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'Major League' a hit with mix of antics, believable action

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The door to the bullpen swings open, a reliever emerges and a familiar song comes blasting through the stadium's PA system, energizing the crowd.
Before Hall of Famers Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman took the mound with this type of fanfare, there was Ricky Vaughn, the fictitious bad-boy pitcher who entered the climactic game ... (full story)


MLS goalkeeper moonlights as children's book author

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jeff Attinella is unique in that he's the only MLS goalkeeper who can also say he's a children's book author, a side job that has helped earn him the nickname "Dadtinella" from the Portland Timbers faithful.
He's already written five books for kids, and has even launched a publishing company ... (full story)


The Natural: Charboneau's career played like fictional Hobbs

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Joe Charboneau sees a little bit of himself in the iconic baseball film " The Natural."
Outside of the obvious, which is that the former Cleveland Indians outfielder actually appeared in a few scenes of the 1984 film that finished tied for No. 8 in The Associated Press Top 25 favorite sports movies poll.
Movie line ... (full story)


Spanish soccer still arguing despite pandemic

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MADRID (AP) — Not even the coronavirus pandemic has softened the power struggle between soccer organisations in Spain.
The outbreak has actually strained relationships between the Spanish soccer federation, the Spanish league and the Spanish players' union even more.
They have been at odds over a variety of subjects ... (full story)


AP Was There: Jack Nicklaus charges to 6th green jacket

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Jack Nicklaus was down, playing poorly, and his pride was hurt.
The unwelcome, hurting question kept coming: "When are you going to retire?"
But it was a newspaper article which really enraged golf's Golden Bear.
"It said I was dead, washed up, through, with no chance whatsoever. I was sizzling. I kept ... (full story)