Seasoned, confident Dutch team focused on winning

Mar 17, 2017

Seasoned, confident Dutch team focused on winning

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These Dutch are hot and dangerous right now. The Netherlands advanced to the World Baseball Classic final round for the second straight edition, and is perhaps better this time because of experienced amassed along the way. Slugger Wladimir Balentien, though, said he doesn’t feel ...

Teams makes preparations for second round

Mar 11, 2017

Teams makes preparations for second round

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Tokyo Dome was mostly silent, with only the sounds of practice ricocheting off thousands of empty seats at the Big Egg, as the 2017 World Baseball Classic took a day off to prepare for the final push to the championship round. Japan and Cuba, ...

Talented, youthful Dutch squad no longer a secret

Mar 11, 2017

Talented, youthful Dutch squad no longer a secret

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Wladimir Balentien, the affable slugging outfielder for the Netherlands and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, said he knew the young group of players darting around the infield for the Dutch during the World Baseball Classic four years ago were going to be special. Balentien saw ...

Ono lifts Japan with sayonara single in 10th

Nov 13, 2016

Ono lifts Japan with sayonara single in 10th

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The game was supposed to only be a dress rehearsal for next year’s World Baseball Classic. But the atmosphere during the ninth inning at Tokyo Dome made it feel a whole lot like the real thing. A game of late, wild momentum shifts finally ...

Dutch soccer legend Cruyff dies at 68

Mar 24, 2016

Dutch soccer legend Cruyff dies at 68

Dutch soccer great Johan Cruyff, who revolutionized the game with the concept of “Total Football,” has died. He was 68. Family spokeswoman Carole Thate confirmed to The Associated Press that Cruyff had died. Joaquin Munoz of the Cruyff Foundation in Barcelona said he died ...

Jun 30, 2015

Dutch soccer coach Hiddink fired

The Dutch soccer federation terminated the contract of national team coach Guus Hiddink on Monday, ending his second stint in charge after just one disappointing season. The KNVB said that Hiddink’s contract will now end on Wednesday. It had been set to last through ...

Van Gaal looks like a genius as Dutch blank Chile

/ Jun 24, 2014

Van Gaal looks like a genius as Dutch blank Chile

Two substitutes, two goals. Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal can, it seems, do no wrong at this World Cup. He sent on replacements Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay in the second half of the match against Chile on Monday and they scored both goals ...