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Track legend Harrison Dillard, four-time Olympic champion, dies at 96 | Cleveland.Com

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Harrison Dillard was a huge underdog when he lined up for the 100-meter dash at the Olympic Games of 1948 in London’s Wembley Stadium. A capacity crowd of 83,000, including the king and queen of England, assumed he had little chance to win against an unequalled array of speedsters. Fans actually felt sorry for him, because he had failed to qualify for the high hurdles, at which he was acknowledged to be the best in the world. But Dillard pulled off one of the most memorable Olympic Games track victories in history in a skin-tight finish. When […]

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Hue Jackson to lead Colin Kaepernick workout; 13 NFL teams have committed to attend | ESPN

Former NFL head coach Hue Jackson will lead the drills during quarterback Colin Kaepernick‘s scheduled workout in Atlanta on Saturday, and former NFL head coach Joe Philbin will be in attendance to assist, the league announced Thursday. The NFL said 11 teams have committed to attend: the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins. The league said it expected additional teams to commit. Tim McManus, ESPN Full article @ ESPN Share This +FacebookTwitterMail

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Cancel The World Series, Simone Biles’s First Pitch Just Won Everything | ELLE

Mere weeks after becoming the most decorated gymnast in all of history ever—male or female—Simone Biles was not content to lie low and revel in her success. Instead she stopped by Game 2 of the World Series in Houston on October 23 to throw out a groundbreaking first pitch. In the clip, Biles completes a back flip and a twist before ever even tossing the ball in Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick’s direction. The crowd loses their minds (as we all would) before the Olympic Gold medalist’s pitch seamlessly meets Marisnick’s glove. After catching the ball, the player signs it […]

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Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix just broke one of Usain Bolt’s world records | CNN

Lauren M. Johnson, CNN The longtime couple have finally become engaged, celebrating with family and friends. (Image via NBC Chicago). Featured Image NN – Not so fast, Usain Bolt — there’s a new World Championships record holder, and her name is Allyson Felix. USA Olympic sprinter Felix broke Bolt’s record Sunday after winning her 12th gold medal at the World Championships on the mixed-gender 4x400m relay team. She now holds the record for the most gold medals at the track and field World Championships. CLICK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE, CNN

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The Forgotten All-Star Game That Helped Integrate Baseball | Deadspin

Stephanie Liscio, Deadspin The 1939 East-West All-Star Game in Chicago. Photo: Getty. Featured Image Cleveland celebrated its sixth time hosting MLB’s All-Star Game last week, it might have seemed an odd event to commemorate baseball’s integration. But when Jackie Robinson stepped onto the field in a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform in April of 1947, becoming the first African-American to play in white organized baseball since the 19th century, it was the culmination of years of work by activists to integrate Major League Baseball. And one of the earliest battlegrounds for integration was a Negro Leagues all-star contest in Cleveland in 1942. […]

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