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Cleveland’s baseball team will be called Guardians after racism accusations

Team has been known as the Indians since 1915Club announced intention to change name in December 2020Known as the Indians since 1915, Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team will be called Guardians.The ballclub announced the name change Friday with a v…

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Baseball and softball prepare to pitch in at Olympics after 13-year absence

Hosts are among the favourites in baseball while the US hope to belatedly atone for their 2008 final shock in softballBaseball, which was formally added as a medal sport in 1992, and softball, which joined it four years later, became the first sports i…

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Padres and Nationals recall ‘nightmare’ scenes after shooting during game

MLB game was halted after three people shot outside stadiumSound of gunfire sparked fear and panic inside Nationals ParkMembers of the Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres have spoken of the scary scenes they witnessed after a shooting outside Nat…

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Padres-Nationals MLB game suspended after shooting outside stadium

Washington DC police say stadium employee among victimsFans leave stadium after shots heard during Saturday’s gameThe Major League Baseball game between the San Diego Padres and Washington was suspended in the sixth inning on Saturday night after polic…

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Shohei Ohtani: the two-way Japanese marvel with once-in-a-century talent

Major League Baseball’s most accomplished two-way player since Babe Ruth has become an avatar of hope, the latest best chance at rescuing a sport from cultural irrelevanceFor all the talk of its absence from victorious athletes and preening coaches, fe…

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Dodgers’ Trevor Bauer choked woman unconscious, according to restraining order

Pitcher allegedly punched woman while she was passed outBauer’s representatives say relationship was consensualA woman alleges Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer strangled her unconscious and punched her, leaving her with injuries that needed to …

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Sun lotion and curveballs: Why MLB is gripped by dubious ‘foreign substances’

Pitchers have always bent the rules to make their pitches harder to hit. But this season, with batters struggling, the authorities are starting to crack downIt’s a good time to be a pitcher in Major League Baseball: they are enjoying their most dominan…

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England v Romania memories, baseball bungling and flying stumps | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features Italy’s Euro 2020 squad rapping and Premier League one-goal wonders1) Italy pulled out all the stops for their Euro 2020 squad announcement, with the selected players taking part in a three-hour variety show. All in go…

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Strikeouts fests to old fans: How existential are the existential threats to MLB?

From long games to the lack of household names, there are a lot of reasons why MLB is losing fans. But don’t write off baseball just yetThe problems with Major League Baseball can perhaps best be summed up by an anecdote from the NBA. When the news bro…

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Detroit’s Spencer Turnbull twirls fifth no-hitter of MLB season against Seattle

Fifth no-hitter ties mark for most before 18 May since 1917Turnbull’s no-no is first for Detroit since Verlander in 2011Spencer Turnbull pitched the fifth no-hitter in the majors already this season, sending the Detroit Tigers to a 5-0 victory over the…

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Sports quiz of the week: champions, crowds and comebacks

Who put his foot down? Who fell away? Who lit up?Manchester City won the Premier League with three games to spare. Where were they in the table on Christmas Day?SecondFourthSixthEighth Mike Brown is leaving Harlequins this summer after 16 years at the …

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Giants’ Drew Robinson crushes home run year after losing his right eye

Outfielder has been an advocate for mental health29-year-old was determined to resume career after injuryDrew Robinson, who lost his right eye a year ago, completed a remarkable comeback on Tuesday night when he hit his first home run since his injury….

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MLB orders A’s to look at relocation from Oakland as stadium search continues

League deems current stadium ‘not a viable option’Las Vegas, Vancouver and Nashville are possible destinationsMajor League Baseball instructed the Athletics to explore relocation options as the team tries to secure a new ballpark it hopes will keep the…

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The New York Yankees aren’t evil any more, they’re just boring

The Bronx Bombers are in danger of losing their place as the premier franchise in baseball after a series of ringless, sizzle-less seasonsFor roughly a century, the New York Yankees have stood at the center of Major League Baseball’s universe. That’s w…

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Baltimore Orioles’ John Means throws no-hitter facing minimum 27 batters

Means throws no-hitter in 6-0 victory over Seattle MarinersLefty tosses Orioles’ first solo no-hitter since Palmer in 1969Means faces minimum 27; only runner on strikeout-wild pitchJohn Means threw the major leagues’ third no-hitter this season and cam…

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Yankees and Mets permitted 100% capacity if all fans are vaccinated

Teams will also offer free tickets along with vaccinationsBroadway venues to open at 100% capacity in SeptemberThe Yankees and Mets can increase capacity from 20% to 100% at their ballparks for home games starting on 19 May as long as fans are vaccinat…

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Yankees and Mets permitted 100% capacity if all fans are vaccinated

Teams will also offer free tickets along with vaccinationsBroadway venues to open at 100% capacity in SeptemberThe Yankees and Mets can increase capacity from 20% to 100% at their ballparks for home games starting on 19 May as long as fans are vaccinat…

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Why the Dodgers-Padres turbo-charged rivalry is great for baseball

The rivalry between the teams was a one-sided affair for many years. After an offseason arms race, it’s become the most interesting one in baseballIf you ask the Los Angeles Dodgers, they may deny that they have a rivalry with the San Diego Padres. The…

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Why the Dodgers-Padres turbo-charged rivalry is great for baseball

The rivalry between the teams was a one-sided affair for many years. After an offseason arms race, it’s become the most interesting one in baseballIf you ask the Los Angeles Dodgers, they may deny that they have a rivalry with the San Diego Padres. The…

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Why the Dodgers-Padres turbo-charged rivalry is great for baseball

The rivalry between the teams was a one-sided affair for many years. After an offseason arms race, it’s become the most interesting one in baseballIf you ask the Los Angeles Dodgers, they may deny that they have a rivalry with the San Diego Padres. The…