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Children in red baseball uniforms hug each other
Phil Lux, Courtesy

Big dreams for Little Leaguers are within reach in Vermont.

Elijah "Pumpsie" Green was the first black player on the Boston Red Sox, the last Major League Baseball team to integrate. He died on Wednesday at the age of 85.

One of the highlights of baseball's first half was the Red Sox-Yankees two-game series played in London, England.
Tim Ireland / Associated Press

We're seeing a ton of home runs and strike outs in Major League Baseball this year. And seeing a number of teams building big leads in their divisions. As baseball returns from the All-Star break, Vermont Edition returns for its annual mid-season discussion of baseball.

A baseball glove lies in the grass with a baseball in it.
Michael Dwyer / Associated Press

Major League Baseball may have gone quiet this week for the All-Star break, but little league games continue across Vermont.

VPR's Erica Heilman recently sat in the dugouts for a playoff game in the St. Johnsbury little league.

New England Patriots' Stephen Gostkowski attempts a field goal against Los Angeles Rams.
Morry Gash / Associated Press

If you're a big fan of football, there's a good chance you've seen the work of Lee Keller, who's left his mark on the last twenty Super Bowls. Not as a player or a coach, but as a groundskeeper.

The celebration of the Women's World Cup soccer championship shifts this week from France to New York City. On Wednesday, the U.S. Women's National Team will be honored with a ticker tape parade and keys to the city, following its 2-0 win over the Netherlands in Sunday's final in France.

The U.S. women's soccer team completed its run through the World Cup tournament in Lyon, France yesterday, the first team to win back to back championships since Germany pulled off the feat in 2003 and 2007.

The U.S. women's soccer team is still the world's best after dominating the Netherlands in the Women's World Cup final and winning 2-0. Throughout the tournament, the U.S. brushed aside criticism, complaints of arrogance and calls for the team to tone down their goal celebrations. All the team did was win. All seven World Cup games, in fact.

Before the World Cup began, nearly everyone predicted a final between the United States and, well, some team from Europe. Perhaps Germany, England or France. When the quarterfinals arrived, that soothsaying was on target: The Yanks and seven European squads remained.

Now all the blanks on the World Cup bracket have been filled in, save one. On Sunday, the mighty United States will battle the bright orange Netherlands as two soccer-crazed nations tune in.

Will the U.S. continue its march of greatness undaunted, or will the Dutch pull off an upset for the ages?

In a game brimming with drama even before it began, and with every touch once it did, the United States women's national soccer team embraced the spotlight, and exited the stage heading to their third consecutive World Cup final.

Back from England after back to back losses to the NY Yankees, the Boston Red Sox continue their international tour tonight with a trip to Canada where they'll face the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre, and whether these Red Sox have enough left in the tank to salvage what's been a very disappointing season so far remains to be seen.

More than 60 downhill skateboarders convened in a quiet western Massachusetts town in June — coming from as far away as Spain, Australia, and Mexico — to compete in the first-ever Whitcomb Summit Downhill.

Ultrarunners compete in endurance races longer than a marathon, upwards of 50 to 100 miles. We're talking with Vermont's ultrarunners and endurance athletes.
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A summer hike or a neighborhood run is enough of an outdoor fix for some. But for others, only a 30, 50 or even 100-mile race will do. We’re talking with Vermont ultrarunners about the joy – and pain – to be found in running hundreds of miles.

Team England played its best game of the women's World Cup in France yesterday, saving the performance for a knock-out round dispatch of Norway in a 3-0 win.

It's about a six and a half hour plane ride from Boston to London, but it must have felt twice as long to the Boston Red Sox took after yesterday's 8-7 loss to the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park.

Megan Rapinoe went twice to the area for penalty kicks, and the veteran forward for the U.S. women's national soccer team did not miss on either chance, both goals accounting for all the scoring the Americans would need in their 2-1 win over Spain at the World Cup yesterday.

The U.S. has shown few weaknesses in its march through the Women's World Cup in France. But now the competition gets harder and the stakes are higher in the knockout round of the monthlong tournament. The first U.S. test comes Monday against Spain in the round of 16 (kickoff is noon ET and broadcast on FS1 and Telemundo).

A longer game has never been played at Target Field, and in the history of the Minnesota Twins franchise only three other contests have stretched beyond the five hour 45 minute mark that finally ended the 17-inning marathon between the Twins and Boston Red Sox last night, a game in which both teams sent eight pitchers to the mound.

A view of baseball being played at Centennial Field in Burlington, Vermont.
Paul Stanfield / Vermont Lake Monsters

Vermont's professional baseball team is off to a good start in 2019. But when it comes to single-A pro-baseball the measure of success is less about wins and losses than it is about developing the individual players in the squad to find out which of them are potential candidates to go to the show with the club's parent team, the Oakland A's. 

The Toronto Raptors have won their first NBA title, edging out the Golden State Warriors 114-110 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at the Warriors' Oracle Arena in Oakland. Toronto completed the series 4-2.

In the final seconds the Raptors led by only one point, and the Warriors' Steph Curry missed a 3-pointer. Golden State got the ball in a scramble, but called a timeout it didn't have and was given a technical foul, causing some confusion. Raptor star Kawhi Leonard sank three game-clinching free throws, sealing Toronto's victory.

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