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Past articles by Jim:

Hometown villain Rendon part of World Series road magic

In a World Series where road teams have won every game, Houston native Anthony Rendon has sparked the Washington Nationals into a winner-take-all title showdown with his hometown Houston Astros. Rendon blasted a two-run home run, smacked a two-run double and singled home a run in the first inning to → Read More

Astros turn to NBA legends Olajuwon, Drexler for luck

HOUSTON - Trying to complete a championship comeback in the World Series, the Houston Astros turned to a pair of NBA legends Tuesday to help their fortunes, Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. → Read More

MLB: Astros one win from historic World Series title fightback

On the verge of a historic World Series fightback, the Houston Astros returned home Monday planning to lean on resilience and experience to capture a second title in three seasons. → Read More

MLB: Astros rout Nationals to reach brink of World Series title

The Houston Astros advanced to the brink of their second World Series title in three seasons by defeating the Washington Nationals 7-1. → Read More

Astros rout Nationals to reach brink of World Series title

Yordan Alvarez, Carlos Correa and George Springer each smacked two-run homers Sunday and the Houston Astros advanced to the brink of their second World Series title in three seasons by defeating the Washington Nationals 7-1. Houston pitcher Gerrit Cole struck out nine and surrendered only one run on → Read More

MLB: Nationals poised to deliver epic World Series shocker

Halfway to pulling off an epic World Series shocker, Washington is defying the odds like few teams in baseball history in their bid to defeat the Houston Astros. → Read More

MLB: Astros seek World Series dynasty as Nats hunt fairytale title

An upstart Washington Nationals squad will try to end the US capital's 95-year Major League Baseball title drought when the 115th World Series opens Tuesday against the Houston Astros. → Read More

Zion Williamson excites NBA like no rookie since LeBron

Zion Williamson has excited NBA fans like no rookie since LeBron James, but knee injuries before his debut have also brought worries about the New Orleans Pelicans teen star. → Read More

Nadal takes five-set US Open thriller for 19th Slam title

Rafael Nadal captured his 19th career Grand Slam title in thrilling fashion on Sunday by winning the US Open final, outlasting Russia's Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 to seize his fourth crown in New York. The 33-year-old Spanish left-hander moved one shy of Roger Federer's all-time → Read More

Slam chase means more to Nadal than winning the most majors

Rafael Nadal is more excited about the thrill of battling for Grand Slam trophies than he is worried about if he ever holds the record for Grand Slam titles. → Read More

Tennis: Nadal seeks 19th Slam title against Medvedev at US Open

NEW YORK, United States – Rafael Nadal will play for his 19th Grand Slam title, one shy of Roger Federer's all-time men's record, after battling past Italy's Matteo Berrettini on Friday and into his fifth US Open final. → Read More

Tennis: Motherhood helps Serena reach brink of history as 38 looms

Williams would match Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Slam singles titles and claim an unprecedented seventh US Open title with a victory in Saturday's final. → Read More

US Open: Nadal roars into semis chasing 19th Slam title

Nadal, forced to retire from last year's semi-finals with knee pain, is feeling healthy now and ready to pounce upon Italy's 24th-seeded Matteo Berrettini. → Read More

FIBA: Space Jam or the World Cup? LeBron among USA's absent stars

So many NBA headliners from the United States are skipping the Basketball World Cup in China that they would assemble a formidable all-star squad of their own. → Read More

Tennis: Kyrgios edges Medvedev to win ATP Washington Open title

Shaking off back spasms to blast 18 aces, Australia's Nick Kyrgios kept his composure and captured the ATP Washington Open title Sunday, defeating Russia's 10th-ranked Daniil Medvedev 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/4). → Read More

Tennis: Andy Murray reunites with brother Jamie for doubles win

Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray moved closer to a singles comeback six months after hip surgery, joining brother Jamie for a doubles victory Wednesday at the ATP Washington Open. → Read More

Tennis: Andy Murray 'quite close' to singles return

Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray says he is 'quite close' to being able to play singles matches and a 'best-case scenario' could see it happen at Cincinnati in two weeks. → Read More

International talent lifts Raptors to NBA Finals victory

Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam celebrated his first NBA title with the flag of his homeland, Cameroon, draped over his shoulders and hopes to inspire the NBA dreams of young Africans. → Read More

NBA: Family tragedy taught Kawhi to enjoy life and hoops

After coping with the trauma of his father's murder as a 16-year-old, Kawhi Leonard has no difficulty putting basketball in its proper perspective. → Read More

Warriors set for emotional NBA Finals showdown with Raptors

Playing for injured star Kevin Durant in a farewell to the arena when they became a dynasty, the Golden State Warriors are set for an emotional NBA Finals showdown Thursday against Toronto. → Read More