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No doubt about my all-time great athletes, Jim Brown, Bo Jackson, Jackie Robinson, Jim Thorpe, the elite quartet that excelled in many sports, in my “Best Damn Sports Stories” chapter

By Arnie Leshin  I didn’t get many arguments when my book, “The Best Damn Sports Stories” ran my chapter on “I give you my best.”   Of some ‘beg to differ with you’ that I did get, it usually wound up with being told that I revealed things that weren’t …

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To sum up, it was a epic Wimbledon men’s singles championship won by top-seeded Novak Djokovic in five sets over 2nd seeded Roger Federer in a record 4 hours, 52 minutes Sunday morning

By Arnie Leshin  A historic 5-set classic? That’s an understatement, it was more than that.   To break it down, it was an epic Wimbledon men’s singles championship played in a record five hours, and when top-seeded Novak Djokovic emerged victorious in the marathon over 2ndseeded Roger Federer, there was …

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Roger Federer, seeded second and who turns 38 next month, recovers from a dismal second set loss to turn back 3rd seeded Rafael Nadal in Friday’s semifinals of the Wimbledon men’s singles

By Arnie Leshin  To each his own, and to Roger Federer, he saved his emotions until the Wimbledon men’s singles semifinals with rival Rafael Nadal was overFriday, and he emerged victorious, 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.     Then he lifted his racket in one hand and made a fist …

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Our National Pastime is mixing in strikeouts with the long balls, Texas-based Nexstar has shut down Fox New Mexico and CBS’ KRQU from its television menu, wealthy Bryce Harper has no desire to run out plays and doesn’t care who cares

By Arnie Leshin  What’s happening in baseball as it resumes following the Major League All-Star Game at midseason?   Well, you might want to note that the All-Star Game set a record low television rating. Forget about the empty seats at Cleveland’s Progressive Park, they were either paid for or …

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Capital High School will have a new look, with the softball field down the hill to be relocated up top with the baseball field and tennis courts, and expected to be ready when Christmas rolls around

By Arnie Leshin  Nothing like dressing up a campus, giving it a new look welcomed by all, providing more space and less travel, and hearing and seeing the praise of visitors.   Well, this is all in progress at Capital High School, with the emphasis on athletics. How about plans …

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Nothing came easy, but worth the effort as the top-seeded, defending champion United States women’s soccer team dominated the field in France to win its fourth World Cup championship

By Arnie Leshin  Estados Unidos La Champion del Mundo. Viva La United States.   In France, it’s usually customary to wine, dine, check out the picturesque views and, if you are a tourist from the United States, have to listen to the abuse sent your way.   But for the …

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First time in the Women’s Soccer World Cup finals for the Netherlands, who will face top- ranked, defending champion USA Sunday after nipping Sweden, 1-0, in Wednesday’s semifinals at Stade de Lyon in France

By Arnie Leshin  Call it soccer or football, regardless of your choice, Wednesday’s Netherlands match with Sweden was an absolute thriller, a tense physical clash between European countries hosted by France.   It was a “heated” fierce tussle in the Women’s Soccer World Cup semifinals at Stade de Lyon Stadium, …

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Sweden stuns 2nd ranked Germany, 2-1, Saturday for first time in 24 years, and 11th ranked Netherlands blanks Italy, 2-0, to gain Wednesday’s Women’s Soccer World Cup semifinals played in Lyon, France

By Arnie Leshin  Unless it’s on their home soil, home sweet home at this stage of the Women’s Soccer World Cup is not where Germany and Italy preferred to be.   But that’s where 2nd ranked Germany and much-approved Italy are in route to after getting bounced Saturday out of …

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The place for soccer star Megan Rapione is the soccer pitch in France Thursday and tape for her outspoken words regarding the USA national anthem and refusal to visit the White House

By Arnie Leshin  A lot to be learned here for a national figure like Megan Rapione. In her case, it should start with silence is golden, as in running her mouth in step with Thursday’s World Cup soccer quarterfinals against host France.   Especially since her defending champions wearing the …

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