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Ranking MLB's all-time rosters

We took into account players, franchise success and a little bit of gut feeling.

Oct 20, 2020 - Sports
Ranking the NBA's all-time rosters

We compiled and ranked the all-time rosters for all 30 NBA franchises

Sep 30, 2020 - Sports
Sports in the coronavirus era might need an asterisk

It's worth considering how champions will be remembered years from now.

Jul 8, 2020 - Sports
How the NBA's "smart rings" work to assess coronavirus risk

They track heart and respiratory rate, as well as temperature and sleep patterns.

Jun 30, 2020 - Sports
Sports leagues are preparing for an era without fans

Teams face a surreal environment without the energy and noise that fans provide.

May 13, 2020 - Sports
Special report: War, fever and baseball in 1918

1918 saw the Curse of the Bambino take hold.

Apr 6, 2020 - Sports

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Nov 25, 2020 - Sports

NFL reschedules Thanksgiving matchup due to COVID-19 outbreak

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The NFL is postponing its primetime Thanksgiving day game between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers due to a COVID-19 outbreak, the league announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: It's the first time the league has had to scrap a game since October, as the U.S. copes with another surge in coronavirus infections heading into the holidays.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Nov 24, 2020 - Sports

When athletes find out about trades on Twitter

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There's a new tradition in sports: finding out you've been traded on social media.

The latest: Ricky Rubio found out he'd been traded by the Suns last week while scrolling Twitter at his home in Barcelona, he told The Athletic.

  • Kelly Oubre found out he'd been dealt after a workout at the Suns' facility.
  • "I just see people looking at me with like a glare in their eyes," he said. "I was like, hmm. And then Cheick Diallo was like, 'Hey, my boy, check Twitter.'"
Nov 24, 2020 - Sports

NFL makes history with all-Black officiating crew in Tampa

The first all-Black officiating crew works Monday's football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Los Angeles Rams at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Rams' NFL game was officiated by an all-Black crew Monday night.

Why it matters: It's the first time in NFL history this has happened. It comes "55 years after Burl Toler became the first Black official in the NFL," the Rams noted in a statement. NFL football operations executive vice president Troy Vincent said in a statement, "This historic Week 11 crew is a testament to the countless and immeasurable contributions of Black officials to the game, their exemplary performance, and to the power of inclusion that is the hallmark of this great game."

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Nov 19, 2020 - Sports

NFL expands "intensive" coronavirus restrictions to all teams

Defensive end Arden Key and offensive tackle Sam Young at Allegiant Stadium on Nov. 1. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The NFL announced Wednesday that all 32 teams must follow the league's "intensive" coronavirus restrictions for the rest of the season starting this Saturday.

Why it matters: The decision comes after the Las Vegas Raiders placed seven more players on its coronavirus reserve list, bringing the total to 11, according to ESPN.

Nov 13, 2020 - Sports

Marlins hire MLB's first female GM

Kim Ng. Photo: Kirby Lee/WireImage

The Miami Marlins have hired Kim Ng as their general manager, making her the first female and second Asian American general manager in Major League Baseball, the team announced on Friday.

The big picture: According to AP, Ng, 51, started her career in Major League Baseball as an intern and has over 20 years of experience in professional baseball.

Nov 5, 2020 - Health

NBA's Toronto Raptors weigh temporary stay in U.S.

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The NBA's Toronto Raptors would love to play next season at home, but with travel between the U.S. and Canada currently restricted — including a 14-day quarantine — they're weighing a temporary U.S. residence.

The state of play: The NBA season is expected to start on Dec. 22, and a surge in positive cases in the U.S. means travel restrictions could remain for a while.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Nov 5, 2020 - Sports

MLB's bleak short-term future

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Despite the pandemic nearly upending the 2020 season, MLB's long-term economic health appears strong.

Nov 4, 2020 - Sports

In photos: 33 pro sports venues serve as polling places on Election Day

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33 pro sports venues were open as polling locations on Election Day, offering voters a more socially-distanced option to cast their ballots.

Venues by state: California (8), Texas (5), D.C. (3), Arizona (2), Indiana (2), New York (2), Maryland (2), Missouri (1), Colorado (1), Washington (1), Wisconsin (1), Pennsylvania (1), New Jersey (1), Ohio (1), Illinois (1), Utah (1).

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Nov 4, 2020 - Sports

The impact of the third wave: NHL 2021

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All North American sports leagues face enormous uncertainty heading into 2021, but the NHL's reliance on ticket sales and cross-border travel puts it in a particularly tough spot.

The state of play: While leagues like the NBA and NFL make most of their revenue from media rights, the NHL is a much more gate-driven league.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Nov 3, 2020 - Sports

The NBA is pushing to start its season in December

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After initially indicating that the 2020-21 season would likely start in January or February, NBA officials are now pushing for a 72-game season starting Dec. 22.

The state of play: There are obvious financial benefits to an earlier start, including the preservation of the league's marquee Christmas games and not having to compete with football again, let alone the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

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