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Apr 15, 2014

Swimming-Phelps’s return greeted with shrug by fellow Olympians

WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) – The news that Michael Phelps was returning to the pool with an eye toward possibly participating at the 2016 Summer Olympics was greeted with a big yawn by fellow swimmers.

While Phelps’s un-retirement did indeed create a flurry of excitement in social media, those who know him best were not shocked by Monday’s announcement.

Apr 1, 2014

Boston’s Sizemore looks like he never left the game

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Major League Baseball’s feel-good story of the spring extended into the regular season on Monday as Boston Red Sox center fielder Grady Sizemore had two hits, including his first home run since 2011.

The Red Sox lost to the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 in the season opener for both teams but Sizemore’s day made Boston’s gamble to sign the three-time All-Star look pretty shrewd.

Feb 25, 2014

Ovechkin, Backstrom ready to forget Olympic experience

ARLINGTON, Virginia, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom returned to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday determined to forget their bitter Olympic experiences and help their National Hockey League club secure a spot in the playoffs.

Ovechkin scored just one goal in five games for Russia and never reached the podium in Sochi, while Backstrom was denied a chance to play in Sweden’s gold-medal game after he failed a drug test.

Feb 10, 2014

Lawmakers call NFL on Redskins name: it’s an insult, not honor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. lawmakers on Monday rejected the National Football League’s claim that the Washington Redskins name was an honor to Native Americans and urged the sports league to recognize it as a racial slur and back changing the name.

In a letter to the National Football League, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, a Democrat from Washington state, and Republican U.S. Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma criticized the league for defending the name.

Dec 23, 2013

Ravens need a wild-card berth after pounding by Patriots

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – The New England Patriots pounded the Baltimore Ravens 41-7 on Sunday to leave the defending Super Bowl champions in a precarious three-way tie for the AFC’s final wild-card spot.

Quarterback Tom Brady completed 14 of 26 passes for a modest 172 yards and a touchdown and LeGarrette Blount rushed for two scores in the Patriots’ lopsided victory.

Dec 12, 2013

Ripken opens the door to managing, sort of

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Despite gaining a little weight and losing the rest of his hair since walking away from baseball a dozen years ago, Cal Ripken, Jr. remains instantly recognizable.

It doesn’t matter if it’s downtown Baltimore or some tiny hamlet in Puget Sound, jaws drop and eyes open wide when he enters a room.

Aug 4, 2013

Del Potro overcomes shaky start to beat Isner in DC final

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina overcame a shaky opening set to defeat big-serving American John Isner 3-6 6-1 6-2 on Sunday and win the $1.3 million Citi Open, underscoring his status as a major threat at the upcoming U.S. Open.

Del Potro, playing in his first tournament since losing to Novak Djokovic in an epic Wimbledon semi-final a month ago, was at his best when it mattered most, converting four of six break-point chances.

Aug 4, 2013

Tennis-Del Potro overcomes shaky start to beat Isner in DC final

WASHINGTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina overcame a shaky opening set to defeat big-serving American John Isner 3-6 6-1 6-2 on Sunday and win the $1.3 million Citi Open, underscoring his status as a major threat at the upcoming U.S. Open.

Del Potro, playing in his first tournament since losing to Novak Djokovic in an epic Wimbledon semi-final a month ago, was at his best when it mattered most, converting four of six break-point chances.

Aug 4, 2013

Big-serving Isner reaches final in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American John Isner moved closer to his second title in as many weeks by blasting 29 aces to despatch Russia’s Dmitry Tursunov 6-7(7) 6-3 6-4 and reach the final of the $1.3 million Citi Open on Saturday.

Isner will face the winner of Saturday’s late match between top seed Juan Martin del Potro and Tommy Haas for the title on Sunday.

Aug 4, 2013

Tennis-Big-serving Isner reaches final in Washington

WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) – American John Isner moved closer to his second title in as many weeks by blasting 29 aces to despatch Russia’s Dmitry Tursunov 6-7(7) 6-3 6-4 and reach the final of the $1.3 million Citi Open on Saturday.

Isner will face the winner of Saturday’s late match between top seed Juan Martin del Potro and Tommy Haas for the title on Sunday.