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May 26, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Freiburg, Germany -- As the Netherlands prepares for next month's World Cup, its players would do well to remember one name. Sven Kramer. As anyone who lives within sight of a windmill knows, Kramer is the Dutch speedskater who went to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, expected to win three gold medals. He came home with one. Now Holland's soccer team goes to South Africa with equally high expectations after becoming the first country in 28 years to win all of its World Cup qualifying matches.
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March 21, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Manchester United's efforts to salvage a disastrous season with a UEFA Champions League title grew a lot more difficult Friday when the English Premier League team was matched against defending champion Bayern Munich of Germany in next month's tournament quarterfinals. In the other matches Spanish giant Barcelona will meet La Liga rival Atletico Madrid; Real Madrid was drawn against 2013 Champions League runner-up Borussia Dortmund; and England's Chelsea will play Paris St-Germain of France's Ligue 1. “As I said before, all seven teams left are very strong," Paris St-Germain President Nasser Al-Khelaïfi said of the draw.
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April 10, 2010
World Cup 2010: NETHERLANDS FIFA ranking: 3 Overall World Cup record: 16-10-10 Coach: Bert van Marwijk Best performance: Runner-up, 1974, 1978 Overview: Any team containing the likes of Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Mark van Bommel, Rafael van der Vaart, Robin van Persie and Dirk Kuyt, to mention only six players, is bound to be a contender and the Dutch, ranked third in the world, are definitely that. Their problem, historically, has been the strange ability to self-destruct, with the cause generally being internal feuding.
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April 22, 2013 | Wire reports
J.R. Smith won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award on Monday after turning a role he didn't want into one of the strengths of the New York Knicks' first division championship team in nearly two decades. Smith received 484 points, including 72 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 writers and broadcasters. The Clippers' Jamal Crawford finished second with 352 points, getting 31 first-place votes. Smith averaged 18.1 points in 80 games, all off the bench. He had 29 games in which he scored 20 points as a reserve, tying Crawford for the NBA lead.
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March 21, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Manchester United's efforts to salvage a disastrous season with a UEFA Champions League title grew a lot more difficult Friday when the English Premier League team was matched against defending champion Bayern Munich of Germany in next month's tournament quarterfinals. In the other matches Spanish giant Barcelona will meet La Liga rival Atletico Madrid; Real Madrid was drawn against 2013 Champions League runner-up Borussia Dortmund; and England's Chelsea will play Paris St-Germain of France's Ligue 1. “As I said before, all seven teams left are very strong," Paris St-Germain President Nasser Al-Khelaïfi said of the draw.
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June 10, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III shot his third straight two-under 68 on Saturday to join Nick O'Hern and John Merrick atop the leaderboard at the windy St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn. Love committed to play in Memphis only recently, waiting to make sure he was healthy enough to use this event as a final tuneup for the U.S. Open after qualifying Monday in Columbus, Ohio. Love, who hasn't won since 2008, had three birdies and only one bogey Saturday to match O'Hern and Merrick at six-under 204. O'Hern had a 67, and Merrick shot 69. Rory McIlroy , who will try to successfully defend his U.S. Open title next week at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, had a one-stroke lead when he teed off. He shot a two-over 72 in a round that featured six bogeys and four birdies to drop in a tie at five under.
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April 22, 2013 | Wire reports
J.R. Smith won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award on Monday after turning a role he didn't want into one of the strengths of the New York Knicks' first division championship team in nearly two decades. Smith received 484 points, including 72 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 writers and broadcasters. The Clippers' Jamal Crawford finished second with 352 points, getting 31 first-place votes. Smith averaged 18.1 points in 80 games, all off the bench. He had 29 games in which he scored 20 points as a reserve, tying Crawford for the NBA lead.
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March 8, 2011 | By Grahame L. Jones
On a day when the quality of soccer refereeing at the highest level once again was brought into question, Barcelona of Spain and Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine swept into the quarterfinals of the European Champions League. Barcelona, beaten, 2-1, by Arsenal in London in the first leg, returned the favor Tuesday with a 3-1 victory in Spain to win the round-of-16 series, 4-3 on aggregate. Lionel Messi scored twice for Barcelona, bringing his season total to a staggering 45 goals in 40 games in all competitions.
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April 17, 2005 | From Associated Press
Arsenal reached the English FA Cup final for the fourth time in five years, beating Blackburn, 3-0, Saturday behind two goals by substitute Robin van Persie in the last four minutes. Robert Pires scored the first goal in the 42nd minute against former U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel at Millennium Stadium. Arsenal will play in a record 17th FA Cup final May 21 against Manchester United or Newcastle, who meet in the other semifinal today at the same venue.
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September 16, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Talk about a red card. Maybe this is more of a red flag. But former Premier League official Mark Halsey says soccer has gotten so big in England he believes the pressure on game officials could soon lead a referee to commit suicide. "It will not be long before a referee has a nervous breakdown," he says. "I also believe that if we do not do something to help referees with mental health and stress issues, then we could see a suicide. " Halsey, who retired last season, has written an autobiography about his experiences.
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June 10, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III shot his third straight two-under 68 on Saturday to join Nick O'Hern and John Merrick atop the leaderboard at the windy St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn. Love committed to play in Memphis only recently, waiting to make sure he was healthy enough to use this event as a final tuneup for the U.S. Open after qualifying Monday in Columbus, Ohio. Love, who hasn't won since 2008, had three birdies and only one bogey Saturday to match O'Hern and Merrick at six-under 204. O'Hern had a 67, and Merrick shot 69. Rory McIlroy , who will try to successfully defend his U.S. Open title next week at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, had a one-stroke lead when he teed off. He shot a two-over 72 in a round that featured six bogeys and four birdies to drop in a tie at five under.
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March 8, 2011 | By Grahame L. Jones
On a day when the quality of soccer refereeing at the highest level once again was brought into question, Barcelona of Spain and Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine swept into the quarterfinals of the European Champions League. Barcelona, beaten, 2-1, by Arsenal in London in the first leg, returned the favor Tuesday with a 3-1 victory in Spain to win the round-of-16 series, 4-3 on aggregate. Lionel Messi scored twice for Barcelona, bringing his season total to a staggering 45 goals in 40 games in all competitions.
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May 26, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Freiburg, Germany -- As the Netherlands prepares for next month's World Cup, its players would do well to remember one name. Sven Kramer. As anyone who lives within sight of a windmill knows, Kramer is the Dutch speedskater who went to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, expected to win three gold medals. He came home with one. Now Holland's soccer team goes to South Africa with equally high expectations after becoming the first country in 28 years to win all of its World Cup qualifying matches.
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April 10, 2010
World Cup 2010: NETHERLANDS FIFA ranking: 3 Overall World Cup record: 16-10-10 Coach: Bert van Marwijk Best performance: Runner-up, 1974, 1978 Overview: Any team containing the likes of Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Mark van Bommel, Rafael van der Vaart, Robin van Persie and Dirk Kuyt, to mention only six players, is bound to be a contender and the Dutch, ranked third in the world, are definitely that. Their problem, historically, has been the strange ability to self-destruct, with the cause generally being internal feuding.
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June 18, 2008 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
World champion Italy revived its European Championship campaign Tuesday with a 2-0 victory over France in Zurich, Switzerland, to earn a place in the quarterfinals of the 16-nation soccer tournament. The win would not have been enough to get Coach Roberto Donadoni's team into the last eight had Romania beaten the Netherlands in the day's other game in Berne.
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June 9, 2008 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
World champion Italy and 2006 World Cup runner-up France launch their European Championship quests today when they play the Netherlands and Romania, respectively. The Italians and the Dutch, two of the top teams in the 16-nation tournament being jointly staged by Austria and Switzerland, should provide one of the event's early highlights. Both are attack-minded teams and both feature some of soccer's premier players.
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