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5:32 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Jack Nicklaus Gets Hole-In-One During Masters Contest

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 6:34 am

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4:03 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Major League Baseball Tries To Be More Welcoming To LGBT Community

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 6:34 am

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3:05 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

After Some Delay Of Game, NFL Gets Its First Female Ref

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 5:23 pm

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12:41 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

NFL Makes It Official: Sarah Thomas Is First Woman To Be A Full-Time Ref

Sarah Johnson makes a call during the first half of an April 2014 preseason NFL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Diego Chargers.
Stephen Brashear AP

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 4:30 pm

Confirming a long-anticipated move, the NFL has hired its first female official on a full-time basis. Sarah Thomas, 41, has spent nearly a decade working her way through the ranks in the NCAA.

The league announced the move Wednesday, days after the news of Thomas' impending hire came out. For several years now, her name has been mentioned as a candidate for a spot at football's elite level.

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3:58 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Connecticut Wins 3rd Straight Women's Basketball Title

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 11:20 am

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2:50 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Deford: Americans Don't Care About Major League Soccer

New York Red Bulls defender Chris Duvall (third from left) reacts toward the crowd after teammate Lloyd Sam scores during an MLS soccer game against D.C. United on March 22 in Harrison, N.J. The Red Bulls won 2-0.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 2:30 pm

Wherever you stand on the matter of American exceptionalism, there is one indisputable fact: We are the exception when it comes to soccer. For just about every other nation, soccer is the sport — a far, far better thing than the American dollar, beer, Google or sex. Alas, in the United States, soccer has been more commonly identified with soccer moms than soccer players.

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9:32 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Connecticut Wins 3rd Straight Women's Basketball Title, 5th In 7 Years

Notre Dame guard Lindsay Allen shoots against Connecticut forward Breanna Stewart as Connecticut guard Moriah Jefferson looks on April 7 during the first half of the NCAA women's college basketball championship game in Tampa, Fla.
John Raoux AP

It's the kind of long-term dominance only the New York Yankees, Montreal Canadiens or John Wooden's UCLA teams could rival: Since 1995, the University of Connecticut women's basketball team has basically had coin-flip odds of winning a women's basketball championship.

The Huskies took home their tenth trophy in that span on Tuesday night, beating Notre Dame 63-53 in a rematch of the 2014 title game, which UConn won 79-58.

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4:08 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

NFL Holds First-Ever Scouting Combine For Veteran Players

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 6:54 pm

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4:08 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

ESPN Bracket Challenge Winner Is Too Young To Collect Grand Prize

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 6:54 pm

Twelve-year-old Sam Holtz beat out 11.57 million other brackets to win the ESPN Tournament Challenge, which means he now enters a random raffle to win the grand prize. But even if selected, Holtz is too young to collect the prize.

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1:09 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Three-Peat Or Upset? UConn And Notre Dame Play For Women's NCAA Title

Jewell Loyd and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will again face Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and the Connecticut Huskies in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Championship. They're seen here in last year's title game.
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Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 3:24 pm

In a rematch of the 2014 final, the University of Connecticut will face off against Notre Dame in the NCAA women's basketball final Tuesday night. UConn's Huskies will be trying for their third consecutive title.

The championship game will start at 8:30 p.m. ET; it'll air on ESPN.

For Notre Dame, tonight brings a chance to overcome years of frustration. In three of the past four years, the team has lost in the championship game. The Irish last won it all in 2001.

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