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SONOMA, Calif. — Matt DiBenedetto drove his way into the NASCAR Cup Series with meager funding and no glossy racing pedigree. He has spent 4 ½ years circling tracks in the back of the pack, attempting to will his underperforming, underfunded cars to unlikely results.

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It was a day that only a mother could love. It rained, and rained, and rained, and when it stopped raining for a few minutes, those momentary letups quickly turned into downpour again. But even five hours out in that rain didn’t frustrate former UW-Eau Claire golfer Ryan Isaacson, who clinch…

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The fourth inning has been a rocky one for the Eau Claire Express lately. Just one day after allowing five runs in the fourth inning to the Waterloo Bucks, the Express gave up a four spot in the inning and couldn’t recover, falling 7-6 in Waterloo on Sunday.

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A fourth-inning hiccup and a pair of late runs cost the Eau Claire Express who fell 8-5 to the Waterloo Bucks on Saturday in Waterloo.

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CLEVELAND — Gyasi Zardes scored two goals in a three-minute span in the second half and the U.S. men’s soccer team earned a small sample of revenge with a 6-0 blowout in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Saturday night over Trinidad and Tobago, which handed the Americans a nightmarish loss two years ago.

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Just a few steps past the finish line of the Rock the Riverfront 10k stood Michelle Hrdlicka with a pool of slobber amassing at her feet. It was understandable. On a beautiful Saturday morning the sun was beaming down on racers, making it a little bit too hot. It didn’t seem to bother Hrdlic…

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Just one night after being stripped of career win No. 500, Eau Claire manager Dale Varsho and pitching coach Vic Cable finally got over the hump 24 hours later with a 10-9 win over the Waterloo Bucks.

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LE HAVRE, France — The defending champion U.S. national team faced its toughest test of the Women’s World Cup and remained dominant Thursday night, beating Sweden 2-0 to serve up a measure of revenge against the team that stunned the confident Americans in the last Olympics.

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Keeping players healthy is of paramount importance to the Northwoods League. On Wednesday night, the Eau Claire Express learned the hard way when the team was stripped of a 4-2 win over the Thunder Bay Border Cats due to a violating a pitching rule.

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ST. PAUL — After newcomer Tyler Boyd scored early in the second half to give the United States a two-goal lead, the sure sign this was going to be a good night for the Americans was visible on Gyasi Zardes' face.

It’s fitting Eau Claire Express infielder Matt Bottcher plays his college ball for the University of Illinois at Chicago Flames since he’s been absolutely red hot to start his Northwoods career.

The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball program had gone nearly seven months without securing a commitment from a high school recruit. Two full recruiting cycles had passed without the Badgers landing an in-state prospect, including some high-profile swing-and-misses.

BLAINE, Minn. — The overarching goal for the fledgling U.S. men’s soccer team, as frequently stated by new coach Gregg Berhalter, has been to improve the perception of this sputtering program within the cutthroat hierarchy of global soccer.