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A Welcome Payday for Obscure Teams in the Champions League

That plan proved unworkable, but Trepca officials eventually found seats for the team on a flight from Slovenia back to Kosovo. From there, the team was to travel to Turkey, then to Denmark, before finally flying to the remote Faroes, a cluster of Danish islands north of Scotland. There, in the North Atlantic, their Champions League journey will begin. Just 24 days after Cristiano Ronaldo’s two goals helped Real Madrid beat Juventus in the Champions League final in Cardiff, Wales, the competition returns this week on a handful of obscure…

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On Baseball: For Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, the Sky’s Not Only the Limit, It’s a Target

“He’s incredible,” said Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers’ All-Star closer. “He’s probably going to break Barry Bonds’s record. He might do it in two years if he keeps hitting two every game.” Continue reading the main story It was hard to tell which home run record Jansen meant — 73 in a season or 762 in a career — but Bellinger shattered his family’s home run record more than two weeks ago, when he connected against the Cincinnati Reds for his 13th, which came in his 154th career at-bat. Clay hit…

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The Wacky Hats of Ascot

Slide Show Slide Show|20 Photos The Wacky Hats of Ascot The Wacky Hats of Ascot CreditDaniel Leal-Olivas/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Since 1711, the five-day Royal Ascot race meeting has taken place at the Berkshire course, a sprawling horse track west of London. Wearing a hat is a tradition kept by many, and the wackier, the better. Here are some of our favorite looks from this year’s event. Continue following our fashion and lifestyle coverage on Facebook (Styles and Modern Love), Twitter (Styles, Fashion and Weddings) and Instagram. Continue reading…

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N.B.A. All-Rookie Team Includes Four Foreign-Born Players

Photo Malcolm Brogdon of the Bucks was the only American on the all-rookie first team. Credit John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports, via Reuters Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric was a unanimous selection to the N.B.A. All-Rookie team announced on Monday, which featured a record four players from outside the United States. Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon, also a unanimous pick for the top newcomers lineup, was the only American on the first team selected by a 100-member global media panel, a record in 54 years of such teams. Also on…

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Emirates New Zealand Routs Oracle Team USA to Reclaim America’s Cup

“We obviously learned a lot from that campaign, and we put our best foot forward as best we could.” Continue reading the main story To survive and remain in the game, Team New Zealand and its chief executive, Grant Dalton, had to overcome existential challenges, including internal divisions and an early shortage of financing. There were design decisions to make, including one to use stationary bike grinding stations on board instead of the usual arm-powered pedestals. Photo Emirates Team New Zealand raced to victory over Oracle Team USA in the…

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8 Reasons the Big3 Might Succeed, and 6 Reasons It Might Fail

The game Three-on-three on half a court was more than just a stripped-down version of the big game. “It’s tough to hide defensively,” Rasual Butler of the Ball Hogs said. “It’s kind of tough to help. If a bigger guy has a mismatch, it could hurt us.” “You can’t play defense, you’re in trouble because the court’s so wide open,” Allen Iverson of 3’s Company said. With eight teams in action, several styles were on display. Some teams relied on big men to score inside, while others hoisted endless 3s…

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No Frills, No Crowds, No Money: The Lonely Road to Tennis Glory

Racket strings can be another hidden cost. Each tournament provides a stringer, but stringing costs $20 per racket. Wozniak said she took six rackets and 30 reels of polyester string, also provided free by Yonex, to each tournament. Until this year with Yonex, she was spending $90 per package for gut strings and stringing three to six rackets per match. Wozniak can detail every aspect of her routine and recall every expense. She began playing tennis at 3 in Blainville, Quebec, outside Montreal, so none of this labor is new….

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Sports Briefing: Jordan Spieth Wins the Travelers in a Playoff

ANOTHER TITLE FOR SOUTH KOREAN South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu became the L.P.G.A. Tour’s first two-time winner this season, winning the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers with a tournament-record 18-under 195 total. Five strokes ahead after a course-record 10-under 61 on Saturday, the third-ranked Ryu closed with a 69 for a two-shot victory over her compatriot Amy Yang and Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn. Continue reading the main story COUPLES SURGES IN WISCONSIN Fred Couples rallied to win the American Family Insurance Open in Madison, Wis., for his second PGA Tour…

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