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Freese-ing up at the worst time

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PITTSBURGH — David Freese was thinking about throwing the ball before it was in his glove. He never got the chance to wing it. Freese misplayed a groundball at third base, allowing Steven Souza Jr. to score in the 10th inning and giving the Tampa Bay Rays a 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh ...

Curve pounded; Allie returns to pitching

Altoona Curve

BOWIE, Md. — The Curve got crushed Tuesday night at Bowie, 9-0, but the most noteworthy thing associated with the franchise on the day actually involved former player Stetson Allie. Now in the Dodgers’ organization, Allie apparently has returned to being a pitcher, which is where he began ...

McCutchen move sign of the times

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PITTSBURGH — Somewhere this morning, some old-timer is ready to explode. That will happen shortly after he finds out that Andrew McCutchen returned to the No. 3 spot in the Pirates’ batting order because he told Clint Hurdle he was ready to make the move. A player dictating the lineup? ...

Legal sports betting could be coming to New Jersey

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to take up New Jersey’s bid to allow sports betting at its casinos and racetracks, a case that could lead other states to seek a share of the lucrative market. The justices will review a lower court ruling against the state, which is hoping to ...

Tebow’s next step officially under way

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By Tim Reynolds The Associated Press PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Tim Tebow knows he can still improve on everything. Given his numbers, that’s obvious. If he’s the world’s most popular minor league .220 hitter, that’s just fine with the new left fielder for the St. Lucie Mets. ...

Gators put LSU away in eighth

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The Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — Florida scored four runs in the eighth inning to pull away from LSU, and the Gators beat their Southeastern Conference rival 6-1 Tuesday night to complete a two-game sweep in the College World Series finals for their first national title in baseball. The ...

Never forget: Sports will always be entertainment first

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The odds keep dropping on Conor McGregor, though it’s more because UFC fans love him than his actual chances of winning a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. No, oddsmakers don’t think McGregor has any chance. But his fans keep lining up at the betting window with $20 bills to back ...

Regional athlete finds success on the ice

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By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com Jared Bussard has seen a lot of this country and met people from all over the world, and he owes it all to his participation in organized ice hockey. Bussard, 24 — the son of former Central High School wrestling coach Randy Bussard and his ...

Ickes brothers take care of things for Lilly

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Brandon Ickes had three hits and drove in five runs, and his brother, Ryan Ickes, had two hits and drove in three runs, to lead Lilly Conrad Chiropractic American Legion to a 20-1 mercy-rule victory over Platinum Wealth Strategies Tuesday night in Greater City League action. The game was ...

Erin Hills lacked ‘major feel’ due to large size

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A sure sign that the USGA needs to take a closer look at how it sets up the U.S. Open is when it draws comparisons with the Travelers Championship a week later. Only this has nothing to do with the scoring. To suggest that TPC River Highlands at 1,000 yards shorter was a tougher test than ...

Cutch confident in move

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By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Andrew McCutchen’s text message to Clint Hurdle on Monday led to a phone conversation that resulted in McCutchen’s return to the third spot in the Pirates’ batting order. After 28 games of batting .380 in the No. 6 spot, McCutchen returned ...

Cubs start blaming each other

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The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Chicago Cubs catcher Miguel Montero blamed pitcher Jake Arrieta for allowing seven stolen bases in a 6-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. Montero unloaded on Arrieta for his slow delivery not giving him a chance to throw out ...

Investigation shows voters exploited bid system

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SOCHI, Russia — After years of intrigue about allegedly corrupt World Cup bidding, FIFA published an investigation report Tuesday that showed how voters exploited the murky system yet allowed Russia and Qatar to host the 2018 and 2022 tournaments. FIFA published investigator Michael ...

Pacquiao puts belt on line

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BRISBANE, Australia — Freddie Roach is ready to narrow down Manny Pacquiao’s options following the WBO welterweight championship fight against Jeff Horn: Think about another shot at Floyd Mayweather, or think about retirement. The 11-time world champion is putting his WBO belt on the line ...

Review: USA Gymnastics needs culture change

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For years, USA Gymnastics felt it aggressively safeguarded hundreds of thousands of athletes from sexual abuse. Yet the protocols designed to show gymnasts, coaches, staff and parents how to report abuse were muddled, confusing and not well enforced. The fallout, according to a former federal ...

Curve’s loss isn’t all bad

Altoona Curve

BOWIE, Md. — The Curve lost Monday night, but they pulled off a pretty amazing feat in a 2-1 setback at Bowie. Altoona trailed 2-0 in the eighth inning when Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton entered the game on a rehab assignment. Britton has been as untouchable as any pitcher in the ...

Jr., NASCAR prepare for next chapter

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NASCAR’s Monster Energy Series barrels toward the playoffs with just 10 races to go until the Championship Chase. But as each week flies by, we draw closer to the end of the era with Dale Earnhardt Jr as a full-time competitor. Earnhardt announced the decision in April, saying he was ...

Singer records 12 Ks as Gators take opener

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OMAHA, Neb. — Brady Singer struck out a career-high 12 in seven innings, Jonathan India doubled in two runs, and Florida beat LSU 4-3 in Game 1 of the College World Series finals Monday night. The Gators (51-19) need a win Tuesday or Wednesday to earn their first national championship in ...

Braves’ race off and running

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ATLANTA — When Atlanta Braves grounds crewmember Nigel Talton was asked during the offseason if he wanted to race fans as a part of an in-game promotion, he had no idea it was the start of something special. The Braves in-game promotion — “Beat The Freeze” — has made Talton somewhat ...

Triple-doubles earn Westbrook MVP

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NEW YORK — Russell Westbrook was voted NBA MVP on Monday night after setting a record with 42 triple-doubles last season. Westbrook’s victory ended the first NBA Awards show, which included two wins apiece for the Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks. Westbrook joined Oscar Robertson as ...