what it would be like to experience a physical freedom unburdened by pain or weakness, and this in turn helps... Read more

Cubs Fans Root for Aroldis Chapman While Deploring His History

27-08-2016

That response drew such intense backlash from the news media — and fans — that Chapman refused to answer questions the next day after appearing in his first game. “I was annoyed at the way they treated me when I got here,” Chapman, a native of Cuba, said in Spanish through an interpreter. “They made a small thing into a scandal, so I felt bad. I’ve always faced the press and answered questions, and then... Read more

Venus Williams, Off the Court

27-08-2016

To help combat the effect of Sjogren’s syndrome, she pays close attention to her diet. She is “chegan,” as she put it, a vegan who sometimes cheats. (“I like butter,” she said.) When Serena told her she was cutting out sugar, Venus followed suit. “It’s working very well for helping with energy,” she said. “I’m on Day 58. I have a little app and it keeps track.” For the United States Open, particularly, she needs... Read more

Venus Williams, Off the Court

27-08-2016

To help combat the effect of Sjogren’s syndrome, she pays close attention to her diet. She is “chegan,” as she put it, a vegan who sometimes cheats. (“I like butter,” she said.) When Serena told her she was cutting out sugar, Venus followed suit. “It’s working very well for helping with energy,” she said. “I’m on Day 58. I have a little app and it keeps track.” For the United States Open, particularly, she needs... Read more

Venus Williams Gave Me a Tennis Lesson

27-08-2016

Venus Williams Gave Me a Tennis Lesson

Photo Venus Williams and Katherine Rosman meet at the net in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Credit Chad Batka for The New York Times “Katie, I am noting your split step isn’t happening.” Those words set into motion the best tennis lesson I’ve ever received. It was from Venus Williams . I had traveled from New York to West Palm Beach, Fla., to spend an afternoon with Ms. Williams, to report on her off-court endeavors .... Read more

Sports Briefing: Bayern Starts Strong in Bid for Another Title

26-08-2016

Sports Briefing: Bayern Starts Strong in Bid for Another Title

Photo Teammates congratulated Xabi Alonso (14) of host Bayern Munich on Friday after he scored in a 6-0 win. Credit Christof Stache/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Bayern Munich kicked off the Bundesliga season in spectacular fashion on Friday, thrashing Werder Bremen, 6-0, with three goals from Robert Lewandowski. In Carlo Ancelotti’s first game in charge, Bayern dominated throughout as it began its bid for a fifth straight title. Xabi Alonso scored the first goal of... Read more

Mets 9, Phillies 4: Mets Beat Phillies, but Prepare to Hand Out Reminders of Their Misfortune

26-08-2016

Mets 9, Phillies 4: Mets Beat Phillies, but Prepare to Hand Out Reminders of Their Misfortune

Photo Mets starter Bartolo Colon during the first inning against the Phillies. Colon improved to 12-7. Credit Frank Franklin II/Associated Press Saturday marks the third anniversary of a Marlon Byrd T-shirt giveaway at Citi Field, a memorable event only because Byrd was traded from the Mets before that night’s game. Byrd was arguably the Mets’ top offensive player at the time, and his trade, which occurred nearly a month after the nonwaiver deadline, was a... Read more

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