Tuesday , 21 August 2018

National Sports

Liu breaks 50-meter backstroke world record at Asian Games

Liu Xiang of China swam a world-record time of 26.98 seconds to win the women’s 50-meter backstroke gold medal on Tuesday night at the Asian Games. Liu has become the first woman to swim under 27 seconds in the event, breaking the mark of 27.06 set by fellow Chinese swimmer Zhao Jing at the 2009 world championships in Rome. The …

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NFL to make updated teaching video on new helmet-contact rule

The helmet rule is expected to dominate a previously scheduled conference call Wednesday for an expanded discussion among league officials. News of the conference call was first reported by Pro Football Talk. The revised video will be prepared by Al Riveron, the league’s vice president of officials, with assistance from other league executives. It will include proper and erroneous applications …

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Pick 6: Some old geezers to watch this season

Anyone who pays attention to the NFL knows that Tom Brady is 41 as he heads into the season. He’s hardly the only geezer, in football terms, still on the field or hoping to be when the season kicks off next month. Indeed, Brady isn’t even close to the oldest guy suiting up these days. His former teammate in New …

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Adam Jones faces rookie who was part of minor league host family

In the early part of his professional baseball career, Jones played for the Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and lived with an area family. One member of that family was a then-9-year-old Jansen. “We got to share a moment, and he hit me on the chest and said, ‘I’m proud of you, man. You made it,'” Jansen said, according to …

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LEADING OFF: Stanton returns to Miami, Altuve off the DL

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: SOUTH BEACH STANTON Giancarlo Stanton returns to Marlins Park for the first time since Miami traded him to the New York Yankees in December. Stanton spent his first eight years with the Marlins and was the NL MVP last season when he hit 59 home runs. Stanton went 0 for 7 …

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AP Top 25 Heat Check: Handling preseason expectations

Broadly speaking, a team that starts the season in the Top 25 and finishes it unranked has had a disappointing season, failing to meet expectations. The converse is likely to be true as well. Critics of preseason polls complain about setting artificial expectations, but it could be argued polls merely reflect expectations determined by factors such as the previous year’s …

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Kris Richard brings fiery style, Seattle success to Cowboys

Kris Richard wears cleats to practice just in case the new secondary coach of the Dallas Cowboys decides to jump in on a play, which he did in training camp. The former defensive coordinator for the Legion of Boom in Seattle was the highest-ranking hire in an overhaul of Jason Garrett’s staff after the Cowboys missed the playoffs for the …

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Jansen gives up 2 HRs in return, Cards top Dodgers 5-3

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen allowed ninth-inning homers to Jedd Gyorko and Matt Carpenter in his return from the disabled list, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Los Angeles 5-3 on Monday night. Gyorko pinch hit and sent a 1-1 pitch into center field leading off. Carpenter followed with his NL-leading 34th homer, also to center, stunning the small crowd that …

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