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Sport-Off-field drama takes focus away from top displays

NFL: Commissioner Roger Goodell-Press ConferenceBy Steve Keating (Reuters) – The stadiums and arenas where fans go to escape were invaded like never before in 2014 as the reality of racism, domestic violence and equality turned the Fields of Dreams into gloomy landscapes. LeBron James's homecoming, a Super Bowl blowout, a throwback World Series pitching performance and a Stanley Cup comeback for the ages all provided enough drama, suspense and awe to keep the turnstiles twirling and television ratings soaring. …


Posted on 19 December 2014 | 8:04 pm

Five best performances of 2014

MLB: World Series-San Francisco Giants ParadeBy Larry Fine (Reuters) – Five best sporting performances of 2014: 1. MADISON BUMGARNER (BASEBALL) San Francisco pitcher Madison Bumgarner saved the day and the World Series for the Giants with a Game Seven effort that capped a record-breaking performance in the Fall Classic. The 25-year-old country boy from North Carolina put a spell over the Kansas City Royals, pitching five shutout innings of relief to preserve a deciding one-run win on two days rest after winning twice as a starting pitcher. …


Posted on 19 December 2014 | 7:22 pm

US-Cuba thaw likely to shake up baseball Major Leagues

Cuban players celebrate after winning the Gold medal against Nicaragua, at the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games, in Veracruz, Mexico on November 21, 2014A seismic shift in relations with Cuba had many in US baseball salivating Thursday at the prospect of a flood of talent from the Caribbean country where America's "national pastime" is a passion. Major League Baseball made a measured response to the news on Wednesday that the United States and Cuba would end five decades of Cold War hostility and move to revive diplomatic ties and ease a crippling US trade embargo. The sanctions, and Cuba's refusal to allow players there to seek employment in the United States, have made for an arduous path for Cuban baseballers who defy their government and seek to pursue careers in America. Amid speculation that the trickle of talent from Cuba could become a torrent, and the country could surpass the Dominican Republic and Venezuela as top Latin American sources for Major League players, MLB and the players' union were cautious.


Posted on 19 December 2014 | 4:51 pm

Padres finalize deal for Kemp

The Padres have signed off on the blockbuster deal to bring Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp, shown here in October 2014, to San Diego after medical issues reportedly threatened to scupper the tradeThe Padres signed off on the blockbuster deal to bring Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp to San Diego after medical issues reportedly threatened to scupper the trade. In addition to Kemp, the Padres acquired catcher Tim Federowicz from the Dodgers in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin.


Posted on 19 December 2014 | 8:13 am

Medical issue could scupper Kemp trade – report

Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers leads off first base against the St. Louis Cardinals during a game on October 7, 2014 in St Louis, MissouriThe San Diego Padres reportedly may opt not to finalize their trade for Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp because a medical exam revealed the outfielder has arthritis in both hips. USA Today reported that the Padres are still trying to determine whether the condition will affect the remainder of the 30-year-old Kemp's playing career. The two teams had set a Thursday deadline to complete the deal, in which the Dodgers would send Kemp and reserve catcher Tim Federowicz to the Padres in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal, pitcher Joe Wieland and minor league hurler Zach Elfin.


Posted on 18 December 2014 | 9:18 pm

Black-market chemist pleads guilty in U.S. baseball doping scandal

MIAMI (Reuters) – A black-market chemist pleaded guilty on Thursday to concocting testosterone in the garage lab of his Florida home that was used to supply performance-enhancing drugs linked to the U.S. baseball doping scandal. Paulo Berejuk, 51, faces up to 10 years in prison at his February sentencing in Miami federal court for conspiring to distribute a controlled substance. Berejuk is the latest to admit guilt in one of the biggest doping scandals in U.S. sports. It led to the suspension of more than a dozen Major League Baseball players, including New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez. …

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 7:47 pm

Thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations won’t affect baseball right away: experts

By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There will be no immediate flow of top Cuban players into Major League Baseball despite the major U.S. policy shift toward the communist-run island, experts on baseball in Cuba said on Wednesday. Any move to let Cuban players leave their country freely will not happen for at least several years, said author Pete Bjarkman, who has written extensively about Cuban baseball. “I don’t think it will have any real visible immediate impact,” Bjarkman said of the policy change. “Cuba wants to maintain its strong baseball at home. …

Posted on 17 December 2014 | 9:38 pm

Florida man pleads guilty to helping baseball star Puig flee Cuba

By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) – A Florida man who received $2.5 million after helping to smuggle Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig out of Cuba pleaded guilty on Tuesday, according to court documents. Gilberto Suarez, 40, faces up to 10 years in prison at a March sentencing for conspiring to bring in or harbor aliens. In his plea agreement, he acknowledged coaching Puig on his 2012 defection from the communist-controlled island. After leaving Cuba, Puig, now 24, signed a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Dodgers. Suarez received about $2. …

Posted on 16 December 2014 | 11:05 pm

Cabrera signs with White Sox

Melky Cabrera of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a single against the Boston Red Sox on August 26, 2014 in Toronto, CanadaFormer drugs cheat Melky Cabrera, who was slapped with a 50-game ban in 2012 for testing positive for testosterone, officially agreed to a multi-million dollar contract with the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. The 30-year-old Dominican Republic outfielder reportedly signed a three-year deal worth $42 million. "Melky provides us with a professional hitter, who reaches base on a consistent basis," said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn on Tuesday. Cabrera spent the past two seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, batting .301 with 16 homers, 35 doubles and 73 RBI in 139 games in 2014.


Posted on 16 December 2014 | 7:43 pm

Busy White Sox add outfielder Melky Cabrera

MLB: New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays(Reuters) – The Chicago White Sox crossed another key item off their long holiday shopping list by agreeing with outfielder Melky Cabrera on a three-year $42 million contract, the club said on Tuesday. Cabrera, 30, batted .301 with a .351 on-base percentage for the Toronto Blue Jays last season to go with 16 home runs and 73 runs batted in. The addition of Cabrera, who in 2012 was leading the National League in batting average for the San Francisco Giants before missing the end of the season over a doping violation, was the latest in an offseason overhaul by the White Sox. …


Posted on 16 December 2014 | 7:09 pm

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I wish Marshawn Lynch played baseball – NBCSports.com


I wish Marshawn Lynch played baseball
NBCSports.com
Yes, I suppose that may be annoying for people who dutifully write down what an athlete says after a game as if it were important and illuminating. But that stuff is hardly ever important and illuminating. If you want to get into Marshawn Lynch's brain

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Posted on 22 December 2014 | 3:36 pm

“Baseball love, Cuban style” – NBCSports.com


NBCSports.com

Baseball love, Cuban style”
NBCSports.com
Everyone talks about how the thawing of Cuban relations is going to bring more big Cuban baseball stars to the United States. It'll be just as interesting, and probably more significant, to see how it changes the lives of everyday Cubans and Americans.

Posted on 22 December 2014 | 1:42 pm

Top Moment #4: Baseball Attendance Record and Comeback Win – Maroon and White Nation


Maroon and White Nation

Top Moment #4: Baseball Attendance Record and Comeback Win
Maroon and White Nation
Ah yes…baseball. Moment #5 was the announcement of the new Dudy Noble Field. Today, I bring you Top Moment #4 of 2014: the largest crowd for any on-campus baseball game watching a dramatic comeback in the 10th inning to beat arch-rival Ole Miss.

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Posted on 22 December 2014 | 1:08 pm

Say hey, baseball: Padres want Cole Hamels next – SB Nation


Say hey, baseball: Padres want Cole Hamels next
SB Nation
Listen, we know it's tough to catch up on everything happening in the baseball world each morning. There are all kinds of stories, rumors, game coverage and Vines of dudes getting hit in the beans every day, and trying to find all of it while on your

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Posted on 22 December 2014 | 1:05 pm

What A Thaw In Cuba Relations Means For Baseball – NPR


What A Thaw In Cuba Relations Means For Baseball
NPR
SIMON: Could more Cuban baseball players be headed for the Major Leagues now that relations between the two countries will be normalized? What about boxers? For that matter, ballet dancers? We're joined by Howard Bryant of espn.com and ESPN the …

Posted on 22 December 2014 | 5:31 am

In Cuba, Baseball Remains a Grand Preoccupation – New York Times


New York Times

In Cuba, Baseball Remains a Grand Preoccupation
New York Times
HAVANA — To walk the playing fields at Ciudad Deportiva — a vast public sports complex — is to wander into glorious obsession in full flower. One dusty baseball diamond stretches after another after another. To the limits of the eyes, all anyone is

Posted on 22 December 2014 | 3:29 am

Valley native and former baseball star honored with book – WKBN.com


Valley native and former baseball star honored with book
WKBN.com
Anyone familiar with Negro League baseball surely knows the name Ted Toles Jr. The 89-year-old Braceville man played mostly as a pitcher for many teams in both the Negro League and minor leagues in the 1940's and 50's. His experiences caught the …

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Posted on 21 December 2014 | 10:52 pm

Baseball filled with interesting sights and sites, especially in Chicago – Chicago Tribune


Chicago Tribune

Baseball filled with interesting sights and sites, especially in Chicago
Chicago Tribune
The job of a baseball writer takes you to some interesting places, and in 2014 I was lucky enough to witness the Hall of Fame inductions of Frank Thomas and Greg Maddux, Jackie Robinson West's amazing run at the Little League World Series and Madison …
Big moves bring big hope for Chicago baseballWashington Times

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Posted on 21 December 2014 | 4:36 pm

Baseball player shot to death in fight over candy – WXIA-TV


WXIA-TV

Baseball player shot to death in fight over candy
WXIA-TV
Former Madison Central High School baseball player and MLB first-round pick Ryan Bolden was shot and killed at a College Park apartment complex Wednesday. Bolden was killed at the Lakeside Reserve Apartments on Lakemont Drive, in an incident that …
Former Miss. prep star, baseball first-round pick shot in dispute over candyUSA TODAY High School Sports
Former Madison Central baseball star shot to deathWAPT Jackson
Madison Central baseball star shot and killed in AtlantaMississippi News Now

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Posted on 21 December 2014 | 4:12 pm

Baseball in Cuba A looming brawn drain – The Economist (blog)


The Economist (blog)

Baseball in Cuba A looming brawn drain
The Economist (blog)
BASEBALL claims to be the national sport of the United States, but by any measure American football overtook it long ago. By contrast, it still reigns supreme in Cuba, the game's second home, which announced on December 17th that it will resume
Opening of Relations Could Bring Cuban Stars to Major League BaseballNew York Times
Cuban Field of Dreams: Decision opens up new baseball worldNew York Daily News
Is Major League Baseball Ready For Cubas Players?Daily Beast
FOXSports.com -USA TODAY -South Side Sox
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Posted on 20 December 2014 | 6:55 pm