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Real or not? The Nationals are in trouble, and so is Dave Martinez

That was published before the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Washington Nationals 6-0 on Tuesday with a six-run seventh inning and five scoreless innings of relief from Freddy Peralta, dropping the Nationals to 14-21 on the season and marking the first time they’ve been seven games under .500 since Sept. 19, 2011. The big hit was […]

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Texas’ Gallo in books with 100 HRs, 93 singles

Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo earned a place in baseball’s history books with a major league first on Wednesday. Gallo hit a two-run shot into the Allegheny River in the third inning of the Rangers’ 9-6 win at the Pittsburgh Pirates, becoming the first player in major league history to hit 100 home runs before […]

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The education of Zion Williamson

Columbia, South Carolina, Bill Pell sits in his living room and reminisces about his final year teaching at Spartanburg Day School, a tiny private school located about 100 miles from the arena where the Duke Blue Devils will play later tonight. Before retiring last spring, the 79-year-old taught a daily creative writing class, a yearlong […]

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Paul Millsap and Nikola Jokic overwhelm the Trail Blazers in Game 5

Paul Millsap scored inside while being fouled, then did something he doesn’t do very often. The calm and often emotionless veteran flexed both of his arms. After four games of both teams playing virtually even basketball across the board, the Denver Nuggets followed Millsap’s lead and muscled their way past the Portland Trail Blazers 124-98 […]

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Introducing Quinton Bell, the Raiders rookie who ‘stumped the truck’

It was during one of the Oakland Raiders’ top 30 visits when Quinton Bell, the unknown physical specimen from Prairie View A&M, took his place at the dinner table. There was Clelin Ferrell, chopping it up with Montez Sweat. Along with Christian Wilkins, breaking bread with Devin White and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. The elite defensive draft […]

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Davante Adams and then who? Questions remain about Packers WRs

Last season, only one team devoted more salary-cap space to the receiver position than the Green Bay Packers. Using $26.67 million in cap space on receivers, second only to Tampa Bay’s $30.03 million, didn’t translate into across-the-board production, however. Other than Davante Adams, who narrowly missed the Packers’ single-season receptions record, no other consistent threat […]

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Philippe Coutinho left Anfield a superstar but returns with Barcelona a lost soul

Philippe Coutinho could be forgiven for taking a plaintive look around Anfield on his return Tuesday night — even if, as looks probable, his Barcelona make it through to the final of the Champions League at the expense of his old club, Liverpool. In the Portuguese of his native Brazil, there is an apt expression […]

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Man United miss out on Champions League but the worst is yet to come

The most worrying thing for Manchester United right now, as their last hope of qualifying for the Champions League slipped away at Huddersfield with Sunday’s 1-1 draw, is that there is no guarantee things will get better any time soon. Players will come and go over the summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gets his first […]

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Life came fast at Vladdy Jr., but a future Hall of Famer has advice

In 2001, a relatively unknown rookie named Albert Pujols was invited to major league spring training with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was there after spending most of the previous season in the low-A Midwest League. Back then, the Cardinals and the Montreal Expos shared the same spring facilities at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, […]

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Real or not? Padres have plenty of reasons to stay optimistic

The win was even more dramatic considering the circumstances leading up to Kenley Jansen’s final pitch. Kirby Yates, so dominant all season as the closer, had allowed both of those ninth-inning runs to pick up the losses on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, Chris Taylor’s two-run homer off Robbie Erlin in the eighth gave the […]