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South Korean Pak ready for new role as coach in Rio

Pak of South Korea tees off on 3rd hole during the Kraft Nabisco Championship golf tournament in Rancho Mirage, CaliforniaPak Se-ri is set to bring the curtain down on a career that brought her five majors, 39 victories worldwide and almost $13 million in prize money but the South Korean trailblazer concedes golf never brought her happiness. Pak, whose sensational rookie season in 1998 helped lift the gloom off the Asian financial crisis and inspired a generation of world class women golfers back home, said at a news conference on Wednesday she had sacrificed much in pursuit of her goals.


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last updated: Sun, 13 Mar 2011 01:45:03 EST

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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last updated: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:30:09 GMT2016-07-26T08:30:09Z

Roger Federer to miss Rio Olympic Games and rest of tennis season
• Federer: ‘I must give my knee and body the proper time to fully recover’
• ‘I plan to put all my energy towards coming back strong,’ says 34-year-old

Roger Federer will miss the Olympic Games in Rio and the rest of the tennis season, including the US Open, in order to recover from knee surgery.

The 34-year-old posted on his Facebook page and said he took the “very difficult” decision after consulting with his medical team. The 17-times grand slam champion had an operation in February before missing the French Open with a back problem.

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last updated: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:10:03 GMT

On Golf: For Different Reasons, Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth Practice Patience
Separated by 24 years in age, the two stars practiced together Tuesday. Mickelson is rebounding from another runner-up finish while Spieth is trying to reclaim his spot atop the golf world.

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last updated: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:53:03 GMT

Roger Federer to miss Rio Olympics
Roger Federer has revealed he will miss next month's Rio Olympics -- and the rest of this season -- in order to extend his tennis career.

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Russian whistleblower hits back
A key whistleblower in exposing state-run doping in Russia has warned Olympic bosses they risk scaring others from lifting the lid on doping by banning her.

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7 Russian swimmers banned from Rio
The governing body of world aquatics has banned seven Russian swimmers from the Rio Olympics because of doping violations, the group said Monday.

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Michael Jordan speaks out on police shootings
Michael Jordan breaks his silence, providing a one-page letter to The Undefeated on the recent shootings involving African-Americans and police.

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Higuain joins Juve in $99M deal
Gonzalo Higuain has become the world's third most expensive player of all time, after the 28-year-old completed his move from Napoli to Juventus for a fee of $99 million.

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Usain Bolt gets his own emoji
Usain Bolt gets his very own emoji ahead of Rio 2016 as Puma launches the 'Boltmoji.'

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Rio undergoes Olympic facelift
CNN's Shasta Darlington reports on Rio's efforts to transform itself for the 2016 Olympic Games.

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The champ who came from poverty
With the colossal Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro, there will almost be a sense of the miraculous when Teliana Pereira steps out on the brand new courts at the Olympic Games.

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25 amazing sports photos
Take a look at 25 amazing sports photos from July 19 through July 25.

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A 'glorious' end to British summer
It's the ultimate expression of British upper-class culture -- famously described by one king as "a garden party with racing tacked on."

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This is the 'world's most beautiful racecourse'
The Qatar Goodwood Festival -- in photos

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Are the Olympics important to tennis?
After a sixty year break, tennis returned to the Olympics in 1988. The move gave stars like Graf, Agassi, Murray & Williams the chance to win gold medals.

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Zika: A convenient excuse?
One of Brazil's most successful sport stars has hit out at athletes using the Zika virus as an excuse to withdraw from the Rio Olympics.

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Champ who played with Princess Di
Maria Bueno was always in the right place at the right time on the tennis court but the Brazilian ended up in hot water with Buckingham Palace after a double fault of her own.

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Springboks star misses out on Rio
He's South Africa's record try scorer, and a world champion, but Bryan Habana will not have the chance to add an Olympic medal to his rugby resumé.

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Woods suffers new career blow
Tiger Woods previously has said he will only return to golf when he can play, practice and recover day after day with no ill effects.

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Open champion targets Rio gold
He has just achieved his childhood dream, but Henrik Stenson is already dreaming of new triumphs.

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Fox Sports Top Stories RSS feed merging with Breaking News
The Fox Sports Top Stories RSS feed is merging with Breaking News. Please use http://feeds.news.com.au/public/rss/2.0/fs_breaking_news_13.xml instead.

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last updated: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 06:48:00 GMT

Higuain’s place in football’s most expensive XI
JUVENTUS have spent a dizzying amount of money for one man, and now Gonzalo Higuain takes his place in an illustrious XI, knocking out a certain Luis Suarez.

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ESPN.com - TOP
last updated: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 20:38:26 EST

Sources: Seahawks extend Carroll through 2019
Sources: Seahawks extend Carroll through 2019

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The new status quo
It’s been a while since I checked in on here, but it’s almost a little weird well how my general thoughts in the previous post have held up. In short: The Good: OBP The Bad: Pitching depth (and the Cubs being really really good). A month and a half later, the Pirates are leading the […]

It’s been a while since I checked in on here, but it’s almost a little weird well how my general thoughts in the previous post have held up. In short:

The Good: OBP

The Bad: Pitching depth (and the Cubs being really really good).

A month and a half later, the Pirates are leading the league in OBP and are scoring plenty of runs as a result. The pitching may be coming around a little bit lately, but it would still be a stretch to call it anything but shaky. And the Cubs are still looking very tough.

It’s a little weird, honestly. We’re now living in a world where the Pirate offense – not pitching – is carrying them, and the Cubs – not the Cards – are public enemy #1. Things could change, but for now, the Pirates seem to have leapfrogged St Louis – but the Cubs leapfrogged both. So we appear to be headed for another summer of trying to close a semi-healthy deficit against a division opponent while dreading falling back on a wild card matchup with an inferior team with a superior ace pitcher. There are worse fates, I keep telling myself (we lived it for 20 years), but that’s still getting a little old.

Some other notes and thoughts on where things stand, and the first two months of the season:

  • Of course the number one hot topic around the team right now is the Indianapolis pitching cavalry that should provide some much needed help to a very iffy big league rotation. I’m very, very excited to see Jameson Taillon, who has checked pretty much any box in Indianapolis anyone could hope for…now it appears to just be a waiting game for the dreaded Super Two to pass. Sigh. The only good thing about that (besides the team saving money down the road, which, well, you know) is that the Pirates can afford to be extremely conservative with Taillon’s pitch count before he comes up. Innings and workload will be limited for the year at some point with his prized arm coming off two seasons of injuries. (That’s why I’d have liked to have used more of those limited innings at the MLB level this year, but now the Pirates have gotten so close to the Super Two point – sometime in early June – that they almost have to wait it out.)
  • Tyler Glasnow is the bigger arm and more eye popping prospect then Taillon, but if you read some of the reports, I’ll buy the idea that he actually does need some more work – notably on a changeup. Maybe he’d help the bullpen, or be a Juan Nicasio equivalent as a starter, but the Pirates probably don’t want that for his development.
  • Chad Kuhl, on the other hand, probably has a much lower upside but is pitching too well in Indy to ignore. He has to be getting awfully close to getting a look in the majors as well.
  • When one or more of those three reach the majors, I’m very enthusiastic about the bullpen’s chances to be much improved when Nicasio slides from the rotation to the pen. As a two pitch guy who dominates with hard stuff and not “pitchability”, he would just fit so much better in a role where he could go all out and only have to face a set of hitters once in a game.
  • The bullpen desperately needs that help – and more. It’s probably going to be the number one point of emphasis once we creep in to trade talk time – but hey, why wait?
  • I have very few, if any, complaints about the status of pretty much all the position players – starters and bench. It’s a very good offense. Heck, the biggest disappointment to this point has been McCutchen, who I’m not going to worry about.
  • How good is that Gregory Polanco extension looking? Really, really, really freaking good.
  • The Francisco Cervelli extension is nice, too – if only because the catching situation after this year was looking very dicey. It was pretty much going to be Elias Diaz (who is unproven and hurt) or bust. Cervelli offers plenty of stability (and likability).
  • Jung Ho Kang post-injury update: Still the man. I was concerned about how he’d look  – not only coming back from the awful injury, but also adjusting in his second year in the league – but so far he has not missed a beat. And with the depth (mostly provided by Freese), it isn’t a problem that he has to sit once a series or so.
  • I think most of us were expecting an improved version of Jon Niese, compared to what he did in New York. Instead he has been worse. If he can just get back to that level – which you’d think he should eventually – just a league average pitcher – it would help quite a bit, and the value for Neil Walker would be just fine. If not, well, he (and/or Jeff Locke) might be losing a rotation spot if those Indy pitchers keep knocking on the door.

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