1. PhotoFernando Tatis Jr. of the Padres, top left, returned from a shoulder injury in time for the three-game series against Los Angeles. He went 1 for 11 in the series but his lone hit was a home run.
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      October Comes Early for Dodgers and Padres

      A weekend series between N.L. West titans didn’t disappoint. But San Diego, after years of playing second (or third or fourth) fiddle, has a lot to prove.


    2. PhotoJulius Randle and the Knicks’ bench celebrated after Randle made a 3-pointer in an overtime win against the Pelicans on Sunday.
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      Keeping Score

      Why the Knicks Keep, Ahem, Winning

      The recently awful Knicks have won six straight behind the All-Star Julius Randle, vintage play from Derrick Rose and tough team defense.


    3. PhotoThe Champions League trophy, once the holy grail for every big club. But now, maybe not.
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      Europe’s New Super League, Explained

      Whether you’re a lifelong fan or an outsider who doesn’t know your Manchesters from your Madrids, we’ve got answers to your pressing questions.

      By Tariq Panja and

  1. PhotoVanessa Bryant spoke at a service celebrating the lives of Kobe and Gianna Bryant in Los Angeles last year.
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    Vanessa Bryant Uses Her Platform to Battle the Powerful

    Through social media and a lawsuit, she is trying to hold law enforcement to account in ways that are uncommon for women, and especially for women of color.


  2. PhotoReal Madrid and Liverpool are among the teams said to have committed to a breakaway league.
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    Top European Soccer Teams Form Breakaway League

    Real Madrid, Manchester United, Liverpool and Juventus are among the dozen founding members of a league that would upend the sport’s structures and economics.


  3. PhotoSpurs appointed José Mourinho in November 2019 in the hope that he would turn the team into serial contenders for honors.
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    Tottenham Hotspur Fires José Mourinho

    The Portuguese coach’s 17 months in charge at the North London club failed to deliver the successes that marked his career at teams like Chelsea and Real Madrid.


  1. PhotoA new sports novel by John Grisham, pictured in 2017, tracks a 17-year-old who leaves Sudan for the first time to play college basketball in the United States.
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    John Grisham Leaves the Courtroom for Basketball, and Sudan

    Grisham has spent the past 30 years churning out legal thrillers, but the pandemic’s impact on college sports prompted him to shift his focus to a basketball novel called “Sooley.”