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A New Soccer Statistic Tries to Place a Value on the Invaluable

An athlete who feels he is underappreciated can sulk, sound off to the media, or go on a Twitter rant. Or he can invent a new statistic that proves his worth. That’s what two defensive midfielders did, and now their invention is the talk of soccer’s statistics world. Stefan Reinartz and Jens Hegeler were defensive midfielders in the Bundesliga in ...

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Red Sox Win A.L. East Despite Giancarlo Stanton’s Grand Slam

As the Yankees began to slowly get their groove back this week, it was easy to forget — in the barrage of home runs, increasingly patient at-bats and encouraging turns by J. A. Happ and Luis Severino — that the Boston Red Sox had not roared to the verge of a franchise record for victories by happenstance. They delivered a ...

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The Raptors End the Rockets’ Winning Streak at 17

Kyle Lowry scored 30 points, DeMar DeRozan had 23 and the Toronto Raptors beat Houston, 108-105, on Friday night, snapping the Rockets’ 17-game winning streak. James Harden scored 40 points, but the Rockets lost for the first time since Jan. 27 at New Orleans. Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Raptors won their seventh straight in ...

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The Yankees Get a Victory, if Not Encouragement

For the Yankees, the verdict on their 2018 season might be the result of a single game — one that is not yet on their schedule. That is, if they play in it at all. “It’s all hands on deck for that one game,” General Manager Brian Cashman said, “and we’ve got to find a way to survive it.” Cashman ...

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Braves Win the N.L. East for the First Time Since 2013

The Atlanta Braves capped a most surprising season by clinching their first National League East crown since 2013, with Mike Foltynewicz taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning Saturday in a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. A year after the team went 70-92, Manager Brian Snitker and his Baby Braves surged back into the playoffs. A loud crowd at ...

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North Carolina Wins N.W.S.L. Championship in a Rematch

Jess McDonald scored two goals and the North Carolina Courage won the National Women’s Soccer League championship with a 3-0 victory over the Portland Thorns on Saturday. The victory was a bit of revenge for the Courage, which lost by 1-0 to the Thorns in last year’s title match. The Courage (17-1-6) had the league’s best record and did not ...

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A Cast of Thousands Joins Tiger Woods on His Victory March

Tiger Woods hit his tee shot at No. 18 early Sunday evening and started walking down the fairway when things became a little bit unhinged behind him. Fans, coming from everywhere, swarmed after one of the greatest golfers in history and one who was about to cap an improbable comeback at the age of 42. There was no controlling this ...

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Mets Salvage their Final Trip With a Soggy Victory

At the end of a long, cold, wet afternoon, the Mets managed a split of their final trip of the season. Michael Conforto hit a go-ahead, bases-loaded triple, the rookie Jeff McNeil matched a career high with four hits, and the Mets beat the Washington Nationals, 8-6, on Sunday. The first pitch was delayed 25 minutes, and rain continued during ...

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Browns Make a Flurry of Trades to Revamp their Roster

With three stunning trades on the eve of free agency, the Cleveland Browns on Friday landed a proven starting quarterback, a game-breaking wide receiver and a shutdown cornerback. After 16 straight losses on the field, victory. Two months after a winless season mercifully ended, Cleveland’s new general manager, John Dorsey, addressed major roster needs by acquiring quarterback Tyrod Taylor in ...

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Los Angeles Rams Rebuilding Defense in Wade Phillips’ Image

The Los Angeles Rams took an enormous leap forward in 2017, and to further that success in 2018 they are going all-in on a defense more suited to Wade Phillips, the team’s renowned defensive coordinator. Combined with an already-impressive offense, the team’s personnel moves could push the Rams from a nice story to one of the N.F.L.’s best teams. First, the ...

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