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Skipping Rio Games over Zika fears

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Rory McIlroy took a long time to decide he would represent Ireland at the 2016 Rio Olympics but the 27-year-old world number three could now miss golf’s return to the Games after a 112-year absence because of concerns over the Zika virus. Three-time major winner Vijay Singh and Australian golfer…

St. Louisan Scores Goal In USA

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 13: Tim Ream #3 passes the ball against St. Vincent and the Grenadines during a World Cup qualifying match at Busch Stadium on November 13, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Paul Arriola not only was able to make his national team debut for the United States on Sunday, he became the first player since Landon Donovan in 2000 to score a goal and have an assist in his initial appearance. “I thought today that I made the most of my…

MLB needs tougher consequences

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According to Manfred, the average time of a nine-inning game this season is up nearly 7 minutes compared to this point last season 3 hours, 26 seconds compared to 2 hours, 53 minutes. Manfred said baseball is concerned and will look at rules, but players currently identified as violators of…

Aging QBs aren’t following the Patriot Way

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NFL teams have tried to emulate the New England Patriots’ gold standard for winning, but there’s one Bill Belichick formula most aren’t copying, at least not yet: the long-term quarterback strategy behind an aging star. New England is one of seven teams with a high-quality, long-term starting quarterback at age…

Hard to argue that Phil Kessel isn’t best Penguin right now

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When winger Phil Kessel came to Pittsburgh, it was thought he would prosper because he wouldn’t have to be the Penguins’ best player. Now the Penguins are just six wins away from a Stanley Cup, and Kessel is their best player. Kessel leads the Penguins in playoff scoring (and is…

Stephen Curry just did what a superstar does

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Game 2 of the conference finals Wednesday night was Curry’s followup to his 17-point overtime explosion in Portland during the second round. Curry scored 15 points in a little under two minutes in the middle of the third quarter, and the Warriors had a 20-point lead they wouldn’t come close…

Maria Sharapova faces her huge date

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The 29-year-old Russian stunned the tennis world in March when she announced that she had failed a test for meldonium on January 26, the day she lost an Australian Open quarter-final to Serena Williams. The Latvian-made heart disease medication had only been added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned list…

Woods hoping to return next month

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Tiger Woods said Monday he hopes to make his comeback from injury at next month’s Quicken Loans National — but highlighted his tough road to recovery by hitting three shots into the water before watching journalists. Tiger Woods: I am feeling better, there is no timetable for return Tiger Woods:…

Norma Hunt is a matriarch of U.S. soccer, and has turned it into a family affair

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You can make the case she became the nation’s first soccer mom that moment because, without the vision of her late husband Lamar, there might not be the passion for the sport that there is in this country today. Lamar Hunt became so infatuated with soccer after watching England win…

Harper drops appeal and sits out game

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Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper dropped his appeal and served his one-game suspension in the second game of the day-night doubleheader Saturday against Miami. Still bothered by soreness and fatigue in his surgically repaired shoulder, Brantley was placed on 15-day disabled list Saturday by the Indians, who are hoping more…