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Oct 2, 2012

Nationals lose to Phillies but win the NL East

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Washington Nationals lost to the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 on Monday but still managed to clinch the National League East title when second-placed Atlanta lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Washington (96-64) managed only five hits on a chilly night with intermittent drizzle at Nationals Park but received a gift when the Braves lost 2-1 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

Sep 13, 2012

High-flying Orioles win, sweep the Rays

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – The Baltimore Orioles’ improbable ride to the top of the American League East continued on Thursday with an electrifying 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Manny Machado delivered the knock-out blow, lining a two-out, run-scoring single off Chris Archer in the bottom of the 14th inning to the delight of the 25,130 fans at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Jul 23, 2012

Osterman to watch Olympic Games with clenched teeth

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With much of the world anxiously counting down the hours until the beginning of the London Olympics, Cat Osterman admits her passion for the sporting spectacle is half-hearted at best.

The two-time medal-winning pitcher for the United States softball team traces her lack of enthusiasm to her sport being eliminated from the Olympic program.

Jul 23, 2012

Osterman to watch Games with clenched teeth

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With much of the world anxiously counting down the hours until the beginning of the London Olympics, Cat Osterman admits her passion for the sporting spectacle is half-hearted at best.

The two-time medal-winning pitcher for the United States softball team traces her lack of enthusiasm to her sport being eliminated from the Olympic program.

Jul 23, 2012

Olympics-Osterman to watch Games with clenched teeth

WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) – With much of the world
anxiously counting down the hours until the beginning of the
London Olympics, Cat Osterman admits her passion for the
sporting spectacle is half-hearted at best.

The two-time medal-winning pitcher for the United States
softball team traces her lack of enthusiasm to her sport being
eliminated from the Olympic program.

Jul 20, 2012

Torres expects emotional adventure in London

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American Dara Torres is still waiting for the big cry.

Three weeks after missing out on her sixth Olympics by .09 of a second, the 45-year-old swimmer said that while the agony is still raw, it has not fully found its way to the surface.

Jul 20, 2012

Olympics-Torres expects emotional adventure in London

WASHINGTON, July 20 (Reuters) – American Dara Torres is
still waiting for the big cry.

Three weeks after missing out on her sixth Olympics by .09
of a second, the 45-year-old swimmer said that while the agony
is still raw, it has not fully found its way to the surface.

Jul 19, 2012

Dickey, Wright help Mets halt six-game slide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey won his match-up against Gio Gonzalez for the major league lead in wins as the New York Mets snapped their season-high six-game losing streak by crushing the Washington Nationals 9-5 in a Thursday matinee.

Dickey (13-1, 2.72 earned run average), benefiting from two home runs and five runs batted in by David Wright, pitched 7-1/3 innings, scattering 10 hits while giving up four runs.

Jul 18, 2012

The clock is ticking for Strasburg’s season

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Stephen Strasburg’s season will end after 160 innings even if the success-starved Washington Nationals are involved in a playoff push, manager Davey Johnson insisted Wednesday.

The All-Star right-hander is 10-4 this season with a 2.66 earned run average and a league-leading 135 strikeouts but the flame-thrower has already pitched 105 innings for the National League East division leaders.

Jul 17, 2012

Sluggish United States beat Brazil 80-69

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. men’s basketball team eased past Brazil 80-69 in an exhibition game on Monday, but their sluggish play and spotty shooting should banish any thoughts they will waltz to another Olympic gold medal in London.

LeBron James scored 30 to lead the Americans, who trailed by 10 after the first period and were out-rebounded (38-30) and out-hustled by their less-heralded counterparts.