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The New York Times described them as “drunken antics.” The phrase, when read alone, conjures up images of tipsy teenagers running around and pulling pranks — perhaps TPing or ding-dong ditching a house. What doesn’t come to mind when one reads such a lighthearted phrase is grown men vandalizing a
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Godspeed, Papelbon

On Sept. 14, 2014, All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon took the mound for the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phils were up 4-1 over the Miami Marlins, and Papelbon — who owned a 2.10 ERA up to that point in the 2014 season — was expected to deliver. He didn’t close out the
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Like Mike

I was 7 years old, sitting on cheetah print chairs and giggling with my family the first time I heard the name Michael Phelps. Little did I know at the time that he was destined to become the greatest Olympian of all time. Nothing gets me more spirited than the
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The value of a medal

This story will be running on the 15th of August, which happens to be my country’s Independence Day. Actually, when I was writing this story, Dipa Karmakar was participating in the women’s vault finals, the first Indian gymnast to do so. At the stroke of midnight in my country, this
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The beautiful game

While the NBA seems to value parity and league-wide equality more than other professional sports leagues, every so often the best players in the game team up, forming powerful “super teams.” If you look back at such teams — the Bulls of the ‘90s and the Showtime Lakers of the
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In the gorilla house

This year, deep in the heart of Ohio, we lost a national hero. I’m not talking about Johnny Manziel. I’m talking about a creature way more important. A gentle beast that was taken from us far too soon. An angel that would have surely ascended into heaven if it were
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Dying in slow motion

The dissolution of the Kevin Durant – Russell Westbrook Thunder has caused visceral reactions all over the league, and it’s not hard to figure out why. Fans hate when great players leave their first team, and they hate it even more when those players join a team that looks like
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From Cal to the Coliseum

In an otherwise lost season for the 2016 Oakland Athletics, the team has found a shortstop for the future in former Cal star and East Bay native, Marcus Semien. For Semien, it has been a season of redemption. After a shaky first season with the franchise, the insatiable work ethic
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Trade, Billy! Trade!

July 31 (or in this year’s case, Aug. 1) is Christmas Day for about half of Major League Baseball fans. Playoff-bound teams will receive reinforcements in the form of seasoned veterans, vying to win a World Series ring. But for the other half, it’s the equivalent of getting your heart
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Defense is boring — or is it?

The European Championships ended just over a week ago and, well, I miss it. International football is a fun affair full of breathtaking matches and unforgettable moments. This edition of the Euros ended with a great surprise when Eder scored the winning goal to give Portugal its first-ever piece of
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