Wednesday , 25 April 2018

National Sports

Keith Law's 2018 top 100 prospects: Nos. 50-1

If you’re not going for it in today’s MLB environment, you’re — well, let’s not say “tanking” and just go with “developing.” Teams that build from their farm system, through the draft, the international market and trades of veterans for prospects, keep reaching and winning the World Series. The Royals had the No. 1 farm system in baseball in 2011 …

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APNewsBreak: Hoops panel says ban cheats, end 1-and-done

The Commission on College Basketball sharply directed the NCAA to take control of the sport, calling for sweeping reforms to separate pro and college tracks, permit players to return to school after going undrafted by the NBA and ban cheating coaches for life. The independent commission, led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, released a detailed 60-page report Wednesday, …

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Liverpool's unfashionable midfield the support act for Salah

When Liverpool was last making a charge at the Champions League title, its midfield had legitimate claims at being among the best in the world. It was 2008 and Steven Gerrard, Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano made up an engine room that had a bit of everything: Energy, vision, work rate, goals. Fast forward a decade and Liverpool is back …

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On Basketball: And now, Wade decides if this was the end

Dwyane Wade’s first NBA game was in Philadelphia. His last NBA game may have been there as well. Retirement is a very — very — real option for Wade, who has been not-so-quietly saying for weeks that he isn’t sure if he’ll be back next season. The offseason is here now, after the Miami Heat were ousted by the 76ers …

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Braves promoting top outfield prospect Acuna from Triple-A

Top outfield prospect Ronald Acuna is set to join the Atlanta Braves. The Braves planned to promote the 20-year-old from Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday to join them in Cincinnati. Acuna rose from Class A to Triple-A in 2017, hitting a combined .325 with 21 home runs, 82 RBIs and 44 stolen bases. Then he was selected MVP of the Arizona …

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Warriors advance looking to build off strong first round

Kevin Durant drove coast-to-coast just before halftime for a monster two-handed slam. Klay Thompson swished a turnaround fadeaway as the halftime buzzer sounded and scurried for the tunnel hands raised high in triumph. Stephen Curry, in street clothes, hopped up and down on his injured left knee celebrating wildly with his Splash Brother. Draymond Green pounded the glass at every …

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Amid bevy of head shots, NHL attempts to explain rationale

Drew Doughty watched other playoff games this season and couldn’t believe that George Parros, the NHL’s discipline czar, had suspended him for a head shot. “I saw four hits last night that deserved more than that,” the Los Angeles Kings defenseman said. Doughty’s one-game suspension was the first of several in the first round for a hit to the head …

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Embiid, Simmons led 76ers from Process to postseason success

Kevin Hart laughed as he tried to floss dance with a kid as they were both egged on by rapper Meek Mill. Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie awkwardly waved his arms around the way any 60-something-year-old man would attempting to look hip next to star entertainers. This postseason potpourri of comic, ex-con and champion unfolded on the sideline of another …

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Horford, Smart lift Celtics over Bucks 92-87 for 3-2 lead

Al Horford has been the Celtics’ quiet leader this postseason, and Marcus Smart might be the kindling Boston was missing in back-to-back losses in Milwaukee. The duo was reunited for Game 5, and together, they helped put the Celtics on the verge of closing out their first-round series. Horford had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Smart made an impact in …

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Ex-Dolphins cheerleader alleges religion and gender discrimination

In the complaint with the Florida Commission on Human Relations, Kristan Ann Ware says she was subjected to a hostile work environment. Ware, who ended her three seasons as a cheerleader for Miami in 2017, says in the complaint that she was held to different standards than football players regarding social media, outward expression of faith, and references to Christianity …

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