Naturalization

Abderrahman Samba, of Qatar, prepares for a men's 400m hurdles semifinal race at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
October 01, 2019 - 9:16 am
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Just as migrant workers built Qatar's stadiums, a foreign-born medalist is building its reputation in track. Abderrahman Samba's bronze in the 400-meter hurdles Monday was the first Qatari medal at the world track championships and sparked joy in the VIP enclosure, the one part...
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Mixed martial arts great Anderson "Spider" Silva of Brazil, his daughter Kaory, 23, left, his wife Dayane and son Kalyl, 20, right, recite the Pledge of Allegiance after all but Dayane were sworn in as U.S. citizens in a mass naturalization ceremony Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
July 24, 2019 - 1:07 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mixed martial arts great Anderson "Spider" Silva of Brazil became a U.S. citizen along with thousands of others in a mass naturalization ceremony Tuesday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Silva took his oath of citizenship along with his son Kalyl, 20, and daughter Kaory, 23...
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FILE - In this a Wednesday, April 10, 2019, Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana watches from the dugout during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit. The Indians first baseman was sworn in as a U.S. citizen on Friday, April 19, 2019, taking the "Oath of Citizenship" with 83 others while his two young daughters fought for his attention. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
April 19, 2019 - 4:00 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Not even a cold, rainy day could hinder Carlos Santana's joyful smile. The Indians first baseman was sworn in as a U.S. citizen on Friday, taking the oath with 83 others while his two young daughters fought for his attention. Afterward, Santana beamed with pride. "Thanks, Cleveland...
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Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana celebrates after hitting a solo home run off Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Joe Biagini during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Cleveland. The Indians won 3-2. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
April 05, 2019 - 11:01 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Santana touched the plate and was swept up in the arms of his teammates. This was no ordinary home run. This one meant so much more. Days after passing a test to become a U.S. citizen, Santana homered with one out in the ninth inning and made a familiar trot around the bases...
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Rory Sabbatini watches his shot from 10th tee during the first round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Matt York)
January 11, 2019 - 8:35 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Rory Sabbatini has been playing the Sony Open the last 20 years, and this one was different before he hit a shot. Start with the flag stitched onto his golf bag. And when he stepped to the first tee Thursday, he heard words never uttered on the PGA Tour. "From Bratislava, Slovakia,...
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In this Aug. 19, 2018, photo, former UAA Seawolves runner Marko Cheseto competes in the Skinny Raven Half Marathon during the Anchorage RunFest in Anchorage, Alaska. Cheseto, a former University of Alaska Anchorage runner who lost both of his feet to frostbite in 2011, ran his first marathon Sunday, Nov. 4, and became an American citizen two days later. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News via AP)
November 13, 2018 - 4:58 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A former University of Alaska Anchorage runner who lost both of his feet to frostbite in 2011 ran his first marathon and became an American citizen last week. Marko Cheseto, 35, finished 613th overall out of nearly 53,000 runners at the New York City Marathon, the Anchorage...
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Oakland Athletics closing pitcher Yusmeiro Petit (36) and catcher Josh Phegley share congratulations after the team defeated the Seattle Mariners 9-3 in a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
September 27, 2018 - 2:33 am
SEATTLE (AP) — Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said he wasn't paying much attention to the out-of-town scoreboard at Safeco Field during his team's 9-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night. No matter, Melvin and his team got the result they wanted. Matt Olson hit a grand slam...
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Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez is sworn in as a U.S. citizen at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Field office in Tukwila, Wash., on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. (Mike Siegel/ The Seattle Times via AP)
September 24, 2018 - 8:54 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Mariners teammates stood and applauded and "God Bless America" played on speakers when Felix Hernandez entered Seattle's clubhouse after becoming a U.S. citizen. A native of Venezuela, the 32-year-old pitcher passed his citizenship interview Monday and was among 74 people from 36...
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In a photo from June 25, 2018, Judge Marianne Battani prepares to give Detroit Tigers center fielder Leonys Martin and his wife Yaimira their naturalization papers after a ceremony before a baseball game, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
June 26, 2018 - 9:30 am
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers blew a three-run lead in the eighth inning and eventually lost on a home run in the ninth. Still, this was a day Jose Iglesias and Leonys Martin may look back on fondly for years. Before Monday's game against Oakland, the Tigers hosted a ceremony on the field in...
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March 19, 2018 - 11:30 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Mexican league midfielder Kekuta Manneh has been added to the U.S. roster for a March 27 exhibition against Paraguay at Cary, North Carolina. The 27-year-old was born in Ghana and became a U.S. citizen two years ago while he played with Vancouver. He was traded to Columbus in March...
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