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Friday’s Top 5: Rangers get star performances from Hamels, Choo

Friday's Top 5: Rangers get star performances from Hamels, Choo

The Texas Rangers: While pushing the Orioles further back in the pack in the American League wild-card race in their 4-1 win, the Rangers reaped big benefits from some of the stars they went to such trouble to bring to Texas. First off, Cole Hamels delivered exactly the kind of big game they were hoping for from him, getting 10 strikeouts in eight innings while allowing just two hits and a run.

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Clayton Kershaw’s latest gem speaks louder than words

Clayton Kershaw's latest gem speaks louder than words

Fed up with a championship-caliber team not hitting or pitching in relief like it ought to, and with the results being five consecutive losses and the San Francisco Giants within arm's reach, Clayton Kershaw said something about it all. Addressing the media after that fifth loss, the Los Angeles Dodgers' ace said it was time to panic and that that kind of emotion could be a good thing for his first-place club.

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Swans to pump game time into Buddy

Swans to pump game time into Buddy

Sydney has the chance to pump much needed game time into some of their stars and explore their forward line options in Sunday's AFL away clash with St Kilda. The Swans will be looking for a third straight win to tighten their grip on a top four spot. They welcome back plenty of firepower for the Etihad Stadium encounter.

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Mater Dei beats Bishop Amat in back-and-forth battle

Mater Dei beats Bishop Amat in back-and-forth battle

When I saw seven iPads lined up on a table behind the Santa Ana Mater Dei bench Friday night for coaches to watch instant replays against La Puente Bishop Amat, I shook my head and mumbled, "Wow." When I was covering John Elway throwing touchdown passes for Granada Hills High in 1977, there were no smartphones, let alone compact computers.

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Illinois athletic director should be next on firing line

Illinois athletic director should be next on firing line

One week before the season opener, Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas terminated football coach Tim Beckman with two years left on his contract for behavior apparently nobody noticed until last spring when a disgruntled former player went on a Twitter rant. This is so utterly Illinois. Most teams hold pep rallies days before the first game to build enthusiasm for the upcoming season; Illinois fires its overmatched football coach.

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Oaks Christian rallies for win on Bill Redell’s night

Oaks Christian rallies for win on Bill Redell's night

The opening game of the high school football season came down to the closing seconds, but the Oaks Christian Lions were able to pull out a 41-34 victory over Notre Dame on the same day that they re-named the football field in honor of longtime coach Bill Redell. The clinching play Friday came with 21 seconds remaining, when senior wide receiver Michael Pittman caught a 38-yard pass in the end zone from sophomore quarterback Matt Corral.

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Bolt on track for more gold after Jamaica lead relay qualifiers

Bolt on track for more gold after Jamaica lead relay qualifiers

BEIJING (Reuters) - Usain Bolt remained on course to win a third gold medal at the 15th world athletics championships on Saturday when Jamaica easily qualified for the final of the men's 4x100 metres relay. Bolt did not run in Saturday's morning heats but will take his place in the evening finals after his team mates set the fastest qualifying time at Beijing's national stadium.

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Mets Insider: Power trip shows Davd Wright at home

Mets Insider: Power trip shows Davd Wright at home

Wright was a study in concentration, though, loosening up on his way to the batter’s box. Owens stepped off the mound, a classy gesture to let Wright enjoy a nice moment. Wright popped up on the first pitch, which short-circuited it a bit. Still, it was clear that everyone in the stands knew it was Wright’s first game in his home park since April 14 due to back problems.

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