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Memorials to racism-linked NFL, MLB owners removed from venues

Jun 21, 2020 - 12:43 PM

'We cannot remain silent and continue ignoring the racist comments he made,' says the Minnesota Twins

BIG MOVE. The Washington Redskins remove the statue of their former owner George Preston Marshall, who was the last team owner to resist the signing of black players. Photo from Washington Redskins' Instagram

State of play: How U.S. leagues are planning return

May 15, 2020 - 12:30 PM

Major sports leagues hope to resume action or save seasons put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic

NO CHEERING. If the NBA decides to return, fans will likely be barred from watching live. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Yankees top Forbes' list of richest MLB clubs

Apr 10, 2020 - 9:00 PM

Forbes calculated that the Yankees generated nearly $700 million in revenue in 2019

RICHEST. The New York Yankees appreciated 9% to $5 billion in total value. Photo from Instagram/@yankees

Astros rout Nationals to reach brink of World Series title

Oct 28, 2019 - 12:53 PM

The Astros seize a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven finals of Major League Baseball to zero in on their second World Series crown in 3 seasons

ON THE VERGE. The Astros win 3 straight after dropping the first two games of the World Series. Photo from Twitter/@astros

Former Red Sox star Ortiz out of hospital – reports

Jul 28, 2019 - 3:50 PM

David Ortiz spent 7 weeks in hospital after being shot in a nightclub in his native Domican Republic

BIG PAPI. David Ortiz is on his way to recovery. Photo Twitter/@davidortiz

MLB rookie pays off parents' home mortgage for Christmas

Dec 26, 2017 - 12:59 PM

'Because of all the sacrifices you made to get me where I am, I want our family home to be yours,' Smith's mother read as she choked back tears

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. Pavin Smith brought his parents to tears of joy after paying off what they owed on their home for Christmas. Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images/AFP

Flood-ravaged Houston in love with World Series kings

Dec 24, 2017 - 1:13 PM

'We just wanted to show the city how much we love them and care about them'

UPLIFTING. The victory of the Houston Astros in this year's World Series is the light amidst the devastation in Houston. File photo by Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Astros celebrate World Series win; White House visit uncertain

Nov 04, 2017 - 1:04 PM

A visit to the White House is uncertain due to President Donald Trump's rift with sports figures

HISTORY. Houston celebrates the Astros first World Series title. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Dodgers down Astros to keep World Series bid alive

Nov 01, 2017 - 12:56 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers extend the World Series to a game 7

GAME 7. The Dodgers even the series to keep their 7th championship hopes alive. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP.

Gurriel ready for Los Angeles heat after racism furor

Oct 31, 2017 - 9:45 AM

A fiery welcome is almost certain to greet Yuli Gurriel when he steps up to the plate at Dodger Stadium

HEATING UP IN LA. Things will surely heat up for Yuli Gurriel after his racist gesture during game 4 of the World Series. Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America/AFP

Dodgers rip Astros 6-2 to level World Series

Oct 29, 2017 - 12:44 PM

The Dodgers' win puts the 2017 World Series at 2-2

HOME RUN SMASH. Joc Pederson powers a 5-man run final inning to take down the Astros. Photo from Facebook

Darvish seeks punishment for Gurriel's racist gesture in World Series

Oct 28, 2017 - 2:16 PM

Astros slugger Yuli Gurriel stretches his eyes with his fingers to mock the Dodgers pitcher in Game 3 of the World Series

UNCALLED FOR. 'Acting like that was just disrespectful to people all over the world,' Darvish says after Gurriel made a racist gesture towards the Japanese pitcher. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP

Astros chase Darvish early, take 2-1 lead in World Series

Oct 28, 2017 - 1:15 PM

Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish lasts just 1 2/3 innings as he surrenders 4 runs on 5 hits

HOME COOKING. The Astros make a powerful statement in a Game 3 win. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP

Astros overpower Dodgers in 11 innings to even World Series

Oct 26, 2017 - 1:22 PM

The two teams set a Major League Baseball post-season record with 5 extra-inning home runs

SERIES TIED. George Springer smashed a two-run homer in the top of the 11th to cap the Astros' late charge. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Sizzling Kershaw pitches Dodgers to World Series lead

Oct 25, 2017 - 3:15 PM

The Dodgers take game one of the World Series against the Astros

GAME ONE. Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning against the Houston Astros in game one of the 2017 World Series. Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFP

Pitched battle promises World Series classic

Oct 23, 2017 - 12:35 PM

The Dodgers are aiming to clinch their first title since 1988, while the Astros are looking to make history with an inaugural championship

ULTIMATE PRIZE. Talented pitchers Kershaw and Verlander are underway to claiming their first World Series title for their respective teams. Photo from Facebook.

Astros stay alive in ALCS, force Game 7 with Yankees

Oct 21, 2017 - 2:18 PM

It all comes down to one final game in Houston to determine which team represents the AL in the World Series

STAYING ALIVE. Justin Verlander's virtuoso pitching performance enables the Astros to tie the series at 3-all. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Three Hernandez homers lift Dodgers into World Series

Oct 20, 2017 - 3:56 PM

The defending champion Chicago Cubs are eliminated in 5 games

HEADED TO THE WORLD SERIES. The Los Angeles Dodgers are in the World Series for the first time since 1988, and will meet either the New York Yankees or the Houston Astros. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFP

Yankees blank Astros to move one win from World Series

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:58 PM

Masahiro Tanaka strikes out 8 batters over 7 scoreless innings as the Yankees win Game 5

START SPREADING THE NEWS. Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge and the rest of the Yankees are just one win from the World Series after a shutout win over the Astros. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Albert Pujols joins 600 home run club

Jun 04, 2017 - 4:07 PM

Pujols becomes the fourth youngest to reach the milestone and the first to do it with a grand slam

MILESTONE. Albert Pujols delivered his grand slam in the fourth inning of a 7-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images/AFP

Yankees retire Derek Jeter's number 2 jersey

May 15, 2017 - 3:48 PM

Jeter becomes the 22nd Yankee to have his number retired

RETIRED. Derek Jeter and wife Hannah Davis stand beside his plaque which will now hang at Yankee Stadium. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Cubs repair World Series trophy after Boston damage

May 03, 2017 - 12:38 PM

The team s trophy for the achievement was damaged during a benefit concert hosted by Cubs president Theo Epstein the Hot Stove Cool Music event

DAMAGED TROPHY. The Cubs' World Series trophy, the team's first since 1908, needed to be repaired after it was damaged during an event in Boston. The trophy is seen here held by Jon Lester (L) and Anthony Rizzo during the victory celebration in November 2016. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

Tim Tebow strikes out in debut with Major League team, still gets cheered

Mar 09, 2017 - 12:41 PM

The football star turned New York Mets prospect faces off with AL Cy Young winner Rick Porcello and it ends up how you d expect it to

TEBOWING. Tim Tebow, the one-time college football and NFL player known for his on-field displays of Christianity, is easing his way into a second career as a baseball player. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Bagwell, Raines, Rodriguez to join Baseball Hall of Fame

Jan 19, 2017 - 11:55 AM

Tim Raines finally makes it into the Hall of Fame in his final year of eligibility while controversial figures Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds edged nearer to selection

ENSHRINED. Houston Astros legend Jeff Bagwell had career totals of 2,314 hits, a club-record 449 home runs and 1,529 runs batted in before retiring in 2005. Bagwell crossed the 75% voting threshold in his seventh year on the ballot. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

2016 saw Cubs, Cavs finally win championships

Dec 19, 2016 - 11:53 AM

Two of the most notorious curses in American sport were wiped away in 2016 while legends Kobe Bryant and Peyton Manning walked away from the game

END OF A DROUGHT. The Chicago Cubs finally ended over a century of futility, putting the Curse of the Billy Goat to rest. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Kate Upton savages MLB voters who snubbed fiancee Verlander

Nov 17, 2016 - 8:51 AM

I thought I was the only person allowed to f k @JustinVerlander tweets the supermodel

BEANED. Kate Upton doesn't appreciate the MLB voters' unusual decision to snub her fiancee Justin Verlander

LeBron fears NFL losing fun as NBA, MLB ratings surge

Nov 08, 2016 - 6:52 PM

James notes how several top NFL players have said the NFL is more and more becoming the No Fun League

LeBron James (R) speaks as Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on during a campaign rally at the Cleveland Public Auditorium on November 6, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Cubs win best thing since sliced bread for fans: Obama

Nov 04, 2016 - 1:05 PM

Despite being a Chicago White Sox fan US president Barack Obama knows how big of a deal it is that the Chicago Cubs won the World Series

Cubs beat Indians in Game 7, win first World Series in 108 years

Nov 03, 2016 - 12:50 PM

The Cubs end the longest run of futility in American sports

Cubs, Indians will go the distance to end droughts

Nov 02, 2016 - 2:38 PM

One set of long suffering supporters will finally celebrate the end of epic misery while the other will endure yet another heartbreak and be left to wonder if their wait will ever be rewarded

GRAND SLAM. Addison Russell of the Chicago Cubs hits a grand slam home run during the third inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game 6 of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Oldest living World Series player can't bring Indians luck

Nov 02, 2016 - 12:26 PM

The 95 year old Eddie Robinson the last living member of the Indians 1948 World Series championship team attends game 6 but fails to see Cleveland celebrate a title just yet

NO LUCK YET. The presence of Eddie Robinson, 95, the oldest living World Series player, did not bring good luck to Indians in Game 6. Photo from Wikipedia

Cubs rout Indians to force one-game title showdown

Nov 02, 2016 - 12:06 PM

A long suffering Chicago Cubs team charges to the brink of their first World Series title since 1908 by forcing a winner take all Game 7 against the Cleveland Indians

DAGGER. Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs hits a two-run homer during the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game 6 to seal a 9-3 victory and extend the 2016 World Series to a deciding Game 7. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Mets star pitcher Familia arrested on domestic violence charge

Nov 02, 2016 - 11:01 AM

According to a complaint filed at a court in Fort Lee Jeurys Familia is alleged to have caused bodily injury to another

ARRESTED. Jeurys Familia of the New York Mets is arrested on domestic violence charge. Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

World Series: Indians hope to emulate Cavaliers title bash

Nov 01, 2016 - 3:55 PM

Memories of the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA championship celebration last June inspire the Cleveland Indians to try and win first World Series title since 1948

WILL INDIANS CELEBRATE? Pitcher Josh Tomlin wants to experience celebrating a championship with the Cleveland Indians, just like the Cavaliers 4 months ago. Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFP

Cubs try to force winner-take-all World Series showdown

Nov 01, 2016 - 3:24 PM

The Cubs must level the Series to force a seventh game that would decide which hoodoo would finally end

WILL THERE BE A GAME 7? The Chicago Cubs look to extend the World Series to a deciding Game 7. Manager Joe Maddon (C) says it's all up to his team come Game 6. Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFP

Cubs edge Indians to extend World Series dream

Oct 31, 2016 - 12:27 PM

Sparked by Bryant s solo homer Chicago scores 3 runs in the fourth inning to seize a 3 1 advantage and ultimately win game 5 3 2

Javier Baez #9 (L) and Ben Zobrist #18 of the Chicago Cubs celebrate after beating the Cleveland Indians 3-2 in Game 5 of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on October 30, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Indians rip Cubs in Game 4 to reach brink of World Series title

Oct 30, 2016 - 1:59 PM

The Cleveland Indians are one win away from ending their own title slump after taking a 3 1 series lead

ONE MORE WIN. Rajai Davis (L) and Francisco Lindor (R) of the Cleveland Indians celebrate as they move within one win of the World Series title. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

Indians edge Cubs to seize World Series lead

Oct 29, 2016 - 1:39 PM

Cleveland grabs a 2 1 lead over Chicago in Major League Baseball s best of 7 championship showdown

The Cleveland Indians celebrate after beating the Chicago Cubs 1-0 in Game Three of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on October 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Cubs rout Indians, return home level in World Series

Oct 27, 2016 - 12:50 PM

Jake Arrieta throws 5 hitless innings as the Cubs rout the Indians in Game 2

Indians blank Cubs 6-0 in World Series opener

Oct 26, 2016 - 2:07 PM

The Cubs have to wait a little longer for their first World Series win in 71 years

It's a different World since Chicago Cubs' last Series

Oct 25, 2016 - 11:50 AM

In October 1945 World War II had ended only weeks before The first World Series telecast was two years away Color coverage was a decade off More than a third of US homes lacked flushable toilets

A lion sculpture outside the Art Institute of Chicago wears a batting helmet to help the city celebrate the Chicago Cubs making it into the World Series for the first time since 1945. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

One World Series drought must end as Cubs face Indians

Oct 24, 2016 - 11:44 AM

The Cubs have not won the World Series since 1908 the longest title drought in American sports history while the Indians have not taken the crown since 1948

IT'S ON. Chicago Cubs fans hold a sign after the Chicago Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series to advance to the World Series against the Cleveland Indians. Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFP

'Cursed' Cubs back in World Series after 71 years

Oct 23, 2016 - 2:36 PM

The Cubs now have the chance to end the longest title drought in North American sports

Baseball: Cubs one win away from World Series spot

Oct 21, 2016 - 3:42 PM

Addison Russell comes up big again to lead the Cubs past the Dodgers in Game 5

Cleveland Indians reach World Series by ousting Blue Jays

Oct 20, 2016 - 12:23 PM

The Cleveland Indians now await the winner between the Cubs and Dodgers

AL CHAMPS. The Cleveland Indians are back in the World Series for the first time since 1997. Photo by Elsa/AFP

MLB: Blue Jays stay alive, Dodgers take 2-1 lead over Cubs

Oct 19, 2016 - 12:26 PM

The Blue Jays beat the Indians 5 1 while the Dodgers beat the Cubs 6 0

STAYING ALIVE. Pitcher Jason Grilli of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after closing out the top of the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians during Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

MLB: Blue Jays return to ALCS after sweeping Rangers

Oct 10, 2016 - 1:27 PM

The Blue Jays complete their first series sweep in franchise history to make their second straight American League Championship Series

BLUE JAYS FLY HIGH. Edwin Encarnacion of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates with teammate Ezequiel Carrera after hitting a two run home run in the first inning. Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images/AFP

Chicago Cubs take commanding NLDS lead with 5-2 win over Giants

Oct 09, 2016 - 2:03 PM

The Cubs are one win from the NL Championship series after defeating the San Francisco Giants in Game two

GOING LONG. Chicago Cubs' Travis Wood became the first relief pitcher since 1924 to hit a home run in the postseason. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

Blue Jays pitcher Liriano hospitalized after being hit on head by drive

Oct 08, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Francisco Liriano was able to walk off the field under his own power after the frightening incident

SCARY SCENE. Francisco Liriano was nailed in the head by a drive against the Texas Rangers. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images/AFP

Former NFL star Tebow hits homer on baseball debut

Sep 29, 2016 - 1:10 PM

I feel like every day I m getting a little more comfortable says Tebow