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Inside the legend of John Olerud, college baseball’s two-way star

[ad_1] Here is how great John Olerud was in college.Every week during practice, the Washington State baseball team ran the Ole (pronounced "Oh-lee") Drill. The beanpole underclassman would step into the batter's box while his Cougars teammates took their positions in the field. As pitches were hurled toward Olerud at the plate, head coach Bobo Brayton would loudly growl out the situations he wanted his defense to practice."Hot grounder through
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Pulisic, Willian help Chelsea expose Man City weakness to seal Liverpool’s Premier League title

[ad_1] The jury is still out on the places Christian Pulisic and Willian could occupy in Chelsea's history, but given their scoring roles in a 2-1 win against Manchester City, both have become Liverpool legends.The inevitable is delayed no longer: Jurgen Klopp's side may not be able to celebrate the club's first title in 30 years with their supporters but they can enjoy a tour as champions with more dates
Hockey

Rangers’ Panarin expresses concern over NHL return, finances

[ad_1] NEW YORK (AP) — NHL MVP candidate Artemi Panarin said Thursday he has concerns about the health and safety of players if the season resumes and about finances beyond that. The New York Rangers winger posted a statement on Twitter saying he’s worried about the “long-term prosperity of the NHL.” His major concern is escrow payments made by players in recent years. “Players have protected the owners income with
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MLB predictions — Who will thrive, struggle in 60-game season?

[ad_1] 7:00 AM ETMLB InsidersESPN With the final hurdles cleared for a 2020 MLB season, the likes of which we've never seen before, we asked ESPN's baseball writers, reporters and editors for their best guesses as to what we'll witness during this abbreviated campaign.What teams and players are best suited for the shortened season? And who will struggle? Which is the team to beat? And who will be the 60-game
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Bubba Wallace and NASCAR – What we know and what will change after recent hate crime inquiries

[ad_1] It's difficult to recall a more emotional, more confusing and yet inspiring few days during NASCAR's 72-year history than what unfolded since 10:45 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 21.The roller coaster began when NASCAR released a statement Sunday night that a noose had been found in the Talladega Superspeedway garage stall belonging to the circuit's only Black full-time driver, Bubba Wallace. It ended Tuesday with the FBI stating it
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100 Thieves announce full VALORANT roster

[ad_1] 100 Thieves have signed four members of Highground -- a squad of former PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds players -- to round out their VALORANT lineup, led by Spencer "Hiko" Martin, the organization announced on Thursday.The signings include Keane "Valliate" Alonso, Zachary "Venerated" Roach, Diondre "YeBoiDre" Bond and Alfred "Pride" Choi, who each competed in PUBG prior to making the transition to VALORANT. Over the past couple of months, those players have
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NBA players briefed on security planning for Orlando restart

[ad_1] 4:48 PM ETTim BontempsESPN The NBA has shared with its players a security plan to help enforce the health and safety protocols it announced last week and secure its campus at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for the resumption of the 2019-20 season, league sources told ESPN.The league will use local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as experienced venue and contracted security professionals and
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Los Angeles Dodgers top Caesars’ revised season win totals with 37

[ad_1] In March, before the coronavirus pandemic suspended the start of the baseball season, the Los Angeles Dodgers had the highest season win total at Caesars Sportsbook at 102.5.Three months later, the Dodgers still have the highest win total; it's just a little lower.Caesars Sportsbook reposted season win totals for baseball's condensed season Thursday. The Dodgers, at 37, and the New York Yankees, at 36.5, are the only teams with
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From making it in Manchester to Madrid and Juve goal machine

[ad_1] Cristiano Ronaldo has been a prolific scorer and dominant force in England, Spain and Italy during his illustrious career. But how has his playing style altered as he has achieved success with Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus? Gab Marcotti dug into the data. (For his look at Lionel Messi's career, click here.)Note: Statistics and data measured per 90 minutes via Opta and StatsBomb and based upon games played
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Mackenzie Hughes shoots 60 for 3-shot lead at Travelers

[ad_1] CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Mackenzie Hughes shot a career-low 60 Thursday to take the first-round at the Travelers Championship as the PGA Tour tried to switch its focus back to golf amid growing concerns about the coronavirus. Hughes, a 29-year-old Canadian, had a chance to shoot the 12th sub-60 round in PGA Tour history, but his 40-foot birdie attempt on his final hole came up short. Jim Furyk shot