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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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Unranked Michigan makes a game try, but 2nd ranked Vanderbilt hoists the championship trophy Wednesday of the 74th annual NCAA Division I Baseball World Series in Omaha, Neb.

By Arnie Leshin  For unranked Michigan, In quest of its first NCAA Division I Baseball championship in 57 years, it was a good start in the deciding game, but not nearly enough to keep 2nd ranked Vanderbilt from winning its second title since 2014 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, …

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Improve and improve was former New Mexico State’s Pascal Siakam’s formula as the Cameroon native from the NBA champion Toronto Raptors was named the league’s Most Improved player

By Arnie Leshin  Learning the game of basketball in such a short time is what has Pascal Siakam living like a champion.   In being selected Monday by the NationalBasketball Association as its Most Improved Payer at its annual awards presentation, it comes after the Cameroon native played two years …

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Tough go for defending champion USA before disposing of Spain, 2-1, Monday to move into the quarterfinals on Friday against host France in the women’s World Cup of Soccer

By Arnie Leshin  Until Monday, the United States national soccer team’s trek through the Women’s World Cup was a demonstration in style and grace, in ruthlessness and scoring surges.   But after 90 minutes at sticky Stade Auguste-Delaune, then another seven minutes of stoppage time caused largely by the referees’ …

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Michigan and Vanderbilt have been to this “big Dance” before, the biggest stage of the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament, the World Series in Omaha, Neb., that takes the field Monday night

By Arnie Leshin  “Take me out to the ball game,” a national pastime favorite, will set the tone for the 74th annual NCAA Division I Baseball World Series that grabs the spotlight on the big stage at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.   For everyone of the field of …

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Elite Eight now Final Four as the road to the NCAA Division I Baseball World Series winds down to the 2-of-3 championship finals that starts Monday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.

By Arnie Leshin  Taking a page from the come-from-behind script pieced together all season by Mississippi State, Louisville put on its own late clinic and slipped past the 6th ranked Bulldogs, 4-3, Thursday to send the SEC team packing and advancing it in today’s Final Four at TD Ameritrade Park …

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Unranked Auburn unable to hold lead, with 4th ranked Mississippi State overcoming a 4-1 gap with four runs in the bottom of the ninth to win 5- 4 in their NCAA DI Baseball World Series opener

By Arnie Leshin  Unranked Auburn was hanging on, hanging on, seeking to get past 4th ranked Mississippi State to continue on its magical run out of the 64-school field to the biggest stage of the Division I Baseball Tournament, the World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.   …

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Win or lose in game 6, it will be the final time Thursday night at the Onacle Arena in Oakland for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, with the Toronto Raptors seeking their first championship

By Arnie Leshin  What you can expect in Oakland Thursday night. What you can’t expect. You can expect an avalanche of ovations as GoldenState comes out for its game six pre-game warm-up for the final time at Onacle Arena. Next, a repeat of the same when the Warriors return to …

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