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10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photos

10ThingstoSeeSports - Crystal Palace's Fraizer Campbell, left, competes for the ball with Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois during their English Premier League soccer match at Selhurst Park, London, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.


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NCAA basketball: Navy women beat American, earn first NCAA tournament bid
Navy seniors Angela Myers and Cassie Consedine were the first to embrace at center court following a 47-40 victory over American in the Patriot League final Saturday at Alumni Hall. Their improbable journey from the depths of the league standings four seasons ago to champions was complete, and ah...

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Brendan Rodgers gives Mario Balotelli two months to prove his worth

Liverpool manager defends striker but casts doubt over future
We will see come January what the team needs
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Mario Balotelli at Liverpool: the story so far

Mario Balotelli has two months to prove he has a future at Liverpool or see Brendan Rodgers accept that his £16m gamble has not worked out and use the January transfer window to buy a more reliable goalscorer. We brought in the player to give him a chance and we will continue to do that, Rodgers said. He is working hard to try to fit into the team ethos here but only time will tell. We will see come January what the team needs.

In addition to his disappointing evening in the Champions League on Wednesday Balotelli found himself at the centre of an investigation by Greater Manchester Police the following lunchtime. In Wythenshawe on Thursday, apparently visiting his mother, Rose Barwuah, Balotelli is alleged to have confronted a female resident who was taking photographs of his red Ferrari. According to the woman he got threateningly close and demanded she stop. GMP have confirmed they are looking into the incident but have yet to speak to all the parties concerned. A Liverpool spokesman said the club would not be commenting until all the facts had been established.

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last updated: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:42:06 GMT

Giants’ Tim Hudson, After 214 Wins and Many Setbacks, Is Set for World Series Debut
Hudson, a 16-year veteran who had early playoff exits with Oakland and Atlanta, will start Game 3 for San Francisco on Friday.






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last updated: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:52:24 EDT

Freak injury rules out Svindal
A freak injury while playing an impromptu game of football with his teammates could sideline Norwegian skiing great Aksel Lund Svindal for the entire World Cup season.

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The crystal globes that stars covet
When this season's World Cup alpine ski champions stepped up to the podium to receive their prizes, they were following in some famous footsteps.

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Origone rewrites speed skiing history
The world's fastest man on a pair of skis just got faster.

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Where has 'Super' Mario gone?
One goal in eight matches for new club Liverpool, and dumped by the Italian national team. Mario Balotelli has lost his mojo.

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Milan giant seeks makeover
When will the tears stop? A leading Italian football club is pursuing a new direction -- under the guidance of its new Indonesian owner.

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Should rapist get second chance?
What are the rights of a convicted rapist, who has served their time in prison, being allowed to resume their old job?

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Thomas Muster's tour stories
Former world No. 1 Thomas Muster meets Open Court's Pat Cash in Vienna to discuss the challenges of traveling on tour.

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'The Dominator' - Austria's rising star
Pat Cash squares off against the youngest men's player in the ATP Tour's top 40. Meet Austria's rising star Dominic Thiem.

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Wozniacki: I dreamed I was dead
Caroline Wozniacki is known as one of the fittest players in tennis, but even the rejuvenated Dane is feeling anxious as she prepares to take part in the New York City Marathon in early November.

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Feelgood sports story of 2014?
There have been many dark days for Oliver Wilson, but golf's unluckiest loser is finally once again riding on an upward swing of his career roller coaster.

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Can golfers learn from dolphins?
What can a pod of dolphins teach golfers? Quite a lot according to Paul Azinger, the last man to captain the United States to victory in the Ryder Cup, back in 2008.

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U.S. tycoon's $1B racing plan
American entrepreneur Gene Haas is a great believer in the adage "you've got to speculate to accumulate."

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Girl survives stadium collapse
A little girl in Ukraine has survived a close call with a glass panel from a soccer stadium. Erin Hawksworth reports.

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Is 'Blade Runner' finished?
Oscar Pistorius was the "Blade Runner," the miracle man and the Paralympic athlete that could take on the very best able-bodied competitors.

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Racism and the World Cup
CNN's Amanda Davis interviews Alexey Sorokin about how racism in Russia might play a role in the 2018 World Cup.

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Jewish football to ISIS suspect
He was once part of Germany's largest Jewish sports club -- but now he's the first suspected member of ISIS to stand trial in a country that has been left shocked by his alleged radicalization.

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'Racism in Russia is not a trend'
The CEO of Russia 2018 says that racist incidents in Russian football are 'undesired tendencies,' but not a trend.'

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How golf took over White House
American Presidents have come and gone -- but one club tends to unite them all.

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Japan's love for Formula One
Meet Japan's passionate F1 fans ahead of the Japanese GP.

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Sorokin slates Sochi preparations
Russia 2018 will 'walk that extra mile' to ensure that it does not repeat the mistakes of Sochi.

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Which woman will be world's best?
Tennis stars gather in the 'Lion City' for WTA Finals

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Tennis: Sharapova's turn to stumble
A day after world No. 1 Serena Williams suffered one of the worst losses of her career at the WTA Finals, second-ranked Maria Sharapova wasn't that much better. She fell to Petra Kvitova to slip to 0-2 in her group.

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Ex-jockey molds new career
As a jockey, Philip Blacker lived for the thrills and spills of horse racing. As a sculptor, his work captures in graphic detail the horror of one of the worst wars in human history.

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Airbus unveils super yacht dream
What do high-tech planes and yachts have in common? A lot more than you think.

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Baseball's Korean superfan
CNN's Andy Scholes caught up with the Royals' South Korean superfan Lee SungWoo to discuss his social media superstardom.

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Golden legacy of the 'Frog King'
He was the first man to win back-to-back double Olympic breaststroke titles, and now Kosuke Kitajima is hoping to inspire a new generation of Japanese swimming stars ahead of his home 2020 Toyko Games.

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Football: Ronaldo ruins Reds
Cristiano Ronaldo takes a step closer to becoming the all-time leading scorer in Champions League history after inspiring Real Madrid to a 3-0 win at Liverpool.

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Tennis: Serena 'embarrassed'
An "embarrassed" Serena Williams suffers the joint worst loss of her career as the world No. 1 is crushed by Simona Halep at the year-end championships in Singapore, winning just two games.

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Football: Rampant Bayern hits 7
German club Bayern Munich smashes AS Roma for seven in the European Champions League to give notice of its designs on the continent's most glittering club prize.

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Football: Fans' refund for 8-0 loss
Have English Premier League club Sunderland's players set a dangerous precedent for under-performing sports teams?

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Athletics: Pistorius starts jail term
Reeva Steenkamp's parents said Tuesday they are "satisfied" with the sentence handed down to their daughter's killer, as Oscar Pistorius started his first full day in a South African prison.

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Tennis: Serena - 'Sexist, racist'
Serena Williams slams Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpischev for his "insensitive, sexist and racist" remarks in describing her and sister Venus as the "Williams brothers" on a late night TV chat show.

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Skiing: Svindal hit by freak injury
A freak injury while playing an impromptu game of football with his teammates could sideline Norwegian skiing great Aksel Lund Svindal for the entire World Cup skiing season.

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Motorsport: Rossi tops in Australia
Valentino Rossi celebrates his 250th MotoGP with a memorable victory at the Australian Grand Prix Sunday -- taking full advantage after 2014 champion Marc Marquez crashes out.

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Tennis: Apology for Williams slur
Russian tennis chief and IOC member Shamil Tarpischev apologizes Saturday for referring to Serena and Venus Williams as the "Williams brothers" during a TV chat show. He has been banned for a year and fined $25,000.

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Rugby in Brazil's favelas
CNN's Christina MacFarlane meets two brothers who have introduced Rugby Sevens to the Brazilian favelas.

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Oval ball vs. round ball in Brazil
Rugby arrived in Brazil at the same time as football, but only one of them took hold. Until now...

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Serena: Standing with giants
Serena Williams opens up about her crazy year, her future plans and officially becoming one of tennis' best-ever

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LeBron: Survivor's remorse
In this excerpt of LeBron's Unguarded conversation, he discusses those who are less than happy for his success

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NFL star's tribute to daughter
Devon Still's talks about his daughter Leah, who has won the hearts of millions as she battles cancer.

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Revolutionizing the sound of sport
"Wireless microphones on anything that moves, in any competition whatsoever, is the future." Is this a dystopian world to come -- or the sound of sport getting better?

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The princess and the fairytale
One of the few women in the macho world of elite sports administration, Princess Haya of Jordan has dragged equestrian into the modern age and secured its immediate Olympic future. But now the royal is moving on to new challenges.

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Dujardin's historic feat
Following her World Equestrian Games success, Britain's Charlotte Dujardin is the first rider to hold all of the major dressage titles at one time.

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Mini Maxi - and Mega Rich
Mainsail's Shirley Robertson meets the mega-rich owners who will compete in the Mini Maxi World Championships.

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Pinnacle of owner-driver sailing
Mainsail's Shirley Robertson meets Sir Peter Ogden, the owner of Mini Maxi yacht Jethou.

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Jolie and 'Pope Boat' to the rescue?
What do Angelina Jolie and a high-tech 'Pope Boat' have in common?

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Reluctant F1 star 'drove a Lada'
He's paid millions to drive one of the world's fastest cars, and he's one of F1's most colorful characters, but Kimi Raikkonen says he longs to lead "a normal life."

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Title for Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton's historic win at the first Russian Grand Prix earns Mercedes the team title, but Formula One is still focused on the plight of seriously injured Marussia driver Jules Bianchi.

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How to host a major race
Francesca Cumani visits the course at Ascot to meet the man who helps make sure that race day always runs smoothly.

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Horse whisperer tames zebras
Ever thought zebras couldn't be tamed? Think again. Gary Witheford has a remarkable way with wild animals -- which he was forced to prove after a boozy boast in a pub.

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What is this man doing?
The internet went wild for so-called "horse yoga" -- but it turns out there was something deeper going on that shows how humans can reconnect with the animal world.

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The rise of the 'new Comaneci'
It's 25 years since the end of Communist rule in Romania, and although much may have changed in the East European nation, its production line of gymnasts continues to generate champions. Add to that list Larisa Iordache, a tiny teenager making a big impact.

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Flower child: Queen of skyrunning
Taking time out to eat a homemade chocolate cake is hardly the conventional way to win an ultra-endurance marathon, but don't tell Emelie Forsberg -- who is equally comfortable running up and down towering mountains as she is in the kitchen baking.

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Slater: Future is frightening
He grew up in a surfing party town on the U.S. "space coast" and has conquered waves in some of the world's most exotic locales, but these days Kelly Slater comes across more like an eco-warrior than a stereotypical beach dude.

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LIVE: wickets fall, Warner stands tall
DAVID Warner has hit his third-straight Test century but Australia has lost a couple of wickets before lunch on day three in Dubai. Follow it live!

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last updated: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:26:54 PDT

Broncos top Chargers as Sanders grabs 3 TDs
Emmanuel Sanders waited six long weeks to join the list of players who have caught a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning. Now, he has four in less than a week.

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News and notes
Catching up on some Pirate-related news and such from the past few weeks: Royals and Giants in the World Series: As a baseball fan, the postseason always is fun to watch, no matter how much it hurts to see the Pirates out of it. These past two years have taken that “hurt” to a new […]

Catching up on some Pirate-related news and such from the past few weeks:

Royals and Giants in the World Series:

As a baseball fan, the postseason always is fun to watch, no matter how much it hurts to see the Pirates out of it. These past two years have taken that “hurt” to a new level with the Bucs in the mix but falling short of advancing deep, but the games are almost always compelling and enjoyable to watch anyway. Still, there’s bitterness involved. I mean, Travis Ishikawa with the pennant winning walkoff? REALLY? The baseball gods love to troll Pirate fans, although at least that knocked the hated Cardinals out. (Then again, the Giants are starting to become the “new Cardinals” – the team that just doesn’t seem to die in the postseason.) And while of course everyone is rooting for the Royals – an awesome story – you can’t help but be a little jealous as their Cinderella run carries all the way to the Series.  (That said, I certainly wasn’t jealous of the familiar treatment Madison Bumgarner gave them in Game 1.)

Side note: While it’s easy to be disappointed with the Pirates’ very short postseason “run”, and while it’s fair to be disappointed that they couldn’t win the division, consider that no 90+ win teams made the World Series, and the Nats, Dodgers, A’s, Tigers, and Angels combined to win a total of two playoff games. Get in to the postseason and anything can happen.

Jeff Banister hired as Texas Rangers manager:

The Pirates’ bench coach from the past four seasons is headed to Texas to be a big league manager. “Banny” remarkably spent 29 years in the Pirates organization and was clearly a truly beloved figure – if that wasn’t known before, it’s common knowledge now. He will be missed quite a bit, but as far as I can tell, you won’t be able to find a single person that’s ever known Banister that isn’t happy for him to get such a great opportunity, especially in his home state.

In terms of on-the-field impact, Banister was known to be a key piece of the organization’s bridge between the front office’s analytics team (a new-age unit that has earned a lot of praise in recent years) and the dugout. It will be interesting to see how the Pirates try to replace that. So far the word seems to be that it will be a internal replacement, possibly “major league coach” Dave Jauss.

Pirates will give Russell Martin a qualifying offer:

This shouldn’t really be news, as it should be a plainly obvious decision for the Pirates, but it is good to know that the Pirates will at least take the first step in attempting to retain their catcher. For those not familiar with the situation, the Pirates will offer Martin a one year, $15.3 million contract after the World Series ends. Martin will almost certainly decline that, as he should be able to get roughly $15M/yr for multiple years. If another team signs him after the QO is extended and denied, that team loses its top draft pick (unless it is a top ten pick, then they lose their second pick), and the Pirates would gain a draft pick after the end of the first round.

That’s why it’s a no brainer to give him the offer…they’ll get an extra pick if they lose Martin, it’s a slight deterrent to any other team trying to sign him (so it gives the Pirates a very slight advantage as they compete for him on the open market), and it’s highly unlikely that the offer would be accepted (and it it somehow was, they should be thrilled to get him for one year/$15M). The real question is whether or not Francisco Liriano will get one. We’ll get into that discussion soon – I say he absolutely should, but I’m not so sure the Pirates will agree.

Ticket prices going up:

The Pirates are raising season ticket prices. As a partial STH myself, I scratched my head at the comment about prices on the secondary market constantly being higher than the face value prices (that was RARELY the case in my own experience this season), but all the other stuff the Pirates cite is more than fair. PNC Park has the smallest capacity in baseball, the prices are still among the lowest, the demand is up, and the team is finally competitive. The part about the small capacity and low prices is often overlooked somewhat (even with great attendance, the Pirates’ ticket revenue would still be in the bottom half of the league)…bust still, it is also more than fair to expect some more money to go into the payroll this year after record attendance without much of a payroll bump in 2014.

The new season ticket prices can be found here. Individual game prices haven’t been released yet, but they’ll be slightly higher than the season ticket per-game prices.

Clint Hurdle has hip surgery:

The only good thing about the Pirates getting knocked out quickly was that it enabled Clint to get this taken care of. It was painful for us all to watch him limp out of the dugout in the later part of the season, and he showed great courage and toughness holding off on the surgery until the season ended. He had the procedure on the Monday after the Wild Card game and seems to be doing fine – he even showed up a Pens game on Saturday night.

Arizona Fall League:

Some of the Pirates’ better known prospects are in action in the desert. Tyler Glasnow headlines the list and after a bad first outing he has been impressive since. Catcher Elias Diaz and Josh Bell are also playing and have had some ups and downs. This is a short season so the stats probably aren’t too meaningful, but it’s another chance for some to get a look at some of the best prospects and for them to get some additional experience.

AFL stats can be found here. 

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