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From the San Francisco Chronicle today:

‘Trivalry’ is re-energizing tennis"

At a time when women’s tennis struggles for elite-level credibility, the men’s game now has a “trivalry,” as TV analyst Mary Carillo describes it, potentially reminiscent of those memorable days when John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors staged their epic battles.

(The<trivals>, in case, like me,  you don't follow tennis, are Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic.)

Seeing this made me wonder whether sports writers are particularly active in the creation of portmaneau words. The word <threepeat> comes to mind, for winning a championship three times.

Does anyone have others to add?  Or would anyone like to nominate another band of writers (journalists, critics?) who are as prolific in the creation of these words?  It's interesting that <trivalry> doesn't seem to have originated with a hyphen, whereas I think that <threepeat> may have.

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