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Elise Mertens to Meet Caroline Wozniacki in Australian Open Semifinals

Svitolina said after the match that she had been dealing with a right hip injury throughout the tournament, but she praised Mertens for her strong start to the year and consistent play. “She’s playing a good level, so I had to push myself,” Svitolina said. “She didn’t give me opportunities. All the credit to her, because she played really good tennis.” Mertens began playing tennis at age 4, just as her home country was beginning its golden age in the sport. Clijsters and Justine Henin, rivals and compatriots, reached the…

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On Baseball: Chipper Jones Will Get Into the Hall of Fame. So Why Not Gary Sheffield?

All are polling well below 50 percent, so they won’t get in this year. Candidates can stay on the ballot for 10 years, with some then going to a separate, smaller committee for consideration. Jack Morris and Alan Trammell, the former Detroit Tigers stars, were voted in by that committee in December. A study of the 10th-spot candidates illustrates the depth of talent on this ballot, and the challenge facing voting members of the writers’ committee. (Several news outlets, including The New York Times, do not allow their writers to…

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Victims in Larry Nassar Abuse Case Find a Fierce Advocate: the Judge

And, in an extraordinary session streamed live on the internet over several days, she has opened her courtroom to any victim who wishes to speak, for however long she wishes to speak. That goes for their coaches and parents, too. “Leave your pain here,” Ms. Aquilina told one young woman, “and go out and do your magnificent things.” Stephen Gillers, a professor of law at New York University, said that although judges are often thought of as unbiased and impartial, it is important to remember that this is a sentencing…

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Rafael Nadal Retires From Australian Open With Injury

Photo Marin Cilic consoled Rafael Nadal, right, after Nadal retired with an injury in their quarter-final match at the Australian Open. Credit Mark Kolbe/Getty Images MELBOURNE, Australia — The injuries continued for the elite of men’s tennis on Tuesday, as Rafael Nadal, the No. 1 seed, retired down 0-2 in the fifth set of his Australian Open quarterfinal with Marin Cilic. Nadal took a two-set-to-one lead after winning a third-set tiebreaker in typically combative fashion. But down by 1-4 in the fourth set, he took a medical timeout. He was…

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Young Fitness Fogies Ditch $40 Classes for Hoops, Laps and Jogs

Those classic activities also tend to be cheaper. A spot at many of the miniature gyms of the moment, such as the P.Volve or SoulCycle’s tiny new Annex, can cost close to $40. Even ClassPass, the supposed bargain warehouse of group fitness, no longer offers New Yorkers an unlimited plan. In these hyper-wired times with Twitter feeds and cable news bubbling over with outrage and anger, the impulse to engage in an activity that feels plucked from an analog era makes sense. Many of the gyms that cater to fashion…

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U.S.O.C. Chief Is Executive Diagnosed With Cancer

Photo Scott Blackmun has been the U.S. Olympic Committee’s chief executive since 2010. He will likely miss the Winter Games next month after receiving a diagnosis of prostate cancer. Credit Kyle Terada/Reuters After receiving a diagnosis of prostate cancer, Scott Blackmun, the chief executive of the United States Olympic Committee, announced he would not travel to South Korea for the opening ceremony of the Olympics next month. Blackmun broke the news to U.S.O.C. staff members with an email on Monday. In the email, he said that his doctors had recommended…

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Oklahoma’s Trae Young, the Superstar Nobody Saw Coming

A likely first-team All-American, Young did not receive a single preseason vote. The Big 12’s coaches named Mohamed Bamba of Texas as the preseason freshman of the year. Young is a probable top-five pick this June but did not appear on most preseason mock N.B.A. drafts. Photo Oklahoma Coach Lon Kruger, right, has given Young plenty of freedom to play as he pleases. Credit Orlin Wagner/Associated Press Somehow, even in a world in which Curry has won two Most Valuable Player awards, the classic story of an undersized player (Young…

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Shut Out in 2014, U.S. Speedskaters Modify Their Suits, Their Training and Their Expectations

Rather than receding after that public relations catastrophe, Under Armour became determined to take a more hands-on approach in the team’s development. The company accounts for about 20 percent of the organization’s $1.2 million in sponsorship revenue — roughly on par with the federation’s other top sponsor, Toyota — but in this cycle Under Armour is providing resources and expertise in addition to money. “Adversity is the best teacher,” Kevin Haley, Under Armour’s executive vice president for strategy, said about the company’s experience in 2014. “It forced all of us…

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