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Serena Williams’ daughter sports mini-me version of mom’s one-legged catsuit at tennis practice

TODAY — Serena Williams’ daughter, Olympia, just sported a mini version of her mom’s one-legged catsuit, and she couldn’t have looked more adorable. The 3-year-old’s parents posted several pictures of her on Instagram with the caption: “Practice makes…” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. (@olympiaohanian) The catsuit is identical to the one her mom wore, but Olympia made the outfit her own and added her own flair by accessorizing it with black, gray, and pink sneakers...

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Fort Myers’ Olivia McMurray set to swim at Olympic Trials

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Come Sunday, Fort Myers High School graduate Olivia McMurray will be swimming in a pool much larger than the one she is used to practicing in at Cypress Lake High School.  That’s because two years after qualifying, McMurrary will finally get to swim in the U.S. Olympic Trials.  “It’s really surreal,” said Olivia. “It’s something that I’ve always dreamed of since I was a little age group swimmer at eight or nine (years old).” Thursday, the eight-time Florida high school state champion and her coach, Rob...

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Alternative Baseball Organization coming to Naples

NAPLES , Fla. – The Alternative Baseball Organization is making its way to Southwest Florida this August.  Through baseball, the organization teaches those with autism and other special needs life skills on and off the diamond thanks to founder and commissioner Taylor Duncan.  From the time he was a boy Duncan loved baseball and everything that came with it.  “Really for me I grew up watching the game, I grew up watching the Braves on TBS,” Duncan said.  He is a walking encyclopedia of the sport and has memories of watching hall of famers like Randy Johnson,...

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Roger Federer withdraws from French Open over knee concerns

 (CNN) — Roger Federer has withdrawn from the French Open as he seeks to protect his knee following two operations in 2020. “After discussions with my team, I’ve decided I will need to pull out of Roland Garros today,” the 39-year-old said in a statement in Sunday. “After two knee surgeries and over a year of rehabilitation it’s important that I listen to my body and make sure I don’t push myself too quickly on my road to recovery.” After playing into the early hours of Sunday in his third-round win over Dominik Koepfer, the 20-time...

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Essential Quality wins the 153rd Belmont Stakes

Essential Quality has just won the 1153rd Belmont Stakes, the final leg of a dramatic 2021 Triple Crown. This is trainer Brad Cox’s Belmont Debut. Jockey Luis Saez earned his first Triple Crown win after he finished first in the 2019 Kentucky Derby aboard Maximum Security before being disqualified for interference, NBC Sports reports. Barclay Tagg’s Tiz the Law kicked off a scrambled 2020 Triple Crown by becoming the first New York-bred horse to win the Belmont Stakes since Forester in 1882, NBC Sports reports. Tiz the Law went on to win the Travers Stakes at Saratoga in convincing...

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Naples United FC continues to grow game in SWFL

NAPLES, Fla. – For most of the season fans had to sit on the grassy hill next to the field to watch semi-professional soccer in Naples. Starting this weekend they can move onto the grandstands at the Paradise Sports Complex Stadium to watch the best soccer team in Southwest Florida. After taking a year off due to the pandemic, Naples United FC has come back in 2021 with a bang. “Good, good overall I mean obviously starting out three and one you can’t complain about that,” Head Coach Matt Poland said. The team returning to the field after one of the best seasons in team history...

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What to know before the 153rd Belmont Stakes kicks off

NBC SPORTS – The Belmont Stakes returns to early June and closes out a dramatic 2021 Triple Crown, only on NBC Sports. The 153rd Belmont Stakes airs on Saturday, June 5 from 3-5 p.m. ET on NBCSN and from 5-7 p.m. on NBC. Coverage is also available on NBCSports.com and on the NBC Sports app. NBC Sports will also broadcast from Belmont Park on Friday, June 4 from 5-6 p.m. ET with live racing, insider previews, and expert betting tips. What started as a much-anticipated return to normal on the First Saturday in May turned into controversy when, eight days after the 147th Kentucky Derby, Hall...

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NCAA recruiting dead period expires

FORT MYERS, Fla.– For FGCU Head Men’s Basketball Coach Michael Fly, recruiting new players to his program over the last 15 months has not been easy.  “The last year and a half really we’ve been recruiting guys and taking commitments and signing guys without ever meeting them in person” said Fly.  At the onset of the pandemic, the NCAA instituted a ban known as a dead period on all in person recruiting. Coaches could not leave campus to recruit while prospective recruits could not visit campuses.  “It’s hard because you’re...

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Everblades clinch Eastern Conference title

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Thanks to an overtime game-winning goal from Myles Powell the Florida Everblades clinched first place and the regular-season title in the ECHL’s Eastern Conference.  “You come to this rink and you see the banners up there,” Blades’ goalie Jake Hilderbrand said. “You see the success they’ve had consistently.” With another banner now secure, the Blades have won a division or conference regular-season title in five of the last six years. Now is no time to count banners said head coach Brad Ralph.  “Playoff...

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About 10,000 Tokyo Olympic volunteers quit with 50 days until opening ceremony

TOKYO / CNN — Thousands of volunteers have pulled out of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in recent weeks, organizers said, fueling concerns over Japan not being prepared to host the Games amid new COVID-19 cases. About 10,000 of the 80,000 registered volunteers supporting athletic events had quit as of Wednesday, according to the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee. Toshiro Muto, chief executive of the Organizing Committee, said he does not believe the volunteer withdrawals will impact the operation of the Games, which were postponed last year due to the pandemic. The rescheduled event is due to start...

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