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Thousand Oaks tops Newbury Park in double-overtime thriller

Thousand Oaks running back Chase Martin grabbed the flag, waving it side to side, streaking across the field as white shirts poured over the fence from the sidelines. What happened Friday night at Thousand Oaks High seemed impossible. As Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks ran out the clock on the fourth quarter and a single …

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Cardinals’ Albert Pujols makes history with home run No. 700

The Mt. Rushmore of major league sluggers gained a fourth chiseled face — this one with a dark, tightly cropped beard, a seemingly permanent scowl and a gold chain around its neck — when Albert Pujols clubbed the 700th home run of his Hall-of-Fame career in Dodger Stadium on Friday night. The burly St. Louis …

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Injuries threatening to derail Mexico’s World Cup aspirations

Tata Martino looked tired and worn as he fidgeted behind the microphone at a news conference earlier this week. The embattled coach of Mexico’s national soccer team has less than two months left to prepare for the World Cup, yet even he has far more questions than answers about the roster he’ll take to Qatar. …

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Letters: Maury Wills is gone but his exploits are remembered

Maury Wills is one of the most important players not in the Hall of Fame. He influenced how the game was (is) played by others by reinventing the stolen base. And considering how those Dodgers teams were so low-scoring, that made him extra valuable. He was pretty good defensively, too. Yes, he had personal problems …

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Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals: How to watch and stream on TV

What you need to know: The Dodgers take a break from playing National League West teams when they open a three-game series Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. The series will feature two interesting attractions — Albert Pujols’ quest for 700 home runs and the competition for the NL batting title between …

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Jimmy Garoppolo gets another chance to gain 49ers’ confidence

Jimmy Garoppolo is the NFL’s most photogenic quarterback this side of Tom Brady. But for at least the past couple of seasons, when they looked at Garoppolo, the San Francisco 49ers only saw the photo negative. Their focus wasn’t what Garoppolo could do, but what he couldn’t. He doesn’t have a Juggs machine for a …

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