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Is cheating the rotten heart of American sports?

Baseball’s toothless response to the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal lays bare uncomfortable truths about society’s tolerance for cheatingOne of the harder-to-believe tales in American sports over the past decade involved the stunningly rapid tran…

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Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora fired amid multiple sign-stealing scandals

Sox manager fired for role in sign-stealing while with AstrosCora faces separate probe for allegations Red Sox stole signsSkipper won 2018 World Series in debut season with BostonThe Boston Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora on Tuesday, a day after Major …

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Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora fired amid multiple sign-stealing scandals

Sox manager fired for role in sign-stealing while with AstrosCora faces separate probe for allegations Red Sox stole signsSkipper won 2018 World Series in debut season with BostonThe Boston Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora on Tuesday, a day after Major …

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How the Houston Astros went from champions to a shamed shambles

The 2017 World Series winners were engineered to win. But they also became convinced they could act with arrogance and impunityIt must have felt good to be one of the Houston Astros on 29 October last year, to be part of one of the most talented teams …

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How the Houston Astros went from champions to a shamed shambles

The 2017 World Series winners were engineered to win. But they also became convinced they could act with arrogance and impunityIt must have felt good to be one of the Houston Astros on 29 October last year, to be part of one of the most talented teams …

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Astros hit with huge penalties for cheating during World Series winning season

MLB investigation finds team stole signs from opponentsManager and GM suspended for one year, club fined $5mThe Houston Astros have been hit with a series of huge penalties after a Major League Baseball investigation concluded the club cheated during t…

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Will MLB’s battle with the minor leagues deal a blow to America’s heart?

Minor league baseball teams are at the heart of many communities in the US. So it’s is little wonder politicians of all stripes are willing to defend themAndy Shea, the president of the Lexington Legends, is the embodiment of the minor league baseball …

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Anthony Rendon to join three-time AL MVP Trout at Angels in $245m deal

Infielder set to become third big free-agent signing in a weekAngels have reached playoffs just once in a decadeThird baseman Anthony Rendon and the Los Angeles Angels agreed to a $245m, seven-year contract Wednesday, a source has told the Associated P…

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Houston Astros cheating probe widens to almost 60 witnesses, 76,000 emails

MLB has met with nearly 60 witnesses in cheating investigationAstros are alleged to have used a television camera to steal signsMajor League Baseball has interviewed almost 60 people and obtained tens of thousands of electronic messages in its investig…

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Gerrit Cole to join New York Yankees on record nine-year, $324m deal

Star pitcher signs record $324m, nine-year pact with Yankees Starter was 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts last yearThe New York Yankees landed the biggest prize of the free agent market, adding Gerrit Cole to their rotation with a record $324m, …

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Travel baseball: a world where eight-year-olds are treated like pros

Swearing in the stands, long days of travel and night games. Sometimes junior baseball looks more like the big leaguesA baseball player strikes out. Disappointed, he turns to the stands where he makes eye contact with a man who yells, “WHAT A WASTE OF …

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Strasburg signs largest deal for pitcher in history with $245m Nats contract

Sources say Nationals agree seven-year deal with 31-year-oldStrasburg helped Washington to first World Series in 2019World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg is staying with the Washington Nationals, agreeing to a record $245m, seven-year contract, according…

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Strasburg signs largest deal for pitcher in history with $245m Nats contract

Sources say Nationals agree seven-year deal with 31-year-oldStrasburg helped Washington to first World Series in 2019World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg is staying with the Washington Nationals, agreeing to a record $245m, seven-year contract, according…

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Pete Frates, baseball player and inspiration for ice bucket challenge, dies at 34

Former baseball player helped spread of charity driveChallenge has raised $220m for research into ALSPete Frates, a former college baseball player whose battle with motor neuron disease helped inspire the ice bucket challenge, has died at the age of 34…

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Pete Frates, baseball player and inspiration for ice bucket challenge, dies at 34

Former baseball player helped spread of charity driveChallenge has raised $220m for research into ALSPete Frates, a former college baseball player whose battle with motor neuron disease helped inspire the ice bucket challenge, has died at the age of 34…

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The life and death of Jim Devlin, baseball’s original cheat

In an extract from her new book on cheating in American society, JM Fenster explains how bending the rules has always been a part of baseballThroughout most millennia, people were too busy avoiding sudden death themselves to worry about which sports te…

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The Joy of Six: in-game entertainment

From the sometimes deadly bombardment of the t-shirt cannon to the prowess of The Freeze, here are half-a-dozen traditions to liven up breaks in play Continue reading…

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World Series champ Huff teaching sons to shoot in case of Sanders presidency

Former player says guns would be a ‘must’ under socialism42-year-old won two MLB titles with San Francisco Giants The former MLB player Aubrey Huff is taking Bernie Sanders’ run for White House very seriously, teaching his sons to shoot in case the Dem…

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Ryan Costello: Minnesota Twins prospect found dead aged 23

Infielder was playing in New Zealand at time of deathPreliminary reports indicate player died of natural causesMinnesota Twins prospect Ryan Costello was found dead on Sunday in his hotel room in New Zealand. He was 23. The Connecticut native was in Ne…

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Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, Angels’ Mike Trout win Most Valuable Player honors

Bellinger is first Dodgers player to win NL MVP since KershawAnaheim’s Mike Trout wins AL award for third time in careerAstros’ Verlander, Mets’ deGrom win second Cy Young AwardsLos Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has overcome injury and tragedy to win …