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A lamppost banner promotes the 2018 MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. (Adam Zielonka / The Washington Times)

District ready to host MLB All-Star Game, a ‘gold standard’ event

- The Washington Times

For 33 years, before the Montreal Expos became the Washington Nationals, the U.S. capital had no professional team playing the pastime whose Americanness is often compared to apple pie. This week, the District of Columbia is the center of the baseball universe as the city hosts the MLB All-Star Game.

Former Major League Baseball player Rick Ankiel (right) talks about his career at MLB All-Star FanFest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Photo by Andy Kostka / The Washington Times)

Rick Ankiel discusses time with Nationals at FanFest

- The Washington Times

Rick Ankiel appeared at FanFest and answered questions from fans about his career. While he was predominantly known for his work with St. Louis, he recounted his experience with the Nationals and gave his take on Washington’s current season.

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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2011 file photo Chicago Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery keeps his eyes on a shot by the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Tampa, Fla. Emery has drowned in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. He was 35. Hamilton Police confirmed Emery was identified as the victim of the swimming accident Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, file) **FILE**

Former NHL goalie Ray Emery drowns in Hamilton, Ontario

- Associated Press

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France's Antoine Griezmann, points to two stars on his jersey indicating two world cup wins, as he celebrates with Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. France won the final 4-2. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Column: At World Cup final, Mbappe, just 19, joins Pele

- Associated Press

The ball skidded across the pristine Moscow pitch and time seemed to slow. This was Kylian Mbappe's moment, at just 19, to become the youngest player since Pele to score in a World Cup final.

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 10, 2018 file photo France's Kylian Mbappe runs with the ball during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium, in St. Petersburg, Russia. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)

AP PHOTOS: World Cup made indelible images from Russia

Associated Press

The World Cup produced indelible images from across Russia, on and off the field. The home team's towering forward leading an unexpected run to the quarterfinal that captured the nation's affection. A golden-haired guy from England knocking the ball into the net six times to win the Golden Boot as top scorer. Standout goalkeepers saving shot after penalty shot. Neymar writhing.