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United States' Christen Press (23) celebrates her goal against Australia with Lauren Holiday (12) during a FIFA Women's World Cup soccer match in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Monday, June 8, 2015. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

U.S. shakes off jitters; Obama talks scandal

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Forgive the United States for some opening night jitters. The team got off to a slow start — several players called it “choppy” — but broke open a 1-all tie with Australia after the first half for a 3-1 victory in the World Cup opener on Monday night. Megan Rapinoe scored twice for the U.S. women. “It was the first game, and there are some players out there who haven’t played in a big tournament before,” midfielder Carli Lloyd said. “I think we’ll get better and better as each game goes on.” The win gives the second-ranked Americans three points to start … 0

F-bombs, shouting: Uncivil discourse on Boston bid

Sunday, May 31, 2015

BOSTON — If there were an Olympic medal for acrimony, Boston would take the gold. The debate over the city’s embattled bid to host the 2024 Summer Games has featured F-bombs at public hearings, shouting matches and online abuse in both directions. Regardless of whether the bid advances, some say the venom and vitriol represent a new low in a city where political … 0

Boston’s Olympic chief confident in bid

Sunday, March 22, 2015

BOSTON — It would be one thing to persuade the International Olympic Committee to choose Boston over other powerhouse world cities to host the 2024 Summer Games. But it’s quite another to win over a skeptical populace in its own backyard. “We have to dream big,” Richard Davey, the chief executive of Boston 2024, the group spearheading the city’s bid, said in a … 0

Dallas Seavey wins Iditarod in year marked by uncertainty

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NOME, Alaska — If ever there was uncertainty about the outcome of the world’s most famous sled dog race, it was this year. Warm weather and a lack of snow in much of Alaska forced organizers of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to forge an untested route, … 0

Marketing agreement an obstacle in US 2024 bid

Monday, July 28, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — If Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington is picked to host the 2024 Olympics, the U.S. Olympic Committee will pay the price for winning. One of its first tasks will be to hand … 0

Jaywalking: Name game

Monday, June 30, 2014

Lunchtime on the farm has taken on a new look recently. Typically, my father and I congregate around noon for about a half-hour break to eat a sandwich and some fresh vegetables while watching the noontime newscast. But since the start of the World Cup about three weeks … 0

A detailed primer for Americans on how to watch the World Cup

Friday, June 13, 2014

This week sports fans around the globe will turn their attention to the most watched athletic event in the world — the soccer World Cup. In remote villages and urban centers, close to 1 billion fans will stop what they are doing and find the nearest accessible television … 0

NBC: Olympic viewers show prevalent second-screen use

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NEW YORK — Slightly more than half of the people who watched the Sochi Olympics on NBC also used a computer, tablet or smartphone to get information about the games while the TV was on, the network said … 0

Soccer coming to Bravo, Syfy, Oxygen, CNBC, E!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

STAMFORD, Conn. — Soccer is coming to some U.S. television networks better known for reality shows, dramas or financial news. NBCUniversal said Wednesday that it will simultaneously broadcast all 10 matches from the Premier League’s May 11 season finale on its different channels. Along with NBC and NBCSN, … 0

American Paralympian reunited with Russian mom

Sunday, March 9, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Pushing through pain in her debut at the Winter Paralympics, Tatyana McFadden only had to remember who was watching to draw inspiration on this emotional homecoming. Together in the stands at the cross-country skiing … 0

Putin declares Sochi Winter Paralympics open

Monday, March 10, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — With a solitary Ukrainian athlete taking part in the opening ceremony, Russian President Vladimir Putin opened the Winter Paralympics in Sochi on Friday against the backdrop of his country’s military action in Crimea. Ukraine delivered … 0

Witness: Pistorius prayed over his mortally wounded girlfriend

Thursday, March 6, 2014

PRETORIA, South Africa — As the girlfriend he shot in the head lay dead or dying in his home, a weeping, praying Oscar Pistorius knelt at her side and struggled in vain to help her breathe by holding … 0

Once-calm witness cries at Pistorius murder trial

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

PRETORIA, South Africa — For two days, the witness in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius kept her composure. Then, just as her testimony was about to finish, she broke down in tears at what she said was … 0