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On Pro Basketball: Take the Lakers. Add Rondo and James. What Could Go Wrong?

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Sports|Take the Lakers. Add Rondo and James. What Could Go Wrong?On Pro BasketballImageRajon Rondo hustled for a loose ball against the Pelicans.CreditCreditJayne Kamin-Oncea/USA Today Sports, via ReutersLOS ANGELES — Rajon Rondo has had a difficult time for the Lakers. He was suspended after brawling with the Houston Rockets in the second game of the season.… Read More

A Sports Hijab Has France Debating the Muslim Veil, Again

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A French store dropped a plan to sell a hijab designed for runners after becoming embroiled in the country's debate about what Muslim women wear.ImageShoppers at Le Bourget, north of Paris, last year. The retailer Decathlon initially said it planned to sell a sports hijab to democratize sports.CreditCreditEliot Blondet/Abaca/Sipa USA, via Associated PressPARIS — Plans… Read More

Robert Kraft’s Prostitution Charges Return a Wary Palm Beach to the Tabloids

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ImagePalm Beach has long been a playground for wealthy barons from the Northeast who own homes in Florida to avoid the cold weather and high taxes back home.CreditCreditSaul Martinez for The New York TimesPALM BEACH, Fla. — In this exclusive, image-conscious retreat where enormous hedges encircle grand mansions and valets park cars at the supermarket,… Read More

John Tavares, Returning as the Enemy, Will Face Jilted Islanders Fans

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Hockey|John Tavares, Returning as the Enemy, Will Face Jilted Islanders FansImageJohn Tavares became a Toronto Maple Leaf this season, leaving some longtime Islanders fans with a sense of betrayal.CreditCreditFrank Gunn/The Canadian Press, via Associated PressJohn Tavares knows that things won’t be easy for him on Thursday night, when he makes his first visit to the… Read More

Johnny Manziel Barred From Canadian Football League

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Pro Football|Johnny Manziel Barred From Canadian Football LeagueImageJohnny Manziel before a game last year between his Montreal Alouettes and the Toronto Argonauts.CreditCreditCole Burston/The Canadian Press, via Associated PressQuarterback Johnny Manziel’s brief foray into the Canadian Football League ended abruptly on Wednesday when the league instructed the Montreal Alouettes to terminate Manziel’s contract for an undisclosed… Read More

Mikaela Shiffrin Wows Skiing When She Races — and When She Doesn’t

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ImageMikaela Shiffrin had a breakthrough victory in the super-G at the world championships but skipped another race she was favored in, puzzling skiing observers.CreditCreditPontus Lundahl/TT NEWS AGENCY, via Associated PressIt is not true that Mikaela Shiffrin has won every ski race she has entered this winter. It just seems that way.Shiffrin has won so often,… Read More

Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard Banks Home Game-Winner Against Nets

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Sports|Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard Banks Home Game-Winner Against NetsImageKawhi Leonard scored 30 points against the Nets on Monday. His final shot put Toronto ahead to stay.CreditCreditDan Hamilton/USA Today Sports, via ReutersKawhi Leonard banked home the tiebreaking basket with 4.2 seconds remaining and the Toronto Raptors edged the Nets, 127-125, on Monday night.Leonard scored 30 points, Serge… Read More

Soccer Player Who Faced Extradition From Thailand to Bahrain Is Back in Australia

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ImageHakeem al-Araibi, center, was greeted upon arrival at the airport in Melbourne, Australia, on Tuesday.CreditCreditScott Barbour/Getty ImagesA soccer player who was jailed in Thailand and faced being sent back to his native Bahrain, where he said he would be imprisoned and tortured, was released Monday after Thai prosecutors dropped the extradition case against him.On Tuesday… Read More