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American Sports News for 8 Apr 2014

Jack Sock made short work of former champion Ivo Karlovic, winning 6-1, 6-4 in the first round of the U.S. men's Clay Court Championship on Monday at River Oaks Country Club.
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You won't believe what Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon chokes down to stay in game shape.
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In the lead up to the 20th anniversary of Ayrton Senna's death at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, Sky Sports conducted some filming today at Donington Park for one of the features that will be run... during 'Senna Week' on the network. As part of the... More »
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After Pine's Removal, FansAs Augusta National Golf Club opened for official Masters practice rounds, many fans rushed to where the so-called Eisenhower tree stood until it was lost this year to a storm.
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One Shining Moment 2014 by 3030fm We're sad to see you go, 2013-14 season. You were great.
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Rookie Answers Yankees' Needs, if Not Fans' Chants

The New York Times - 8 Apr 2014 05:57
Rookie Answers Yankees' Needs,Yangervis Solarte, a career minor leaguer, has provided an unexpected boost to the Yankees' lineup.
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On Baseball: For Derek Jeter,Despite an uneven game, the Yankees won on Monday against the Baltimore Orioles, with Jeter going 1 for 4 in his final home opener.
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UConn 60, Kentucky 54: Connecticut Wins N.C.A.A. Title

The New York Times - 8 Apr 2014 05:22
UConn 60, Kentucky 54:A year after missing the tournament because of a poor graduation rate, Connecticut won the N.C.A.A. men's basketball championship, 60-54, over Kentucky.
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Catcher A.J. Ellis will undergo arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced Monday.
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Heavyweight contenders Bryant Jennings and Mike Perez will square off May 24 in a title elimination fight that will guarantee the winner a mandatory shot at a world title.
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The Alabama Crimson Tide athletics department earns revenues of $143 million dollars. According to Marc Edelman, a professor of sports and antitrust law at CUNY, that is more than all 30 NHL teams and... 25 NBA teams. While not the craziest thing you've ever heard, it does crystallize something you've probably always known on some level: amateur sports is better business than professional sports.
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After spending a few months out of action, Rob Van Dam made his return to WWE programming tonight in typical explosive fashion the day after WrestleMania XXX. WWE's Twitter feed has the news: His... return to the ring was a quick one vs. Damien Sandow as WrestleZone points out: RVD hadn't been seen in a WWE ring since losing to Alberto Del Rio in a World Heavyweight Championship match at Battleground. According to WWE.com, RVD said that he needed some time off after falling just short in his attempts to capture a title. Prior to Money in the Bank, Van Dam was away from WWE for six years. He competed in TNA for much of that time, but it never seemed like a great fit. RVD immediately received a huge reaction upon returning to WWE, and he proceeded to have a number of fantastic matches,...
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AC Milan: Will They Qualify for the Europa League?

Bleacher Report - 8 Apr 2014 03:33
AC Milan have been in a rich vein of form in recent weeks, with victories over Chievo Verona and Fiorentina in their two matches prior to Monday's triumph over Genoa. Clarence Seedorf's men have... injected some much-needed optimism into the team, giving them belief that they are making legitimate progress under Seedorf as they transition out of the Max Allegri era. The victory over Genoa was particularly promising, as it saw significant contributions from two men who arrived in January: Adel Taarabt and Keisuke Honda. Taarabt scored a beautiful goal and set up Honda's eventual winner in the second half of the match. Of course, Taarabt has been in excellent form since arriving in Milan, and Honda's goal will hopefully awaken him from the malaise he has been under in recent times. What is...
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A day after firing women's national team coach Tom Sermanni, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati explained the surprising decision on a Monday conference call with reporters.
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Here we are, with the Premier League season winding down, with Liverpool atop the table with a chance to win the Premier League and one of the biggest games in recent club history coming up this... weekend. When Liverpool host Manchester City on Sunday, the winner—if there is one—will surely make a very good case for winning the title in the end. But of course, it's not quite that simple. Of the two teams, there is certainly more pressure on Manchester City, as Manuel Pellegrini's team was favored to win the title ahead of the season. If we're being honest, not many of us thought, before the season, that Liverpool would be in this position.  Qualifying for the Champions League seemed a more realistic target—though even that felt like a big ask, considering Luis Suarez's suspension at...
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Shabazz Napier On NCAA AndConnecticut state lawmaker: "This isn't a UConn problem. It's an NCAA problem."
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"We only have a small chance of going through," said Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski in the pre-match press conference. No team had ever overturned a first-leg deficit of 3-0 in the... Champions League era. It certainly didn't look that way after 37 minutes, when Real Madrid was on the ropes. Madrid had looked comfortable early on, and Dortmund were cautious through fear of conceding an away goal. Los Blancos kept the ball superbly in one spell, which proved to be their best moment of the match. After the team made a number of passes on the right, they then switched the play over to the left-hand side. Fabio Coentrao tried to cross the ball, which caught the arm of Lukasz Piszczek, prompting the referee to point to the spot. It may have seemed a harsh decision, as his back was...
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The UFC made the controversial decision to release No. 11 ranked welterweight Jake Shields on Monday. Shields had just lost a decision to Hector Lombard, but had beaten UFC contenders Demian Maia... and Tyron Woodley in his two previous fights.  According to Trent Reinsmith of Bloody Elbow, Shields' manager Lex McMahon commented on the cut by saying, "To lose one fight and then all of a sudden be out of a job was something that I believe was surprising and not contemplated." While Shields has had a long and successful career up to this point, he has been much maligned for his "boring" style of fighting—which features a lot of position control, particularly when he is on top of his opponent.    The UFC Won't Put Up with Boring Fighters The UFC showed once again that they want exciting...
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5 Mexico Players To Watch At The 2014 World Cup

The Huffington Post - 8 Apr 2014 23:58
5 Mexico Players To Watch AtMEXICO CITY (AP) -- With few big names in its squad, Mexico could find it hard to make it out of its World Cup group. The Mexicans were drawn into Group A with Brazil, Croatia and Cameroon, and the... absence of some European-based players won't help. Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez and Villarreal forward Giovani Dos Santos should be there, but Real Sociedad forward Carlos Vela -- maybe the country's top offensive player -- is a notable absence. Vela has declined to play for the national team, citing personal reasons. Here are five players to watch: ___ RAFAEL MARQUEZ Rafael Marquez will be playing at his fourth World Cup and is charged with bringing much-needed experience and leadership. The former Barcelona defender, now Mexico's 35-year-old captain, has had a mixed record since...
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Defensive tackle Colin Cole, who started 13 games for the Carolina Panthers last season after being out of football for two years, has agreed to terms with the team on…
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Right-hander Cory Gearrin is joining the list of Braves pitchers having Tommy John surgery.
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Young, Jones, Wieters HRs, Orioles Batter Yankees

The New York Times - 8 Apr 2014 23:55
After a week of popups, the Baltimore Orioles showed off real pop.
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Jose Mourinho did it again. His Chelsea is through to the CL semifinals after outwitting PSG.
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ARLINGTON, Texas — Late on Monday night in the Connecticut locker room when security told the media it was time to go, several reporters who have covered UConn went up to Shabazz Napier's locker to... tell him what a pleasure it was to cover him.  Napier is a rare breed in today's college game, a great player who stayed in school long enough to write a legacy that will live on for a long time.  His senior class is the first to win two titles in the history of the UConn program, and he's one of only 17 players to play and win two national championship games since John Wooden's UCLA dynasty ended. He is the only player ever to lead a national champion in points, assists and rebounds.  And there he was on Monday night on the podium with enough sense of his place and this team's place that...
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