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February

12
Shohei Ohtani says he feels like a rookie again with Dodgers

Roughly 70 media members formed a half-circle around a small backdrop at the Los Angeles Dodgers’ facility late Friday morning, waiting for Shohei Ohtani to conduct his first media session. About a dozen of them had shown up hours earlier, before the sun had fully risen, just to catch a glimpse of him driving into the players’ parking lot. Ohtani’s gravitas has been glaringly obvious through the first two days of spring training, but he’s merely trying to conduct himself as the new guy. After six years with the crosstown rival Los Angeles Angels, he sees himself as a “rookie” all over again. “I […]

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February

12
Leverkusen crush Bayern to go 5 points clear in Bundesliga

Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen outplayed champions Bayern Munich for a 3-0 triumph on Saturday that sent them five points clear at the top of the league and put them firmly in charge of the title race. Goals from Josip Stanisic, Alejandro Grimaldo and Jeremie Frimpong made sure of the three points as Leverkusen, who have never earn a Bundesliga title, and stretched their undefeated run to 31 matches across all competitions this season. Bayern, chasing a 12th consecutive league crown, were nowhere to be seen and managed only a single shot on target over the 90 minutes. Xabi Alonso’s team, who also twice hit the woodwork, are now on 55 […]

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February

12
Teofimo Lopez tops Jamaine Ortiz, retains title despite boos

Teofimo Lopez strutted his way to the ring Thursday night accompanied by a sword eater and other circus acts as he channeled Hugh Jackman’s “The Greatest Showman” complete with top hat and ringmaster robe. He was anything but in an uneventful junior welterweight title defense versus Jamaine Ortiz, a unanimous-decision victory for Lopez that elicited constant boos from the Mandalay Bay crowd. Lopez (20-1, 13 KOs) prevailed via scores of 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113. And while he kept his WBO title at 140 pounds, he failed to put on a show and was frustrated once again by a slick southpaw […]

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