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Meet the new New York Mets, turning a mess into a complete turnaround as they improve to three games over .500, move to within a half-game of the second wild card spot, and have been 19-5 since the All-Star break

By Arnie Leshin  And on this Thursday off day, the chili-hot New York Mets get a rest as they continue to roll like no other Major League team. But it hasn’t always been this way in a season they have turned around,   It was early in May and these …

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The winner of the Louisiana, Texas West Wednesday Southwest Region Little League baseball final in Waco, Tex., will get to advance to the LL World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

By Arnie Leshin  The Little League season is over for the surprising boys from Oklahoma, while Texas West gets a rematch with Louisiana Wednesday and remains in quest of making it to the 72nd annual LL World Series in Williamsport, Pa., that begins August15th.   For Oklahoma, which entered the …

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They’re trying to make their way to the big show in Williamsport, Pa., as the eight United States Little League regions play in quest of getting there, with New Mexico and Oklahoma in a survival game tonight in the Southwest Region

By Arnie Leshin  They all want to get to Williamsport, Pa., but only the winners of each eight United States Little League Regions can advance to the annual International World Series played there.   That will run from August 15 to the 25th, but right now the regional winners are …

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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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