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Murto: ESPN gets a black flag

The new NASCAR TV deal that takes effect next year gives the races to Fox and NBC, so I was interested to see how ESPN handled this year's Brickyard 400 broadcast from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. comments

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Express takes advantage of Cards' mistakes

FRONT ROYAL -- Strasburg Express manager Ben Moore has continually stressed the importance of winning the battle of what he refers to as the "free 90," a term used to describe errors, walks, stolen bases, passed balls, wild pitches -- anything that awards an opponent an extra base. comments

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Hornets go big with recruits

When Shenandoah University football coach Scott Yoder and his staff hit the recruiting trails to put together the Hornets' 2014 incoming class, their mission was both easy to visualize and hard to quantify. comments

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Nations: Window open for Orioles, Nationals

This should be an incredibly interesting week for the Beltway's baseball fans. comments

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Cards, Express set to clash in VBL first round

Strasburg Express first-year manager Ben Moore held a team meeting several weeks ago to discuss how he and his coaching staff could improve the team's experience over the final stretch of the Valley Baseball League season. During that meeting, Moore, who thinks many college baseball players today have become too robotic while coaches control nearly every aspect of the game, decided he was going to take a more relaxed approach and simply allow the Express to have fun. comments

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Almy: Trout love hopper flies

While aquatic insects such as mayflies get most of the attention in trout fishing literature, in modern times terrestrial insects (those living on land) are becoming more and more important in the diet of trout. They jump, fall, get blown in by wind or washed in by rain and are greedily gobbled up by waiting brook, brown and rainbow trout. comments

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Express hurler Hunter earns VBL's Player of the Week honor

Strasburg Express left-handed pitcher pitcher Brock Hunter has been named the Valley Baseball League's final D-BAT Player of the Week for July 21-27. comments

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Flying fast: Cards use steals to up pressure

Brad Neffendorf went into his first recruiting year as the new manager of the Front Royal Cardinals with one primary objective -- find some pests, and lots of them. comments

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Harvell makes good impression in Express' win

STRASBURG -- To his Strasburg Express teammates, left fielder Brandon Harvell is one of several members of the squad simply known as "new guy." comments

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Puerta sparks River Bandits

FRONT ROYAL --Woodstock's Esteban Puerta knows sometimes the key to success is to keep it simple. comments

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Fauber: Lots of storylines in ACC football

You wouldn't know it with the heat wave that has rolled through the area this week, but football is right around the corner. comments

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Battlefield Half Marathon plans continue

The Frederick County Parks and Recreation Department thought it had identified a need within the running community when it started making plans for the inaugural Battlefield Half Marathon. comments

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In the zone: Local athletes enjoy success in USTA tournaments

WINCHESTER - Nick Mueller and Hayden Postin had the chance to do something special recently. comments

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Winchester Post 21 eliminated from tourney

FRONT ROYAL -- Winchester Post 21's baseball team had its back against the wall on Thursday. Post 21 had a short turnaround after losing a heartbreaking extra-inning game on Wednesday night. comments

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Keeler: Plenty of talent in Citi Open

It's a bit of a dead period in sports right now. Soon football will take center stage and baseball will get to what really matters - the playoffs. However, if you need your fix of some great professional athletes playing in the D.C. area, next week's Citi Open combined men's and women's professional tennis tournament could be the place for you. comments

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Green to sign multi-year deal with Denver

Erick Green got the call he's been waiting for nearly his entire life late on Tuesday night. comments

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Express rallies for extra-inning win over Royals

WINCHESTER -- The Strasburg Express never feels like it's out of a game, no matter how large the deficit. But being no-hit through five innings while trailing by six runs? That's pushing it. comments

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Murto: NHRA has lots of horsepower

When most fans are asked what first attracted them to racing, the answer is usually, "Speed." Speed comes from horsepower, and nothing celebrates pure horsepower more than NHRA drag racing. comments

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Dukes picked to finish eighth in CAA poll

BALTIMORE -- James Madison University's football team was picked to finish eighth by the Colonial Athletic Association's head coaches and football media relations personnel. The poll and preseason all-conference team was announced during Wednesday's CAA Football Media Day. comments

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SU roundup: Mohlmann, Hornets' women's track & field squad earns honors

NEW ORLEANS -- Shenandoah University rising senior Jaclyn Mohlmann and the Hornets' women's track & field program have been honored by the USTFCCCA for academic achievement in selections announced Tuesday by the organization. comments

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Strasburg withstands Bandits' surge

STRASBURG -- The Woodstock River Bandits put on an impressive power display on Tuesday. comments

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Winchester, Front Royal Legion teams advance

FRONT ROYAL -- Front Royal Post 53 survived to play another day, and Winchester Post 21 kept up its winning ways in the District 16 American Legion tournament on Tuesday at Bing Crosby Stadium. comments

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New travel team formed in Front Royal

Brad Curl knows that making the transition from hitting off a pitching machine to facing live pitching can be a difficult transition for young baseball players. So he developed a way to help some children in Front Royal face that challenge head on. comments

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Joo places fourth at State Open of Va.

Yong Joo knew when he first picked up a golf club at age 12 that the sport was his calling. comments

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Nations: Sprint to finish in VBL

The Valley Baseball League playoffs are just less than a week away, and all indications are that it will be a mad dash to the end of the regular season. comments

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