Sports

8:32pm

Thu June 25, 2015
The Two-Way

Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns Is No. 1 NBA Draft Pick

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 3:26 am

Power forward Karl-Anthony Towns shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver shortly after being taken first in the NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Kathy Willens AP

The 2015 NBA Draft took place Thursday night in Brooklyn's Barclay Center. Karl-Anthony Towns from the University of Kentucky was the first pick, drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves, a team that ended last season with a 16-66 record. Nineteen-year-old, 6-foot-11 Towns only played one year at Kentucky, but during that season was named a 2015 Second-Team All-American. He also helped lead Kentucky to the Final Four.

In an interview shortly after his pick, Towns told ESPN, "This is what you live for." He continued, "I'm coming with a winning attitude. I just want to win."

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4:37pm

Thu June 25, 2015
Goats and Soda

The Cycling World May Soon Bow Down Before Nairo Quintana

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 7:17 pm

Colombian cyclist Nairo Quintana poses for a snapshot during a training session this month in Colombia.
LUIS ACOSTA AFP/Getty Images

He began biking to get to high school. The return trip was a 10-mile uphill slog. That didn't deter Nairo Quintana. Sometimes he'd even attach a cable to his sister's bike and haul her up the mountain with him.

And now some pundits think that the 25-year-old Colombian athlete could win the grueling, three-week Tour de France, which kicks off on July 4.

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2:27pm

Thu June 25, 2015
The Two-Way

Amy Poehler Asks A Critic Of Women's Sports, 'Really!?!'

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 3:15 pm

Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers took turns responding to a tweet that dismissed women's sports as "not worth watching."
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Many people took notice when a Sports Illustrated analyst dismissed women's sports as "not worth watching" earlier this week. Unfortunately for SI's Andy Benoit, two of those who noticed were Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers.

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11:40am

Wed June 24, 2015
The Two-Way

Yoink! Dad Nabs Foul Ball While Holding Baby At Cubs Game

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 2:49 pm

A father who snagged a foul ball at a Chicago Cubs game Tuesday is getting praise — even though the play was overturned.
MLB

It could have been a routine out in foul territory. Instead, a pop-up at a Chicago Cubs game was caught by a dad who was also holding a baby — and the crowd went wild. It didn't hurt that the fan momentarily robbed the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers of an out.

The play was eventually ruled to be fan interference, as Cubs fan Keith Hartley was found to have reached over into the field to nab the ball before it could land in the glove of the Dodgers' first baseman, Adrian Gonzalez.

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7:31am

Wed June 24, 2015
Sports

Teenaged Female Shortstop Could Be Signed by MLB Team

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 12:31 pm

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5:09am

Wed June 24, 2015
Sweetness And Light

The Quieter Sports Season, And Why Tennis Needs Caddies

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 8:05 am

Marcel Granollers (left) and Roger Federer leave the court at the U.S. Open in Flushing, N.Y., last August. Commentator Frank Deford says with all that baggage, tennis needs caddies.
Leslie Billman Ai Wire/Landov

Ah, it's summer, and sport is of a sweeter sort now — don't you think? For instance, of all the jobs in sport, I think maybe the best is retrieving foul balls. The boys and girls in that job get to wear uniforms and gloves, but mostly they just sit and occasionally gather up a foul ball, then give it away to some happy fan. Isn't that a neat job?

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5:17pm

Tue June 23, 2015
Sports

ESPN Report Finds Pete Rose Bet On Baseball As A Player

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 8:56 pm

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5:04pm

Tue June 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Female Shortstop, 16, Could Be Signed By MLB Teams In July

In what Major League Baseball says is a first, French baseball player Melissa Mayeux has had her name added to the list of international prospects who could be signed by clubs on July 2.

At age 16, Mayeux plays shortstop for two of France's national teams: the U-18 junior squad and the senior softball team. She's known as a smooth fielder who can also handle a bat.

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6:47pm

Mon June 22, 2015
The Two-Way

Pete Rose Bet On Baseball Games As A Player, ESPN Reports

Former Cincinnati Reds' player and manager Pete Rose watches a baseball game between the Reds and Washington Nationals on May 31 in Cincinnati.
John Minchillo AP

Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, bet on Cincinnati Reds games in 1986, during his last season as an active player, ESPN's Outside the Lines reports.

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5:04pm

Mon June 22, 2015
The Two-Way

Gutting It Out: Tales Of Sports Heroics In The Face Of Injury, Illness

Jason Day of Australia is tended to by medical staff Friday after finishing the ninth hole during the second round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.
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