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Snow and Cold Can’t Stop Runners Training for the Boston Marathon


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Last Sunday, Boston hit its all-time snow record with 108.6 inches. The extreme conditions may have put many indoors, but it hasn’t stopped runners — especially those training for the 2015 Boston Marathon.

The race is scheduled for April 20, so participants are determined to get their training in whatever way they can. 

With most of their usual paths covered with more than eight feet of snow, runners have had to find indoor tracks or use treadmills in their basements. That includes Nicole and Chad Greene, a married couple who are also elite runners with 51 marathons between them. 

“We brought the TV down and have been watching lots of movies while we do our long runs on the treadmill,” Nicole says. 
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Adrian “Don’t Touch My Head” Beltre Plays Duck-Duck-Goose


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Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is all about celebrating with teammates after a big play. Give him a high-five. Fist-bump away. But DO NOT touch his head. Ever. He hates it so much, that his fellow Rangers — and even players on other teams — try to pat his dome just to be funny. But he doesn’t like it. At all.




Which makes the idea of Beltre playing duck-duck-goose with a bunch of elementary school kids so much fun. The Rangers released a video today promoting the team that hints at the hijinks. It needs to be a much, much longer clip:
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Manat Kaur

2015 Cricket World Cup: What You Need to Know


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As you read this, one of the biggest sporting events in the world is happening in Australia and New Zealand: 11th ICC (International Cricket Council) Cricket World Cup. Like the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup, the Cricket World Cup takes place every four years. While cricket may not be very popular in the U.S., approximately 1.5 billion TV viewers (that’s one-fifth of the world’s population!) are watching the World Cup.

If you're unfamiliar with the sport, here's how it's played:
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Six March Madness Storylines to Watch


by Evan Bergen-Epstein, Matt Collins, and Isabel Gomez

The play-in games are over, and the field is set. Three of our Kid Reporters, who will be attending NCAA tournament games, examined a handful of intriguing story lines that you should follow.

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Is Cinderella dressed in yellow?

Can No. 13 seed Valparaiso outlast fourth-seeded Maryland? The Crusaders were originally predicted to finish fourth in their conference, but after winning the Horizon League tournament, the team earned a spot in the Big Dance.

Valpo’s stingy defense may be a tough test for Maryland. The Crusaders are led by 6’10” rim protector Vashil Fernandez, who was the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year. His shot-blocking ability (he’s ranked seventh in the country, with 98 total) has changed the course of many games. Alec Peters leads the team in scoring (16.7 points per game) and rebounding (6.8).

Maryland finished second in the Big Ten standings but lost in the conference tournament semifinals to Michigan State. Though the Terrapins are considered favorites, Sports Illustrated picked the Crusaders to advance. Don’t blink on Friday afternoon (4:40 p.m. ET, TNT) because you may miss them emerging as this year’s best underdog story. – Matt Collins
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Evan Bergen-Epstein

The NFL in London: Why It Will Work


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When the 32 NFL owners gather in Arizona for the NFL’s Annual Meeting beginning this Sunday, there will be many discussions on rule changes, league plans, and the state of each franchise.

But another issue that has recently become a hot topic of discussion is the league’s possible expansion to Europe. While many are against such an expansion, the NFL can benefit from having a team across the pond. Here are some of the most common cases against the idea — and one reporter’s opinion on why those arguments don’t hold up. 
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Aaliyah Kellogg

Kevin Garnett Re-energizes Timberwolves Fans With His Return


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Kevin Garnett is back! Last month, the Minnesota Timberwolves welcomed the 6’11” forward-center back to their roster after his departure seven years ago, sparking excitement throughout the Twin Cities.

Garnett entered the NBA in 1995 straight out of high school and began his career with the Timberwolves. He led the team to eight consecutive playoff appearances, played in 15 All-Star games, and received numerous accolades, including the 20003 All-Star MVP league MVP (2004) awards, during his 12 seasons with the team.

After being traded to the Boston Celtics in 2007 (he won an NBA title with them a year later) and then to the Brooklyn Nets in 2013, Garnett was traded back to the Timberwolves in February in exchange for forward Thaddeus Young.

In honor of his return and to thank Minnesota fans, Garnett gave away 500 pairs of tickets for his first home game back with the Timberwolves on February 25.

“I always felt Kevin Garnett’s heart was in Minnesota,” says Mark Rosen, sportscaster at WCCO Minnesota. “He represents the good old days of the Timberwolves, and I think fans appreciated all he tried to do here to win a championship before going to Boston to achieve that dream.” 
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Four UConn Huskies Greats Discuss the Unlimited Potential of This Year’s Squad


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The 2015 NCAA Women's Basketball tournament bracket was unveiled yesterday, and surprising absolutely no one the Connecticut Huskies are the top seed. The program has seen its fair share of great players and teams over the years, but could this be the most dominant UConn squad of all time? Through January 26, the Huskies had beaten their opponents by an average of nearly 40 points per game. Former Huskies stars Sue Bird, Stefanie Dolson, Tina Charles, and Maya Moore talked about how the 2014-15 team stacks up against the school's best — and the talented squad's chances in the NCAA tournament.
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