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On the mound is Yu Darvish, the 31-year-old son of an Iranian father and Japanese mother who came to the Los Angeles Dodgers by way of his native Japan after a stint with the Texas Rangers. At bat is Houston Astros first baseman Yuri Gurriel, a 33-year-old signed with Houston after defecting from Cuba in 2016. On the fourth pitch, with a 2-1 count, Gurriel swings at Darvish’s 94.5 mph two-seam fastball and starts what...

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Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton came under fire last week for comments made in a post-game interview. “Devin Funchess has seemed to really embrace the physicality of his routes and getting those extra yards,” said Jourdan Rodrigue, reporter for the Charlotte Observer. The quarterback listened, his demeanor changing from bored to perplexed as the reporter continued with her question. Cam smiled. “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes,” he said, his voice almost...