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Today β€” August 21st 2019NYT Sports

Yankees Begin a Stretch Against the A’s With a Loss

By The Associated Press

Matt Olson and Mark Canha homered in the first inning for the A’s, who will play the Yankees five more times in less than two weeks.

Cyclist Deaths in New York City: Accident or Crime?

By Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura

The horrific death of a cyclist has intensified debate over whether drivers are being treated too leniently.

β€˜Preparation Trumps Youth’: 70-Year-Old Man Wins Longest Multi-Horse Race

By Emily S. Rueb

The winner, Bob Long, “hated” to think that he couldn’t complete the Mongol Derby, a grueling 1,000-kilometer competition across the steppes of Mongolia.

Pan-Am Games Protesters Each Get 12 Months of Probation

By The Associated Press

A letter to the two athletes from Sarah Hirshland, the chief executive of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, seemed to sound an alarm for other competitors considering political stands at the 2020 Olympics.

The Mets’ Homestand Should Reveal Who They Really Are

By David Waldstein

Are their postseason hopes an illusion? A tough nine-game stretch at Citi Field could provide the answer.

Former M.L.B. Players Are Linked to Dominican Crime Ring

By The Associated Press

Octavio Dotel was arrested and Luis Castillo was cited for suspected links to a drug-trafficking and money-laundering network in the Dominican Republic.

Touch Football, Sold as Safer, Now Requires a Helmet

By Ken Belson

A Texas program for high schools mandated soft-shell helmets after serious injuries occurred during incidental contact.

Amanda Anisimova Pulls Out of U.S. Open After Death of Her Father

By The Associated Press

The 17-year-old American, who reached the semifinals of the French Open in June, would have been seeded at the Open, which begins Monday.

Ugo Sansonetti, 100, Dies; Won Track Medals Into His 90s

By Anna Momigliano

He began running after retiring from his job and racked up dozens of gold medals and two world records in masters competitions.

M.L.S. Adds St. Louis as League’s 28th Team

By Reuters

The team, which will begin play in 2022, will be the first female majority-owned club in the league’s history.

Yesterday β€” August 20th 2019NYT Sports

A Transfer Market Parable

By Rory Smith

Summer moves at Juventus were the latest example of a broken economy in which teams are selling players they should keep, and keeping players they would prefer to sell.

Do You Understand the N.B.A. Salary Cap? Imagine Enforcing It

By Sopan Deb

It’s up to a small group of league officials to make sure all N.B.A. teams follow the rules of the collective bargaining agreement. They do more to shape the league than fans realize.

What to Do This Week at the U.S. Open (Yes, There’s Stuff to Do)

By Naila-Jean Meyers

The main draw of the tournament doesn’t start until next Monday, but there is plenty to see in Flushing Meadows right now.

Michael Phelps Is Losing World Records, but He’s Gained Other Treasures

By Karen Crouse

It once seemed impossible that anyone could go faster in the butterfly. By the time it happened, the most decorated Olympian had a growing family and no problem letting go of records.

Red Sox’s Chris Sale to Miss the Rest of the Regular Season

By The Associated Press

Sale received an injection for inflammation in his elbow, and will be re-evaluated in six weeks.

Al Jackson, Pitching Star of Woeful 1960s Mets, Is Dead at 83

By Richard Goldstein

He lost 20 games and won only eight in 1962 for a legendarily bad team. But among his wins were four shutouts, including a one-hitter.

Judge Sets May 2020 Trial Date in U.S. Women’s Soccer Lawsuit

By Andrew Das

The date set by the judge is at least six months earlier than both sides had requested, and could see the trial disrupt the team’s preparations for the Tokyo Olympics.

Before yesterdayNYT Sports

Stephen Curry to Bankroll Golf’s Return to Howard University

By Sopan Deb

The basketball star will donate a seven-figure sum to fund men’s and women’s Division I golf at the university for at least six years.

FIFA Claims Deep Pool of Bidders for 2023 Women’s World Cup

By Andrew Das

The enthusiasm is the latest sign of growing interest and potential investment in the women’s game, but one of the countries on FIFA’s list says it has no plans to bid.

A Teenage NASCAR Driver Is Content to Go Slow for Now

By Dave Caldwell

Hailie Deegan, 18, has high hopes for her racing career, and the confidence that success will come in good time.