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A Great Time To Be A Sports Fan

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By Ahren Sternberg

There are exciting things happening in baseball, hockey, basketball, golf and soccer.

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Jose Bautista is one of the reasons opponents have to worry about playing the Jays in 2012. Image: Keith Allison

Major League Baseball (MLB) is just getting underway.

Every team is hoping to make it to the World Series in October. But that’s about 150 games away. The Blue Jays have a real shot at it this year, and that has some of the American teams nervous.

Will a Canadian team win against the Americans in “their” sport? It’s happened before—in 1992 and 1993 when the Jays won the World Series. You never know!

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The path to the Stanley Cup for Sidney Crosby and The Pittsburgh Penguins will need to go through Philadelphia. Image: Elliot

The National Hockey League (NHL) is in round one of the playoffs. Sixteen teams are battling it out for the Stanley Cup, hockey’s ultimate prize.

The most anticipated match-up in round one is Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin of the Penguins versus the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers know how to get under the skin of the Penguins. Who will win that battle?

Chris Bosh left The Toronto Raptors because he thought he could win a championship with the Miami Heat. We'll find out if he was right soon. Image: Keith Allison

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is winding down. A strike by the players shortened its season this year. The Miami Heat were the “celebrity” team this year, with their three stars: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Will they be able to bring home a championship this year?

With The Masters golf tournament having recently ended

Tiger Woods has had some challenges recently, but you can never count him out. Image: Molly A. Burgess

(Bubba Watson won), I’m wondering if Tiger Woods will win another event this year—maybe even a major tournament.

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Messi is having one of the best season in the history of La Liga... but will he be outshone by Rinaldo? Image: Alexander Mantilla994

Then there’s soccer. Arguably two of the best players to ever play the game, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, are in the midst of an amazing scoring race. They play in the Spanish Soccer League, also known as La Liga. After 31 games Messi has 39 goals while Ronaldo has 4o goals after playing in 32 games.

The sports world is heating up—and this is just a taste of what to expect.

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Writing/Discussion Prompt
How do you think Ahren Sternberg feels about sports? Do you think that any information in this article would be useful for non-sports-lovers to know? Why?

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