Matt Futterman

sports writer for the New York Times

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At this year's U.S. Open, Novak Djokovic didn’t play at all due to COVID-19 vaccine rules, Serena Williams lost in the third round of three sets, and new young players stepped up.

Alcaraz v. Tiafoe: New stars are the face of changing tennis world

At this year's U.S. Open, Novak Djokovic didn’t play at all due to COVID-19 vaccine rules, Serena Williams lost in the third round of three sets, and new young players stepped up.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Just four days before South America's first Summer Olympic Games, there's still widespread fear that Rio is unprepared to stage a global spectacle.

Is Rio ready for the Olympic Games?

Just four days before South America's first Summer Olympic Games, there's still widespread fear that Rio is unprepared to stage a global spectacle.

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The US squared off against Germany today and the team’s World Cup life was on the line. And while the US lost the game, they also… won?

World Cup Winners and Losers

The US squared off against Germany today and the team’s World Cup life was on the line. And while the US lost the game, they also… won?

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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