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Islanders and Devils Play First-Ever NHL Game in Brooklyn 1

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • September 23, 2013, 1:21 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 0

  • Gridiron Guru
  • Posted by: Vidur Malik
  • September 20, 2013, 4:19 PM

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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 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • September 20, 2013, 12:14 PM

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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 SIKids.com for the full series next week!
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LA Dodgers Clinch NL West, Celebrate By Crashing Arizona's Pool 0

  • Dugout Dispatch
  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • September 20, 2013, 9:37 AM

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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 0

  • Dugout Dispatch
  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • September 20, 2013, 8:47 AM

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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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Lakers Debut Hollywood Nights Jerseys 6

  • Hoophead
  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • September 19, 2013, 3:41 PM

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The LA Lakers debuted a new black jersey today — and it's pretty sweet. Called Hollywood Nights, the alternate jersey is black with purple lettering and yellow trim. The team is going to wear it "for select games" this season, and it will be the first time the team will don black threads. (The traditional jerseys are gold, purple, and white.)

Here's a closer look at the new threads:
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NFL Power Rankings — Week 3 3

  • Gridiron Guru
  • Posted by: Vidur Malik
  • September 18, 2013, 3:49 PM

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Week two saw a top-5 battle between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers. Seattle won easily and overtook San Francisco for the number two spot in the power rankings.

Denver is holding on to the top spot and shows no signs of letting it go. But there has been some movement underneath the Broncos in the rankings. The New Orleans Saints are now in the top 10, and a few teams fell far. The Washington Redskins drop all the way to number 25 after starting 0-2, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneer fell five spots to number 27 after another disappointing loss.

Tell us where you think your team should be ranked in the comments!

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