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Nats ace Strasburg says 'numbness in my whole hand' led to carpal tunnel surgery

The nerve issue in Stephen Strasburg's wrist that ended his 2020 season after five innings would get aggravated every time he threw a baseball, he said Sunday, and "basically would go from numbness in my thumb to numbness in my whole hand."

Ovechkin lands on COVID-19 list; NHL postpones pair of Hurricanes games

Alex Ovechkin and three other Washington Capitals players were added to the NHL's COVID-19 list Wednesday and the team was fined $100,000 US by the league for violating coronavirus protocols.

Roger Federer to miss Australian Open, agent says

Roger Federer is withdrawing from the Australian Open while he continues preparing to return to action after two operations on his right knee, his agent told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Activist, champion: Naomi Osaka named AP Female Athlete of Year

Naomi Osaka was as noteworthy in 2020 for her activism away from the tennis court as her success on it, winning the U.S. Open for her third Grand Slam title, as well as speaking out against racial injustice and police brutality.

Henrik Lundqvist won't play with Washington Capitals this season due to heart condition

Star goalie Henrik Lundqvist says he will sit out his upcoming NHL season with the Washington Capitals because of a heart condition.

Sports press pause as athletes turn to activism, voting on U.S. election day

At a time when athletes are embracing activism like never before, refusing to heed the unfounded admonition framed two years ago by one TV talking head as "shut up and dribble," there was vivid symbolism in the wide use of team arenas and stadiums as voter registration and polling sites.

Nadal reaches French Open final, closes in on Federer's Grand Slam record

After so much talk, by Rafael Nadal and others, about so many reasons why this pandemic-postponed French Open could be more difficult for him — cooler autumn weather; slightly heavier tennis balls; lack of match preparation — the King of Clay is right back where he usually is: in the final.
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With DQ in rearview, Djokovic comfortably advances to 2nd round at French Open

Playing his first Grand Slam match since his U.S. Open disqualification for smacking a ball after dropping a game and accidentally striking a line judge in throat, Novak Djokovic defeated 80th-ranked Mikael Ymer of Sweden 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 Tuesday.
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Serena Williams steps up in tiebreaker of opening straight-sets win in Paris

Serena Williams went from a 72-minute struggle of a first set that required a tiebreaker to resolve in her first-round match at the French Open to a lopsided second set in which she did not drop a game.

Thiem completes biggest U.S. Open final comeback in 71 years, defeats Zverev in epic 5-set affair

At a U.S. Open unlike any other, Dominic Thiem constructed a comeback the likes of which hadn't been seen in 71 years. After dropping the opening two sets against Alexander Zverev on Sunday at a nearly empty Arthur Ashe Stadium, Thiem slowly but surely turned things around.

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