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Jonathan Irons, Helped by W.N.B.A. Star Maya Moore, Freed From Prison

She did not talk publicly about their friendship until 2016, when she began advocating for changes in law enforcement and the legal system. Following a series of police shootings of unarmed Black men — including the death of Michael...

Reality Seeps In: Basketball Is Starting, and the Virus Is Still Here

July is supposed to be a magical month in the N.B.A. The mere mention of it evokes images of the feast known as free agency that, as we all understand by now, means as much (or more) to some...

Sports Are Returning. Virus Cases Are Rising. How Many Is Too Many?

It wasn’t supposed to happen this way.The return of major sports in the United States from their coronavirus-caused breaks was supposed to coincide with flattened curves and reduced concerns about infection and death rates and hospitalizations.Instead, cases are skyrocketing,...

A Month Before the N.B.A.’s Restart, the Nets Keep Losing Players

The Nets began this N.B.A. season ushering in a new era — and while this year was always expected to be a transition period, the franchise hoped to at least build the foundation of a potential dynasty.Eight months later,...

Spencer Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan of the Nets Test Positive for the Coronavirus

Spencer Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan, key members of the Nets, both said on Monday night that they had tested positive for the coronavirus since returning to Brooklyn for individual workouts last week.Jordan, who has asthma and has battled multiple...

Despite Virus Spike, N.B.A. Is ‘Very Comfortable’ With Florida Plan

Despite what Adam Silver, the N.B.A. commissioner, described as an “increased” level of concern over a significant rise of coronavirus cases in Florida, the league moved forward on several fronts Friday by formalizing its plans to restart the 2019-20...

Is This Whistle the Future of Refereeing?

More than 140 years after it made its debut, in English soccer, the whistle is the most recognizable sound in sports.From soccer fields and football stadiums to basketball arenas and wrestling mats, from youth sports to the pros and...

N.B.A. Ironmen Cling to Routine During the Load Management Era

In the 2018-19 season, less than 4 percent of the league (21 players) appeared in 82 games. Injuries, personal issues, coaches’ decisions and scheduled rest can take the choice of playing every day out of a player’s hands, but...

Knicks Add a Well-Connected Player to Their Front Office

The Knicks, persistently in the market for credibility, clout and connections, made a move to address all three shortcomings on Wednesday by adding one of basketball’s best-known outsiders to the team’s front office.The new hire, William Wesley, is more...

Basketball’s Getting Close. But the Hoops Talk Will Have to Wait.

Players from the 22 teams resuming the 2019-20 N.B.A. season at Walt Disney World Resort next month were required to be back in their team’s cities as of Monday. The league’s weeklong “transaction window” for roster tweaks in advance...

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A full three months have passed since Newcastle United and the Saudi Arabia-led consortium seeking to buy the club submitted paperwork to the Premier...