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  1. PhotoAfter the death of Kobe Bryant last year, members of the Atlanta Hawks’ coaching staff wore his Kobe 5 Protro shoes in his honor.
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    Kobe Bryant’s Nike Contract Expired. The Implications Are Complex.

    The end of the deal has no analogue in basketball or sneaker history, opening a hole in the market as Bryant’s shoes have been used heavily by N.B.A. athletes and have seen high demand among the public since his death.

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    1. PhotoJulius Randle, center, is playing so well that Knicks fans are (finally) getting over the trade that sent Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas.
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      Nobody Saw the Knicks Coming

      Behind Julius Randle, the Knicks have become one of the N.B.A.’s most surprising — and best defensive — teams. Kristaps Porzingis, who?

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  1. PhotoStephen Curry poured in 49 points in Philadelphia on Monday.
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    Stephen Curry Is in the Zone

    Golden State’s star has scored at least 30 points in 11 straight games, reviving his team’s playoff hopes and strengthening his M.V.P. case.

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  2. PhotoThe Atlanta Hawks displayed a statement on the guilty verdicts in the Derek Chauvin case on their scoreboard prior to a game against the Orlando Magic.
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    Sports World Reacts To Chauvin Verdict

    After the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd and other instances of violence against Black people, many athletes engaged in activist efforts last year.

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  3. PhotoFernando Tatis Jr. of the Padres, top left, returned from a shoulder injury in time for the three-game series against Los Angeles. He went 1 for 11 in the series but his lone hit was a home run.
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    October Comes Early for Dodgers and Padres

    A weekend series between N.L. West titans didn’t disappoint. But San Diego, after years of playing second (or third or fourth) fiddle, has a lot to prove.

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  4. Keeping Score

    PhotoJulius Randle and the Knicks’ bench celebrated after Randle made a 3-pointer in an overtime win against the Pelicans on Sunday.
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    Why the Knicks Keep, Ahem, Winning

    The recently awful Knicks have won six straight behind the All-Star Julius Randle, vintage play from Derrick Rose and tough team defense.

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    Reaction to the Super League: Super Anger

    When 12 of the world’s richest soccer teams announced plans for a breakaway league, it threw the sport into crisis. And the response has been scathing.

  2. PhotoVanessa Bryant spoke at a service celebrating the lives of Kobe and Gianna Bryant in Los Angeles last year.
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    Vanessa Bryant Uses Her Platform to Battle the Powerful

    Through social media and a lawsuit, she is trying to hold law enforcement to account in ways that are uncommon for women, and especially for women of color.

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  3. PhotoThe Champions League trophy, once the holy grail for every big club. But now, maybe not.
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    Europe’s New Super League, Explained

    Whether you’re a lifelong fan or an outsider who doesn’t know your Manchesters from your Madrids, we’ve got answers to your pressing questions.

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