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Mizzou baseball carries high hopes into Bieser's second season

COLUMBIA, MO. • After falling just short of the NCAA postseason last spring in his debut season, Missouri baseball coach Steve Bieser isn’t backing down from what’s been his stated goal since taking over the program. “When I took the job I thought anything short of regional play is not acceptable,” he said this week. “We’ve got to find ways ...

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College baseball: Holy Cross sophomore Austin Masel steps into leadership role

Jennifer Toland Telegram & Gazette Staff @JenTandG WORCESTER — Holy Cross sophomore center fielder Austin Masel isn’t sure about labeling himself one of the Crusaders’ leaders, but after his fantastic freshman season, HC coach Greg DiCenzo told Masel he shouldn’t be surprised that many of the team’s 15 freshmen have sought him out for advice. Masel led the Crusaders in hits, ...

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Angels planning to ease Shohei Ohtani into things with a six-man rotation

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Angels opened their spring training camp in Arizona, which means Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani reported for his first workout with the organization. The media throng was as expected: The 23-year-old Ohtani will get the chance to both pitch and hit with the Angels, and to help ease him into things, the club plans to ...

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NHL Power Rankings: Maple Leafs climb into top five, but Lightning stay at No. 1

While you’re busy enjoying the 2018 Winter Olympics without any NHL-fueled men’s hockey, the NHL is busy sorting itself out for the playoff race. And we are busy sorting out who’s who in the mid-February push for postseason contention. If you’ve been riding the Tampa Bay Lightning bandwagon since they took the league by storm in October, you don’t have ...

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Kvitova sends Czechs into Fed Cup semis

PRAGUE (AP) The Czech Republic advanced to the Fed Cup semifinals after double Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-4 Sunday. Kvitova’s victory gave the Czechs an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the first-round match and secured a 10th straight appearance in the last four. They will face Germany or Belarus in the April semifinals. The 27-year-old Kvitova, ...

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Kvitova sends Czechs into Fed Cup semis

PRAGUE (AP) The Czech Republic advanced to the Fed Cup semifinals after double Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-4 Sunday. Kvitova’s victory gave the Czechs an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the first-round match and secured a 10th straight appearance in the last four. They will face Germany or Belarus in the April semifinals. The 27-year-old Kvitova, ...

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