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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

With hitting down, should MLB lower the mound?

Big league hitters are in major slump. Would lowering the mound help put pitchers in their place?
By Ronald Blum

Players may consider tobacco ban discussion in 2016 labor talks

MINNEAPOLIS - Major League Baseball players say they may consider whether to discuss a possible ban on chewing tobacco when they negotiate their next labor contract.
By Ronald Blum

Monday, July 14, 2014

Dominant pitching will be on display in All-Star Game

MINNEAPOLIS - St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright will start the All-Star Game at Target Field against the Seattle Mariners' Felix Hernandez.
By Ronald Blum

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Trade keeps Jeff Samardzija off NL All-Star team

NEW YORK - The trade that put Jeff Samardzija on a postseason contender cost him a chance to pitch in his first All-Star game. 
By Ronald Blum

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Belgium edges U.S. in extra time

SALVADOR, Brazil - Belgium scored two goals in extra time and held on to beat the United States 2-1 Tuesday in the round of 16 at the World Cup.
By Ronald Blum

Monday, June 30, 2014

US team will have nation's attention

SALVADOR, Brazil - They know the eyes of the United States will be on them from thousands of miles away, and they say they are ready.
By Ronald Blum

Thursday, June 26, 2014

US loses, but advances in World Cup

RECIFE, Brazil - The United States reached the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups for the first time, just not the way the Americans wanted.
By Ronald Blum

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

U.S. vs. Germany is loaded with story lines

Having squandered the chance to clinch advancement earlier this week against Portugal by allowing a stoppage-time goal in a 2-2 draw, the Americans need at least a tie against Germany.
By Ronald Blum

Monday, June 23, 2014

Draw muddies World Cup picture for US

SAO PAULO - Instead of taking a breather, the United States created a World Cup math puzzle for its fans back in America.
By Ronald Blum

Saturday, June 21, 2014

US has fate in own hands against Portugal

With a win over the Portuguese and reigning world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo, the U.S. would accomplish a pair of American firsts: reaching the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups ...
By Ronald Blum

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

U.S. is banged up after victory

After an opening victory, the U.S. hopes to become the first American team to win consecutive World Cup games since a 2-0 start at the very first tournament in 1930.
By Ronald Blum

Monday, June 16, 2014

US emerges bloodied and victorious against Ghana

John Brooks rose above the defense and headed in the game winner, putting the U.S. atop the group with Germany, with a 2-1 victory over Ghana.
By Ronald Blum

Sunday, June 15, 2014

US looks to avenge losses to Ghana

The U.S. has never advanced in the World Cup after starting with a loss, and it is grouped with 37th-ranked Ghana, who it plays today, along with No. 2 Germany and No. 4 Portugal.
By Ronald Blum

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Heat in Brazil doesn't bother US team

SAO PAULO - While some World Cup teams whine about withering weather and troublesome travel, American players say: Bring it on!
By Ronald Blum

Monday, June 9, 2014

US arrives in congested Sao Paulo for World Cup

SAO PAULO - The 4,080-mile overnight flight to Sao Paulo was easy for the U.S. World Cup team. A 4-mile bus ride from its base hotel through the city's perpetually congested streets to the ...
By Ronald Blum

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Successful sendoff lifts US hopes entering Cup

SAO PAULO - The U.S. headed to Brazil with boosted faith Sunday after going undefeated in its sendoff series for the first time.
By Ronald Blum

Sunday, June 1, 2014

US beats Turkey in World Cup warmup

HARRISON, N.J. - Goals by Fabian Johnson and Clint Dempsey led the United States over Turkey 2-1 on Sunday for the Americans' second consecutive win in their World Cup sendoff series.
By Ronald Blum

Saturday, May 31, 2014

US struggles to find strong foes for exhibitions

Instead of preparing for the World Cup against top teams and global stars, the United States arranged a sendoff series against No. 85 Azerbaijan, No. 39 Turkey and No. 44 Nigeria.
By Ronald Blum

Friday, May 30, 2014

Pep rally held for US soccer team in Times Square

NEW YORK - A crowd of about 2,000 filled part of New York's Times Square to cheer the U.S. World Cup team during a televised send-off pep rally Friday night.
By Ronald Blum

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Donovan among 7 cuts on US World Cup squad

STANFORD, Calif. - Landon Donovan, the most accomplished American player in the history of men's soccer, won't be going to his fourth World Cup.
By Ronald Blum
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