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Zadie Smith writes novels about the people and themes that seem particularly freighted with political baggage these days: immigrants, multiracial families and social groups, the white and non-white working class.

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WASHINGTON —  Sen.  Bernie Sanders  (I-Vt.)  lost the Democratic nomination and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is the new leader of the Senate Democrats. But the Vermont senator’s vision and ideas will dominate the Democratic Party’s attempt to recover from  Hillary Clinton’s  ruinous White House run

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(Reuters) – In one of his final acts in office, President Barack Obama selected key figures in sports, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, activism, academia and entertainment among the 21 people who will be awarded the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom – the highest civilian honor in the United States. Obama will present recipients including rocker Bruce Springsteen, Motown soul singer Diana Ross, former basketball champions Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and actors Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro and Robert Redford with the medal at a White House ceremony on Nov. 22, the White House said on Wednesday

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5 Incredible Baseball Stadiums Across America

12Nov

Now that the Chicago Cubs have won the World Series and broken then century long curse, the highlight of Wrigley Field has us thinking about the other great stadiums throughout America. The use of stadiums dates back to ancient times, back when the reigning entertainment of the day for a mass audience usually involved some permutation of “sprint really fast while a lion chases you then try and kill your opponent with a rock.” Thankfully, apart from maybe anytime a terrible entertainer performs, things have matured considerably at the hundreds of events that take place at scads of stadiums throughout the U.S. Baseball and the occasional major concert are the primary serving inside the hallowed ground of U.S

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As a kid growing up in Long Island, I remember hearing my mom crying at the kitchen table as my dad tried to console her. She had recently lost her dad, my grandfather

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The Chicago Cubs  temporarily abandoned the baseball field to become a barbershop quartet on “ Saturday Night Live .” Players Anthony Rizzo , David Ross and Dexter Fowler donned matching straw hats and Cubs’ sweaters to join Hollywood actor and longtime Cubs fan, Bill Murray , in a rousing rendition of their team’s anthem, “ Go Cubs Go .” The World Series Champions also featured alongside “SNL” host Benedict Cumberbatch  in a somewhat bizarre skit in which they stripped for a grandmother at a Bachelorette party that goes very, very wrong. Check out the players’ singing above, and the stripper clip below: type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=5819f9a7e4b01f610e39457d,581b1909e4b0570d6d6f0bfe,581b32a8e4b0c43e6c1e3c32,580f9b23e4b0a03911ef1c23 — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website

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You saw in my title, ‘The Trump Election Crisis.’ It is named after the Cuban Missile Crisis, because an authoritarian fascist has been nominated by a major political party for the first time in our country’s history.

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History was made ― and the collective heart rate of America was raised ― Wednesday night and into the early hours of Thursday when the Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years. Game 7 unfolded as we probably should have expected a major championship game would play out in a year like 2016: It was batshit crazy

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Jeurys Familia , an All-Star closing pitcher for the New York Mets who recently appeared in an ad campaign against domestic violence , was arrested for domestic violence  on Monday, the Bergen Record reports.  Fort Lee, New Jersey, police accused Familia, identified as Jeurys F. Mojica, of causing “bodily injury to another,” according to a complaint posted Tuesday by The Record. The victim, whose name is redacted from the complaint, had “visible injuries, specifically a scratch to the chest and bruise to the right cheek.” Familia, 27, was arrested after an officer who responded to the incident “found probable cause to believe domestic violence had occurred,” the complaint states. The athlete was charged with simple assault, and bail was set at $1,500.  In a statement to The Record, the Mets said, “The matter was brought to our attention and we are monitoring the situation.” Familia was among a number of athletes who recently starred in an ad campaign sponsored by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence .

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The United States’ oldest and largest Native American organization has requested a meeting with Major League Baseball and the Cleveland Indians to discuss the team’s controversial Chief Wahoo logo. The logo, a red-faced cartoon caricature that many Native Americans have fought to change for decades , began attracting increased public scrutiny last month as Cleveland advanced toward its first World Series appearance since 1997

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By Richard Flory , University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Since the late 1970s, American evangelicalism has been largely identified with right-wing politics. Conservative religious values entered the political sphere through movements such as Moral Majority and Focus on the Family that opposed gay rights, abortion, feminism and other liberal issues.

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I just returned from a five day “spa souljourn” and my world-weary self was gifted a reprieve from the daily onslaught of challenges. Imagine feeding your mind/body/spirit with only the best in luxury pampering, gourmet healthy cuisine and loving experiences

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Chicago Cubs fans are a passionate and resilient bunch ― but most haven’t been dedicated for as long as Jim Schlegel. Schlegel, a 97-year-old Pearl Harbor veteran and die-hard Cubs fan, attended games the last time the Cubs made it to the World Series ― in 1945. He even has his ticket stubs from Game 6 and Game 7

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People think telephone surveillance is a new thing but then, they’re not old enough to have grown up with a party line.

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The long-suffering Chicago Cubs advanced to the World Series for the first time in 71 years with a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday. The Cubs , known as the “The Lovable Losers” given years of heartbreak and misery since their last World Series triumph in 1908, clinched the best-of-seven National League Championship Series 4-2 at home and set off wild celebrations across the city

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My Favorite Father & Son Movies 

21Oct

And how they helped me become a better parent. I spent those early impressionable years being emotionally available in a world where all other boys seemed to be emotionally stunted.

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Dead Pilots Society Epi2: Only Child One of soundcasting’s new scripted series features scripts not intended for the medium.

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Why Athletes Are Angels

13Oct

October is upon us and so is another year wondering, hoping and praying that the Chicago Cubs win the World Series.

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Last Sunday afternoon I drove to Fordham University in the Bronx, where I was a guest on Dan Romanello’s Group Harmony Review over Fordham’s radio station, WFUV. As you approach the main entrance to Fordham, you pass the baseball diamond, home field of the Fordham Rams. You park and you walk to the basement of Keating Hall, where WFUV has become as professional an operation as you’ll find at any college-based radio station anywhere

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One of my millennial son’s is a mystery and a mover. Like Pope Francis he shares a love for the humble yet direct approach of St

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  The U.S. took an early lead in the Olympic medal count, while China and Italy vied for the top spot in the establishment lane. Donald Trump gave a major “policy speech,” and we realized he reads off a teleprompter with the same cadence we use to order takeout from people who don’t speak English well.

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As I write this, the birds are chirping outside my window, the sun is breaking through the morning coastal fog, and the temperature is unremarkable. In other words, your traveling correspondent is back home, leaving behind record-breaking 90-plus-degree temperatures and humidity being so important the television weathermen actually report on it each night (cue Steve Martin from L.A

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Why Trump Is Afraid Of Debates Now

02Ago

Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of trying to “rig the debates” by scheduling them against football games. Not only do the facts reject this argument, but Trump ignores his own double- standard, as he pulled the plug on several debates with Republican opponents in 2016

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What we learn from ESPN’s new film Doc and Darryl is that like the rest of us, Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry don’t quite know what to say about what happened. So one of the most valuable takeaways from this latest revisit to an oft-told tale is the seemingly peripheral, but critical fact that while it’s easy for outsiders to see them as tragic twins, they were and remain different people who walk different paths. More…

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Perhaps it all started with President Harry Truman’s declaration that sending US troops to Korea was a “police action.” Or maybe it was during that long string of early 20th Century military interventions in Central America and the Caribbean, when Marines were sent ashore willy-nilly to protect US business interests or citizens. More…

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President Barack Obama on Friday told donors that Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz were doing Democrats a “favor” by exposing extreme views within their party on issues such as immigration and national security. “I actually think that Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have done us a favor,” Obama said, referring to policy positions that would restrict Muslims and Mexicans from entering the country. Obama said Trump and Cruz, the two front-runners in the Republican nomination contest ahead of the Nov.

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Starz’s steamy new series The Girlfriend Experience works hard to rebrand the ancient tradition of men paying women for sex.

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6 Reasons Why I Distrust February

13Feb

I don’t like February. I find it cruel, and generally untrustworthy. It’s like the cat of months.

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Justice Clarence Thomas will soon celebrate 10 years of not speaking during oral arguments at the Supreme Court, The New York Times reported on Monday.  That is, he hasn’t asked a single question to lawyers appearing before the court to try to make their case. For a decade

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The Serial Killer Next Door: Sam Smithers

21Ene

Credit: Courtesy of the Author By Fred Rosen I first found out about serial killer Sam Smithers from a source in Tampa. She tipped me, and I investigated. Sam was married with a child and lived in Plant City, Florida, the strawberry capital of the country

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Why You Should Care About the Australian Open

18Ene

The Australian Open is one of the biggest tennis tournaments in the world. It’s ok, you’ve probably watched as many Aussie Open tennis matches as you have Home Alone movies without Macaulay Culkin. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Recaptured drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s secret interview with U.S. actor Sean Penn helped authorities locate his whereabouts, a Mexican law enforcement official said late Saturday.

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A Log Of Interstitials

21Nov

This is a log of my movements between New York City and the bus. It’s three unequal parts, all meandering and moderately pointless, but starting the bus seemed a bit like cheating without talking about the journey to get there even a little bit

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Reading

16Nov

If you asked me what was the one thing I enjoyed most during my childhood, my answer would be reading. Oh, there were lots of other things to enjoy – indoors and out – riding my bike, baseball, football, tennis, monopoly, chess and checkers, cards, movies, radio

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It’s harvest time in Lennox, South Dakota; an extremely busy period for farmers in the area.  But over the weekend, a group of them took time out of their packed schedules to harvest a field of crops that wasn’t their own. It belonged to their neighbor and friend, David Klinghagen, who died unexpectedly last month

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So What If My Kids Stink At Sports?

16Oct

Though nothing is certain, it is possible that both of our children may stink at team sports.

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So, Pete Rose thinks playoff games are more important than head injuries. That was basically what Rose said on Thursday when he criticized Blue Jays’ third baseman Josh Donaldson  for leaving Game 1 of the ALDS to deal with a head injury

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The Hardest-Working Scapegoat In Washington

30Sep

WASHINGTON — This summer, Hillary Clinton endured withering criticism over her use of a private email account, President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal faced a multi-million dollar attack ad campaign and Democratic presidential candidates maligned the party’s debate schedule as unfair. Through it all, the party operated with one of its most critical positions vacant: From early June until mid-September, the Democratic National Committee went without a communications director

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Photo by Eric Taylor Oakland, CA – Sometimes even the best pitchers are nervous.

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A Trans History

26Sep

For mom and dad…

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How else would you expect to kick off a show of the most American American who ever America’d? Stephen Colbert’s opening on Tuesday night consisted of the man of the hour singing “The Star-Spangled Banner ” with real Americans. As they finished the song on a humble baseball diamond, an umpire stepped forward and removed his mask.

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Astoria Characters: The Blue-Collar Champion

08Sep

You can’t miss Sergio Furnari ‘s pickup truck. It’s the dusty-silver 2002 Dodge Ram carrying 11 passengers on its roof

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Acclaimed Authors Tell It Like It Is

01Sep

Over the years, I’ve had the good fortune to interview many acclaimed authors. They answer questions with refreshing candor. Here are some of the most successful writers telling it like it is

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A man died after falling from the upper deck to the concrete on the first level of Atlanta’s Turner Field during a game between the Braves and Yankees on Saturday night.

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The Powerful Allure of Sports

23Ago

Ultimately, the best part about sports has nothing to do with championships, awards, win-loss records, or outstanding statistical performances. Those things are all ego-based. The best part about sports is the strong relationships that are formed – often for life

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#Brewers minor leaguer David Denson, first active player in pro baseball to reveal he is gay: http://t.co/rEEOUGQO2J pic.twitter.com/bBNCVmSDPh — Journal Sentinel (@journalsentinel) August 16, 2015 MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Brewers minor leaguer David Denson has become the first openly gay player on a team affiliated with Major League Baseball. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said Denson , with the help of former major leaguer Billy Bean, reached out to the newspaper to tell his story. On today's 1A: Brewers minor leaguer makes history by revealing he's gay pic.twitter.com/39BjIWICSP — Journal Sentinel (@journalsentinel) August 16, 2015 The 20-year-old first baseman plays for the Helena Brewers in the rookie Pioneer League

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Another Person Dies Of The Plague In Colorado

06Ago

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — A person from southern Colorado has died of the plague, the second person to die of the disease in the state this year

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Batboy Who Died In Tragic Accident Remembered

05Ago

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 9-year-old batboy who died after being accidentally struck by a follow-through swing in Wichita has been honored at the baseball team’s first game since his death.

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Did you ever catch an unexpected break? Something that changed your day, or even your life? Maybe it was service “on the house,” a few much needed supplies, or scholarship to a program you couldn’t otherwise afford.

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It was the viral, soap opera-esque story none of us could escape last week: Two sisters claimed they had busted a cheating wife  who was sexting at a baseball game and posted the play-by-play on Twitter. The sisters — Delana and Brynn Hinson — said they were sitting behind a woman at an Atlanta Braves game and noticed her sending raunchy texts to a man who was not her husband.

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TOP STORIES To get The Morning Email, HuffPost’s daily roundup of the news, in your inbox, sign up here. FIVE WAYS OBAMA’S SUCCESSOR CAN UNDERMINE HIS CLIMATE CHANGE RULES “Undoing regulations isn’t as easy as it may sound. But environmental advocates told The Huffington Post that Obama’s successor could stall or undermine the regulations in myriad ways — and maybe even reverse them altogether, although that would be difficult.” The fight against Obama’s plan, which aims to cut carbon emissions from power plants, has already begun .

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Every day, I work with corporate leaders who understand the power of business platforms to make a difference. Regardless of the specific professional missions of their companies, these executives recognize that there’s a natural social mission they can tap into that will transform their place in the world, greatly impacting their communities, employees and bottom lines

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BEIJING — “When China wakes, she will shake the world.” Napoleon’s famous comment on China has had China-watchers scratching their heads for two centuries as to what exactly he meant.

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The PED Predicament In Professional Gaming

26Jul

Competitive video game tournaments have grown exponentially in both prevalence and commercial popularity over the past decade.

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If you’re a baseball fan and you live in New York City and you have never been to the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, or to a Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony, you still might have a chance to do so. Latino Sports is organizing its third trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 16 years and the main reason for this trip is, Pedro Martinez.

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Most people know that George HW Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act 25 years ago. One of the prime movers of the law was then Atty.

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The Storybook Wedding Proposal

13Jul

My baby girl, Kaitlyn, was born, it feels like… two minutes ago.

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A new story published this week in GQ calls into question cops’ version of what happened the day they shot and killed an unarmed, homeless black man on Los Angeles’ skid row. Charly Keunang was killed by Los Angeles Police Department cops on March 1.

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What do we do about A-Rod?

25Jun

Alex Rodriquez has returned to play for the New York Yankees with a flourish. Exiled from baseball for a full year based on his proven use of performance enhancing drugs, A-Rod was not supposed to be able to rejuvenate at 39. (He will be forty in a few weeks.) Yet he is the among the club’s leaders with 15 home runs, 69 hits and 44 rbi for a Yankee team near the top of the division standings.

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A Tribute to a Father

21Jun

June 21st, 2015 Long before there were influencers and thought leaders in my life, there was my father, Harold Aronson.

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Bill O’Reilly said Tuesday night that he would pick a guy like Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton for president any day. But then again, why are we even surprised

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On the baseball field, Darryl Strawberry seemed like he could do no wrong.

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Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Beau Biden, died Saturday of brain cancer. In November, he wrote a heartfelt tweet about his father

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When bride Kandice Mickunas joined her dad on the dance floor for their father-daughter dance, she had no idea what her ‘ol pops had in store. The dance started out traditionally — a slow number to Louis Armstrong’ “What A Wonderful World.” A few moments in, dad Jim Mickunas grabbed a glove and baseball for himself and his newlywed daughter and started throwing around the ball to the tune of John Foggerty’s “Centerfield.” More…

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The sight of a baseball hurling toward your body provokes fear in most people. But Johnny Sewald of the Arizona State baseball team is not most people. The outfielder caught a baseball with, like, his elbow or something while up to bat against the Washington State Cougars on Saturday.

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SOMEWHERE ALONG AMTRAK’S NORTHEAST CORRIDOR — Elliott Gregg sat in the cafe car of Amtrak Train 174 late Wednesday morning, eating a hot dog and pretzels and washing them down with soda. He rides the train to baseball games

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Michelle Peters discusses how Taipei’s riverside park bike path system maintains outdoor green space and a symbiotic relationship with the natural environment, even in the midst of urban expansion. It’s a sunny Sunday afternoon in Taipei

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A Colorado woman was sentenced Friday to 38 years in prison for beating a man to death with a baseball bat. Forsythia Owen, 32, was convicted of second-degree murder in the September 2013 death of Denzel Rainey, 42.

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WASHINGTON, May 1 (Reuters) – Her campaign barely three weeks old, Hillary Clinton already has been attacked by Republicans on everything from donations to her family’s charitable foundation, to her tenure as secretary of state and her ties to Wall Street.

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Just weeks after Domino’s offered 50 percent off all online orders for March Madness, the company is back with yet another sports-centric deal. This time you’ll get a free pizza with the return of Domino’s MLB no-hitter pizza promotion. So if you’re looking to score a free pie, you’d better hope that nobody scores.

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A bee attack during a baseball game in St

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Mo’ne Davis is unstoppable. The 13-year-old baseball superstar has stepped off the pitcher’s mound to design a line of footwear that will benefit underprivileged girls. The sneakers are in a collaboration with M4D3 (Make a Difference Everyday), and a percentage of the proceeds from sales will go toward Because I am a Girl , an initiative that combats child poverty and promotes gender equality on a global scale

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In Jill Bialosky’s poem “The Mothers,” from her new collection, The Players , the experience of the soccer mom — or, rather, the baseball mom — is brought into warm, lyrical focus. The mothers of “The Mothers” are a loving collective, cheering on their sons, doing the laundry and attending to other sundry tasks needed to keep their budding athletic dreams alive. The Players represents an under-appreciated but particularly relatable strain of poetry: The poetry of our daily lives.

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Looks like someone was listening when coaches said to stretch out. John Lollar, a pitcher for Kentucky’s Murray State University, has a wind up that could put even the best of the Rockettes to shame

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JAY COHEN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Minnie Minoso, who hit a two-run home run in his first at-bat when he became major league baseball’s first black player in Chicago in 1951, has died, the Cook County medical examiner said Sunday. More..

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