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Proposed Blockbuster Trade Could Put Blue Jays In Contention For World Series

The Toronto Blue Jays stunned and excited their fans last week when rumours surfaced about a blockbuster player trade.

The trade is not finalized yet, and it still has to be approved by the Commissioner of Baseball.

If the trade goes through it would be, arguably, the biggest trade in Blue Jays’ history.

Twelve players are involved: seven going from the Blue Jays to the Miami Marlins and five going from the Marlins to the Blue Jays.

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Toronto Raptors Basketball Team Has A New Line-Up

The 2012/2013 National Basketball Association season is officially underway.

There are 30 teams vying for the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy, including Canada’s only professional basketball team, the Toronto Raptors.

The Raptors have a new-look team this season.

Three of the five Raptors’s starters this year weren’t with the team last year.

The Raptors’s starting lineup includes two players who have been on the team before: DeMar DeRozen and Andrea Bargnani.

The Raptors believe in DeRozen as a player.

They recently signed him to a four-year, $40-million contract extension.

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SF Giants Win The World Series

For the second time in three years, the San Francisco Giants are baseball’s World Series Champions.

The Giants beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in 10 innings. They completed a four-game sweep in the best-of-seven series.

That means they won four games in a row, which gave them the championship.

Former Toronto Blue Jay Marco Scutaro singled home the go ahead run in the 10th inning with two out.

Pablo Sandoval (a.k.a. Kung Fu Panda) was awarded Most Valuable Player (MVP).

That’s because in game one of the World Series he hit an amazing three home runs and, overall, he had eight hits in 16 at-bats.

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A Giant Panda Makes His Mark On Baseball

He’s a giant among Giants, and now his name will forever be in baseball’s record books.

Wednesday night was the first game in this year’s World Series. The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Since 1903, the World Series has been the big, end-of-season battle between the best teams from the American League and National League.

This year the Detroit Tigers of the American League are playing the San Francisco Giants of the National League.

In game one on Wednesday night, history was made. The Giants beat the Tigers and their impressive pitcher, Justin Verlander.

The Giants won 8-3. They took a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-seven series.

The highlight of the night, however, was made by the Giants’s heavy-hitting third baseman, Pablo Sandoval.

Sandoval was born in Venezuela. He is affectionately known to his teammates as Kung Fu Panda.

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World Renowned Cyclist Lance Armstrong Cheated, Erased From Record Books

Lance Armstrong “has no place in cycling,” the president of the governing body for cycling said this week.

And with those words, the organization took away Armstrong’s seven Tour de France victories. They also banned him for life from competing in cycling.

Even though Armstrong came in first in those races, he used banned performance enhancing drugs to help him compete and win races.

So the International Cycling Union (UCI) is erasing him from the sport’s history books.

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Broncos Come Back To Shock Chargers

Football quarterback Peyton Manning’s comeback season continues to develop.

Manning missed all of last year with a serious neck injury.

He is back in the National Football League (NFL) and playing quarterback for the Denver Broncos.

Manning has accomplished much in his career.

He has been a four-time NFL Most Valuable Player and a Super Bowl winner.

Last Monday he had a night to remember, adding to his historic NFL career.

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Miracle Night In New York

The Major League Baseball playoffs continue to deliver excitement.

The New York Yankees are playing the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Division Series (ALDS).

In game three of the best-of-five series, the Yankees pulled off a very dramatic win on Wednesday.
It started with a bold move by the Yankees manager, Joe Girardi. The manager is responsible for team strategy on the field and team leadership.

In the ninth inning of game three, Girardi had to make a tough decision. He chose to pinch hit for Alex Rodriguez.

Rodriguez is currently ranked fifth on the all-time home run list.

He is also the highest paid player in baseball, with an annual salary of $30-million. He makes about $6-million more than any other player.

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Extra-Exciting Finish To A Great Year In Baseball

After 162 games, baseball’s regular season came to an exciting close.

This year, some new changes made the year even more exciting than usual.

Major League Baseball (MLB) changed the way they choose who gets to be in the playoffs this year.

And with that new system, some teams were battling for a playoff position right down to their last game.

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Pianos And The Pan American Games

The Pan American Games are coming to Toronto, Ontario in 2015.

The Games are like the Olympics, but only athletes from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean compete.

It is different from the Olympics because it celebrates culture as well as sports. And that’s where the pianos come in.

The Games don’t start for another three years, but last July a Pan Am project called Play Me, I’m Yours, put 41 painted pianos around Toronto.

The pianos stood for the 41 countries and protectorates belonging to the Pan American Sports Organization. (Protectorates are countries that have their own government but also get protection from stronger countries.)

Each piano was decorated by an artist who lives in Canada but was born in one of the 41 countries.

The pianos were placed in public parks, streets and squares.

Play Me, I’m Yours invited everybody to play. It didn’t matter if you were piano teacher or could only play Chopsticks.