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Today β€” April 20th 2018NYT Sports

The Golden State Warriors Have Shaken Off the Rust

By VICTOR MATHER

Even without Stephen Curry, the Warriors are looking like potential champions again.

Arsène Wenger, Arsenal Manager, to Leave at End of Season

By MICHAEL WOLGELENTER

Wenger revolutionized the club and will leave as one of the Premier League’s most successful managers, but his legacy is clouded by recent struggles.

Inside the Deadlock Over Russia’s Track and Field Athletes

By TARIQ PANJA

The I.O.C. wants Russia back. The World Anti-Doping Agency and track and field’s governing body want the country to admit to state-sponsored doping.

Sports of The Times: For Lance Armstrong, Backing Down Might Have Hurt More Than Paying $5 Million

By JULIET MACUR

Armstrong, who on Thursday reached a settlement in a federal fraud case related to his doping, once told our columnist that he liked his chances with a jury.

Masked Joel Embiid Leads 76ers to Easy Win Over Heat

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Philadelphia’s center, playing in his first playoff game, had 23 points. In other action, the Warriors and Pelicans both opened up 3-0 leads.

Braves 12, Mets 4: Mets Batters Baffled by a Call-up in Blowout Loss to Braves

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Matt Wisler arrived from Class AAA just in time to shut down the Mets to the tune of two hits over seven innings.

Yankees 4, Blue Jays 3: Giancarlo Stanton Is Bumped Down, and Yankees Edge Blue Jays

By BENJAMIN HOFFMAN

Stanton’s move down to No. 4 in the Yankees’ lineup didn’t exactly jolt his bat to life, but their bats did enough for a series-opening victory.

2018 N.F.L. Schedule Released; Eagles and Falcons Open Season

By BENJAMIN HOFFMAN

There will also be three games played in London and one in Mexico City this coming season.

A Veteran in Doubles, and at Combining Fatherhood With Pro Tennis

By DAVID WALDSTEIN

Mixing a top-level career and parenting can be a complicated enterprise, but at age 40, Max Mirnyi has discovered a trick or two.

Rob Matthews, 56, Blind Paralympian Who Won 8 Gold Medals, Dies

By RICHARD SANDOMIR

A British runner competed at six Games for the disabled and broke 22 world records. “Running turned back the fear,” he said.

Yesterday β€” April 19th 2018NYT Sports

Lance Armstrong Settles Federal Fraud Case for $5 Million

By JULIET MACUR

Accused of defrauding the Postal Service by doping while under its sponsorship, Armstrong averted a trial next month by agreeing to the settlement.

An Old-School Manager Thrives in a New Baseball Age

By DAVID WALDSTEIN

In a sport in which the manager’s role is undergoing rapid change, and charismatic, independent personalities face extinction, Toronto’s John Gibbons is an outlier.

Anticipating Anthem Protests, Spain Braces for β€˜Verbal Violence’

By ANDREW KEH and RAPHAEL MINDER

Barcelona’s fans use the Copa del Rey final, the rare day when the Spanish anthem is played before a game, to voice their desire for Catalan independence.

On Baseball: It’s Early, but the Mets Are Starting to Believe Again

By TYLER KEPNER

The Mets won when trailing after seven innings for the third time on Wednesday. They are 13-4, which they have been twice before, in 1986 and 2015, World Series years.

Gregg Popovich Is Absent for Game 3 After Wife’s Death

By VICTOR MATHER

An assistant coach, Ettore Messina, led the team on Thursday in Popovich’s absence. LeBron James, Kevin Durant and others paid tribute to Erin Popovich.

LeBron James Almost Single-Handedly Powers Cavaliers to Win

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Cleveland is now tied 1-1 in the team’s first-round series with Indiana, while Utah also pulled even in their series with Oklahoma City.

Mets 11, Nationals 5: Mets’ Huge Rally Helps Avoid a Nationals Sweep

By DAVID WALDSTEIN

A nine-run eighth inning helped the Mets to improve to 13-4 and stay atop the National League East.

In Puerto Rico, Stadium Lights Glow, Homes Do Not

By JAMES WAGNER

An island-wide blackout related to repairs of the electrical grid wrecked in Hurricane Maria left people in the dark, but a baseball game soldiered on.

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