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September 19, 2018 7:17 PM U.S. Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh thrives by mixing sports and politics

Last week Christine Blasey Ford gave an interview to the Washington Post alleging that Brett Kavanaugh, the U.S. Supreme Court nominee now undergoing confirmation hearings in the U.S. senate, sexually assaulted her at a house party when they were both teenagers. Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University, has been invited to testify before 7

August 20, 2018 11:09 PM Canadian golfer Nick Taylor makes cut to keep PGA Tour status

“I’m playing with house money a little bit,” he said. “I’m still trying to win and move on, but definitely not as much pressure as last week.” Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., Ben Silverman of Thornhill and David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., finished outside the top 125 and will play the four-tournament Tour finals to try to improve on their PGA Tour status 15

August 8, 2018 7:40 PM U.S. announces sanctions against Russia over nerve agent attack

WASHINGTON—The U.S. will impose sanctions on Russia for its use of a nerve agent in an attempt to kill a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain. The U.S. State Department says Wednesday the sanctions will be imposed on Russia because it used a chemical weapon in violation of international law. Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter 14

August 2, 2018 7:14 PM Tyler Clippard gets the ball to kick off another bullpen day in Blue Jays’ series opener in Seattle

The Nationals converted Clippard to the bullpen in 2009, a move he told the Star earlier this season he wasn’t initially on board with but one where he began to find success. He was named an all-star in 2011 and saved 32 games for the Nationals in 2012. Toronto is 0-2 in its previous bullpen days, the first started by Luis Santos against the Minnesota 18

August 1, 2018 11:13 PM Nationals drop Shawn Kelley after mound outburst

The Nationals designated Kelley for assignment on Wednesday, a day after he threw his glove to the ground and glared into the dugout while working the ninth inning of a 25-4 blowout of the New York Mets. Kelley entered the game with Washington leading 25-1. He appeared agitated and was working quickly, and he had already allowed a run when the plate 15

July 17, 2018 3:06 AM Bryce Harper the hometown hero in home-run derby

The Nationals outfielder, serenaded by loud “Let’s go Harper! Let’s go Harper!” chants throughout the night, rallied in the final round to win the home-run derby on Monday night in his home ballpark. Harper, the No. 2 seed in the competition and with his father throwing to him, beat the Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber, the fifth seed, 19-18, in the final round 16

June 18, 2018 2:44 AM Fast lane to major leagues can bypass Triple-A

Just about everyone now knows Hicks can throw hard. He touched 105 m.p.h. twice on the speed gun on May 20, the only pitcher in the past decade to do that. Hicks actually made the jump all the way from A-ball to the majors. He was brought to the Cardinals’ major-league camp this spring and threw 100 m.p.h. consistently. Just as important, he showed marked 17

June 16, 2018 2:07 AM Blue Jays edge Nationals for fifth straight home win

Perhaps it was Adam Eaton’s lack of familiarity with Rogers Centre sightlines. Perhaps it was the fact that he was making just his fifth appearance in right field since 2016. But in the late evening twilight on Friday, the Nationals outfielder lost sight of a high fly ball by Blue Jay Teoscar Hernandez to the warning track that bounced over the fence 115

June 1, 2018 3:53 AM Wild-card triumph: Little-known speller wins Scripps spelling bee

Karthik Nemmani outlasts better-known spellers before winning with 'koinonia' Karthik Nemmani didn't win his regional spelling bee. He didn't even win his county spelling bee. But he was still good enough to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Throwing everything he had into his one shot at glory, 14-year-old Karthik outlasted better-known spellers 85

May 29, 2018 9:45 PM St. Louis Cardinals rookie pitcher Jordan Hicks lighting up radar guns

“I was afraid he was going to try and hit 112, but he came out and probably had his best outing,” Matheny said. “And it was under control, but it still wasn’t holding back, but it was in the zone. Those are the things that we need. He can throw as hard as he wants to but control counts and have a purpose of why you’re making a pitch and not to just ‘wow’ 20