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Baseball is back! What to watch in every Opening Day game

Finally. Opening Day. Better yet, two Opening Days. Sunday gave us some season-starting fun. The Cardinals outlasted the Cubs in a thriller. The Rays ushered in the new campaign by beating the Yankees. The Diamondbacks spoiled Mark Melancon’s Giants debut. And now, we get to do it all over again with 12 more games. From the Dodgers ace who’s in a class by himself to a group of journeymen who we can’t believe are taking the hill for their teams’ first games, we examine every MLB rotation’s leading man. Whether…

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NHL – American players must stop skipping World Championship – Craig Custance Blog

PLYMOUTH, Mich. — USA Hockey women’s star Hilary Knight was careful not to speak for the men. “It’s a different selection process,” she explained. But when asked what benefit the women get in playing in the World Championships together in preparation for the 2018 Olympics, she reeled off the positives. They’re figuring out what works and doesn’t work. Every decision they make on a daily basis is with the Olympics in mind. Mostly, they’re continuing to form a tight bond that was tested and passed with flying colors during their…

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All Cycling 

British endurance cyclist Mike Hall killed in road race

Image copyright Gene Kehoe A British cyclist has been killed during a race in Australia, police have confirmed. Mike Hall was competing in the Indian Pacific Wheel Race when he was involved in a collision with a car on Friday. The race began on 18 March and was due to finish on Friday. Mr Hall, from Harrogate, had been in second place. Race organisers said his death was a “great loss to the global cycling community”. The race, from Perth to Sydney, was cancelled after the crash. ACT Policing –…

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Herne Hill Velodrome: former Olympic venue completes legacy refurbishment

Herne Hill Velodrome’s new pavilion was officially opened by UCI president Brian Cookson Visitors to the Herne Hill Velodrome in south London will have their experience enhanced by changing facilities and a club room as the new pavilion opened its doors on 30 March. The pavilion is the final piece of a renovation project at the former Olympic venue [1948] that began in four years ago as part of the legacy project from the most recent London Games. Since then, refurbishment of the main 450m track, the addition of a…

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All Tennis 

Miami Open tennis – It took time, but Johanna Konta eventually exploited Venus Wiliams’ weakness

Mar 31, 2017 Peter BodoTennis Close Peter Bodo has been covering tennis for over 35 years, mostly recently for ESPN. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic “The Courts of Babylon” and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), “A Champion’s Mind.” MIAMI — Johanna Konta chipped away at Venus Williams in the semifinals of the Miami Open on Thursday evening like a patient laborer. Konta took a little here, a little there. Williams dug in her heels…

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Venus Williams loses to Johanna Konta in Miami Open semifinals

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Venus Williams‘ bid for a fourth Key Biscayne title came to an end Thursday night, when she fell to No. 10 Johanna Konta 6-4, 7-5 in the semifinals. Konta becomes the first British woman to reach the championship match, where she will face 12th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, who topped second-seeded Karolina Pliskova 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 in the other semifinal. Hard to say exactly what went wrong for Venus Williams in the Miami Open semifinals, except that she finally acted her age against a determined opponent in Johanna…

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All MMA 

UFC Bracket – Vote for the Final Four

Everybody knows March is bracket season. And even though all those beautiful diagrams are traditionally reserved for college hoops this time of year, we’re asking fight fans to join in on the fun. The UFC has witnessed thousands of remarkable fights since 1993, but which one stands out above the rest? ESPN is relying on you, the fans, to determine the answer. Earlier this month, we unveiled 16 selections for the title of Greatest Fight in UFC History. Last week you voted for the Elite Eight and today we present…

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NHL — Mario Lemieux, Martin St. Louis among current and future Hall of Famers who became youth hockey coaches

Mario Lemieux‘s hockey resume speaks for itself. So imagine his surprise when a fellow dad questioned his credentials. When Lemieux was coaching his son Austin’s peewee youth hockey team in 2010, a father of one of the players had a suggestion. Pittsburgh Penguins team president David Morehouse was there to witness it. “We were at a game when [Mario] showed me [the email],” Morehouse said. “It was when BlackBerries were still popular. He showed me an email on his BlackBerry from a parent, and it said, ‘I’m really concerned about…

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