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Tackle this: NFL players benefit from regular yoga practice

NEW YORK (AP) — Without stretching, New York Giants offensive lineman Chad Wheeler folds his 6-foot-7, 317-pound frame over far enough to place his palms flat on the ground. His knees are straight but not fully locked, because that’s poor form, and he can comfortably hold himself there — he’s that flexible. That’s nothing for Wheeler. Like many NFL players, ...

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The kids are out of this world: Acuna, Soto making history together

Throughout his half-decade in the big leagues, Atlanta Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte has played against and alongside some of his generation’s most superlative-inducing talents. He regularly watches Bryce Harper torment his club’s pitching staff. Paul Goldschmidt was his teammate for two years. And thanks to interleague play, he’s been able to witness the greatness of Mike Trout firsthand, too. However, ...

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This is how the Braves got so good so fast

Teams with a strong farm system often surge at the big league level sooner than expected. The most famous recent examples are the Cubs and Astros, who suddenly reversed years of losing with postseason appearances in 2015, a prelude to winning World Series in the next two seasons. The Red Sox went from last place in the American League East ...

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This Japanese star may be in the Majors in '19

The courtship of Shohei Ohtani captivated Major League Baseball last offseason, as numerous teams’ plans remained in suspense until the two-way phenom announced that he would sign with the Angels on Dec. 8. MLB team executives don’t expect a star of Ohtani’s profile to move from Nippon Professional Baseball to North America this offseason, but many within the industry believe ...

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AL West race hits crescendo this week

If there are any remaining questions about the Oakland A’s — you know, if a 36-12 run hasn’t been enough — they could be answered this week when baseball’s hottest team returns home for a big pair of three-game series, against the Mariners and Astros. Remember when the A’s were 11 1/2 games out of first place and going nowhere ...

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This closer is on a record-setting pace

Sunday marked a huge victory for the Mariners, who capped their first four-game sweep of the Astros in franchise history with a come-from-behind, 4-3, victory that kept them firmly in the hunt for both the American League Wild Card and the AL West lead. But in the bigger picture beyond 2018, Sunday was also important… MLB News Index

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