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August 29, 2012 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - So, Novak Djokovic, tell us how you really felt about your first-round match at the U.S. Open on a windy Tuesday night. "I tried to analyze my game," Djokovic said, "and my game was great from the start to the end. " Well, then. Pretty accurate assessment, actually. Djokovic lost the opening game of his title defense at Flushing Meadows, and then reeled off 18 of the next 19 games, completely controlling every aspect of a 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 victory over 69th-ranked Paolo Lorenzi.
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August 29, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
BRETT ANDERSON gave up two hits, one on a questionable call, over seven innings as the visiting Oakland Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians, 3-0, on Monday night. Oakland came in one-half game behind Tampa Bay in the AL wild-card race and earned its ninth win in 11 games. The Rays lost to Texas, 6-5. The Indians lost starter Roberto Hernandez (0-3) after 2 1/3 innings with a sprained right ankle and fell to 5-24 since July 27. Anderson (2-0), in his second start since returning from Tommy John surgery in July 2011, retired the first 13 batters until Michael Brantley was ruled safe with an infield hit in the fifth inning.
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August 16, 2012 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer
MAPQUEST WILL tell you that it takes about 2 hours to get from Center City to the U.S. Open in Flushing, N.Y. Julia Cohen will tell you it takes a lifetime. On the heels of her best performance at a WTA event, Cohen has been chosen as a wild card for the main draw of the U.S. Open. This is like a baseball team making the playoffs as a wild card. "This means so much to me because Philadelphia and New York is so close," Cohen said. "This is like a dream come true. " Cohen, 23, said she has played the Open four times, but has never gotten past qualifying.
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July 11, 2012 | Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Bryce Harper remembered Oct. 27, when just 414 fans were at Scottsdale Stadium to watch his Scorpions play the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League. With the Scorpions down by 7-5, Harper vowed to teammate Brandon Crawford to hit a game-winning home run. "I'll drop a bomb and walk off the field, tell them we own this place," Harper said. "Yeah, OK," Mike Trout told him in disbelief. Trout, the all-star out of Millville High in South Jersey, led off with a single, Scottsdale got another hit with one out, and Harper followed with a home run to right-center field off Jeff Inman.
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July 11, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eighty-nine wins. That's the average number of victories it would have taken to earn the second wild-card spot in each league since 1996, the first year the single-game wild-card format was in place during a 162-game season. It's not a magic number, because there have been times when it would have taken more and times it would have taken less. The Phillies, for example, would have been the second wild-card team with just 85 wins in 2006, and the Cincinnati Reds would have been playoff spectators in 1999 despite winning 96 games.
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July 3, 2012 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
A SELLER IS only a seller after something has been sold. So calling general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. a seller at this point would be incorrect. Jim Thome does not count — he just made no sense for the Phillies when it became clear that he could not play in the field anymore. Trading him to Baltimore for prospects was just normal baseball business — a sale, yes, but not necessarily a harbinger. Because the Phillies cannot give up yet. It isn't just that the sport is replete with recent teams that have played like stink for long stretches of the season, only to get hot at the end and make a run in the postseason.
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June 22, 2012
CALL THEM optimists, call them diehards, call them fools. Wednesday night was for them: For the lovers, for the dreamers, for anybody who swore that fate was bound to improve, the Phillies offered up a 7-6 victory on a game-tying double and a walkoff error in a contest they seemed destined to lose.   But good fortune alone cannot save a team from a 33-37 start. Good pitching? That's another story. For most of Wednesday's victory, the Phillies again saw their supposed strength fall short, righthander Joe Blanton allowing five runs in seven innings and closer Jonathan Papelbon allowing a go-ahead run in the ninth.
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June 19, 2012
Wild card Tommy Haas defeated five-time champion Roger Federer , 7-6 (5), 6-4, to win the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, on Sunday. The 87th-ranked Haas, the oldest player in the singles draw at 34, recovered from losing his serve in the first game by winning the opening set in a tiebreaker and then getting the decisive break in the ninth game of the second set. The Queen's Club final in London was halted abruptly when David Nalbandian injured a line judge, handing the title to Marin Cilic.
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June 14, 2012
With free agency looming in less than three weeks, New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise has crossed the rival New York Rangers off his list of potential future employers. Meeting with the media for the first time since his team lost the Stanley Cup in six games to the Los Angeles Kings two days ago, the 27-year-old Parise reiterated that he would like to continue playing for the Devils and would even consider signing before free agency starts on July with the right deal.
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March 28, 2012
Baseball CAPE-ATLANTIC LEAGUE AMERICAN Mainland at Holy Spirit, 1 CAPE-ATLANTIC LEAGUE NATIONAL St. Joseph at Sacred Heart, 10 a.m. COLONIAL CONFERENCE Collingswood at Haddon Heights, 11 a.m. OLYMPIC CONFERENCE NATIONAL Paul VI at Bishop Eustace, noon NONLEAGUE Absegami at Gloucester Catholic Delran at Overbrook Pitman at Williamstown Glassboro at...
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