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1. The world, we are told, is in a state of chaotic and unprecedented flux.

Technology is changing our lives at a frightening rate. All over the world, societies are fracturing and collapsing. The destruction of the planet is accelerating before our eyes. Each passing week seems to bring new ruptures, new shocks, new disfigurements.

But Luka Modric still manages the Real Madrid midfield, so, you know, that. And not just Modric: As white shirts carelessly batted the ball around the lawn at Stamford Bridge in the dying minutes, it was like looking through a telescope into a perfectly preserved fantasy of the past. Toni Kroos was already gone, but Casemiro was still there, snapping and rushing like a man in search of a lost alliance. Just like Dani Carvajal. Just like Nacho Fernandez. Even Gareth Bale had given us a rare foray from the bench, increasing his daily step count so little else.

And then, of course, there was Karim Benzema: jersey still wet from the rain, features still etched with pure, restless desire.

For the Guardian, Jonathan Liew looks through a window of the past at a team full of familiar faces.

2. Just pick out a few other major US cities: the Guardians, Pirates, Mets and Yankees are off to Buffalo; the Astros and Rangers are off in New Orleans; the Angels, Athletics, Giants, Dodgers and Padres are in the black in Honolulu (???); the Diamondbacks and Rockies are extinct in Salt Lake City; and in Des Moines, get this, the Cubs, Cardinals, White Sox, Royals, Twins AND Brewers are all passed out.

Hey, Des Moines baseball fans! Here is our middle finger.

Everyone can see that this is a big annoying problem. How on earth can you expand baseball’s reach by preventing people from seeing baseball? It’s infuriating.

So what we obviously should do is start yelling at MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.

Except – and believe me, I would never discourage you from yelling at the commissioner for any reason – in which case, it’s not his fault. And there really isn’t much he can do about it.

Joe Posnanski in his Substack writes about the bizarre situation with baseball and power outages.

3. The NCAA made it possible for people like her to join the women’s team, but it wasn’t quick or easy. In general, elite male athletes have considerable physical advantages over elite female athletes. People who have gone through testosterone-induced puberty have, on average, greater cardiovascular capacity, greater muscle mass, higher tendon strength, and denser bones. They tend to be stronger and larger, with longer wings. In many sports involving timed races, men are about ten to twelve percent faster than women.

Olympic track champion Allyson Felix’s lifetime record in the four hundred meters is 49.26; in one year, 2017, this time has been improved by men and boys more than fifteen thousand times. In jumping and pure strength sports, the gap is even greater. As trans women have fought to be included in women’s sports, various governing bodies have put in place rules to mitigate any physical advantages they might have. But what these advantages are and how to counter them – and whether this is necessary or even possible – has been hotly debated.

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The New Yorker’s Louisa Thomas on Lia Thomas and how her NCAA wins put her at the center of a debate over trans athletes.

4. Rae’s Creek is a main feature of Amen Corner and runs past the 12th green, has an obvious tributary at the 13th and flows behind the 11th. The famous Hogan Bridge, which takes players to the 12th green, crosses the creek and is one of the most photographed spots in all of golf. The Nelson Bridge also crosses the body of water.

The stream was named after landowner John Rae, who emigrated from Ballynahinch in 1729 or 1730 and obtained large tracts of land where he built Rae’s Hall. The Irishman lived just southeast of the creek’s confluence with the Savannah River.

Rae’s Creek is one of Augusta National’s most famous features, but it has a dark history and an important connection to Ireland. Niall McCoy for RTE Sport.

5. Quiet is a monumental pursuit for a father of three, implausible when compounded by the grueling schedule of a professional basketball player. Wright plays for Derthona Basket, in one of the best non-NBA leagues in the world, in an Italian wine-growing town at the foot of the Alps. He’s halfway around the world from Bowie, Maryland, where his basketball journey began, eventually leading him to Georgetown, Europe and the NBA.

He discovers a back room, sheltered from noisy schoolchildren. Wright takes a deep breath, adjusts the camera, and shares the moment this trip nearly derailed 10 years ago.

ESPN’s Dan Hajducky expertly narrates the story of former Georgetown University point guard Chris Wright.