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Kevin Baxter

Kevin Baxter writes about baseball, soccer and anything else he can get a press pass for at the Los Angeles Times. He has covered three Summer Olympics, two Pan American Games, three World Cups, a Super Bowl and six World Series. An essay he wrote in the fifth grade was voted best in the class. He has a cool dog.
Mexico's Carlos Vela is eager to help his country in this World Cup

Carlos Vela’s relationship with the World Cup is complicated. Over the last eight years it’s included three starts, a tournament-ending injury, a long self-imposed exile and Sunday, after his most important game on soccer’s biggest stage, a death in the family.

Senegal gets Africa's first points in World Cup, upsetting Poland 2-1

Pele was unparalleled as a soccer player. But as a prognosticator? Not so much.In fact, the three-time World Cup champion’s forecasts have been so laughably wrong, former Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari once advised, “If you want to win a title, you have to listen to Pele and then do the oppo...

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