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UTEP snaps 3-game skid, beats Florida International, 72-68 (Jan 13, 2018)

EL PASO, Texas (AP) Isiah Osborne scored 21 points and led four Miners into double-figure scoring as Texas-El Paso beat Florida International 72-68 in a Conference USA contest Saturday night.

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Open thread for night owls: Nearly two-thirds of House Democrats co-sponsor Medicare for All bill

John Nichols at The Nation vigorously backs them as House Progressives Go Big on Medicare for All: The way to beat Donald Trump and the mess he has made of an already off-the-rails Republican Party is not by promising a kinder, gentler alternative to utter
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Open thread for night owls: Nearly two-thirds of House Democrats co-sponsor Medicare for All bill

John Nichols at The Nation vigorously backs them as House Progressives Go Big on Medicare for All: The way to beat Donald Trump and the mess he has made of an already off-the-rails Republican Party is not by promising a kinder, gentler alternative to utter chaos. The way for Democrats to return from the political wilderness to which the party was consigned in the 2014 and 2016 elections is with bigger and bolder ideas. And the idea to start with is a single-payer, Medicare-for-All reform of America’s broken health-care system. Senator Bernie Sanders keeps making the point that there is a growing popular demand for “a plan that responds to the needs of the great majority of the America people,” and adds, “That’s what single payer does.” Sanders and other progressives recognize the importance of defending what’s good about the Affordable Care Act in the face of constant threats from the Trump administration and its congressional allies, as Democrats have over the past year and a half. But going forward, the party that seeks to replace Trumpism must get to the heart of the matter with proposals for replacing private profiteering with a system that truly recognizes health care as a right. Democrats have to get a lot more comfortable speaking the language that Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) employed Thursday when she said, “Health care cannot be a luxury that’s only available for the wealthy and well-connected—it is a human right.” Jayapal used those words to announce the formation of the House Medicare for All Caucus. Chaired by Representatives Jayapal, Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Keith Ellison (D-MN), and strongly supported by key figures such as Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chairs Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Mark Pocan (D-WI), the caucus will take the lead in arguing for HR 676, a Medicare for All measure sponsored by Ellison. Ellison’s bill has already attracted 122 House co-sponsors—two-thirds of House Democrats—and the caucus will seek to expand those numbers. But it will do a lot more than that. The development of the caucus raises the profile of the fight for health-care reform not just in Congress but nationally. [...] TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION “America must deal once and for all with an utterly irrational health care financing system that allows private interests to make billions in profits from the pain and suffering of their fellow citizens. America is the only country in the industrialized world that does not provide tax-supported universal health care coverage in some form.”                ~~Suzanne Gordon, Life Support: Three Nurses on the Front Lines (1997) TWEET OF THE DAY xtrump is now walking down a line of executives telling him how great he is as his adult daughter walks behind him, clapping for each statement. this isn't how things are usually done in america and we should keep saying so. pic.twitter.com/cYrmzTYVlk— Oliver Willis (@owillis) July 19, 2018 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2007—Huzzah for Harry Reid: The Brown Derby closed several years ago, but if I could lay my hands on that house-sized hat, I'd give it a tip for Harry Reid. Let me start with the confessions.  First, I have not always held tight to my pom-poms.  More than once in the last six months, I've said some... not all that supportive things about Senator Reid and his ability to move things through the «collegial» axle grease of the Senate. A big part of this was frustration at seeing all that «first hundred hours» legislation come rocketing through the House, only to enter a Senatorial time warp. A bigger part of that was the failure to keep popping that same vetoed Iraq bill back onto Bush's desk until either sweet reason prevailed or Bush's fingers got too tired to scrawl his 'X.' The biggest reason of all was a deep personal need to see Mitch McConnell face down in the mud while Senator Reid does a Riverdance clog on his back (Oh, and Bill O? That there is one of them met-a-phors). Forget that. My past criticisms arguably makes me little more than a fair weather friend, but I see a lot of blue skies today, and I see one tough senator standing out in the sunshine. I'm damned impressed with Senator Reid. On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin assures us that although electoral effects move at glacial pace, they do move. Today's hot items: NYT says Trump knew the whole time. The Russian who catfished the NRA gets busted, somehow ensnaring the National Prayer Breakfast.  x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!) LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE

GOP state rep. pens SCATHING editorial targeting 45 supporters: 'Trump thinks you are a fool'

Republican state representative Jason Villalba has been a Never Trumper from the start, and this March, it likely cost him re-election to the Texas house seat he’s held since 2013. With nothing to lose and everything at stake, Villalba wrote a blistering cr
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GOP state rep. pens SCATHING editorial targeting 45 supporters: 'Trump thinks you are a fool'

Republican state representative Jason Villalba has been a Never Trumper from the start, and this March, it likely cost him re-election to the Texas house seat he’s held since 2013. With nothing to lose and everything at stake, Villalba wrote a blistering critique of Putin’s puppet for The Texas Tribune’s “TribTalk” this week, calling for fellow GOPers to demand the impeachment of Donald Trump.  (V)erily I say unto you today, if we do not stop this man now, today, over 500 days into his presidency, we will be equally culpable in what he has planned for our great nation. President Trump thinks you are a fool. He believes you will never abandon him. And he believes that that there is almost nothing that he can do that would cause you to abandon supporting him. But what he doesn’t know is that you are not a fool. You, like me, are an American. And no man will own your heart and mind like this president thinks he owns you. Now, before folks start celebrating VIllalba and thinking he’s a Democrat in disguise, it’s important to note that the outgoing state rep, who fancies himself a Reagan Republican, is still a raging garbage fire. He’s a fervent anti-choicer seated firmly in the pocket of the NRA, who made headlines in 2015 for trying to criminalize the filming of law enforcement officers. Villalba, whom Democratic state rep Diego Bernal once called a “Republican with a conscience ... by Texas standards,” also takes a general stance against laws protecting the LGBTQ community, and has been known to hide from constituents when criticized on social media. An enemy of one’s enemy is an ally, as the saying goes, and while that’s not really true, it’s always refreshing to hear anyone on the right break rank and speak rationally of this sentient Cheeto who stole the presidency. It’s not every day someone who hates abortion and loves guns agrees with the left on anything, right? Let’s return to Villalba’s op-ed.

Watch fiery Dems chanting 'USA! USA! USA!' as Republicans vote down election cybersecurity grants

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) gave a fiery speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, imploring Republicans to approve funding for vital cybersecurity upgrades ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. You would think that would be a bipartisan issue, right? N
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Watch fiery Dems chanting 'USA! USA! USA!' as Republicans vote down election cybersecurity grants

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) gave a fiery speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, imploring Republicans to approve funding for vital cybersecurity upgrades ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. You would think that would be a bipartisan issue, right? Nope. Republicans could not even put partisan politics aside for one vote to safeguard our voting systems from foreign enemy attackers. From the Washington Post: House Republicans on Thursday approved a spending bill that excludes new money for election security grants to states, provoking a furious reaction from Democrats amid a national controversy over Russian election interference. The spending bill passed 217-199. Democrats’ bid to add hundreds of millions more in election spending was rejected 182-232 — as Republicans were unmoved by Democrats floor speeches decrying the funding changes and chanting “USA! USA!” At issue is a grants program overseen by the federal Election Assistance Commission and aimed at helping states administer their elections and improve voting systems; Democrats want to continue grant funding through 2019, while Republicans say the program already has been fully funded. Why would they do this? Why are they so hellbent on obstructing efforts to upgrade our cybersecurity? They have money to detain immigrant families, two new Air Force One planes, $12 million for a fluffy ego-boosting military parade that Trump wanted and who knows how much has been spent flying Donald Trump around to his private golf courses. Yet no additional funds to safeguard our elections.  Watch a fiery Rep. Hoyer implore Republicans to take action as rowdy House Democrats chant “USA! USA! USA!” xHere's video of House Democrats chanting «USA! USA!» pic.twitter.com/sFv0KpWBCC— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 19, 2018

Numerous family separation lawsuits against Trump admin claim forced drugging, unsanitary conditions

Unsanitary drinking water, food “not fit for consumption,” and children “routinely” drugged with psychotropics—“by force if necessary”—are among the claims listed in a number of lawsuits against the Trump administration over the barbaric pol
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Numerous family separation lawsuits against Trump admin claim forced drugging, unsanitary conditions

Unsanitary drinking water, food “not fit for consumption,” and children “routinely” drugged with psychotropics—“by force if necessary”—are among the claims listed in a number of lawsuits against the Trump administration over the barbaric policy of tearing migrant families apart at the border. In one lawsuit filed by the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law on behalf of some 200 migrants, victims described being detained in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities that were unsanitary. «On the second or third day there, my daughter soiled herself,” Fatima said. “I asked if I could clean her because her underwear [was] soiled. The guards said, 'No.' ... She remained in her dirty underwear until we arrived at Dilley [Texas] several days later.» In a second lawsuit in Connecticut, “a judge has ruled in a suit on behalf of two children separated from their parents at the southern border, that the government is responsible for addressing post traumatic stress disorder brought on by the ordeal,” The Guardian reported. Judge Dana Sabraw has ordered thousands of kids be reunited with parents by next week, but the fact is that every day detained is another day of trauma for separated children. According to the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, “research clearly shows that traumatic life experiences in childhood, especially those that involve loss of a caregiver or parent, cause lifelong risk for cardiovascular and mental health disease.” It goes beyond migrant kids, too. According to the Center for American Progress, “young children in the immigrant community can experience psychological distress after just seeing or hearing about their peers being separated from their families and friends.” A third lawsuit addresses the forced medication of children, who are under Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) custody.

NASA images peer through the clouds to reveal the landscapes of Titan

Saturn’s moon Titan lives up to its name. It’s the second-largest moon in the solar system (after Jupiter’s moon Ganymede) and with a diameter of 3,200 miles, is actually larger than the planet Mercury.  Veiled in a thick atmosphere of nitrogen and s
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NASA images peer through the clouds to reveal the landscapes of Titan

Saturn’s moon Titan lives up to its name. It’s the second-largest moon in the solar system (after Jupiter’s moon Ganymede) and with a diameter of 3,200 miles, is actually larger than the planet Mercury.  Veiled in a thick atmosphere of nitrogen and shrouded beneath methane clouds Titan has always been fascinating— specially because it is so deep in a thick blanket of exactly the kind of chemical soup that was long thought to be similar to the atmosphere of early Earth. And, as has been seen both from orbiters and from the Cassini–Huygens probe that touched down there in 2005, Titan is the only other place in the whole solar system were there are open bodies of liquid: rivers, ponds, lakes, and even the wonderfully-named 154,000-square mile (400,000 square km) “Kraken Mare”—larger than all the Great Lakes put together. It’s planet-sized. It has an atmosphere. It has lakes and seas. All that would make Titan seem like the most Earth-like place in the solar system by far except for one thing ... it’s cold out there. Seriously cold. Like -290 degrees Fahrenheit (−179.2 °C) cold. At that temperature, ordinary ice acts like stone, and those lakes and seas and rivers are filled by rains of liquid methane. It’s essentially liquefied natural gas, falling from the skies. There’s been a lot of speculation about whether Titan’s chilly mix could support some kind of life. Huygens didn’t seem to see anything in its brief view, but it did just drop down at one spot, and it didn’t remain active for very long. Huddled down under yellow-brown clouds, Titan seems like it could still be hiding almost anything. That’s what makes some new NASA images extra beautiful. Though the Cassini probe ended its time around Saturn in 2017 (with Emmy-nominated coverage from NASA) after an astounding 13 years circling the ringed-world, NASA is still making new discoveries from that probe’s huge stores of data. In this case, they mixed together infrared images taken across more than a decade to create six images of Titan’s very Earth-like landscape. If what you see at the top of the story looks intriguing, it’s barely a path on the true resolution and detail of these images. Come in after the break for some close-ups

The state law that gives 'personhood' proponents a new path to attack abortion rights

Stories of couples splitting up, then fighting over frozen embryos pop to the fore every now and then. There’s Sofia Vergara’s battle with her ex-fiance, now avowed opponent of abortion Nick Loeb, who wants to use embryos they created together against he
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The state law that gives 'personhood' proponents a new path to attack abortion rights

Stories of couples splitting up, then fighting over frozen embryos pop to the fore every now and then. There’s Sofia Vergara’s battle with her ex-fiance, now avowed opponent of abortion Nick Loeb, who wants to use embryos they created together against her wishes. Loeb tried to move the case to Louisiana, the only state that gives embryos standing to sue, but a Louisiana judge ruled against him—initially as a non-resident—and determined the embryos are “citizens of California.” So then Loeb “moved” to Louisiana to take a second shot at a win—and it seems he may have gotten it. On his second attempt in Louisiana, Loeb sued under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. Vergara fought to remove the case to federal court, arguing that the law covers children, not embryos, but Loeb took the case back to state court. There, the judge determined it’s a “custody case over which federal courts lack jurisdiction.” Both the removal to state court and the judge’s wording bode poorly for Vergara. Now Arizona’s creeping in Louisiana’s direction. It hasn’t given embryos full personhood, but legislators have passed a law—in effect as of July 1—that specifies what happens to frozen embryos in the event of disagreement over the disposition of embryos upon divorcing. Whichever spouse intends to use the embryos gets the embryos from now on in Arizona, effectively forcing parenthood upon the spouse that doesn’t want them used.  The argument underlying the law is that embryos are people; they should be treated as children under law. Once someone has voluntarily contributed to the formation of an embryo, that embryo’s right to life supersedes the contributor’s rights—meaning they “cannot be legally terminated at the whim of others,” as the Thomas More Society puts it. Anti-abortion groups like the Thomas More Society have been crusading for frozen embryos’ rights all over the country. If the Arizona law’s upheld, their next step would be getting a court to declare that just as an embryo in a freezer has rights, so too does an embryo in utero. “The new law is in fact an end around aimed at establishing the ‘personhood’ of unborn embryos,” confirms Rich Vaughn, chair of the American Bar Association’s committee on fertility technology and founder of the International Fertility Law Group.  The law specifics that the objecting spouse “has no parental responsibilities … and no right, obligation or interest with respect to” any children that come of using the embryos. On the one hand, that means the objecting spouse won’t be liable for child support; on the other, they’ll become a biological parent without consent and forfeit any right to see the child that’s half genetically theirs by the simple act of opposition.

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Buy Cholamandalam Finance for a target of Rs 1,585: Anand Rathi Research

Nifty outlook and top trading calls from Jay Anand Thakkar ,CMT -Assistant Vice President - Equity Research, Anand Rathi Research
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Buy Cholamandalam Finance for a target of Rs 1,585: Anand Rathi Research

Nifty outlook and top trading calls from Jay Anand Thakkar ,CMT -Assistant Vice President - Equity Research, Anand Rathi Research

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Public shareholders got high today on Tilray, the first marijuana company to IPO on Nasdaq

Tilray, a five-year-old, British Columbia-based medical cannabis company that sells its products to patients, researchers, pharmacies and even governments, saw its shares get high (sorry) on the Nasdaq today, after the company priced 9 million shares at $17 a
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Public shareholders got high today on Tilray, the first marijuana company to IPO on Nasdaq

Tilray, a five-year-old, British Columbia-based medical cannabis company that sells its products to patients, researchers, pharmacies and even governments, saw its shares get high (sorry) on the Nasdaq today, after the company priced 9 million shares at $17 apiece and watched them soar, closing at $22.39, a jump of slightly more than 32 percent. The […]

AnyVision AI startup locks in $28M for its body and facial recognition tech

As image recognition advances continue to accelerate, startups with a mind towards security applications are seeing some major interest to turn surveillance systems more intelligent. AnyVision is working on face, body and object recognition tech and the unde
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AnyVision AI startup locks in $28M for its body and facial recognition tech

As image recognition advances continue to accelerate, startups with a mind towards security applications are seeing some major interest to turn surveillance systems more intelligent. AnyVision is working on face, body and object recognition tech and the underlying system infrastructure to help companies deploy smart cameras for various purposes. The tech works when deployed on most […]

Syphilis: Symptoms & Treatment

Syphilis is the third most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. Nearly 28,000 cases of the most contagious stages of the disease were reported to the CDC in 2016.
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Syphilis: Symptoms & Treatment

Syphilis is the third most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. Nearly 28,000 cases of the most contagious stages of the disease were reported to the CDC in 2016.

Disney to debut its first VR short next month

Walt Disney Animation Studio is set to debut its first VR short film, Cycles, this August in Vancouver, the Association for Computing Machinery announced today. The plan is for it to be a headliner at the ACM’s computer graphics conference (SIGGRAPH)
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Disney to debut its first VR short next month

Walt Disney Animation Studio is set to debut its first VR short film, Cycles, this August in Vancouver, the Association for Computing Machinery announced today. The plan is for it to be a headliner at the ACM’s computer graphics conference (SIGGRAPH), joining other forms of VR, AR and MR entertainment in the conference’s designated Immersive Pavilion. This […]

Surprise! Top sites still fail at encouraging non-terrible passwords

You would think that Amazon, Reddit, Wikipedia and other highly popular websites would by now tell you that «password1» or «hunter2» is a terrible password — just terrible. But they don't. A research project that has kept tabs on th
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Surprise! Top sites still fail at encouraging non-terrible passwords

You would think that Amazon, Reddit, Wikipedia and other highly popular websites would by now tell you that «password1» or «hunter2» is a terrible password — just terrible. But they don't. A research project that has kept tabs on the top sites and their password habits for the last 11 years shows that most provide only rudimentary password restrictions and do little to help users.

Shared electric scooters probably won’t return to SF until August

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is still reviewing the 12 applications from companies to operate electric scooters in the city. In early June, companies like Uber, Lime, Bird, Lyft and others applied for permits to operate electric scooter s
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Shared electric scooters probably won’t return to SF until August

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is still reviewing the 12 applications from companies to operate electric scooters in the city. In early June, companies like Uber, Lime, Bird, Lyft and others applied for permits to operate electric scooter share services in San Francisco. San Francisco’s permit process came as a result of Bird, Lime and Spin deploying […]

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Sheriff: Eight people dead and several others hospitalized after tourist boat accident on lake in Mi

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - Sheriff: Eight people dead and several others hospitalized after tourist boat accident on lake in Missouri.
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Sheriff: Eight people dead and several others hospitalized after tourist boat accident on lake in Mi

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - Sheriff: Eight people dead and several others hospitalized after tourist boat accident on lake in Missouri.

Sheriff: 8 people dead after Missouri tourist boat accident

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - A tourist boat apparently capsized on a lake Thursday night in Missouri, leaving at least eight people dead and several others hospitalized, a sheriff said. The Springfield News-Leader reported that Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said a R
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Sheriff: 8 people dead after Missouri tourist boat accident

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - A tourist boat apparently capsized on a lake Thursday night in Missouri, leaving at least eight people dead and several others hospitalized, a sheriff said. The Springfield News-Leader reported that Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said a Ride the Ducks tourist boat reportedly sank on Table ...

Crack in rock at Grand Teton tourist site appears stable

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - A crack in rock that forced the closure of a popular waterfall tourist viewing area in Grand Teton National Park hasn't grown over the past week. In addition, the National Park Service says the crack may have begun to expand last fall an
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Crack in rock at Grand Teton tourist site appears stable

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - A crack in rock that forced the closure of a popular waterfall tourist viewing area in Grand Teton National Park hasn't grown over the past week. In addition, the National Park Service says the crack may have begun to expand last fall and it's uncertain when ...

Trump administration will keep protected status for Somalis

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration said Thursday that Somalis granted special immigration status in the U.S. can keep the designation, making them one of the few groups permitted to stay in the U.S. under a program that has allowed them to remain her
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Trump administration will keep protected status for Somalis

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration said Thursday that Somalis granted special immigration status in the U.S. can keep the designation, making them one of the few groups permitted to stay in the U.S. under a program that has allowed them to remain here for years. Somalia was first designated ...

SDCC Celebrates 10 Years of Clone Wars

Ten years ago the world of Star Wars changed forever with the debut of The Clone Wars. The first proper ongoing Star Wars TV show, it filled in much of the prequels’ timeline […] The post SDCC Celebrates 10 Years of Clone Wars appeared first on Geek.c
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SDCC Celebrates 10 Years of Clone Wars

Ten years ago the world of Star Wars changed forever with the debut of The Clone Wars. The first proper ongoing Star Wars TV show, it filled in much of the prequels’ timeline […] The post SDCC Celebrates 10 Years of Clone Wars appeared first on Geek.com.

Geek Pick: Splatoon 2 Pearl and Marina Amiibos

I thought I was done with Amiibos. Then Splatoon 2 happened. Nintendo sometimes does amazing things with aesthetics, and its aesthetics have never been stronger than the look of Splatoon 2. The Octoling DLC is […] The post Geek Pick: Splatoon 2 Pearl
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Geek Pick: Splatoon 2 Pearl and Marina Amiibos

I thought I was done with Amiibos. Then Splatoon 2 happened. Nintendo sometimes does amazing things with aesthetics, and its aesthetics have never been stronger than the look of Splatoon 2. The Octoling DLC is […] The post Geek Pick: Splatoon 2 Pearl and Marina Amiibos appeared first on Geek.com.

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Cahill open to offers for club football outside Australia

SYDNEY (AP) Tim Cahill says he hopes to continue playing club football outside Australia despite retiring from national duties with the Socceroos.
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Cahill open to offers for club football outside Australia

SYDNEY (AP) Tim Cahill says he hopes to continue playing club football outside Australia despite retiring from national duties with the Socceroos.

Nationals hope Strasburg's return a difference vs. Braves (Jul 19, 2018)

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals starting rotation gets a much-needed boost Friday night with the return of Stephen Strasburg.
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Nationals hope Strasburg's return a difference vs. Braves (Jul 19, 2018)

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals starting rotation gets a much-needed boost Friday night with the return of Stephen Strasburg.

Dodgers set to debut Machado vs. Brewers (Jul 19, 2018)

MILWAUKEE -- Manny Machado will be at Miller Park this weekend to open the second half, just not in the way the Milwaukee Brewers were hoping for.
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Dodgers set to debut Machado vs. Brewers (Jul 19, 2018)

MILWAUKEE -- Manny Machado will be at Miller Park this weekend to open the second half, just not in the way the Milwaukee Brewers were hoping for.

Cards starting fresh against Cubs (Jul 19, 2018)

CHICAGO -- When the St. Louis Cardinals fired manager Mike Matheny just before the All-Star break, beginning the second half of the season strong was a pivotal first step for a team attempting to move on from the disappointment of the past few months.
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Cards starting fresh against Cubs (Jul 19, 2018)

CHICAGO -- When the St. Louis Cardinals fired manager Mike Matheny just before the All-Star break, beginning the second half of the season strong was a pivotal first step for a team attempting to move on from the disappointment of the past few months.

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