Thanks to sports, Twitter sets a new record

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Thanks to sports, Twitter sets a new record

From Comcast SportsNet
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Twitter says its users fired off more than 15,000 Tweets per second when Spain made its fourth goal in Sunday's European Championship final, setting a new sports-related record on the social networking site. The surge in tweets came just weeks before the Olympics Games in London are expected to bring another unprecedented surge of activity by sports fans on social networking sites. Twitter says total global traffic on its platform peaked at 15,358 tweets per second during the fourth goal Sunday in Kiev, where Spain defeated Italy 4-0. Twitter also registered a total of 16.5 million tweets worldwide during the match. Among those who tweeted was Pele, the retired Brazilian star. He congratulated Spain and said he was looking forward to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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Three starters out of practice for the Redskins

Three starters out of practice for the Redskins

The Redskins were missing three starters at practice on Wednesday as they began preparations to play the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland (ankle), guard Shawn Lauvao (ankle), and wide receiver DeSean Jackson (knee/ankle) all were out of practice. Breeland and Lauvao are expected to miss the Browns game; Jackson seems likely to play but we will have to see how things develop this week before that determination can be made.

WR Josh Doctson (Achilles) and CB Dashaun Phillips (hamstring) also were out on Wednesday.

Doctson, the team’s top draft pick who spend training camp and all of the preseason games on the physically unable to perform list, was a last- minute scratch for the game against the Giants last Sunday.

“He just didn't feel comfortable, couldn't push off the way he wanted to,” said Jay Gruden.

The injury has been hard to deal with from the beginning.

“We're trying different treatments for him to try to get him back in action as soon as possible,” said Gruden. “He'll take it easy this week, next couple of days then see what he can do on Friday. It's a wait and see kind of thing.”

Limited in practice were DL Chris Baker (elbow/tow), LB Trent Murphy (elbow/shoulder), and DL Kendall Reyes.

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Without Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and David Ortiz, who will Orioles fans boo?

Without Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and David Ortiz, who will Orioles fans boo?

Alex Rodriguez was cut loose last month. David Ortiz got a muted farewell in Baltimore last Thursday, and on Sunday Mark Teixeira plays his final game for the Yankees — against the Orioles. 

Where have all the villains gone? 

Orioles fans enjoy having someone to boo, and for years, Ortiz, Rodriguez and Teixeira received their fair share, and in recent years, Toronto’s Jose Bautista got some, too. 

With Big Papi, A-Rod and Tex not returning for 2016, Orioles fans better hope that Bautista, a looming free agent, doesn’t bolt the Blue Jays. 

Who would they have to boo? 

Yordano Ventura, who ignited the Manny Machado brawl in June, isn’t much of a target. He plays for the Kansas City Royals, who only appear in one series a year in Baltimore, and Ventura is a starting pitcher, so he’s not even guaranteed to appear in each series. 

Ventura is a decent pitcher, unlike the others, who were and are some of baseball’s best. 

Bryce Harper? He only plays two or three games in Baltimore a season, but the jeering he gets is more lighthearted than the hard core boos the others got. 

An ideal target is someone the fans get familiar with—and plays in the AL East. 

Evan Longoria has often hurt the Orioles, but there’s no hate for the Tampa Bay third baseman. Mookie Betts owned Baltimore this season, but he’s too good and not polarizing. 

Maybe Orioles fans can hope that when Harper’s contract is up after the 2018 season, he jumps to the Yankees — and Machado stays put.

That would be a rivalry to talk about.  

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