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On Tennis: At Australian Open, Americans’ Strength Is in Numbers, and Youth

17-01-2017

But the generation on the rise and in some cases already in prime position — see eighth-ranked Madison Keys, 21, now coached by Davenport — is particularly promising. “I think it’s top-notch, your new American generation,” said Patrick Mouratoglou, the Frenchman who coaches Serena Williams and is a significant figure in player development through his academies in France. “Among the young men in particular, there is really a group of five, six, seven guys who... Read more

Vendée Globe Skippers Cherish Respites From a Grueling Solo Race

17-01-2017

Vendée Globe Skippers Cherish Respites From a Grueling Solo Race

Enda O’Coineen, an Irish skipper who abandoned the race Jan. 1 after his mast snapped near New Zealand, sailed with a trumpet, a tin whistle, an Irish drum called a bodhran, Irish porridge and a bottle of whiskey. “In an event like this, there are times of intense activity where you have no personal time and it’s full-on either making repairs, surviving a storm or whatever,” he said in an email. But then there are... Read more

Ted Ligety Says Back Surgery Won’t Keep Him From Next Olympics

17-01-2017

Ted Ligety Says Back Surgery Won’t Keep Him From Next Olympics

Photo When Ted Ligety finished fifth in October in the first World Cup race of the season, in Sölden, Austria, his back had already begun inhibiting his performance. Credit Marco Trovati/Associated Press The two-time Olympic ski champion Ted Ligety said on Tuesday that he would have back surgery that will keep him out of this season’s World Cup, but also that he did not expect the procedure to jeopardize his chances to compete at the... Read more

Rising Stars Try to Jolt Russian Men’s Game Back to Life

17-01-2017

Rising Stars Try to Jolt Russian Men’s Game Back to Life

Just ahead of him is Khachanov, who is ranked 52nd after a surge late last year that included his first ATP title. He will play No. 23 seed Jack Sock of the United States in the second round on Wednesday. Photo Alexander Bublik, above, a Russian who represents Kazakhstan, pulled off one of the biggest upsets so far at the Australian Open, defeating 16th-seeded Lucas Pouille of France. Credit Pat Scala/Getty Images “I think they... Read more

In N.F.L. Betting, Patriots Came Closest to Being a Sure Thing

17-01-2017

In N.F.L. Betting, Patriots Came Closest to Being a Sure Thing

Photo Tom Brady and the Patriots don’t just win, they often cover the spread. Credit Charles Krupa/Associated Press A lot of different things could happen in the N.F.L. conference championship games on Sunday. But oddsmakers are pretty sure what is likely to happen. The Patriots will beat the Steelers by about 6, and the Falcons will beat the Packers by 4 or 5 in a high-scoring affair. One of the truisms of gambling is that... Read more

Novak Djokovic Battles Through in Australia

17-01-2017

Novak Djokovic Battles Through in Australia

Photo Novak Djokovic on the way to a win over Fernando Verdasco at the Australian Open Tuesday. Credit Mark R. Cristino/European Pressphoto Agency MELBOURNE, Australia — There was no easing into a title defense for Novak Djokovic, starting his Australian Open against the man who upset Rafael Nadal here last year in the first round. He lifted when he most needed to Tuesday night, holding off Fernando Verdasco in a 71-minute, momentum-swinging second set before... Read more

Pursuits: Competitive Tobogganing in Maine. Well, Sort Of Competitive.

17-01-2017

Pursuits: Competitive Tobogganing in Maine. Well, Sort Of Competitive.

The chute itself, after all, is no joke: steep, high and frightening to the novice. Sleds reach speeds approaching 40 miles per hour. Think of a roller coaster, on ice, with no cab doors, seatbelts or steering mechanisms. Then think of this: Once the toboggans hit the bottom of the chute, whistling through the surrounding trees, the wooden creations come screaming onto the ice of Hosmer Pond, like rudimentary rockets, wild and unleashed. Photo The... Read more

On Pro Basketball: In Warriors’ Rout of Cavaliers, a Big Dose of Catharsis

17-01-2017

Nobody would be surprised to see these two teams reunite in the N.B.A. finals some four-and-a-half months from now. Monday’s result — a 126-91 victory by the Warriors — will probably mean little in the long run. But there is no question that it provided a psychological lift for the Warriors, a superpower that is not immune to the lingering effects of history. “We all remember that,” said the Warriors coach, Steve Kerr. “I didn’t... Read more

On Pro Basketball: In Warriors’ Rout of Cavaliers, a Big Dose of Catharsis

17-01-2017

Nobody would be surprised to see these two teams reunite in the N.B.A. finals some four-and-a-half months from now. Monday’s result — a 126-91 victory by the Warriors — will probably mean little in the long run. But there is no question that it provided a psychological lift for the Warriors, a superpower that is not immune to the lingering effects of history. “We all remember that,” said the Warriors coach, Steve Kerr. “I didn’t... Read more

On Pro Basketball: In Warriors’ Rout of Cavaliers, a Big Dose of Catharsis

17-01-2017

Nobody would be surprised to see these two teams reunite in the N.B.A. finals some four-and-a-half months from now. Monday’s result — a 126-91 victory by the Warriors — will probably mean little in the long run. But there is no question that it provided a psychological lift for the Warriors, a superpower that is not immune to the lingering effects of history. “We all remember that,” said the Warriors coach, Steve Kerr. “I didn’t... Read more

On Pro Basketball: In Warriors’ Rout of Cavaliers, a Big Dose of Catharsis

17-01-2017

Nobody would be surprised to see these two teams reunite in the N.B.A. finals some four-and-a-half months from now. Monday’s result — a 126-91 victory by the Warriors — will probably mean little in the long run. But there is no question that it provided a psychological lift for the Warriors, a superpower that is not immune to the lingering effects of history. “We all remember that,” said the Warriors coach, Steve Kerr. “I didn’t... Read more

On Pro Basketball: In Warriors’ Rout of Cavaliers, a Big Dose of Catharsis

17-01-2017

Nobody would be surprised to see these two teams reunite in the N.B.A. finals some four-and-a-half months from now. Monday’s result — a 126-91 victory by the Warriors — will probably mean little in the long run. But there is no question that it provided a psychological lift for the Warriors, a superpower that is not immune to the lingering effects of history. “We all remember that,” said the Warriors coach, Steve Kerr. “I didn’t... Read more

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