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FIFA scraps plans for 48-team World Cup in 2022

artisteer/iStock(NEW YORK) — The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will now only include 32 teams after FIFA gave up its efforts to expand the field to 48 teams. Soccer’s international governing body had been exploring the possible ways it could expand the field, either by involving neighboring countries or lowering certain FIFA requirements. A statement…read more »

Star pitcher David Cone discusses new book, New York Yankees

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Former MLB pitcher David Cone was known as one of the most impassioned and intelligent players of his era. The architect of one of the greatest games ever pitched, Cone’s reputation as a pitcher has followed him into the broadcast booth, where he serves as a television analyst for Yankee games.Cone and…read more »

Family member tried to extort NFL star for $5 million, court documents show

Bob Levey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A relative of NFL star Tyrann Mathieu allegedly tried to extort him for $5 million, according to federal court documents unsealed on Tuesday. Mathieu, who now plays for the Kansas City Chiefs after stints with Houston and Arizona, was allegedly blackmailed over private information, with the relative saying he would…read more »

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Hunters harvest over 15K wild turkeys during spring season

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois hunters harvested more than 15,000 wild turkeys during the spring season, up from nearly 13,500 last year. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced the totals Tuesday. The preliminary statewide total of 15,189 turkeys includes the 1,364 birds harvested during the 2019 youth turkey season. Spring turkey hunting was open…read more »


Báez’s pinch-hit single lifts Cubs over Phillies 3-2

CHICAGO (AP) — The heart of the Chicago Cubs’ lineup, including a taped-up Javier Báez, proved to be too much for the Philadelphia Phillies and their tired bullpen. Báez’s pinch-hit single capped a two-run, ninth-inning rally and lifted the Cubs over Philadelphia 3-2 on Tuesday night to stop the Phillies’ four-game winning streak. Baez didn’t…read more »

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