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Soccer’s biggest clubs offer U

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Barcelona are one of many top clubs with academies or developmental relationships in the United States. The goal? Unearthing the next soccer gem. Courtesy of Barcelona residency academyFALLS CHURCH, Va. -- Yurem Linares arrived with his father moments before soccer practice. He walked up a steep dirt path to the field, past an overflowing trash can…

Brewers’ reliever Devin Williams punches wall, likely to miss postseason

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The Brewers' postseason run could happen without one of its top relievers. Milwaukee clinched the NL Central division title on Sunday with an 8-4 win over the Mets, which meant there was cause for celebration. Devin Williams, the reigning NL Rookie of the Year, perhaps celebrated a bit too much and has paid the price as…

Webb silences Dodgers in brilliant playoff debut

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants right-hander Logan Webb pitched one of baseball's most epic postseason games in Game 1 of the National League Division Series, and he did it by forcing the Los Angeles Dodgers to turn into their own worst enemies.Webb was masterful in his first career postseason start, mixing a diving changeup and a…

2021 MLB playoffs: Giants shut out Dodgers, Red Sox dominate

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Welcome to the 2021 MLB playoffs! The journey to the World Series is here and Friday featured a quadruple-header of division series games:Apparently, Houston doesn't have a problem. Chicago was 85-10 (.895) with a multi-run lead this regular season, best in the AL, and held a two-run lead over Houston at one point in the…

Shohei Ohtani has expanded what’s possible in baseball

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WHEN SHOHEI OHTANI stands on the mound and stares into his catcher for a sign, his mouth is slightly open and his chin is raised just a little, giving off the impression he's every bit as curious as we are to discover what might come next. He comes set neck-high and stares somewhere over the…

No wild-card chaos

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The Blue Jays took home a total of 91 wins, missing the postseason and averting wild-card mayhem in the AL.Photo: Getty ImagesMost seasons, on the last day, we hope for some kind of chaos to hit MLB’s playoff system. I think, deep down, it’s because people want to see the wild-card sham proven to be…

Imagining the NFL’s Shohei Ohtani: We picked the best potential

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Sep 29, 2021NFL NationESPN The end of MLB's regular season is near. And we can all agree that one player this season knocked our socks off with one of the best two-way performances in all of sports -- ever.Shohei Ohtani does it all for the Los Angeles Angels. For our NFL fans unfamiliar, Ohtani, a…

Brewers RP Williams punches wall, breaks hand

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Milwaukee will likely be without top setup reliever Devin Williams for the playoffs after the right-hander broke his pitching hand punching a wall after having a few drinks following Sunday's game that clinched the National League Central division title for the Brewers.President of baseball operations David Stearns told reporters Williams will undergo surgery to put…

Jays’ Semien sets HR record for primary 2B

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TORONTO -- Blue Jays slugger Marcus Semien set a record for home runs by a primary second baseman when he hit his 44th of the season Wednesday against Yankees ace Gerrit Cole in a critical 6-5 victory.Semien's homer, a two-run drive into the left field bullpen, broke a tie with Davey Johnson (1973 for Atlanta),…

Baseball needs more Jazz Chisholm & Josh Rogers interactions

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Jazz Chisholm did a Eurostep and had the favor returned.Image: APPettiness. Passion. Playfulness.I don’t care what you call it. Just give us more of it if you want more folks to care about baseball. They say that hitting a ball with a bat in the major leagues is one of the hardest things to do…