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Hackers Unearth Stars' Drug Exemptions

Rebecca R. Ruiz, New York Times

Djokovic's Slam Window Quickly Closing

Tim Joyce, RealClearSports

A competitive five-set match, all wrapped up in 90 minutes: Is this just the stuff of a TV scheduler’s dream? Believe it or not, it happened last January, when Roger Federer bea...(full article)

Russian hackers — possibly the same group that compromised the Democratic National Committee’s computer servers two months ago — have made top American athletes their latest ...(full article)

When Rafael Nadal won his 14th major title at the 2014 French Open, leaving him “just” three Slams shy of Roger Federer’s extraordinary record of 17 Slam crowns, many thought...(full article)

"He played more courageous in the decisive moments." Novak Djokovic after losing to Stan Wawrinka in the US Open final on Sunday.   NEW YORK - On a gorgeous New York evening, ...(full article)

Flat on her back on court inside Arthur Ashe Stadium, Angelique Kerber had answered all of the questions asked of her during her three-week stay in New York: She was the new...(full article)

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