Sports

12:49am

Thu July 16, 2015
The Two-Way

Caitlyn Jenner At ESPYs: Transgender People 'Deserve Your Respect'

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 10:30 am

Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award onstage during the 2015 ESPYs at Microsoft Theater on Wednesday in Los Angeles.
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Caitlyn Jenner is on a mission. Accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs Wednesday night, she said she will be turning to advocating for transgender people.

"Trans people ... deserve your respect," she told the gathering of famous athletes.

In a video produced for the award ceremony, Jenner said she had come to a "revelation": "Out of all the things that I have done in my life, that maybe this is my calling." She added, "Maybe I can bring understanding on this subject. It's time that I do my best."

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2:19pm

Wed July 15, 2015
Goats and Soda

They're The First Black Africans To Ride In The Tour De France

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 8:23 am

Eritrea's Daniel Teklehaimanot competes in a 13.8 km individual time trial, the first stage of the 102nd edition of the Tour de France cycling race, on July 4 in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
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Few places are as rich in cycling lore as the Col du Tourmalet, the brutal 6,939-foot pass in the French Pyrenees that has been a mainstay of the Tour de France since 1910. This is where history is written and legends are made.

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5:08am

Wed July 15, 2015
Sports

Spieth Looks To Win Year's Third Major, Where Golf Legends Have Fallen

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 8:25 am

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4:00am

Wed July 15, 2015
Sweetness And Light

For Women's Sports To Soar, Female Fans Must Show Support

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 8:52 am

Head coach Jill Ellis of the United States celebrates with fans after the USA's 5-2 victory against Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Final in July.
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Soccer owns sports nationalism. There are world championships and continental championships in all kinds of sports, but when it comes to countries playing against each other, soccer's tournament is more spectacular than all the others put together. Hey, win the World Cup, baby, you're ticker tape on Broadway.

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12:32am

Wed July 15, 2015
The Two-Way

American League Wins All-Star Game, World Series Home-Field Advantage

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 8:50 am

American League All-Star Mike Trout slides home Tuesday night during the 86th MLB All-Star Game at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
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The American League started the 86th All-Star Game with a home run and ended with home-field advantage for the World Series — for the third year in a row. The final score at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park Tuesday night: 6-3.

AL's Mike Trout started the game with a bang, hitting a home run in the first at-bat.

"It was the fourth homer to lead off an All-Star Game in the event's history and the first since Joe Morgan in 1977," MLB.com reports.

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4:31pm

Tue July 14, 2015
Sports

MLB All Stars Mark Changing Perception Of Performance Enhancing Drugs

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 7:18 pm

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4:31pm

Tue July 14, 2015
Sports

Ultramarathoner Hikes Appalachian Trail In Record Time

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 12:40 pm

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We are about to hear from a record-breaker. Scott Jurek's record time was 46 days, eight hours and seven minutes. That's how long it took the ultra-marathoner to hike the 2,189 miles of the Appalachian Trail, which passes through 14 states.

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11:12am

Tue July 14, 2015
Shots - Health News

Would Banning Headers In Soccer Solve The Concussion Problem?

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 12:32 pm

Heading the ball in soccer has been accused of causing most concussions. But the hazard may be more due to rough play than to one particular technique, researchers say.

The risks involved in heading — when a player uses their head to keep the ball in play — are not new. But Dawn Comstock, an injury epidemiologist at the University of Colorado's School of Public Health, wanted to know if headers are indeed the chief cause of concussions.

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8:42am

Tue July 14, 2015
Code Switch

The Secret History Of Black Baseball Players In Japan

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 2:41 pm

On the recommendation of Kenichi Zenimura, manager Lonnie Goodwin (far right) took his ballclub on a tour of Asia in April 1927. Here, he's pictured with (from left) catcher O'Neal Pullen, pitcher Ajay Johnson and shortstop Biz Mackey.
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In the fall of 1936, a 24-year-old black baseball player from rural Louisiana stepped off a boat in Tokyo. His name was James Bonner. An ace pitcher with a vicious submarine pitch, Bonner, according to Japanese newspapers breathlessly heralding his arrival, once threw 22 strikeouts in a single game back in the States.

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6:03am

Tue July 14, 2015
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour On Sports: Introducing 'The Giant Foam Finger'

Oh, shut up, Freddie Mitchell. And what are you smiling about, No. 31?
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We talk a lot about nostalgia on Pop Culture Happy Hour — about the ways entertainment has shaped our youth and placed our memories in perspective — but in doing so, we've mostly discussed movies, TV shows, music, books, board games, that sort of thing.

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