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7:46 am
Sun June 7, 2015

'American Pharoah, Welcome To Greatness'

American Pharoah #5, ridden by Victor Espinoza, comes out of the paddock during the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday in Elmont, N.Y.
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Originally published on Sun June 7, 2015 10:00 am

On Saturday, race horse American Pharoah won the first Triple Crown in 37 years. Laura Hillenbrand, acclaimed best-selling author of Seabiscuit and Unbroken, wrote this reflection on the win:

Be thankful for defeat. Be thankful for failure. Be thankful for frustration, for heartbreak, for foolish mistakes, for frailty, for hard luck, for doubt, for longing.

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Sports
7:40 am
Sun June 7, 2015

Between Horses, Hoops And Ice, A Triple-Fine Sports Weekend

Originally published on Sun June 7, 2015 12:35 pm

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Sports
7:40 am
Sun June 7, 2015

FIFA Scandal Set Aside As Women's World Cup Opens

Originally published on Sun June 7, 2015 12:35 pm

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The Two-Way
7:35 pm
Sat June 6, 2015

After 37 Years, A Triple Crown Winner At Last: American Pharoah Sweeps The Races

Victor Espinoza celebrates atop American Pharoah after winning the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6 — the first Triple Crown win since 1978.
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Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 7:10 am

It took nearly four decades, but a horse has once again attained the honor that some call the most difficult achievement in sports: American Pharoah, after winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, ran to victory in the Belmont Stakes as well.

He's the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. With his win, a total of 12 horses have now achieved the feat.

American Pharoah took the lead early in the mile-and-a-half long race, with Frosted close on his tail. From there, the colt never gave up the front position.

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Sports
5:18 pm
Sat June 6, 2015

Forty Years Ago, NBA Finals Featured A Surprise: The Warriors

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 6:40 pm

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Sports
8:37 am
Sat June 6, 2015

American Pharoah Makes A Run At History

Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner American Pharoah plays with hot walker Juan Ramirez during a bath Friday at Belmont Park.
Julie Jacobson AP

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 12:44 pm

The Triple Crown is one of the most difficult tests in sports: Three horse races over the course of just five weeks, culminating with the Belmont Stakes Saturday in Elmont, N.Y.

American Pharoah is favored to win, which would make him the first horse to capture the Triple Crown in 37 years. But his rivals have a key advantage: They've had extra time to rest, and that's led to some grumbling inside the sport.

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Sports
7:37 am
Sat June 6, 2015

Triple Championships: The Weekend In Sports

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 12:44 pm

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And now it's time for B.J. Leiderman's theme music.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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7:37 am
Sat June 6, 2015

FIFA Arrests Unlikely To Tarnish The Women's World Cup

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 12:44 pm

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Sports
6:00 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

NCAA Tests Out Flat-Seamed Baseballs To Boost Batting Averages

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 6:47 pm

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The Two-Way
5:29 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

Irish Soccer Details $7 Million FIFA Payment Over Handball

Robbie Keane scored in Ireland's controversial World Cup qualifying match with France on Nov. 18, 2009 — but the country was eliminated by the aggregate score of 2-1. Ireland's soccer association says FIFA paid 5 million euros — $7 million at 2010 exchange rates — over a blatant breaking of the rules by France.
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A day after news emerged that soccer's world body paid Ireland not to protest a blatant handball by France's Thierry Henry in 2009, the Football Association of Ireland is releasing more details about the arrangement — including a copy of a signed deal.

FIFA paid the FAI more than 5 million euros — equal to around $7 million at the time of the transaction in January 2010 — so that the Irish would quit their plans for a legal appeal.

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