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Crazy Game of the Week: Reds and Pirates Hit 10 HRs Before Rain Suspends Play 0


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The Reds and Pirates opened up a three-game series last night in Cincinnati with their own personal home run derby. The teams combined for 10 dingers, the most ever hit in one game at Great American Ball Park and the most in an MLB game since 2006. (The Pirates hit three back-to-back jacks.)

But here's the thing: The game hasn't ended. It rained all night, and at the end of the 6th inning officials suspended the game with the score tied, 7-7. It'll be picked up at the top of the 7th at 5:30 p.m. today. So the Reds and Pirates could add even more homers to the box score.

The season's still young, but this is easily the craziest game of the 2014 campaign. Get ready for the final innings by watching all 10 home runs:
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Michael Phelps Gets Back in the Pool 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • April 14, 2014, 3:06 PM

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When the 2012 Summer Olympics ended, swimmer Michael Phelps left London with four gold and two silver medals, giving him 18 golds and 22 total medals in his career. He also said his swimming days were over.

But Phelps' retirement lasted less than two years. In an interview with the Associated Press, Phelps' coach Bob Bowman said the swimmer would compete at the Arena Grand Prix, taking place April 24-26 in Mesa, Arizona. He's currently entered in three events: the 50- and 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly.
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Wizards Sign 10-Year-Old Amaris Jackson to One-Day Contract 0

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  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • April 14, 2014, 12:07 PM

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As Washington jockeys for playoff positioning in the East, the Wizards got a big win over the lowly Bucks on Saturday, 104-91. But the team's postseason push took a deserved backseat to a new rookie on the roster: Amaris Jackson.

Amaris is a 10-year-old Wizards fan — and she's fighting a rare form of kidney cancer. She's gone through two months of chemotherapy and surgery, and has another operation scheduled this week to remove a lung tumor. But before the procedure, Amaris had the experience of a lifetime thanks to the Wizards and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
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Ace Pitchers Break Out the Lumber 0


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It was a big weekend for pitchers who stepped into the batter's box. Well, for two pitchers, anyway. And for very different reasons.

The first big bottom-of-the-order hit came in San Francisco. On Friday night, Giants starter Madison Bumgarner stepped to the plate in the 4th inning with two outs and the bases loaded. On the first pitch he saw from Colorado Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa, Bumgarner jacked a grand slam (and his third career home run) deep over the left field wall:
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Union Wins First NCAA Men's Hockey Championship 0

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  • April 14, 2014, 8:01 AM

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Union College won its first NCAA hockey title Saturday night, scoring three times in a 1:54 span in the first period in a 7-4 victory over Minnesota on Saturday night.

Mike Vecchione tied it at 2 with 4:01 left in the first, Eli Lichtenwald gave the Dutchman the lead 57 seconds later, and Daniel Ciampini capped the spree with 2:57 to go.

"The staple of our team all year — we come in waves," Union captain Mat Bodie said. "All three of those goals were pack-of-wolf goals where we were just throwing the puck on net."

Bodie, Shayne Gostisbehere, Max Novak and Kevin Sullivan also scored and Colin Stevens made 36 saves for Union (32-6-4), the 2,200-student liberal arts college in Schenectady, N.Y., that competes in Division III in all other sports.

"I don't think anyone will call us Cinderella anymore," said Gostisbehere, who had a goal and two assists. "These guys, my brothers, they do everything for me. I don't care about anything else, were national champions."
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MLB Preview 2014: National League Scouting Report 1


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The 2014 Major League Baseball season is underway — and we have everything you need to know! Jump into all the action with our in-depth write-ups and bold predictions for all 30 MLB teams.

Today we look at the National League. (Yesterday we focused on the American League.) Click the links below to check out scouting reports on each division!
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Gophers Reach Men's Hockey Finals on Last-Second Goal 2

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • April 11, 2014, 9:00 AM

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ED NOTE: Sorry Minnesota fans! We accidentally referred to the Golden Gophers as the "Badgers" in the original headline of this article.

March Madness might be over, but there's still a Final Four happening in college sports. Frozen Four, to be more precise. The NCAA men's hockey seasons wrap up this weekend with the championship game in Philadelphia. University of Minnesota Gophers take on the Union (NY) Dutchmen in a David-and-Goliath final — the Gophers, one of the best college hockey programs in the country, are going for their six title and first since 2003; the Dutchmen are playing in their first men's hockey championship in school history.

But as exciting as the game should be, it won't have anything on last night's Minnesota-North Dakota semi-final matchup. The two teams were evenly matched, going scoreless through two periods, thanks in large part to some big-time play by Gophers goalie Adam Wilcox. Both teams scored a goal in the third, and with time ticking down to an inevitable overtime, Minnesota's Justin Holl did what every coach tells every player to do: Throw the puck on net. You never know what will happen.

Skip to 1:16 to see how this heavyweight fight ended:
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