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‘Summer is over before it even began’ — Stories of lost baseball seasons across the U.S.

[ad_1] Despite a global pandemic and contentious labor fight, Major League Baseball is, in fact, on track to return this year, in one form or another. But baseball's reach is far greater than its highest level.Countless other people -- in high schools and throughout college campuses, from youth teams and travel ball to the minor leagues, in a multitude of roles at every level -- have suddenly been left without
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How a torn Achilles and a global pandemic began to prepare Rodney Hood for life after basketball

[ad_1] 7:00 AM ETEric WoodyardESPN While lying on the court in pain after tearing his left Achilles tendon on Dec. 6, Rodney Hood began to contemplate his basketball future."The initial thought is like, 'Damn. Most guys used to retire after the Achilles injury,'" the Portland Trail Blazers swingman told ESPN this month. "Nobody really but Dominique Wilkins has come back to be the same person as he used to be
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How one text message began a downward spiral for a ‘billion-dollar’ footballer

[ad_1] Once tipped as football's first potential billion-dollar player, Vincent Pericard's life took an unexpected turn. University of PortsmouthOne well-intentioned text message changed Vincent Pericard's life, inadvertently triggering a sequence of events that led to a series of self-destructive actions and thoughts.In the space of four years, the footballer went from training with Zinedine Zidane and playing against Thierry Henry to sitting in his apartment looking at a bottle of pills,
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The Houston Astros’ front-office missteps began long before Brandon Taubman’s comments

[ad_1] 3:00 PM ETJeff PassanESPN CloseESPN MLB insiderAuthor of "The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports"WHEN JEFF LUHNOW took over as Houston Astros general manager in December 2011, the organization dedicated itself to building a franchise for the 21st century, even if that meant dismissing more than 125 years of baseball orthodoxy. The long-accepted practice of belief without proof no longer would suffice. Luhnow
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FIFA 20 kick-starts the franchise by taking soccer back to where it began: the street

[ad_1] Virgil van Dijk is just as intimidating in FIFA 20 as he is on the real-life pitch. Courtesy EA SportsIt's finally here! Just in time for an international break, the new FIFA game arrives to fill all your free time and keep you indoors during the bitter winter months.But how does this game stack up to past editions? We've got you covered.The basics: FIFA 20 is a good gameIf you've
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In Japan, Ichiro retires where career began

[ad_1] TOKYO -- Ichiro Suzuki has left the game.The 45-year-old Seattle Mariners star announced his retirement Thursday night, shortly after waving goodbye at the Tokyo Dome during a 5-4 win over Oakland in 12 innings. Ichiro went 0-for-4 and was pulled from right field in the eighth, saluting his adoring fans in the packed crowd. He drew hugs -- some of them tearful -- from teammates in a three-minute walk
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who joins Pulisic in starting XI if World Cup began today?

[ad_1] The U.S. has a lot of depth and a lot of question marks in 2019. Who would make up the first team in a World Cup right now? TF-Images/Getty ImagesIt's a big time for the U.S. men's national team right now. Qualification has yet to start for the 2022 World Cup but the March international break sees competitive friendlies, with all the Europe-based U.S. stars, against Ecuador (Thursday, 8 p.m.