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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates with family after defeating the Texas Rangers 6-2 to win Game Seven of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium on October 28, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Albert Pujols started the Pujols Family Foundation with his wife Deidre. It is a not-for-profit agency to help those with Down syndrome in the Dominican Republic.

  • Sixers say Ben Simmons rolls ankle in practice, turns out it was much worse than that

    UPDATE 6:41 PM: So the rolled ankle turned out to be a cover story — Ben Simmons has a Jones Fracture in his right foot. 4:18 PM If you’ve been impatiently waiting to see No. 1 pick Ben Simmons in a Philadelphia 76ers uniform, you likely will have to wait a little longer. Simmons rolled his ankle at practice Friday, reports Jessica Camerato of CSNPhilly.com.

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  • You won't believe what Jamie Vardy drinks before Leicester City's games

    Jamie Vardy is having plenty of port parties. Premier League footballers will typically have their dietary regime strictly controlled by their employers. In order to squeeze that extra one percent from every performance, Pep Guardiola banned his Manchester City players from eating pizza, Antonio Conte has taken ketchup off the table and Arsene Wenger has taken a monastic view towards player diets since the 1990s.

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  • Ohio State DC Greg Schiano cited for crash with bicyclist

    Greg Schiano is in his first season as defensive coordinator at Ohio State. Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was issued a traffic citation Wednesday. Last Thursday morning, Schiano’s truck hit a bicyclist, resulting in a ticket for “failure to obey a traffic-control device.” The ticket is a minor misdemeanor, per the Columbus Dispatch.

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  • What kind of manager would Cristiano Ronaldo be?

    Cristiano Ronaldo remains central to Real Madrid’s goal-scoring aspirations, but one day, he will have to hang up his cleats. [ FC Yahoo: You won’t believe what Jamie Vardy drinks before games ] The soccer “afterlife” is a daunting prospect for a man

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  • Giants score two, Pence approves

    Nolan Arenado throws the ball away on Johnny's Cueto bunt attempt, allowing two runs to score and eliciting elation from Hunter Pence

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  • Beckham: 'I'm just going to go out and be who I am'

    Even though Odell Beckham's on-field behavior and demeanor have long been in question, the Giants star receiver insists he is not going to change the way he plays.

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  • Phil Mickelson Forced to Hit Right-Handed in Opening Match of Ryder Cup

    Phil Mickelson put a lot of pressure on himself to perform well at this week's Ryder Cup. Mickelson pumped one out of bounds, forcing Fowler to re-tee. It was Mickelson's turn to hit, but he couldn't take a proper swing left-handed, so he turned a club upside down and took a swipe right-handed.

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  • Vacc's three keys when Jets host Seahawks

    If the Jets lose this game and fall to 1-3, they will have lost more than just any tiny shot they had at winning their division.

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  • Brett Hull compares Team USA to Titanic, laments ‘old boys’ management

    Brett Hull was a sensational choice for ESPN as an analyst, as his passion for Team USA brought gravitas to his off-the-cuff comments. “The philosophy was picked, and they picked it to beat Canada,” continued Hull.

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  • Joakim Noah skips Knicks dinner with West Point cadets due to anti-war stance

    The #Knicks eat with the cadets & listen to a memorable speech @WestPoint_USMA. “It’s hard for me a little bit – I have a lot of respect for the kids here fighting — but it’s hard for me to understand why we go to war and why kids have to kill kids all around the world,’’ Noah said. Noah received permission from Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek to skip the team function.

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  • Yankees Fan Loses Engagement Ring During Proposal as Stadium Looks On

    Yankees fan Andrew Fox's mid-game proposal didn't go as planned Tuesday when he opened up the ring box to find the engagement diamond he purchased alarmingly missing. The entire stadium looked on – as well as the TV audience at home – as Fox and girlfriend Heather Terwillinger searched for the M.I.A. bauble with help from their seatmates. "I literally started crying because I thought it was lost," Fox told ESPN.

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  • In case you missed it on Thursday.

    The Mets were off on Thursday.  In St. Louis, wth the game tied in the bottom of the ninth inning, Cardinals C Yadier Molina hit a one-hopper that clearly bounced off a sign above the left-field wall that caromed back on to the field. Instead of ruling it a ground-rule double, which would have kept the score tied, the umpire crew called it fair, the run scored and the game ended.  Reds manager Bryan Price ran after the umpires to try and challenge the call, but they had already left the field. Meanwhile in San Francisco, the Giants won 7-2, keeping the Mets' magic number to clinch a Wild Card spot at two... What's on Tap for Friday, Sept. 29 The Mets open their final series of the regular season

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  • Howe calls England “the ultimate job,” says he’s “committed” to B’mouth

    Eddie Howe makes no bones about the fact he aspires to one day manage the English national team — one day. That day is not today, however, according to the 38-year-old Bournemouth boss, whose name was one of the first, and most frequent, linked with the now-vacant England post after the abrupt dismissal of Sam Allardyce earlier this week. Speaking Thursday, ahead of his side’s Premier League clash with Watford on Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET, on NBCSports.com), Howe all but excused himself from consideration for the job — this time around, at least. He said England is still “the ultimate job,” presumably for English managers, but reaffirmed his commitment and focus on the job at hand: his

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  • NASCAR weekend schedule at Dover, Las Vegas

    The Chase for the Sprint Cup will trim the field from 16 to 12 this weekend at Dover International Speedway, while both the Xfinity and Truck Series will have their second Chase races. The Camping World Truck Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, while the Xfinity Series competes at Dover with the Cup Series. Here’s this weekend’s schedule: (All times Eastern) FRIDAY, SEPT. 30 AT DOVER 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Sprint Cup garage open 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Xfinity Series garage open 10 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. – Sprint Cup practice (NBCSN, Motor Racing Network) 11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. – Xfinity Series practice (NBCSN) 1:30 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity Series practice (NBCSN) 3:40 p.m. – Sprint Cup

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  • Virginia basketball joins kneeling protest

    On the latest CBT Podcast, Rob Dauster, Scott Phillips and Travis Hines, wonder whether a college basketball player will kneel for the national anthem, a nationwide protest — from the professional level to the high school level — that was sparked by San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick. It’s hard to imagine this protest, which began during the NFL Preseason when Kaepernick was photographed sitting during the national anthem, simmers by the time the college basketball season starts.

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  • Ryder Cup 2016: Five Things We Learned Friday Morning at Hazeltine

    Jeff Ritter puts America's early dominance in perspective and looks ahead to the afternoon four-ball pairings.CHASKA, Minn. -- The United States is off to a perfect start. Putts dropped, crowds roared and the four U.S. groupings rang up 18 birdies, compared to just eight for Europe, while storming to a 4-0 lead over Europe in the morning foursomes of the Ryder Cup.

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  • Byron Scott Says He Doesn't Have Relationship with Lakers Guard D'Angelo Russell

    Anyone paying attention to the Los Angeles Lakers last year could tell things were icy between head coach Byron Scott and rookie D'Angelo Russell...Read the full article on Bleacher Report...

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  • Listen to Bill Belichick tear into 'Tuck Rule' referee after Week 3 fumble (Video)

    The New England Patriots head coach is doing some of his best work this season, and the Patriots’ 27-0 blanking of the Houston Texans in Week 3 was a maestro performance by him and his team. Bill Belichick had words for referee Walt Coleman. There’s interesting stuff throughout, including Belichick schmoozing with the former Patriots players and coaches now employed by the Texans, as well as the bits and pieces of Patriots’ strategy we get glimpses of.

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  • Huge If True: What's happening with unsigned NHL RFAs?

    The biggest and most obvious of these, this week at least, is Jacob Trouba, whose agent recently revealed a trade request made back in May. But in terms of unsigned young stars, he’s actually a rather faint one. Most notably, Bob McKenzie gave us the mother of all RFA rumor roundups this week, supplementing plenty of other reporting on the subject that has been widely circulated in recent weeks. Just to rattle off the list of names he addressed in his Wednesday morning tweetstorm: Tobias Rieder, Rasmus Ristolainen, Lindholm, Trouba, Kucherov and Gaudreau.

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  • At last, West Virginia and Pitt agree to revive their historic rivalry

    In the five years since both schools declared they were leaving the Big East to join other conferences, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins has always pushed to get longtime rival Pittsburgh back on his schedule. West Virginia and Pitt announced Thursday that they’ve agreed to a four-year series that will begin during the 2017-18 season. The Panthers will host the basketball version of the Backyard Brawl in 2017 and 2019 and will visit Morgantown in 2018 and 2020.

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  • The perfect marriage in sports is Theo Epstein and the Cubs

    Cubs president of baseball operation Theo Epstein agreed to a new five-year contract worth up to $50 million. Of all Theo Epstein’s great discoveries over this last half-decade, a sense of comfort may be his best find. Theo Epstein belongs in Chicago, with the Cubs, with the burden of 108 years on his ample shoulders, with the spoils of his work bearing fruit before him, with an owner who is just the best because he doesn’t allow his fandom to spill over into meddling, with a fan base that is ready to saint him even before he takes that century-long championship drought and pulverizes it.

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  • Premier League preview: Swansea City vs. Liverpool

    Swansea victorious 3-1 in May 2015 Francesco Guidolin‘s job status unknown Reds have managed 16 goals in six PL matches this season With their manager’s managerial position up in the air, Swansea City will host Liverpool on Saturday at the Liberty Stadium (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com). Swansea have picked up just four points in its opening six matches this season, leaving Francesco Guidolin and his side fighting to keep the Italian manager in charge. With Liverpool’s attack clicking to start the season and Swansea’s front group struggling, the Eagles will have to remain compact defensively to absorb the pressure. The Reds come into the weekend with the opportunity

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  • Xfinity Series Spotlight: Brandon Jones

    Brandon Jones was a fan of team owner Richard Childress long before he had the chance to drive for him. “I think it was my first race at Las Vegas,” Jones told NBC Sports. “He was in a hurry, Richard’s always in a hurry, but I was like, ‘Hey!’ I didn’t even know what to say to him. And now, thank gosh last year I got an opportunity to drive with him a little bit, and now we’re best friends. You can come in his office and kick back and have a normal conversation, so it’s great.” Jones, now 19, was given a five-race opportunity in 2015. After earning two top-five finishes, Jones received a full-time ride for 2016 driving the No. 33 Chevrolet. “It was a grin on my face, that’s for sure,” Jones said

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  • Report: Cavaliers giving championship rings to 1,000+ workers

    The Cavaliers will reportedly give David Blatt a championship ring, and Anderson Varejao also has one available. They aren’t the only two unexpected ring recipients. Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com: Majority owner Dan Gilbert and his partners decided

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  • Tiger Woods' Presence Already Benefiting the Fiery Patrick Reed

    The other members of Patrick Reed's foursome, or pod, didn't want to play a second nine holes Tuesday because it was too windy. The vice captain overseeing Reed's pod immediately volunteered to go with him. "He was like, 'All right, well, let's go,' and he walked it with me," Reed said Thursday morning.

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