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Like the Netherlands or not, I think you can legally claim victory in any case if we win. Your grandparents freed our grandparents seventy years ago, so without you guys there would be no Dutch team. We won’t forget that.

— Wall Street Journal executive editor Almar Latour: Why the U.S. should support the Netherlands for the rest of the World Cup.

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I love basketball. And I intend to do everything in my power to ensure that the Clippers continue to win — and win big — in Los Angeles. LA is one of the world’s great cities — a city that embraces inclusiveness, in exactly the same way that the NBA and I embrace inclusiveness.

— Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, acknowledging his successful bid to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers from Donald Sterling in a nearly $2 billion deal.

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From The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Yankees fans think they’re booing a cardboard cutout of Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano – until the real Cano steps out from behind it and surprises them.

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Boston Marathon 2014: For twenty-six miles, the cheers filled the air

The Boston Globe’s Eric Moskowitz reports on the 2014 Boston Marathon, which drew the second-largest field of runners in the event’s history, a year after the tragic bombings that that killed and maimed runners and onlookers near the finish line.

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The team… it’s like they figured out [how] to hit. They’re all willing to watch pitches, but they’re being aggressive too.

Lookout Landing commenter Corco, on the Mariners’ offensive success in their first two games. The Mariners took the opening series of 2014 with back-to-back victories over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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Mariners, Seattle fans off to rockin’ start

Art Thiel looks at the the highlights of Opening Night 2014 for Sportspress NW. The Seattle Mariners defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 10-3 on the strength of its offense after Felix Hernandez (who was otherwise dominant) gave up three runs. King Felix won his eighth straight opening day start and the Mariners once again begin the season 1-0. Justin Smoak made a big statement by doubling early and later hitting a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning. Dustin Ackley followed up the homer with a bases-clearing triple to turn the game into a rout.

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The most-liked MLB teams by county, according to Facebook

The map above shows the most-liked major league baseball teams by county in the United States. Many states have split loyalties, including Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and Montana. But all of Washington’s thirty-nine counties have Mariner pluralities. The Atlantic has more analysis. (Graphic by Facebook)

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Congratulations, Sounders!

The Seattle Sounders won their home opener today against Sporting Kansas City thanks to Clint Dempsey and Chad Barrett, who teamed up to score the game’s only goal in the final minute. The Sounders next play Toronto FC at CenturyLink Field on March 15th at 1:30 PM. The match will be broadcast on Q13 FOX and NBCSN.

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Haunting photos of abandoned 1984 Winter Olympics facilities

A collection of photos collected by Viral Forest show the pathetic condition that Sarajevo’s Olympic facilities are in. The city hosted the Winter Olympics thirty years ago, in 1984, a decade before the Balkans were torn apart by a bitter conflict. Today, the city’s Olympic park is a ruin that looks like a set of relics from a past civilization.

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Winter has returned to Sochi

NPR On The Road: Winter has returned to Sochi. Fresh snow. Blue skies. Much better than the last two days of rain.

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Night View of Sochi, Russian Federation

A night view of Sochi, Russian Federation, host city of the XXII Winter Olympic Games. (Photo #579148: Paulo Filgueiras/United Nations).

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Team USA’s Meryl Davis and Charlie White win Olympic gold in ice dancing

Michigan natives Meryl Davis and Charlie White secured the United States’ first ever gold medal in ice dancing with a brilliant, dazzling free dance performance earlier today in Sochi, Russia. Detroit Free Press columnist Jeff Seidel reflects on their record-setting victory and their journey to the top of the skating world.

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This video chronicles how the Seahawks defied the naysayers in the media to win their first Super Bowl championship against the Denver Broncos.
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I think I aged two years in that shootout.

— U.S. men’s hockey coach Dan Dylsma, after T.J. Oshie led Team USA to an incredible 3-2 win in a shootout over the Russian Federation.

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