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Under a cloak of darkness. With its public slumbering. Soccer bashers can delight in the time-slot-as-metaphor of the United States' World Cup debut. Soccer historians might applaud the just reward for transgressions exposed in the harsh daylight of 1998.


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2002 WORLD CUP  
Opening Round


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Celebration of the world's most popular sport is in full swing at Seoul Stadium. Get all the latest news, scores, schedules and player profiles right here.

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Scotty Bowman spoke to reporters Monday. They asked him questions. He gave them history lessons.


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NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT  
Pirates select Ball State's Bullington with No. 1 pick
Bryan Bullington, a hard-throwing right-hander from Ball State, was taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the No. 1 pick in Tuesday's baseball draft.
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South Korea Is Star of Asia
South Korea was the biggest star on Asia's biggest day at the World Cup.
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Capriati, Williams sisters advance
Defending champion Jennifer Capriati recovered from a second-set lapse Tuesday and rolled past Jelena Dokic to earn a spot in the French Open semifinals.




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