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U.S. Men’s alum Ernst Brun making most of NFL opportunity with Redskins

By Bran Bournival Football can be a fickle friend. One second, a player is on top of the world. The next, the game has knocked him down almost to square one. Ernst Brun Jr. knows the highs and lows of the sport, which is why he hasn’t taken for granted – not even for a …

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Aslimoski, Pons and Wakisaka are statesmen for international football

By Brad Bournival Football, like other sports, takes a physical toll on the body. It also can be poetic and provides a lifetime of memories. Because of the physicality, the average NFL career is 3.3 years. That’s what makes what Brazil’s Rodrigo Pons, Australia’s Jason Aslimoski and Japan’s Yasuo Wakisaka are doing amazing. Pons, 32, Aslimoski, …

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United States 43, Japan 18

By Brad Bournival CANTON, Ohio – Japan won the first two International Federation of American Football World Championships. The United States has won the last two. When both countries met Sunday at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, something had to give. It might have taken more than a half, but it finally broke in …

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France 53, Australia 3

By Brad Bournival CANTON, Ohio – French coach Patrick Esume knows only one speed with his national team. That speed is something that would make even the finickiest Bugatti owner jealous. The way Esume sees it, the offense should start out hot like a sports car and leave opponents in its collective dust. Through two …

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Brazil 28, South Korea 0

By Brad Bournival CANTON, Ohio – Label the Brazilians a squad of fast learners. A team that wasn’t founded until eight years ago, Brazil figured out how to win at the International Federation of American Football World Championship level in just its second game. It came against South Korea on Sunday at Tom Benson Hall …

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France 31, Brazil 6

By Brad Bournival CANTON, Ohio – France was playing in its fourth consecutive International Federation of American Football World Championship on Thursday. It also was the country’s 10th overall game, as the seasoned team took on Brazil. The Brazilians were brand new to IFAF action and France made sure that point hit home. With 10 …

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Australia 47, South Korea 6

By Brad Bournival CANTON, Ohio – It had been 16 years since Australia won a game in an International Federation of American Football World Championship, so forgive Jason Aslimoski for cracking a smile after his team beat South Korea, 47-6, in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The 39-year old right tackle is the lone remaining …