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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump faces what could be his last Supreme Court test in office on Nov. 30, when his lawyers defend his plan to exclude millions of undocumented immigrants from the congressional apportionment process. Trump and his allies have argued that including such individuals in census figures used to reallocate congressional seats dilutes the power of voters in states with ...

Has 2020 left you feeling like you're stuck in reverse? For Aaron Yoder, that's a good thing. The 35-year-old track and cross-country coach at Kansas' Bethany College broke his own world record in the backward mile — also known as "retrorunning" — clocking in at exactly 5 1/2 minutes. He's reduced the mark from 5:54 in 2015 to 5:51 in 2019, and has no, ahem, backup plans to stop now. As Yoder ...

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SEATTLE — When Jake Gustafson, the senior director of operations and development at Seattle Children's Hospital, approached a cross-section of local celebrities about participating in a Topps trading-card project he had brainstormed, the reaction was overwhelmingly positive. "I don't know about you, but if someone asked me if I wanted my own baseball card, I would say yes," Gustafson said with ...

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SAN DIEGO — The body of college basketball, buried half-alive by COVID in March, was exhumed last week. It has begun its new life in semi-earnest. It may end as it did in 2020, with a viral thud, again on the medical examiner's table. Those in sports have done their best to dribble around this damn thing, to block and tackle it, to launch angle and exit-velo it with about as much success as ...

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PHILADELPHIA — The last time Eagles center Jason Kelce missed a game, Chip Kelly was the coach and David Molk — remember him? — was his replacement. Kelce had been grinding it out through a core muscle injury in 2014 that hurt so bad he'd wince when laughing or sneezing. He lasted the first 2 1/2 games before surgery was necessary. But he sat out only four games, and since has started in 99 ...

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NEW YORK — Baseball's version of "bargains galore" black Friday will arrive this Wednesday — or to paraphrase Marie Antoinette: After Dec. 2, le deluge, as in the deluge of players being non-tendered by their clubs, opening up potentially the most populated free-agent market ever. Nobody would be more delighted with this development than Charlie Finley, the maverick owner of the Oakland A's ...

PITTSBURGH — Unsolicited, while answering a question about his personal performance, Steelers tight end Eric Ebron offered this on Monday morning, mere hours after the Steelers scored 27 points to beat the Jaguars and improved to 10-0. "I should be better," he said. "I think our whole offense should be better." It was the first of a number of enlightening quotes to come from Steelers players ...

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Last weekend was about free agency. The coming week will be about the starting of training camp. Such is the tornado of an offseason on steroids. There can be no exhale, just a second wind to get back up to speed. So what to make of how the Miami Heat emerged from free agency? Three thoughts: — It is becoming increasingly evident that there may not be a specific, quote, unquote Jimmy Butler ...

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LOS ANGELES — He was supposedly too slight of build, too frail, too vulnerable to become an every-down running back. His own college coach once said so. Then that coach gave way to Chip Kelly, who sized up Demetric Felton Jr. and saw more than a wisp of a player who should be primarily used at receiver with a handful of carries on gimmick plays. Kelly made Felton his primary running back and ...

LOS ANGELES — Andy Enfield had enough to worry about. The USC men's basketball coach was already navigating a season of spectator-less stands and a stripped-down schedule. His team is in transition, trying to replace eight of last season's 11 leading scorers. The Trojans cleared their latest obstacle comfortably Saturday night, cruising past the Montana Grizzlies 76-62 at Galen Center. But a ...

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LOS ANGELES — For weeks since the NBA and its players association agreed on a Dec. 22 start date for a 72-game regular season, the league held its draft and free agency against the backdrop of the unknown, with teams unclear exactly how they would play and travel amid a global pandemic without the protections of the "bubble" that helped restart last season. On Saturday, just days before ...

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LOS ANGELES — He called his quarterback a "special kid" and a "special talent," Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry then pausing as he searched for a new description of what's become an aged subject. Entering his 10th career start, rookie Justin Herbert has been so surprisingly good and so surprisingly fast that his teammates already are running low on originality. "He's just ...

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LOS ANGELES — The Red Wedding. For "Game of Thrones" fans, when the entire Northern army and its leadership is murdered at a wedding reception, is considered among the series' best. One of the reasons why? Television audiences are accustomed to the "good guys" surviving these sort of clashes. At least some of them. But nope, not here. Not women, not children, not even the dog. The Red Wedding ...

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A developing COVID-19 crisis in the NFL on Saturday had teams reluctantly drawn into a game of "Whose situation is the worst?" Cases continue to mount among the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, who were supposed to play on Thanksgiving night but whose game was postponed until Tuesday. On the opposite coast, Santa Clara County announced more stringent restrictions amid an uptick in ...

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Villanova wanted to play one more game at Mohegan Sun Arena's "Bubbleville," and got its wish. But a third game in four nights Saturday night proved to be more than the Wildcats could handle. After blowing a 12-point lead, the No. 3 Wildcats got two free throws from Justin Moore with 1.3 seconds left to force overtime, but they looked to be out of gas and Virginia Tech controlled the extra ...

Georgia went old school Saturday night, returning to its Running Back U roots and bulldozing an overmatched South Carolina team, 45-16, at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C. A week after totaling only eight yards net rushing in a win over Mississippi State, the Bulldogs had 200 more than that by halftime, with James Cook averaging 19.6 yards per carry in the process. After taking a knee ...

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PHILADELPHIA — Dwight Howard said all the right things. The 76ers' new reserve center was complimentary of the team's cornerstones, All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. He spoke of doing whatever it takes to help the Sixers win. And the 17-year veteran talked of mentoring Embiid not just through words but with actions. "You know, in order to have longevity in this league, you have to work ...

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The organizing committee for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics estimated the additional costs for postponing the events to the summer of 2021 to be about 200 billion yen ($1.9 billion), the Yomiuri newspaper reported. The committee will discuss the plan with the Japanese and Tokyo metropolitan governments and decide next month how to split the costs, Yomiuri said Sunday, citing unidentified ...

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The training wheels are off, and Tom Izzo's new-look Michigan State team is starting to look like the last few versions. Crisp ball movement. Balanced scoring. Defensively dominant. The 12th-ranked Spartans rolled all of those elements into a 26-0 run that covered the final 7:12 of the first half and nearly the first 4 minutes of the second to down Notre Dame, 80-70, on ...