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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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last updated: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:36:12 GMT2014-11-21T16:36:12Z

Louis van Gaal knew Radamel Falcao injury fears when he sold Welbeck
• Manchester United manager defends sale of Welbeck
• Van Gaal insists United believe in young players
Gary Neville on Welbeck sale

Louis van Gaal has admitted that Danny Welbeck was sold to Arsenal despite doubts over the ability of Radamel Falcao, his replacement at Manchester United, to make a full recovery from the serious knee injury he suffered in January.

The concerns led United to take Falcao on loan from Monaco rather than buy him as Welbeck joined Arsène Wenger’s side for £16m, the same cost of the Colombian’s loan and wages for this season.

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last updated: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 04:57:00 GMT

Kings to Get Cap Relief for Slava Voynov
The N.H.L. is giving salary cap relief to the Los Angeles Kings while Voynov is suspended after being charged with felony spousal abuse.






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last updated: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:38:02 EDT

The Sound of Music -- on skis?
The U.S. women's ski team is certainly hitting the high notes in more ways than one.

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The harmonious U.S. ski team
When the U.S. ski team aren't busy competing with each other they can be found singing together on tour.

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The best places to ski on Earth?
It's that time of the year when winter sports enthusiasts dust off their skis and snowboards and get ready to hit the slopes in search of perfect powder and fresh adventures.

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Would you blow the whistle?
They stepped forward to help reform the way football operates - and are now bitterly regretting their decision.

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Can you eat 20 tons of tangerines?
Orange is the new snack -- that's the case in Ukraine anyway after one of the country's top football players donated 20 tons of tangerines to local children.

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Messi equals Raul's European record
Lionel Messi scores twice in Barcelona's 2-0 European Champions League win over Ajax to move level with Raul as the competition's all-time leading scorer.

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Serena - 'Comments 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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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 new 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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Can't sleep? Try these 10 tips
It affects everyone, from office workers to sports stars. How you sleep affects how you perform -- and this man can help you snooze to the top.

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Fitness helps golfers stay on top
Golfers today spend as much time in the gym as on the range. CNN's Shane O'Donoghue reports.

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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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F1 season goes down to wire
Double points on offer at the season finale in Abu Dhabi spice up Mercedes rivals Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg's duel for the 2014 world championship crown.

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Fed hands Djokovic title
It wasn't the finale that everyone wanted. The much anticipated Roger Federer-Novak Djokovic clash to end the ATP World Tour Finals didn't materialize after the Swiss surprisingly pulled out.

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Dujardin crowns memorable 2014
Charlotte Dujardin's dressage dominance was recognized Wednesday evening in her native Britain as "The Girl with the Dancing Horse" was named the Sunday Times & Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year.

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What HASN'T Federer won?
It's one of the most individual sports, yet it sometimes demands that fierce rivals unify to compete against other countries in what could be called the World Cup of tennis.

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Double world champ, aged 22
For the millions of us who sit at desks all day, Carissa Moore's description of her workplace might sound a little cruel.

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Scrawny teen to tennis heavyweight
He was barely a teenager, while on the other side of the net stood his country's most famous face.

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Superyacht movies: Droned at sea
Drones are revolutionizing how we capture many sports, but does anything come close to these shots of superyachts at sea?

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Federer: 'I've surprised myself'
At the start of 2014 even Roger Federer's most devoted fans would scarcely have believed he would end it within touching distance of the coveted world No. 1 ranking.

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Flare up in the San Siro
Crowd disorder caused a top of the table Euro 2016 qualifier between Italy and Croatia Sunday to be delayed as flares were thrown on the pitch.

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FIFA embroiled in civil war
Michael Garcia, the man who led the investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, hits back at FIFA over their summary of his report into alleged corruption by Qatar and Russia.

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Ranieri goes after Faroes loss
Claudio Ranieri paid the price for Greece's humiliating defeat to the Faroe Islands when it was confirmed Saturday that he had been sacked as national team coach.

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Moyes agrees Sociedad deal
Seven months after being unceremoniously dumped by Manchester United, David Moyes is back in football management -- at Spanish club Real Sociedad.

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Couple's high-octane passion
If Elana Meyers Taylor makes bobsled history this season, her husband will have been the driving force.

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Behind the scenes at the O2
ATP Tour player Tommy Haas goes backstage at London's O2 Arena where the tennis elite get rock-star treatment.

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Meet Japan's table tennis queen
Ai Fukuhara's face is a picture of concentration as she crouches over the table tennis table, batting ball after ball back to her opponent.

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Ebola affects Africa showpiece
CNN's Christina Macfarlane looks at the fate of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations as Morocco pull out as hosts.

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F1 team Marussia folds
As the Formula One caravan geared up for the penultimate race of the season at Sao Paulo in Brazil, the wheels have finally ground to halt for one of the sport's 11 teams.

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Tennis: Federer loses as France ties final
Roger Federer's debut in a Davis Cup final didn't go as planned. He lost and in convincing fashion in front of a record crowd. But Stan Wawrinka beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga earlier to leave it honors even on day one.

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Jordaan: Ban 'racists' for life
Its record on dealing with racist abuse has been mixed and now Russia has been urged by a leading anti-apartheid activist to show a tougher approach to the issue ahead of hosting the 2018 World Cup.

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Quidditch is real, can it go pro?
A broom between their legs, quidditch players insist their sport is more high-performance than Harry Potter.

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Secret to boy's super memory?
"Well, that took about five minutes...probably less."

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Saddle up and head for Vegas
The FEI World Cup takes place in Las Vegas next year. American riders are hoping for big crowds.

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Motorsport: 'Kid at Xmas' Hamilton
F1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton feels like a "kid at Christmas" thanks to the dominance of his Mercedes car which was underlined again Friday as he set the fastest time in both practices for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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Golf: Rory's mishit leaves him trailing
It's an all too familiar feeling for the high handicap golfer.

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Motorsport: Vettel joins Ferrari for 2015
The worst kept secret in Formula One is finally out -- Fernando Alonso is leaving Ferrari and will be replaced by Sebastian Vettel.

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Motorsport: F1 star Bianchi out of coma
Marussia driver Jules Bianchi is out of an artificial coma and has been flown home to his native France, just under seven weeks after his crash at the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

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Africa Cup of Nations: Nigeria fail to qualify
The final round of qualifiers for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations threw up a few surprises, the most notable of which being holders Nigeria bowing out.

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World Cup: FIFA launches criminal case
The bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups has taken a new twist as football's world governing body FIFA lodged a criminal complaint Tuesday.

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Athletics: Doha gets 2019 championships
The Qatari capital has been selected as host of the 2019 world athletics championships, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced on Tuesday.

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Olympics: Fancy holding the Games?
The International Olympic Committee has unveiled a new raft of proposals which could transform the Games.

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Football: English FA hits back at FIFA
FIFA is coming under growing pressure from some of Europe's leading football federations to take "urgent action" and restore confidence in the world governing body.

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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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Bring on the dancing horses
If you thought dressage was all starched shirts, hair buns and tailcoats then Clémence Faivre is about to change your perceptions.

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Will royal baby go to Olympics?
Less than nine months after giving birth to the latest member of Britain's royal family, Zara Phillips was back in the saddle -- and her performances at the World Equestrian Games have boosted her hopes of another Olympic appearance at Rio 2016.

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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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Behold superyachts of the future
Are these the superyachts of the future?

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Cup hero Spithill awarded 'Oscar'
It was deemed arguably the greatest sporting comeback of all time as Oracle Team USA won the America's Cup in September last year.

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Captain Cook's Endeavour found?
This is no treasure hunt for a casket of gold at the bottom of the ocean.

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Can 'fan power' save F1 team?
The gap between Formula One's haves and have nots appears never to have been wider.

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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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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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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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Darling of Japanese table tennis
Ai Fukuhara's face is a picture of concentration as she crouches over the table tennis table, batting ball after ball back to her opponent.

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The man who ran from genocide
He was dubbed the "man without a country" who found he was at home running in one of athletics' toughest events.

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'Michael Jackson of skateboarding'
The comparison would probably irk Michael Jackson purists, but it's easy to see why some of Kilian Martin's fans liken his fancy footwork to the late "King of Pop."

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last updated: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Live A-League: Melbourne City 0 Sydney FC 1
MARC Janko provides a moment of class in a half marked by some poor finishing as Sydney FC lead Melbourne City. Follow the action on Match Centre.

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last updated: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:47:06 PST

Source: Peterson's season over after ruling
Arbitrator Shyam Das has ruled in favor of the NFL on Tuesday evening, saying the league can keep Adrian Peterson on the commissioner's exempt list, effectively ending any chance the Minnesota Vikings running back will play again this season.

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Roster moving day
Behold, the new and…uh, not improved Pirates 40-man roster: The #Pirates 40-man roster now contains 40 players (20 pitchers, 4 catchers, 9 infielders and 7 outfielders). pic.twitter.com/hy6WDZApRO — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) November 21, 2014 The list changed quite a bit on Thursday, as it was the deadline to protect Rule-5 draft eligible prospects by adding […]

Behold, the new and…uh, not improved Pirates 40-man roster:

The list changed quite a bit on Thursday, as it was the deadline to protect Rule-5 draft eligible prospects by adding them to the roster. The Pirates added four: Jameson Taillon, Nick Kingham, Elias Diaz, and Willy Garcia – fairly obvious moves. They also claimed infielder Pedro Florimon off waivers. They cleared space for those additions by designating Ramon Cabrera, Brent Morel, and most notably Ike Davis for assignment.

It was pretty clear that Davis wasn’t going to stick around.  If the plan is to play Pedro Alvarez at first – which it clearly is at this point – there was no point in keeping both Alvarez and Davis, who fill the same role and would both be somewhat expensive in 2015 compared to their mediocre offensive production in 2014. Now, it’s worth noting that you can make a very reasonable argument for keeping Davis over Alvarez, if you like on-base percentage more than large home run totals (which, again, is quite reasonable). That simply wasn’t going to happen, though – Pedro has the flashier upside, he is more entrenched in the organization (as the Pirates “guy”), and even though Davis was statistically passable this year (104 OPS+), I think most would agree that he felt like a disappointment and wasn’t what the Pirates were looking for as a middle-of-the-order hitter.

So I don’t really have an issue with choosing Pedro over Davis, but just taking a glance at the list above, it’s fairly depressing. There’s just a lot of “filler” there – guys that were claimed off waivers for seemingly no reason, Triple-A depth, guys that you’d really hope the Pirates aren’t planning on putting in the majors. Now, obviously the roster is going to look a little depleted with free agents departing, there is plenty of time to shore things up, and every team has to acquire guys like that. Still, you wonder about the depth of the organization a little bit, or at least about some individual decisions. For example, the Pirates left outfielder Mel Rojas unprotected for the Rule 5 draft, while they easily could have dumped a number of guys (Elmore? Guilmet? Roe? Scahill? Florimon? Decker?) on that roster without losing a wink of sleep. Rojas was eligible for the draft last year and wasn’t taken, and he isn’t a can’t miss prospect or anything like that (he projects as a 4th OF at this point), but he had a nice year in the upper minors this season and a team could easily hide him on a major league bench all season to steal him away. (Heck, if the Brewers could do it with a rookie ball pitcher, a team like the Astros can do it with a guy putting up decent AAA numbers.) What’s the point of keeping a guy like Jaff Decker instead? Or why not keep Davis around a little longer and at least try to trade him for something, as most speculated they would? I’m not really sure. This may be (and probably is) a long rant about something that ultimately won’t matter, but it seems strange to me.

Other news, notes, and thoughts from the past few days…

  • Brad Lincoln is back, on a minor league deal. I guess the Pirates win the Travis Snider trade after all. Lincoln bombed with the Jays and then the Phillies after being traded away, but he was showing more promise as a reliever and those teams seemed to be steering him back to starting. I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of him becoming a useful reliever again – can’t hurt to give him a shot.
  • The Cardinals traded Shelby Miller to Atlanta for Jason Heyward. Sigh. This is the sort of deal that may look fair on the surface, but you just know it’s going to turn out great for the Cards. Heyward is a beast that, while he has disappointed a bit recently, could easily turn into an elite corner OF in an instant. And he’s only under contract for one year, but I’d expect the Cards to extend him if he does well with them. Meanwhile, while Miller is a promising young arm, he was one of the Pirates’ favorite pitchers to hit against.
  • Josh Harrison won MLB’s Heart and Hustle award. No further explanation needed on that one. Good stuff.
  • If Francisco Liriano can really be signed for three years and $36 million, the Pirates need to get that done. Now.
  • This is just wrong :(
  • Giancarlo Stanton‘s new contract is just…whoa. After simply getting over the absurdity of the number (and it’s not totally absurd in the current MLB environment…just absurd when thinking about day to day money for us “normal” people), it’s natural to think about how, say, Andrew McCutchen‘s contract compares. It doesn’t – Cutch’s deal is an absolute steal for the Pirates at this point. The conversation will certainly steer to how the Pirates are getting away with being cheap and how much money Cutch will eventually make when he hits FA in 2018, but take a moment to realize how huge it was for the Pirates to get that current contract done early. Without an extension, Cutch would be about to enter his final season before FA, and if you though the Martin thing was a mess this year…woof.

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