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First athlete reaches 1 million Twitter followers

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First athlete reaches 1 million Twitter followers

From Comcast SportsNetLONDON (AP) -- Meet the king of the sporting Twittersphere: Brazilian soccer star Kaka.The Real Madrid midfielder on Wednesday became the first athlete to amass 10 million followers on the social networking site."Thank youuuuu. To celebrate I'll make a twitcam" wrote the 30-year-old Kaka, who at the last count had 10,012,862 Twitter fans.He's nowhere close to Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber -- who each have more than 20 million followers -- but it's not a bad haul for a player whose career appears to be on the wane after becoming a superstar in a golden six-year stint at AC Milan in Italy.Kaka describes himself as a "Christian, husband and father who loves football" and tweets in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Sports Talk Live Podcast: Are the Blackhawks buyers or sellers?

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Are the Blackhawks buyers or sellers?

Charlie Roumeliotis, Scott King, and Ben Pope join Leila on the panel.

0:00- The Blackhawks return home after two weeks on the road. Did they return to Chicago as trade deadline sellers? And what are the chances both goalies could be dealt by Monday?

12:00- Pat Boyle joins the panel. He gives his thoughts on the Blackhawks trade deadline plans.

14:30- David Ross says the Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo could hit 1-2 in the Cubs lineup in 2020. Will that solve their leadoff woes?

19:00- The Astros controversy just won't go away. The panel discusses.

21:00- The NFL reportedly wants to expand the playoffs to 14 teams and go to a 17 game regular season. Is this a good idea?

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5 Takeaways: Blackhawks give up five third-period goals in loss to Rangers

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5 Takeaways: Blackhawks give up five third-period goals in loss to Rangers

The Blackhawks lost 6-3 to the New York Rangers on Wednesday. Here are five takeaways:  

Brutal third period

After going 1-4-0 on their recent road trip, the Hawks needed a solid game to defeat the Rangers, who were in the same desperate spot they were - eight points out of the second wild card spot.

The start and resolve were there for Chicago until the third period, when after being tied 1-1, they were outscored 5-2. 

Keith 500

Duncan Keith became the seventh player in Hawks history to record 500 assists and just the second defenseman to do so. Doug Wilson had 554. 

Keith had the primary assist on Dominik Kubalik's goal at 2:29 of the second period, which tied it 1-1.

Kane keeps climbing

Patrick Kane grabbed the secondary assist on Kubalik's second period goal, tying him with Pat LaFontaine for 86th on the NHL's all-time points list with 1,013. 

Strome vs. Strome

Brothers Dylan Stome (Blackhawks center) and Ryan Strome (Rangers center) faced off on Wednesday night... Literally. The brothers took the opening faceoff against each other with Dylan winning the draw for Chicago. 

Ryan later scored on a Rangers power play at 4:01 of the third period to make it 3-1 for the Rangers. 

Man of Bread

Former Hawk Artemi Panarin scored at 9:41 of the third period, making it 5-2 in favor of New York. 

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