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Today β€” April 7th 2020NYT Sports

Running for Community as Much as for Exercise

By JerΓ© Longman

Virtual races, run separately but also together, are popping up, allowing us to commune in this time of isolation and see what’s happening in our shut-in neighborhoods.

Live, From a Connecticut Backyard, It’s … a Sport!

By Christopher Clarey

For a platform tennis championship, the players socially distanced by wearing gloves and not touching the same tennis balls. There was a trophy, but the winner didn’t take it home. But this was live sports, and ESPN streamed it.

In Korea, Watching β€˜Tiger King’ and Training for Baseball Alone

By Tyler Kepner

Foreign players in the Korean Baseball Organization who went home during the peak of South Korea’s outbreak are self-isolating as the league aims to resume exhibitions later this month.

U.S. Prosecutors Say Qatar and Russia Bribed FIFA Officials to Win World Cup Bids

By Tariq Panja and Kevin Draper

For nearly a decade, Russia and Qatar have been suspected of buying votes to win hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. On Monday, for the first time, the Department of Justice put things in black and white.

Al Kaline, Tigers’ Perennial All-Around All-Star, Is Dead at 85

By Richard Goldstein

One of baseball’s finest hitters, he was also one of its best defensive outfielders, playing 22 seasons in Detroit. To Billy Martin, he was Mr. Perfection.

Yesterday β€” April 6th 2020NYT Sports

John G. Davies, Rodney King Judge and Olympic Medalist, Dies at 90

By Sam Roberts

A record-breaking swimmer, he was credited with helping to prevent further rioting for his handling of the second trial of four police officers.

The U.F.C. Card Will Be Held. Maybe.

By Victor Mather

One high-profile sporting event remains on the schedule. And it’s not korfball or fistball.

Golf Takes a Do-Over as the Masters Moves to November

By Bill Pennington

The sport jostled its schedule on Monday because of the coronavirus pandemic and as this year’s British Open was canceled.

Closed and Without March Madness Bets, Sports Betting Faces New Pressures

By Alan Blinder and Kevin Draper

Sports betting was poised for a big moment. Then the coronavirus pandemic led to closed casinos and the cancellation of the N.C.A.A. basketball tournaments.

In a Time of Need, We Turn to Sister Jean

By Jeff Arnold

Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, the college basketball celebrity of 2018, has her own take on an N.C.A.A. tournament undone by calamity.

Tom Dempsey, Record-Setting Kicker, Dies at 73

By Richard Goldstein

He was born without toes on his right foot, but spent 11 seasons in the N.F.L. and kicked 159 field goals. He died of complications of the coronavirus.

The Best Thing About NASCAR’s Virtual Races Might Be the Real Competition

By Jeff Arnold

The sport’s drivers compete from home, the announcers call it like a real race, Fox Sports broadcasts it on TV and nobody gets hurt.

Before yesterdayNYT Sports

What Does a Sports Desk Do When Sports Are on Hold?

By Emma Grillo

A cascade of postponements and cancellations upended the coverage that Times editors and reporters had planned. So they called a different play.

In a Crisis, Even a Gift From the N.C.A.A. Begets Turmoil

By Billy Witz

Baseball players face particularly tough choices after a decision to allow an extra year of eligibility for spring athletes whose seasons were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

Kobe Bryant Headlines 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Class

By Sopan Deb

Four players who defined basketball this century — Bryant, Tamika Catchings, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett — make up one of the most-anticipated player classes ever.

The $200 Million the Olympics Postponement Took From Team U.S.A.

By Andrew Keh and Matthew Futterman

The Summer Olympics in Tokyo have been postponed a year. That means nearly $200 million in funding, which American athletes depend on for living and training expenses, likely won’t arrive until next August.

Soccer’s Coming Storm

By Rory Smith

Players who won’t take pay cuts. Clubs seeking government handouts. Coronavirus is exposing the schisms that will trouble soccer, a world with plenty of money but little trust, long after the crisis abates.

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