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NL Postseason Field is Set — and it Includes the Pirates

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For the first time in 21 years, the Pittsburgh Pirates are headed to the playoffs. The Buccos defeated the Cubs 2-1 last night, and with some help from the Washington Nationals (who lost to the St. Louis Cardinals), the Pirates are guaranteed at least a spot in the win-or-go-home Wild Card game.

It was a big night for the Pirates. The last time they were in the playoffs was 1992, when it lost to Atlanta in seven games in the National League Championship Series. That year was also the last time Pittsburgh had a winning record. This year, the Pirates got back to winning and got back in the postseason.

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Soccer Academy Is Now In Session!

  • Goalazo
  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • September 24, 2013, 9:22 AM

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It's time to hit the pitch with Sergio, Luka, Soul, Yanis, Niko, and the rest of the kids of Soccer Academy!

Presented by SI Kids and Magnet Media, Soccer Academy is an intense five-part series starring some of the best child players from New York's Blaus WeissGotschee. From all-day practice to a rivalry game with the Brooklyn Italians, Soccer Academy takes you inside the game and the lives of the players, their parents, and coaches.

You can watch all five episodes of Soccer Academy right now! Check them out below and experience all the highs and lows of a season in the high-pressure world of youth soccer.

Game on!

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Islanders and Devils Play First-Ever NHL Game in Brooklyn

  • Puckhead
  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • September 23, 2013, 12:21 PM

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The NHL has arrived in Brooklyn.

On Saturday night, nearly 15,000 excited fans turned out for a preseason game between the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils. But this was more than just a regular-season warm-up — it was history.

The Islanders hosted the Devils at the Barclays Center in the first National Hockey League game ever played in Brooklyn.

“Obviously there's a lot of hype around this game,” Islanders captain John Tavares said after the loss. “The atmosphere was great. It’s a lot of fun to play in this building.”
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NCAA Football Power Rankings — Week 4

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The most anticipated game of the year lived up to the hype last weekend: Alabama took down Texas A&M 49-42. If the Crimson Tide weren’t the clear-cut number-one team in the country before that game, they are now. Meanwhile, the Aggies drop to number nine in the rankings.

Now that conference play starts, the games will get more difficult and losses for the top teams will become more likely. That means the games will be more exciting, and the power rankings could start seeing some changes.  

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Sneak Peek: Soccer Academy

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  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • September 20, 2013, 11:14 AM

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If you think kids’ soccer is just about mini-vans and snack time, think again.

Beginning Tuesday, September 24, SI Kids and Magnet Media will present Soccer Academy, an intense five-part series starring some of the best child players in the league from New York's Blaus Weiss Gotschee. With in-depth features that go beyond the pitch, get inside the lives of the players, their parents, and the high-pressure world of kids soccer.

Soccer Acadmey is sure to appeal to both die-hard and casual lovers of the beautiful game. Check out a sneak preview of the series below, and stay tuned to for the full series next week!
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LA Dodgers Clinch NL West, Celebrate By Crashing Arizona's Pool

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Last night, the Dodgers defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 7-6, to clinch the NL West. It was the team's first divisional title since 2009 — and it capped a stunning turnaround that saw LA go from last place in the West to division champs in just three months.

Of course, that calls for a huge celebration. And after the game was over, the Dodgers celebrated on the field, then in the clubhouse. But that still wasn't enough. Since they were playing in Arizona, their options were limited in how to keep the party started.

Until someone realized, "Hey, the Diamondbacks have a pool in the outfield!"
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Cal Ripken, Jr. Looks Back on The Streak

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On September 20, 1998, the Baltimore Orioles played their last home game of the season. And third baseman Cal Ripken Jr. did something he hadn't done in 16 years: He stayed on the bench.

After playing in 2,632 straight games — a baseball record — Ripken decided to keep himself out of the Orioles' lineup. "I think the time is right," Ripken said. "I was going to take the last day of the season off in Boston, But I thought about it a long time and decided if this is going to end, let it end where it started, in Baltimore," Ripken said at the time.

In 1995, Ripken broke the record for most consecutive games played. The previous record was 2,130, which was set in 1939 by Lou Gehrig. But Ripken didn't sit once he owned the record. He kept playing. And playing. Ultimately pushing the record to 2,632 games.

At the end of the streak, the 38-year-old Ripken was the undisputed Iron Man of baseball. And when he retired in 2001 (his career line: 3,184 hits, 1,695 RBIs, and 431 homeruns) he was guaranteed a place in Cooperstown. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007 with 98.53 percent of first-ballot votes, the third-highest percentage in history.

Fifteen years later, Ripken's streak remains one of the all-time great sports achievements. When he stopped by Sports Illustrated in July, he spoke to SI Kids about the end of the streak and who he thinks could challenge his place as baseball's Iron Man.

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