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Unusual hype prompts U.S. women’s water polo team to seek history
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Unusual hype prompts U.S. women’s water polo team to seek history

The U.S. women's water polo team is making waves both inside and outside the pool. An unlikely partnership with rap icon Flavor Flav has brought a wave of attention to the sport as the team seeks an unprecedented fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal. From Hobbyist to Publicist Flavor Flav, who initially had limited knowledge of water polo, was inspired by the team’s dedication and the challenges faced by the athletes. His social media message, offering support and a donation, turned into a unique sponsorship deal. A team full of stars and new faces The U.S. team boasts a strong core, including veteran leader Maggie Steffens and world-class goalie Ashleigh Johnson. However, this year's roster also features several talented newcomers, such as 18-year-old Emily Ausmus, creati...
French cyclist’s emotional stage for his family sparks debate during Tour de France
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French cyclist’s emotional stage for his family sparks debate during Tour de France

Julien Bernard’s Tour de France journey took an emotional turn on Friday, but it came at a surprising price. Riding on his home turf of Burgundy during the stage seven time trial, Bernard veered off the course for a quick embrace with his cheering wife and son. The touching moment, greeted with cheers from the crowd, earned Bernard a 200 Swiss franc ($223) fine from the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) for "unsporting conduct." The governing body's decision sparked a debate online, with some questioning how a show of family support could tarnish the image of the sport. “It was a dream moment,” Bernard said in a post-race interview. “Seeing the faces of my loved ones cheering me on, I had to share it with them for a second.” Social media echoed Bernard’s sentiment. Teamma...
An Evening with Brooklyn’s Best Baseball Club
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An Evening with Brooklyn’s Best Baseball Club

About thirty minutes before a Brooklyn Cyclones game in mid-August, a family of three, a reporter, and a man in a Jedi robe stepped into an elevator at Maimonides Park. As the doors closed and the elevator ascended, the Jedi asked, "What planet are you from?" “Um, Brooklyn,” the family matriarch replied. The Jedi began humming “Mad About Me” by Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes, alluding to his Tatooine roots. As the elevator doors opened and they descended onto the field apron, they joined hundreds of other Jedi Knights and Padawan apprentices mingling with fans armed with scorebooks, pencils, and baseball gloves. In the courtyard behind the right-field wall, hundreds more enjoyed beers and cornhole, seemingly unaware of the upcoming baseball game. The main attractions on this particular S...
Caitlin Clark finally gets it, but she has to consider the agenda surrounding her name
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Caitlin Clark finally gets it, but she has to consider the agenda surrounding her name

INDIANAPOLIS — Athletes often speak in generalities as a defense mechanism. Instead of delving into a potentially controversial topic, or even addressing it, they provide non-answers, using clichés and pre-planned talking points to keep themselves at arm’s length. Part of me would like to believe that this is what Caitlin Clark did. Thursday morning when I asked her if it bothered her that fans were using her name as a weapon in the culture wars dividing the country. The Indiana Fever star guard didn't close the door on the subject; she refused to even open it. "No," he said. "I don't see it. I don't see it. That's not where I'm focused. My focus is here and on basketball. That's where it needs to be, that's where it's been, and I'm just trying to get better every day. Clark backtracked f...
Emerald Ash Weevil Strikes Ash Bats in Major League Baseball
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Emerald Ash Weevil Strikes Ash Bats in Major League Baseball

Imagine a baseball season without the iconic crack of an ash bat. That could be a reality thanks to the ash beetle, a small beetle that is causing massive destruction of ash trees across North America. For decades, ash has reigned supreme in baseball bats. From legendary players like Babe Ruth to modern hitters like Mark McGwire, ash has been the material of choice for its feel and performance. Companies like Hillerich & Bradsby, makers of Louisville Slugger, churned out hundreds of thousands of ash bats each year. However, the ash beetle has changed the game. This invasive insect, about the size of a grain of rice, attacks ash trees by laying eggs under the bark. The larvae then feed on the tree’s vital nutrients, killing it. Since its arrival in the United States in 2002, the ash beetle...
Orlando Cepeda, Baseball’s ‘Baby Bull,’ Dies at 86
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Orlando Cepeda, Baseball’s ‘Baby Bull,’ Dies at 86

Orlando Cepeda, the second Puerto Rican-born player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, died Friday at the age of 86. The San Francisco Giants announced his death but did not disclose a location. Cepeda played 17 MLB seasons, mostly as a first baseman, hitting 379 home runs, hitting 2,351 hits and driving in 1,365 runs with a .297 batting average. He was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1958 and the MVP in 1967, helping the St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series that year. He batted over .300 in nine seasons and appeared in nine All-Star Games. His father, Pedro, known as "The Bull," was a famous professional player in Puerto Rico. Orlando earned the nickname "Baby Bull" and inspired future stars like Juan Marichal. Cepeda's reputation suffered after a 1975 arrest fo...
Miles Russell, 15, made his PGA Tour debut. He was strangely normal
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Miles Russell, 15, made his PGA Tour debut. He was strangely normal

DETROIT – Miles Russell’s pants didn’t quite fit during the first round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic on Thursday. A recent growth spurt has left the 15-year-old, now 5 feet 7 inches, in pants designed for someone shorter. Russell, who weighs 120 pounds and has a 28-inch waist, showed off his ankles as he strolled around Detroit Golf Club. Russell made his PGA Tour debut, shooting a 2-over 74. Born in 2009, he signed autographs for kids and adults while being followed by a PGA Tour Live camera. He teed off for 7,370 yards and played alongside the top-ranked players. The most unusual part? Everything seemed surprisingly normal. This year, two 16-year-olds have already played in PGA Tour events. Last year, 15-year-old Oliver Betschart qualified for the Bermuda Championship, becomi...
The South Florida Heat and Panthers pursue NBA and NHL titles
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The South Florida Heat and Panthers pursue NBA and NHL titles

Longtime friends Martin Schwartz and Matthew Mandel enjoy a rare sports moment as the Miami teams battle for the championship. Martin Schwartz and Matthew Mandel are living a dream come true. The longtime friends and South Florida residents hit it big with the Miami Heat and Florida Panthers both reaching the finals, competing for NBA and NHL titles at the same time. Schwartz and Mandel, who have shared season tickets for both teams for years, have seen their fair share of ups and downs. They’ve endured tough seasons, like the Heat’s 15-win campaign in 2007-08, and watched away fans dominate the stands. They celebrated the Heat’s championship successes in 2012 and 2013, led by Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, and enjoyed the Panthers’ occasional playoff appearances. However, they never imagi...
The mind is available, so the body doesn’t have much choice
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The mind is available, so the body doesn’t have much choice

Mike Duggan and his hockey buddies were strapping on their gear one recent morning when their banter turned, as it often does, to the topic of joint replacement surgeries. Duggan, 74, the proud owner of an artificial hip, marveled at the sheer number of titanium body parts in the locker room. He nodded toward Mitch Boriskin, who was putting on a pair of skates along the opposite wall. “I don't think there's an original part to you,” Duggan said. Boriskin, 70, smiled. “Two fake knees, a spinal cord stimulator, 25 surgeries,” he began, as if he were reciting a sheet of music. “And a lobotomy,” Duggan chimed in, as laughter rippled through the room. All that titanium, at least, was being put to good use. Their team, Oregon Old Growth, had joined dozens of others from across North America ...
New professional women’s hockey league will launch in 6 cities
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New professional women’s hockey league will launch in 6 cities

For the first season, each team will play 24 regular season games starting in January 2024. The league says subsequent seasons will begin in November and include 32 games. An expansion is also possible in the future, he said. In its final season, the PHF had teams in Boston; buffalo; Simsbury, Conn.; East Rutherford, New Jersey; Richfield, MN; Montreal; and Toronto. With the start of the new championship, Buffalo and Connecticut lose their teams, while Ottawa gains one. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said his league is reluctant to get involved in women's hockey as long as the split continues. Stan Kasten, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who serves on the new league's board of directors, said the NHL has provided advice. “The NHL has supported us fantastically,” he s...