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Tim Tebow and Michael Jordan, Pied Pipers for baseball

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Believe it or not, Tim Tebow and Michael Jordan have a few things in common. Most know that both made huge names for themselves while playing before capacity crowds during their college days. Like Jordan, Tebow was part of a college championship as a freshman. Jordan and North Carolina won the 1982 NCAA Basketball Tournament, with Jordan providing the winning points. A generation later, the Florida Gators were the 2006 BCS national champions, with Tebow accounting for two touchdowns. Jordan…

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Tim Tebow has much to prove as a baseball player

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Primary Election Day dominated the news in Florida on Tuesday. The sports world went on, but few stories received significant attention. One of those was Tim Tebow’s showcase for Major League Baseball scouts. It’s fair to say he didn’t “wow” those who judge talent for the 30 teams, but he did a few things worthy of mention. The saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” fits well for the former quarterback. “It was a complete waste of time,” according…

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Missy Franklin not in freestyle relay final

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The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local): 9:40 p.m. If Missy Franklin is going to claim her first swimming medal of the Rio Olympics, it will have to come while she’s on dry land. Franklin competed in the preliminaries of the 4×200-meter freestyle relay, but her time wasn’t fast enough for the coaches to give her a spot in the evening final. Allison Schmitt posted what was by far the fastest split time…

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What to watch at the Rio games on Wednesday

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Day 5 of the Rio Games features medal action in gymnastics, swimming, judo, fencing and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local): SWIMMING A day after Michael Phelps won his 20th and 21st golds, he and Ryan Lochte will be looking to get to the semifinals in the men’s 200-meter individual medleys. Phelps took first Tuesday night in the 200-meter butterfly and later teamed with Lochte as half of the gold medal winning 4×200 meter freestyle relay team.…

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Martha Karolyi’s ‘Final Five’ U.S. team wins gymnastics gold

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Just call them the Final Five. Dominant. Peerless. Golden. The U.S. women’s gymnastics team gave retiring national team coordinator Martha Karolyi a fitting send off in the Olympic finals on Tuesday night, putting on a two-hour display of precision and class. Their score of 184.897 was more than eight points clear of silver medalist Russia, a blowout that Michael Jordan‘s “Dream Team” should envy. The Americans’ second straight Olympic team triumph — and third overall — was never in doubt.…

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LeBron James ends the debate, no one can deny his greatness now

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The drought is over for Cleveland, and the debate is over as well. Best player in basketball? His name is LeBron James. This is why he went back to Cleveland, to deliver a title, to end the city’s epic championship drought and finally give Northeast Ohio what it craved for nearly 52 years. It’s done. And now he’s free. Anything that happens from here is icing atop a three-tiered championship cake for James. There’s absolutely nothing left for James to…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.20.16 — Cleveland’s curse is history

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Congratulations to the city of Cleveland and fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers worldwide, after they defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the NBA Finals last night, 93-89, bringing the city their first sports championship in 52 years. Okay, that wasn’t too difficult for me to type. As a lifelong Warriors fan, it’s a crushing feeling, having the team with the best regular season in history coming up just short, but the fact is, the better team won. Although the…

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