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Pro Tennis Returns to the Bronx, but for How Long?

When 13-year-old Naisha Rathi learned she could try out to be a ball girl at the new professional women’s tennis tournament at the Cary Leeds Center in Crotona Park, she knew she couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Rathi, a Queens native who will be a freshman this fall at the Beacon School in Manhattan and…

Is Slavery’s Legacy in the Power Dynamics of Sports?

There is no other business like the N.B.A. Its rainbow jump shots, rim-rattling dunks and heart-pounding drama are gleaming monuments to black America. Nearly 80 percent of league players are black. They are multimillionaire superstars, international icons and global purveyors of African-American excellence and culture. Yet, for all of their success, most of them cannot…

U.F.C. Needs an Antihero: Nate Diaz Returns Just in Time

STOCKTON, Calif. — Nate Diaz was stoned in an ice bath. The antihero of the Ultimate Fighting Championship was on his patio, neck-deep in training for his first fight in three years. He closed his eyes behind his sunglasses. Summer in California’s Central Valley was in full heat-blast mode. Landscapers trimmed the vast lawn with…