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Bryce Harper is Back, Just in Time to Take on the October Demons

To get Bryce Harper back on the field in time for the postseason, the Washington Nationals and their manager, Dusty Baker, took some extraordinary measures. The Nationals took a tactical approach, flying in several minor league pitchers just so they could pitch to Harper in simulated games. And Baker summoned up the spiritual, praying for Harper’s speedy recovery and getting ...

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A Golfer Aiming to Save More Than Strokes on a Scorecard

At the 2015 Presidents Cup, the Australian Marc Leishman beat Jordan Spieth, then the world No. 1, in the singles competition. Leishman’s 1-up victory came three months after he lost in a British Open playoff, but his hot streak didn’t do much for his public profile. Before Leishman went wire-to-wire this month to win the third of four events in ...

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Sparks’ Alana Beard Finds a Home on the Waves

When the Los Angeles Sparks are at home during the W.N.B.A. season, guard Alana Beard starts almost every morning with coffee at The Cow’s End Café, a Bohemian spot a few steps from Venice Beach, sipping cortados and mingling with surfers who have become like family to her. When Beard was picked second over all in the 2004 draft out ...

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Tiger Woods’s Return would be Good for Golf

Tiger Woods staked out a spot off to the side of the 14th green and cast a long, cold shadow on Si Woo Kim, the Presidents Cup rookie who was bent over a three-foot putt to extend Thursday’s third foursomes match. Kim, who was paired with another rookie, Emiliano Grillo, missed the putt, handing the United States team of Jordan ...

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