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Grading Ronaldo’s Passing [VIDEO]

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best soccer players in the world, and will soon be one of the biggest stars of the world's biggest sporting event - the FIFA World Cup.

Earlier this week, though, while his Portugal squad prepped for the tournament in New York, the striker tried his hand a different kind of football.  Take a look as we grade the results.

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Baseball World Not Getting What it Wants Tonight

Baseball fans -- and millions of people across the Pacific Ocean -- are going to miss out on an unbelievable opportunity tonight when the Yankees travel to Seattle to play the Mariners.

In the midst of a 162-game regular season, especially one that has been disappointing for the Yanks to this point, it's easy to overlook a 10:10 p

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Derek Fisher Is The Right Man At The Right Time For Knicks

The New York Knicks have an agreement in place with Derek Fisher to become the team's next head coach. The two sides are set to finalize a five-year, $25 million deal.

The Knicks have scheduled a news conference at 11:30 a

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Credit, Joe Bianchino
Credit, Joe Bianchino
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California Chrome Loss Good For Horse Racing

Everyone wanted California Chrome to win on Saturday.

Hardly anyone in the world – save for those who had a personal or financial stake in the colt’s opposition – was rooting against the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner in the final jewel of the Triple Crown.

We all wanted to see history made.  We all wanted the 36-year drought broken.

But maybe we shouldn’t have wanted that.  Maybe, when California Chrome turned for home with nothing left in the tank and finished tied for fourth, we got lucky.

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2014 NBA Finals - Game Two
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LeBron Shines With 35 In Game 2

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The air conditioning worked just fine in San Antonio's AT&T Center Sunday night, but it couldn't stop LeBron James from heating up.

The NBA Finals are tied at one game apiece after LeBron James scored 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Miami's 98-96 win over the Spurs. James shot 14-for-2

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Credit, Joe Bianchino
Credit, Joe Bianchino
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Disappointment Reigns as California Chrome Loses Triple Crown Bid

This wasn't supposed to happen.

On a gorgeous Long Island day - with over 100,000 bearing witness, with the last three jockeys to win the Triple Crown there to give their blessing - this wasn't supposed to happen.

California Chrome wasn't supposed to lose.  This rags-to-riches story wasn't supposed to end in disappointment.  It didn't deserve that.

But then again, none of this was ever supposed to happen, anyway.  

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Credit, Joe Bianchino
Credit, Joe Bianchino
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Four Expectations for Saturday

Horse racing is all about expectation.  What do you expect to happen, and how much can you profit off it if you're right.  Here are four things to expect on Belmont Day.

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Credit, Joe Bianchino
Credit, Joe Bianchino
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Belmont Stakes Friday Notes

After three weeks of building crescendo, the anticipation for the Belmont Stakes is just about ready to hit fever pitch.  In just a little over 24 hours, California Chrome will take to the Belmont Park track and run for his shot at history, racing's first Triple Crown since 1978.

Today, with the park itself, it seems, echoing his name, Chrome stepped out onto "Big Sandy" to do some of his final prep work.  Here are some observations from the morning:

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Al Bello, Getty Images
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Belmont Stakes Preview Part II

For longer than I'd care to discuss, I've been sitting here trying to think of something profound with which to open.  Something significant.  Something deep.

After all, I may well be penning this column on the eve of history, and I'm certainly doing it at the apex of a months-long crescendo.  My sense of nostalgia tells me I should honor that.

Philosophy eludes me on this night, though. And maybe that's for the best.  I doubt very much that the connections who labeled themselves dumbasses would have much use for Socrates.  Maybe they'd just rather me tell them about their horse's race on Saturday - how a wildcard pace could make all the difference, how it may all come down to guts, or how an old foe might be one standing between him and history.

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Belmont Day One Observations

It took 25 years and a Triple Crown threat to get me to Belmont Park, but earlier today I made the two and a half hour trek down to Long Island to begin a weekend's worth of coverage as California Chrome races for his sports first Triple Crown in 36 years.

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Dylan Buell, Getty Images
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Belmont Stakes Preview Part I

The Triple Crown has become like the quest for the Holy Grail. Many have sought it, most have never came close, and the few who got within arm's length let it slip through their delicate German fingers.

For 36 years the Triple Crown has gone unclaimed. Will that streak be extended to 37? Or do we finally have one worthy of its splendor? California Chrome has looked the part in his Kentucky Derby and Preakness wins, but the Belmont's mile and a half run is a different beast.

Can he tame it? What will his competition have to say about the matter? Let's find out.

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New York Yankees v New York Mets
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Should Jeter Move To First? [AUDIO]

Over the last two years, Yankee manager Joe Girardi has become a master at negotiating one of the most complicated lineups in baseball.

With a wealth of older players in need of days off, and injuries complicating the matter - giving the World Series champion more to do and less to work with - Girardi has done an incredible job getting as much out of the club as he has.

Is he doing enough, though? Is there a move he has yet to make that would greatly help the club?  Namely, should Derek Jeter be playing first base?

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