These N.B.A. Playoffs Burst 2020’s Bubble

The confined, roiled 2020 N.B.A. playoffs reflected their times. So, too, do this year’s celebratory games.

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LeBron James Leads a Generation of Athletes Into Ownership

James is now an owner of the Boston Red Sox and recently helped a W.N.B.A. player, Renee Montgomery, with her group’s bid to purchase the Atlanta Dream.

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Announcer Caught on Open Mic Using Racial Slur at Basketball Game

The announcer cursed and used a slur as students knelt during the national anthem before a high school tournament game in Oklahoma. He later apologized and blamed his diabetes for the outburst.

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Mark Cuban Says He Told Mavericks to Stop Playing Anthem

The N.B.A. has long required the playing of the national anthem before games, but the league gave teams permission to skip the ritual this season.

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At the Super Bowl, the N.F.L.’s Social Message Is Muddled

The N.F.L. espoused racial unity and praised health care workers. But its inaction on racial diversity, its stereotypic imagery and its decision to host a potential superspreader event said something different.

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Brady, Mahomes, Kaepernick: Quarterbacks Who Deserve the Stage Now

The N.F.L. has tried to move on from the controversy over Colin Kaepernick, but recent events suggest his critique of America’s racial climate has remained relevant.

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Naomi Osaka: Athletes, Speak Up

We’re affected by bias and racism, just like everyone else. Why shouldn’t we say so?

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Joe Biden and the Decency Agenda

Joe Biden promised to be a president for all Americans. Here’s a way to start.

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The Challenge of Black Patriotism

For Black Americans, loving the country and criticizing it have always been inseparable — something other Americans have often struggled to understand.

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How Trump Lost Sports as a Political Strategy

After George Floyd’s death, many athletes and sports leagues pushed back more forcefully against the president’s demand for standing during the national anthem, and he shifted away from the issue.

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N.F.L. Kicks Off Season With Nods to Unrest and Focus on Anthem

Several teams stayed in the locker room for the pregame playing of the national anthem, while some players knelt during it or wore decals and shirts against hate and racism.

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N.F.L. Week 1: Live Scores, Tracker and Updates

Some familiar faces joined new teams — looking at you, Tom Brady and Cam Newton — and young stars like Lamar Jackson are ready to pick up where they left off in a season unlike any other.

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What to Know About N.F.L. Week 1

Some familiar faces joined new teams — looking at you, Tom Brady and Cam Newton — and young stars like Lamar Jackson are ready to pick up where they left off in a season unlike any other.

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How the N.F.L. Started Football Season on Time in the Pandemic

The league stuck to plans to open its season Thursday with the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans, even as pandemic spikes, player opt-outs and racial unrest forced alterations.

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With Walkouts, a New High Bar for Protests in Sports Is Set

The deafening silence of not having sports provided a powerful message from athletes demanding racial justice, after kneeling and slogans on jerseys seemed to have lost potency.

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A Momentous First Night Back for the N.B.A.

Close games, social justice protests and a principal role for Rudy Gobert, again.

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Kaepernick’s Deal With Disney Includes a Jemele Hill Project at ESPN

A first-look deal between Colin Kaepernick and Disney includes a documentary series at ESPN that will be produced by Jemele Hill, who left the network two years ago.

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An Unlikely Source of Catharsis for a Black M.L.B. Player: Social Media

Tony Kemp felt depressed after George Floyd’s death in police custody. Then he invited fans to have uncomfortable conversations on Twitter.

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The Anthem Debate Is Back. But Now It’s Standing That’s Polarizing.

As games return and dozens of players drop to one knee, leagues that once tried to tiptoe around the issue won’t be able to avoid it.

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8 Things to Do This Fourth of July Weekend

Our culture writers offer suggestions for celebrating Independence Day, and what to watch or listen to without leaving your home.

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A Softball Team’s Tweet to Trump Leads Players to Quit Mid-Series

The players said they did not want a photo of them standing during the national anthem to be used for political purposes.

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The N.F.L. Embraces Progressive Action, but Not Yet Kaepernick

With newfound momentum on social justice causes, players around the league have many opinions on what comes next. But most agree that the N.F.L. must recognize Colin Kaepernick.

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U.S. Soccer Repeals National Anthem Policy

A rule created after Megan Rapinoe took a knee was rescinded as the federation, like the N.F.L. and FIFA, reconsidered its views on athletes who choose to peacefully protest.

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As Trump Rekindles N.F.L. Fight, Goodell Sides With Players

The president tweeted to say it was disrespectful to kneel during the national anthem, as Colin Kaepernick and other players began doing in 2016 to protest racial injustice. N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell then said the league supported players peacefully protesting.

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Kneeling at George Floyd Protests Recalls the Colin Kaepernick Controversy

Some demonstrators, and in some cases the police, have paused to kneel, recalling the manner of George Floyd’s death and the gesture by Colin Kaepernick.

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Athletes Invoke Colin Kaepernick in Response to George Floyd Protests

As a range of players called for unity and understanding in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the debate over Colin Kaepernick and his campaign for social justice resurfaced.

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