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Brandon Steiner, the founder of Steiner Sports Marketing, in a grounds-crew room at Yankee Stadium in July.

Brandon Steiner has been a force in the sports memorabilia business since the early 1990s, and he is a key figure in the selling of Derek Jeter’s final season with the Yankees.

U.S.C.'s Cody Kessler won 10 games as a first-year starter in 2013.
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U.S.C.’s Cody Kessler won 10 games as a first-year starter in 2013.

Ten football teams in the powerful Pac-12 — including No. 13 Stanford and No. 14 U.S.C., who play Saturday — have returning starting quarterbacks this season.

On Way Out, Federer Makes a U-Turn

Roger Federer fended off two match points and came back from two sets down to defeat Gaël Monfils in a five-set quarterfinal match on Thursday night.

Pro Football
Geno Smith has a much better understanding of the Jets' offensive system than he did last season, Coach Rex Ryan said.
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Geno Smith has a much better understanding of the Jets’ offensive system than he did last season, Coach Rex Ryan said.

Geno Smith, the Jets’ second-year quarterback, has shown more certainty as he tries to fully grasp the playbook assembled by Marty Mornhinweg, the Jets’ veteran offensive coordinator.

Seahawks 36, Packers 16

Seahawks Trounce the Packers to Begin Their Title Defense

Fueled by a noisy home crowd and an impressive performance from Percy Harvin, the Seahawks pulled away in the second half for a comfortable victory to open the N.F.L. season.

Baseball
The Yankees after Chase Headley’s solo homer in the ninth inning Thursday beat the Red Sox.
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The Yankees after Chase Headley’s solo homer in the ninth inning Thursday beat the Red Sox.

Relievers, including some well-traveled ones, recorded a majority of the outs for the offensively-challenged Yankees in their latest narrow victory against the Red Sox.

On Baseball

A Lost Way, a Lost Year for the Red Sox

Boston, among the worst teams in the major leagues this season, has lost several key contributors from last season’s championship team and has started over.

U.S. Open
Cara Black, returning a shot this week at the Open, has five Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. Her partner, Leander Paes, has six.
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Cara Black, returning a shot this week at the Open, has five Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. Her partner, Leander Paes, has six.

Mixed doubles matches, which feature few recognizable names, rarely draw large crowds and are played only at Grand Slam and Olympic tournaments.

In U.S. Open Women’s Semifinals, 2 Players Are in a New Setting

Peng Shuai and Ekaterina Makarova will play in the final four of a major event for the first time Friday at the U.S. Open.

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