Stephen Curry Is More Human, and Brilliant, Than Ever

Golden State was good. Then too good. Then very, very bad. The worst. Back among the N.B.A. elite, Curry’s team has been humbled by the journey.

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From Santo Domingo to the N.B.A. Finals, Al Horford Is at Home

Horford, the Boston Celtics center, is the first Dominican player in the N.B.A. finals. With the way he’s competing, it’s hard to tell he hasn’t been here before.

#atkinson-kenny-1967, #basketball, #boston-celtics, #brown-jaylen-1996, #free-agents-sports, #golden-state-warriors, #horford-al, #nba-championship, #playoff-games, #trades-sports

Carlos Correa Agrees to $105.3 Million Contract With Twins

Correa, a superstar shortstop, bucked the recent trend of massive contracts, agreeing to a short and flexible deal — with a record-setting average annual value.

#baseball, #correa-carlos-1994, #free-agents-sports, #houston-astros, #minnesota-twins

Freddie Freeman Signs with Dodgers for $162 Million

Freddie Freeman led Atlanta to a World Series title, but a general manager known to “regroup and fortify” made a difficult and pragmatic decision to make a change.

#atlanta-braves, #baseball, #free-agents-sports, #freeman-freddie-1989, #los-angeles-dodgers

Yankees Owner Hal Steinbrenner Defends His Payroll

With an expensive roster, and high expenses, Hal Steinbrenner brushed off talk of pressure from the Mets’ Steven A. Cohen. “I can’t control what resources other owners or other teams have.”

#baseball, #cohen-steven-a, #finances, #free-agents-sports, #new-york-mets, #new-york-yankees, #steinbrenner-hal, #trades-sports, #wages-and-salaries

What Brady, Rodgers and Wilson’s Choices Could Mean for the NFL 2022 Season

Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson all made decisions that shifted plans around the league and reinforced the value of having a franchise quarterback.

#brady-tom, #denver-broncos, #football, #free-agents-sports, #green-bay-packers, #gutekunst-brian, #national-football-league, #rodgers-aaron, #seattle-seahawks, #tampa-bay-buccaneers, #trades-sports, #wilson-russell-1988

The Nets Were to Be a Team of Destiny. But Not This Kind.

The collapse of the Nets’ superteam of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving echoes the falls of other starry groupings. But they had a chance to be different.

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #durant-kevin, #free-agents-sports, #harden-james, #irving-kyrie, #marks-sean-1975, #nash-steve, #philadelphia-76ers, #trades-sports, #vaccination-and-immunization

Ngannou Keeps U.F.C. Heavyweight Crown Amid Contract Dispute

Francis Ngannou beat Ciryl Gane in the absence of Dana White, the U.F.C. president, who is faced with renewing the champion’s contract.

#boxing, #free-agents-sports, #mixed-martial-arts, #ngannou-francis-1986, #ultimate-fighting-championship, #white-dana-1969

2022 N.F.L. Salary Cap Winners and Losers

The New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers, beset by hefty long-term contracts, will be forced into personnel decisions in 2022.

#football, #free-agents-sports, #national-football-league, #new-orleans-saints, #wages-and-salaries

M.L.B. Money Flows to Free Agents as Lockout Looms

Players are agreeing to huge contracts, and even struggling teams are getting in on the action. With a lockout looming, recalibration may be preferable to reinvention.

#baseball, #franco-wander-2001, #free-agents-sports, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #scherzer-max

Odell Beckham Jr. Agrees to Deal With Los Angeles Rams

Beckham will join the Rams after a rocky tenure with the Cleveland Browns, who released him last week.

#beckham-odell-jr, #cleveland-browns, #football, #free-agents-sports, #los-angeles-rams, #mayfield-baker-1995, #mcvay-sean-1986, #ramsey-jalen-1994, #stafford-matthew

Carlos Correa, Freddie Freeman and the Big Free Agency Questions

Is Carlos Correa the next $300 million player? Would Freddie Freeman leave Atlanta? Can Toronto keep its bargain-bin finds? We may be waiting a long time to find out.

#atlanta-braves, #baseball, #correa-carlos-1994, #free-agents-sports, #freeman-freddie-1989, #houston-astros, #ray-robbie-1991, #semien-marcus-1990, #toronto-blue-jays

Kyle Lowry Is Having His Say, On and Off the Court

He bounced around the N.B.A., won a championship in Toronto then flexed a little power to find happiness in Miami.

#basketball, #butler-jimmy, #derozan-demar, #free-agents-sports, #lowry-kyle-1986, #miami-heat, #toronto-raptors, #trades-sports

The Knicks Are Ready for a Sequel. The Good Kind.

The Knicks are positioned to build on last season’s success after an off-season of smart moves.

#basketball, #coaches-and-managers, #free-agents-sports, #new-york-knicks, #quickley-immanuel, #randle-julius, #thibodeau-tom, #toppin-obi, #trades-sports

Lamar Jackson’s Bold Play: A Contract Without an Agent

Jackson is leading his own negotiation for a contract extension with the Ravens, challenging the norms of executives’ relationships to N.F.L. players and raising questions about the efficacy of agents.

#agents-business, #baltimore-ravens, #brady-tom, #cousins-kirk, #felicia-jones, #football, #free-agents-sports, #jackson-lamar-1997, #national-football-league, #national-football-league-players-assn, #okung-russell-1987, #prescott-dak-1993, #roc-nation-sports, #rodgers-aaron, #sherman-richard-1988, #wages-and-salaries

Richard Sherman Joins the Buccaneers After a Call From Tom Brady

Sherman is facing criminal charges for five misdemeanors, including two for domestic violence, from an arrest this summer. The free agent cornerback was recruited to Tampa Bay by his former rival.

#arians-bruce, #brady-tom, #brown-antonio-1988, #domestic-violence, #football, #free-agents-sports, #national-football-league, #san-francisco-49ers, #seattle-seahawks, #sherman-richard-1988, #tampa-bay-buccaneers

NFL Bull Market Benefits T.J. Watt and Other Pass Rushers

N.F.L. teams are in an ever-escalating arms race to generate maximum pressure on opposing quarterbacks. The Steelers pass rusher T.J. Watt and other QB maulers benefit from the demand.

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NFL Quarterbacks Want Their Voices Heard

From Aaron Rodgers to Tom Brady to Patrick Mahomes, quarterbacks are trying to push football’s status quo. The results have lagged behind stars’ achievements in other sports.

#brady-tom, #football, #free-agents-sports, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #mahomes-patrick-1995, #national-football-league, #rodgers-aaron, #wages-and-salaries

Curt Flood Made Free Agency Possible for Other Pro Athletes

Curt Flood took a stand against baseball’s entrenched powers. His defiance cost him everything — and changed everything.

#baseball, #baseball-hall-of-fame, #black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #free-agents-sports, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #miller-marvin, #robinson-jackie, #st-louis-mo, #st-louis-cardinals

Kevin Durant and (Possibly) the Greatest Basketball Team of All Time

The Brooklyn Nets were built to be an unbeatable superteam of eccentric basketball superstars. Will they dominate the N.B.A. playoffs?

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #durant-kevin, #free-agents-sports, #harden-james, #irving-kyrie, #james-lebron, #jordan-michael

Tom Brady Charted a New Path. Aaron Rodgers Struggles to Do the Same.

When Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks like Brady, Rodgers and Russell Wilson grow frustrated with their teams, the nature of N.F.L. contracts makes it hard to scramble away. Brady ultimately succeeded by running out the clock.

#brady-tom, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #football, #free-agents-sports, #green-bay-packers, #national-football-league, #rodgers-aaron, #wilson-russell-1988

Patriots and 49ers Among N.F.L. Free Agency’s Biggest Spenders

The 2021 salary cap has put a crunch on some teams looking to shore up their rosters. Others have opened their wallets.

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In N.F.L. Free Agency, Your Team Either Goes Broke or Stinks

G.M.s will have to work extra hard to add talent in a salary cap-crunched 2021. It’s still a bad way for most teams to improve.

#barrett-shaquil-1992, #chicago-bears, #football, #free-agents-sports, #jacksonville-jaguars, #national-football-league, #new-orleans-saints, #new-york-jets, #prescott-dak-1993, #smith-schuster-juju-1996, #tampa-bay-buccaneers

‘This Kid’s Special’: Candace Parker Owned L.A. From Day 1

Parker, long the face of the Los Angeles Sparks, opened her W.N.B.A. career with a statement game. Its message has held up for 13 seasons and counting: She deserved the hype.

#basketball, #chicago-sky, #free-agents-sports, #los-angeles-sparks, #parker-candace

Is the N.F.L.’s Salary Cap a Myth?

A Super Bowl matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should not be fiscally possible on paper, but here we are.

#brady-tom, #football, #free-agents-sports, #kansas-city-chiefs, #mahomes-patrick-1995, #tampa-bay-buccaneers, #wages-and-salaries, #winchester-james-1989

Padres Jolt M.L.B. With Bold Moves to Set Up World Series Run

While many teams continued to assess the financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, San Diego acquired two pricey pitchers and instantly became one of the favorites to win the World Series.

#darvish-yu, #free-agents-sports, #major-league-baseball, #san-diego-padres, #snell-blake-1992, #trades-sports

Quarterback Keeper? Jets, Browns and Bears Face Contract Decisions

Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and Mitchell Trubisky have all been marginally impressive at times. But is that enough for their teams to sign them to salary-cap-straining contracts?

#chicago-bears, #cleveland-browns, #darnold-sam-1997, #football, #free-agents-sports, #mayfield-baker-1995, #national-football-league, #new-york-jets, #trubisky-mitchell-1994

Athletes Leaving the Field Are Joining LinkedIn

The platform that put the “network” in “social network” has proved unexpectedly popular with jocks seeking second careers.

#athletics-and-sports, #careers-and-professions, #free-agents-sports, #linkedin-corporation

The N.B.A. Slam Dunk Champion Cashes In

Derrick Jones Jr. took The New York Times behind the scenes of his free agency to reveal all of the nerves, contemplation and, ultimately, joy.

#basketball, #free-agents-sports, #jones-derrick-jr-1997, #miami-heat, #minnesota-timberwolves, #national-basketball-assn, #portland-trail-blazers, #sacramento-kings

N.B.A. Free Agency Frenzy: 5 Takeaways

A player was traded three times, and the Lakers and Clippers jockeyed for each other’s stars. But Milwaukee is still waiting for a big decision from its biggest star: Giannis Antetokounmpo.

#antetokounmpo-giannis-1994, #basketball, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #free-agents-sports, #hayward-gordon, #los-angeles-clippers, #los-angeles-lakers, #milwaukee-bucks, #national-basketball-assn

2020 N.B.A. Free Agency Updates: Trades and Signings

The Bucks are trying to satisfy Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Warriors are scrambling and the Rockets are dealing with two unhappy stars.

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Marc Stein on the Russell Westbrook Trade Market

The Houston Rockets’ two stars want out, but the market for Westbrook is lukewarm and dependent on what happens with James Harden. Plus: the latest on LaMelo Ball and the N.B.A. draft.

#ball-lamelo, #basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #charlotte-hornets, #coaches-and-managers, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #free-agents-sports, #harden-james, #houston-rockets, #national-basketball-assn, #new-york-knicks, #trades-sports, #westbrook-russell

Murky Financial Forecast Looms Over Yankees’ Off-Season Questions

The Yankees have several roster issues to solve, but their biggest question is one every M.L.B. team will confront: How much can they spend after a pandemic-affected season?

#baseball, #boone-aaron, #britton-zach-1987, #cashman-brian, #free-agents-sports, #garcia-deivi-1999, #german-domingo-1992, #lemahieu-david-john-dj-1988, #new-york-yankees

Mookie Betts Arrives as a Capstone to the Dodgers’ Patient Project

The Dodgers played the long game to build a perpetual winner, and now they have a superstar who may help secure their first title in more than three decades.

#baseball, #betts-mookie-1992, #boston-red-sox, #free-agents-sports, #friedman-andrew-1976, #los-angeles-dodgers, #trout-mike, #world-series

Can Cam Newton Be Superman Again?

Newton went from paradigm-shifting M.V.P. to discarded free agent. Joining the New England Patriots could give him the perfect relaunch.

#carolina-panthers, #football, #free-agents-sports, #new-england-patriots, #newton-cameron-j

Tom Brady Says He Will Leave the Patriots

The 42-year-old quarterback, who becomes an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career, cut ties with the Patriots after helping them win six Super Bowls.

#brady-tom, #football, #free-agents-sports, #new-england-patriots