Wednesday , 20 June 2018

National Sports

Volgograd provides the proper perspective at World Cup

Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. Stalingrad, the name of the city on the Volga river between 1925 and 1961, is now often shorthand for one of the most violent battles …

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Meet the 'backer brothers: E.J. and Erin Henderson

MANKATO, Minn. — The NFL draft was finished, and Erin Henderson was frustrated. After two solid seasons as a linebacker at Maryland, leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in tackles as a junior and declaring early, Henderson was passed over by all 32 teams. The consolation prize came quickly. “It took about 10 minutes to get over,” Henderson said. “I was …

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Cubs' Brandon Morrow suffers back spasms while taking pants off

Closer Brandon Morrow, who has 16 saves this season, suffered back spasms while undressing after returning home from the team’s trip to St. Louis early Monday morning. He was unavailable to pitch during Tuesday’s doubleheader vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. “Just undressing at my house,” Morrow told reporters on Tuesday. “Like 3 a.m., in the closet, got my right leg …

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The Latest: Ronaldo scores again, Portugal leads Morocco 1-0

The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Morocco midfielder Noureddine Amrabat started the game against Portugal wearing protective headgear after he sustained a head injury in his team’s opening 1-0 loss against Iran. Amrabat had a cushioned protector similar to the one worn in recent years by Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech. It didn’t …

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Gabriel Jesus or Firmino? Brazil's dilemma vs Costa Rica

The liveliest selection debate swirling around Brazil’s national team heading into the World Cup has become more intense one game into the tournament. Should it be Gabriel Jesus or Roberto Firmino in the lone-striker role? A favorite of Tite’s since the coach took charge in June 2016, the 21-year-old Jesus started Brazil’s opening group game — a 1-1 draw against …

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Ronaldo and Portugal look to knock Morocco out of World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo was exceptional in Portugal’s opening World Cup game and now has a chance to help his team knock Morocco out of the tournament. Ronaldo scored a hat trick in the opening Group B match against Spain, a 3-3 draw that so far stands as the most exciting game of this year’s World Cup. Morocco dominated its opening match …

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Smiling Russians? World Cup hosts defy glum, hostile image

Chilly, gray, threatening. To many outsiders, that’s the image Russia conveys to the world. But that’s not the Russia World Cup fans are discovering. A Moscow subway security guard gives a visitor a thumbs-up sign. A waitress in Saransk bubbles over in wonder at meeting her first-ever American. Buoyant Russian fans sing, party and share face paint with foreigners. And …

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The all-time NBA draft _ the best pick from every slot

There’s a definitive answer every year to the question of who is No. 1 in the NBA draft. But who is the No. 1 pick of all No. 1 draft picks ever? Or No. 1 among the list of No. 2 draft picks? Those are questions that have no definitive answer, except perhaps in a handful of rare cases. Here’s …

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Houston's win streak ends at 12 games with 2-1 loss to Rays

The Houston Astros relied on their powerful offense to win 12 straight games. On Tuesday night that offense went cold, and their streak ended with a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Astros went 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position to come up one victory shy of setting the franchise record for longest winning streak in …

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Yanks back stellar German with 4 HRs, beat Mariners 7-2

In their first road test against baseball’s top team, the upstart Seattle Mariners were no match for the Yankees’ pitching and power. Domingo German tossed two-hit ball over a career-high seven innings and Giancarlo Stanton hit one of New York’s four home runs Tuesday night in a 7-2 victory against the Mariners. “A lot of fun,” Stanton said. “We were …

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