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U.S. soccer fans have a lot to learn

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Rick Pedone Sports Editor One week removed from Team USA’s exit, soccer enthusiasts are upbeat about the sport’s future here. Why not? Fans around the nation are all over the World Cup. The TV ratings are gonzo. In Orlando, the USA-Belgium Round of 16 match July 1 produced a 10.6 rating. The World Cup ratings have exceeded those of the World Series and the NBA Finals. There’s no question that

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  • Five star spangled sizzlers

    Posted on July 3, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Rick Pedone Sports  Editor In the spirit of this Fourth of July weekend, let’s turn on the memory bank and choose five significant United States sports triumphs. This means victories with international impact, so we won’t be listing Joe Namath’s Super Bowl III win or the work of the 1927 Yankees. Here we go: No. 5: Team USA women’s soccer FIFA World Cup championship, 1999: This proved that the American

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  • 3 words: Walk It OFF!!

    Posted on June 25, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor Having witnessed a considerable portion of the 2014 World Cup, I have one suggestion for the participants: WALK IT OFF! The way the players have flopped down and writhed on the turf the past two weeks, it looked like the zombie apocalypse struck Brazil. Not only do they crumple to the turf at an absurdly high rate, but they stay there like someone Velcroed their shirts

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  • Success of local teams this spring astounding

    Posted on May 23, 2014 at 10:06 am

    There’s never been a spring season like this one for local high school athletes. Not one, not two, but three – three! –  Osceola County teams advanced to state tournaments. Harmony’s softball and flag football teams, and Osceola High’s baseball squad, all qualified for the Florida High School Athletic Association state finals. That is a remarkable feat, especially since Osceola County is by no means a population giant. Only seven

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  • May the ‘Madness’ be with you

    Posted on March 19, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor Putting the finishing touches on your NCAA mens basketball bracket sheet? Let me guess: You’re still agonizing about that West Regional matchup between No. 6 Baylor and No. 11 Nebraska, right? Or, you’ve switched your pick in the Midwest Regional between No. 10 Arizona State and No. 7 Texas for the fourth time. And you might do it again. Face it, for some of us, there

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  • What is happening to specs?

    Posted on February 28, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber When the weather turns cooler in Florida, fishing for specs (black crappie) gets hot.  Or does it? Relying on observational evidence, it appears that spec fisherman in Central Florida are not having near as much fun as they had a decade ago.  And for every fisherman complaining about the decline in spec fishing, there are just as many different explanations as to why it

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  • What a run for Lady Longhorns

    Posted on February 26, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor One of the most successful basketball eras in county history came to an end Saturday when Harmony played for the Class 7A girls basketball state championship at the Lakeland Center. Wekiva won, 59-48, over a Lady Longhorns squad filled with steely, hard-nosed battlers. Senior starters Julia Ingler, Rebekah Fitzpatrick, Regan Dotson and Stephanie Baur played for the last time Saturday and they left a legacy that

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  • Food makes the Super Bowl

    Posted on January 31, 2014 at 10:35 am

    As we’re doing this Super Bowl thing for the 48th time now, it long ago became apparent that Super Bowls are about much more than football. The Super Bowl is an event, a holiday, that employs football as the excuse. So, if the Super Bowl isn’t about football, then what is it about? Gambling? Sure. Commercials? Yeah, can you believe it? But, above all else, the Super Bowl is about

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  • NFL’s final four is spot on

    Posted on January 17, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor Whether by karma or simply good fortune, the NFL’s Final Four Sunday is perfect. The best teams from the AFC and NFC will play for their spot at Super Bowl XLVIII. The conference collisions Sunday also highlight the best of the “old guard” quarterbacks, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, and two of the premier “new blood” signal callers, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick. During the preseason

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