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S.G. The price of attending big-league ball games has spiraled out of control. A family of four spends, on average, $219 to attend a Major League Baseball game, according to Team Marketing Report’s Fan Cost Index, a 24% increase since 2007. That’s 1
Sean Gregory BASEBALL HAS ALWAYS played games with time. A pitcher plods in a summer haze; no buzzer ends an inning. We lose ourselves, happily sacrificing hours for the crack of a bat. The annual Midnight Sun game, played since 1906 on or around t
HANNAH BEECH Tokyo’s summer heat has infiltrated the national training center, rendering bows a little sticky and dismounts a little slack. But Kohei Uchimura, the defending Olympic all-around title holder, lands his jumps with a panther poise that
WITH HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF fans packed into stadiums across the country and millions more watching on TV, the NFL kicked off its new season on Sept. 11 with a ritual that has become a given at American sporting events: playing the national anthem.
FROM NFL STADIUMS TO HIGH SCHOOL SIDELINES, ATHLETES ARE PROTESTING DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM—AND FUELING A DEBATE ABOUT HOW AMERICA DEFINES PATRIOTISM
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ANNOUNCED By Alex Rodriguez, designated hitter for the New York Yankees, his retirement from playing professional baseball. A-Rod will play his last game for the team on Aug. 12 but will serve as a “special adviser and instructor” to the Yankees unt
ON A LATE SEPTEMBER AFTERNOON, JUST BEFORE PITCHER Kyle Hendricks will take the mound against the Pittsburgh Pirates, a handful of Chicago Cubs players and coaches are huddled around a table in the visitors’ locker room, all trying to help. That nigh
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Sean Gregory Hoops was born with peach baskets at a YMCA. But the game has been reared on asphalt. Street courts test a player’s skills, patience—You’ve got next game? Wait your turn—and character. Call your own fouls, son. Gyms make things easy. Tr
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The all-time great catcher, soon to be inducted into the sport’s Hall of Fame, embodies the qualities of his time—for better and for worse.
DIED Marni Nixon, 86, the soprano whom TIME called the Ghostest with the Mostest in 1964 for dubbing the singing voices of stars in Academy Award–winning movie musicals, including Deborah Kerr in The King and I (1956), Natalie Wood in West Side Stor
A quartet of stars made Rio a celebration
Everything Must Go Even crabby New York sports fans have learned to love the fire sale and embrace losing (for one season, anyway).
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