Sports

Like last year’s Twins, young Braves ahead of schedule

June 18, 2018

On the morning of June 18 two years ago, the Atlanta Braves were 21-46. Now they’re atop the NL East. Atlanta has turned its stocked farm system into a major league contender faster than expected, and after Sunday’s 4-1 win over San Diego, the Braves lead second-place Washington by 3 1/2 games. At 42-29, they’re […]

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The interview remains critical in the NBA draft process

June 18, 2018

The elevator stopped at the 16th floor of the swanky hotel, and after a few nervous steps down the hallway a soon-to-be professional athlete was ready to face perhaps the most unpredictable part of the NBA draft process. The interview. Down in the lobby, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka of the Los Angeles Lakers chatted […]

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Koepka’s golf legacy secured after 2nd straight Open win

June 18, 2018

For a guy who has won all of three PGA Tour events, Brooks Koepka has a golf legacy that already is secure. That’s how it should be for winning back-to-back U.S. Opens. Koepka became the first man to turn that impressive trick in nearly three decades by handling a Shinnecock Hills course that varied from […]

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Texas Tech stuns Gators 6-3 in College World Series opener

June 18, 2018

Texas Tech cleared the hurdle of winning a College World Series opener. It was a high one, too. Gabe Holt hit a tiebreaking single in the fifth inning and drove in an insurance run in the ninth, leading the Red Raiders to a stunning 6-3 win over defending national champion Florida on Sunday night. The […]

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Flaherty, Carpenter help Cardinals shut down Cubs 5-0

June 18, 2018

John Brebbia pitched in 70 major league games before earning his first career win. When the wait was over, the individual accomplishment was an afterthought compared to the exhilaration of stopping his team’s archrival from earning its first sweep in nearly eight years at Busch Stadium. Jack Flaherty and four relievers combined on a four-hitter, […]

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Dustin Johnson’s US Open hopes fade on back 9

June 18, 2018

Dustin Johnson had a four-stroke lead after 36 holes and was still in striking distance heading onto the back nine in the final round of the U.S. Open. Instead of making a move, he lost ground. The 2016 champion three-putted three times on the back nine at Shinnecock Hills, shooting an even-par 70 on Sunday […]

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Nimmo, Cabrera hit HRs in 9th, rally Mets past D-backs 5-3

June 18, 2018

Brandon Nimmo and Asdrubal Cabrera homered off Brad Boxberger in a four-run ninth inning and the New York Mets rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Sunday. The Diamondbacks led 3-1 entering the ninth and Boxberger (1-3), with his third blown save in 20 tries, struck out the first two batters. Jose Reyes reached […]

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Strange: Koepka has what it takes to win 3 in a row

June 18, 2018

Curtis Strange stood by the 18th green at Shinnecock Hills, working for the TV broadcast and ready to welcome Brooks Koepka into the small fraternity of back-to-back U.S. Open winners. “I’m happy for him. I hope it means as much to him,” said Strange, who won in 1988 and ’89 and was the last to […]

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Column: Koepka wins an Open where the whiners go home early

June 18, 2018

The whiners went home early, beaten down by Shinnecock Hills and the USGA’s clumsy efforts to turn the venerable golf course into something it was never meant to be. Brooks Koepka stood tall, holding a U.S. Open trophy high for the second straight year because he knew what it took to win. “You got to […]

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Go get ’em, Gramps! Pettitte debuts at Yanks Old-Timers’ Day

June 17, 2018

Back on the Yankee Stadium mound for the first time in five years, Andy Pettitte looked completely in control as he warmed up, throwing fastballs, curves and sliders. Then he grooved a pitch down the middle, resulting in a grounder that was misplayed by at first base by Jason Giambi. Welcome to Old-Timers’ Day, Gramps! […]

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