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World Cup coming to North America

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 6/13/18, 11:01 am

FIFA voters Wednesday gave North America hosting rights for soccer’s World Cup in 2026. The proposal would put 60 of 80 games in the United States and 10 each in Mexico and Canada. In contrast to the secrecy of past World Cup ballots, members of FIFA, the international soccer governing body, held an open vote to select the North American trio over Morocco. The outcome signals that FIFA members favor existing venues in countries that actively work to fight corruption. Two years ago, a federal investigation exposed widespread bribery within the group.

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Justify wins Triple Crown, jockey thanks Jesus

by Jim Henry
Posted 6/11/18, 09:05 am

Justify became only the 13th Triple Crown winner in horse-racing history after winning the Belmont Stakes in New York on Saturday. He previously won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness to secure horse racing’s top prize. Justify became only the second horse to win the Triple Crown without ever losing a race, following Seattle Slew in 1977. Justify won the Belmont starting from the rail, 45 years to the day after Secretariat achieved that feat.

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Warriors sweep Cavaliers in NBA Finals

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 6/09/18, 09:27 am

The Golden State Warriors defeated Cleveland Friday night to sweep the Cavaliers in four games and capture their third NBA championship in four years. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 37 points, with finals MVP Kevin Durant adding 20 in the 108-85 victory at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena. “Looking at this playoff journey, we knew it wasn’t going to be as easy as last year,” Curry said. “Then the challenges that faced us. In October we wanted to be back in this moment, and a lot went into it.

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