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5:45 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Toews Ends Scoring Drought In 2-1 Win As Chicago Ties Stanley Cup Finals

Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Toews (19) and Patrick Kane (88) confer during Monday's Stanley Cup Final game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Tasos Katopodis Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 11:19 pm

Update, 11 p.m. ET:

Chicago captain Jonathan Toews did in fact break out of his scoring drought and, with a second goal by left wing Brandon Saad that was assisted by Patrick Kane, propelled the Blackhawks to a 2-2 series tie Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tampa Bay center Alex Killorn scored for the Lightning, which had hoped to have Chicago on the brink of elimination when the Stanley Cup finals return to Florida on Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET. It was his second goal of the series and eighth of the playoffs.

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The Two-Way
9:47 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Amid Corruption Scandal, FIFA Delays Bidding On 2026 World Cup

FIFA Secretary-General JΓ©rΓ΄me Valcke (right) and FIFA President Joseph "Sepp" Blatter attend a news conference in 2014.
Victor Caivano AP

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 12:43 pm

Still reeling from a corruption scandal that has ensnared some of its top officials and led to the resignation of its president, FIFA said it was delaying the bidding process on the 2026 World Cup.

"Due to the situation, I think it's nonsense to start any bidding process for the time being," JΓ©rΓ΄me Valcke, FIFA's secretary general, said during a news conference on Wednesday.

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Sports
5:03 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Cleveland Takes 2-1 Lead In NBA Finals Over Golden State

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 8:01 am

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The Two-Way
2:49 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Come-From-Behind Drama Continues In Stanley Cup Final

Chicago Blackhawks' Brandon Saad (left) reaches for a puck as Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop and Cedric Paquette (right) defend during the third period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final on Monday.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 6:27 pm

Victor Hedman's very good Stanley Cup playoff run got much, much better Monday.

The Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman notched two assists including a brilliant setup to Cedric Paquette for the game-winning goal late in the third period, over the Chicago Blackhawks. The Lightning have a 2-1 lead in the final.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper is among those impressed with the 24-year-old Swede's performance in these playoffs. "This is really his coming-out party," Cooper said. "He was a monster tonight."

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Goats and Soda
2:01 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

A Gender Revolution Hits The Streets, Two Wheels At A Time

Fatima Haidari, second from the right, and her bike riding club caught the attention of Humans of Kabul β€” the Afghanistan version of the popular Humans of New York blog.
David Fox Courtesy of Humans of Kabul

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 9:40 am

When Fatima Haidari got her first bike at age 9, she rode it all the time. But when she became an teenager, the rules changed.

"I used to bike outside because I was a kid, and nobody cared," Haidari says. "But when I got older, it got kind of weird so I stopped."

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The Two-Way
8:55 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Thousands Who Bet On American Pharoah Are Keeping The Tickets

Not all winning tickets are being cashed in, after American Pharoah took the Belmont Stakes to complete the first Triple Crown in 37 years.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 11:30 am

Instead of turning in a $2 ticket that would pay $3.80 for American Pharoah winning the Belmont Stakes, most people who bought the tickets are hanging on to them as keepsakes β€” or even investments.

American Pharoah became the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win the venerable Triple Crown. The 3-year-old colt entered Saturday's race as a heavy favorite β€” and it seems that thousands of people who bet on him to win were doing so in the hopes of getting a souvenir.

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Sports
4:41 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Oakland's Switch-Pitcher Pat Venditte Makes MLB Debut

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 6:56 pm

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The Two-Way
10:37 am
Mon June 8, 2015

U.S. Women Beat Australia 3-1 In Teams' Opening Match Of World Cup

Christen Press of the United States celebrates Monday after scoring a second-half goal against Australia during the FIFA Women's World Cup in Winnipeg, Canada.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 9:52 pm

Update, 9:45 p.m. ET:

Forward Christen Press scored in the 61st minute and Megan Rapinoe scored her second goal of the match in the 78th minute for the Americans, who beat Australia 3-1. Combined with the 1-1 tie between Sweden and Nigeria earlier on Monday, the U.S. has a strong lead in its World Cup group.

Rapinoe also was issued a yellow card in the second half, as was U.S. midfielder Lauren Holiday. Goalie Hope Solo had five saves.

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Sports
5:19 pm
Sun June 7, 2015

Goodbye To Tal's Hill, A Beloved β€” And Hated β€” Houston Ballpark Landmark

Originally published on Sun June 7, 2015 6:21 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

I'm sad to report that one of the weirdest features in a major league baseball park will be gone next season - the infamous Tal's Hill at the Houston Astros Minute Maid Park.

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Sports
3:37 pm
Sun June 7, 2015

Cavs' Matthew Dellavedova β€” A Standout In The Classroom And On The Court

Matthew Dellavedova (right) of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball against Jeff Teague of the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals last month.
Jason Miller Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 11:56 am

The spotlight is about to shine on one of the more unlikely starting players in the NBA Finals.

Australian native Matthew Dellavedova is expected to start for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night in Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. He will replace injured all-star point guard Kyrie Irving, who had season-ending surgery Saturday to repair a broken kneecap.

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