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Jimmy V Week raises nearly $1.6 million

Jimmy V Week raises nearly $1.6 million

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) ESPN says the sixth annual Jimmy V Week for Cancer Research has set a fundraising record by generating nearly $1.6 million in contributions.

The previous record was $1.3 million in 2011. In six years, Jimmy V Week has generated $6.8 million for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, the network announced Thursday.

This season's Jimmy V Week - from Nov. 27-Dec. 4 - featured a simulcast of Jim Valvano's speech at the 1993 ESPYS.

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, who coached North Carolina State to the 1983 national championship and later became a popular commentator at the network. Since 1993, The V Foundation has awarded more than $100 million to fund cancer research grants nationwide.

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Cardinals pull Dakota Hudson after just 15 pitches in first inning

Cardinals pull Dakota Hudson after just 15 pitches in first inning

The Nationals are on fire. Eight Nationals batters put up eight runs and only recorded one out — which was a sacrifice fly that scored a run — before the Cardinals pulled starter Dakota Hudson and turned to veteran Adam Wainwright.

Hudson's start is the shortest in Cardinals' postseason history.

Hudson's seven earned runs are tied for the most by a pitcher in a start that was 1/3 of an inning or shorter. He's tied with Mike Foltynewicz, the Braves' starter who the Cardinals knocked out to get to the NLCS.

There's probably not much he could have done against these Nationals' bats, though.

Oh, and Patrick Corbin has five strikeouts on 23 pitches through two innings.

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Nationals remind everyone Bryce Harper 'wants to bring a title back to D.C.'

Nationals remind everyone Bryce Harper 'wants to bring a title back to D.C.'

The Nationals are trying to bring a championship to the nation’s capital, an obvious goal for a team on the cusp of its first-ever World Series berth.

It’s not just current Nationals looking to bring a title to Washington, as former outfielder Bryce Harper so notably “announced” during spring training before the season.

Harper’s gaffe was an honest mistake for a player who had spent half a dozen years with the Nationals, but that sure didn’t make it any less fun for local fans.

After the Phillies finished 81-81 in Harper’s debut season, while the Nationals finished 93-69 and finally broke through to exorcise their postseason demons this October, the team’s official account decided to have some fun with Harper’s comment as well.

It’s an obvious and hilarious shot taken at a player who was once the most famous face of the organization. This is exactly what sports Twitter was invented for.

Though it’s entirely possible Harper really is pulling for his former franchise, with his current team long out of the running, it’s fair to assume his focus is on bringing at least one title to Philadelphia in the next…(checks notes) *12 years* he has remaining on his contract.

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