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Footage indicates sophisticated attack on former Red Sox hero David Ortiz

Video indicates new level of sophistication in attack on OrtizEx-Red Sox slugger was shot on Sunday in Dominican RepublicDominican prosecutors say witnesses and security camera footage show that the attempt to kill former Red Sox star David Ortiz was c…

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Albert Almora in tears after striking child with foul ball in Cubs-Astros game

Outfielder’s line drive enters stands and hits girlCubs player consoled by teammates after accidentA young fan at Wednesday night’s game between the Cubs and Astros was struck by a foul ball hit by Albert Almora Jr, shaking up the Chicago center fielde…

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Mets call-up takes 112-mile Uber to stadium then belts home run

Rajai Davis, 38, arrived during third inning after 5pm call-upVeteran spent about $234 on Uber to stadium from AllentownRajai Davis took batting practice Wednesday afternoon in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The 38-year-old outfielder ended his night hitting…

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Baseball’s 106mph barrier: have pitchers reached the limits of their velocity?

The 100mph fastball used to be a rarity: now it’s an everyday occurrence in Major League Baseball. But the human body may not be built for such speedsSidd Finch was almost too good to be true. The rookie pitcher, while in spring training with the New Y…

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Was Kawhi Leonard’s buzzer beater the best game killer in US sports history?

After the Toronto Raptors sealed victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at the death, we look at other great deciding moments in sports Kawhi Leonard’s four-bounce buzzer beater on Sunday night will live as one of basketball’s greatest buzzer beaters. Wha…

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Athletes are shot dead all the time in the US. It makes grim, tragic sense

Three young athletes were shot to death in the last week alone. When you factor in race, guns and politics in the US, tragedies are inevitable“A senseless act of violence.” That’s how University of New Mexico athletic director Eddie Nuñez described the…

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Indians ace Corey Kluber breaks forearm after being hit by line drive

Two-time AL Cy Young Award winner breaks arm in 4-2 lossTimetable for Kluber’s return to be clarified on ThursdayCorey Kluber got hit hard again, and the last line drive really hurt. The struggling Cleveland Indians right-hander broke his right forearm…

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Philadelphia Flyers remove Kate Smith statue over racism allegations

New York Yankees made similar move last weekControversy over song That’s Why the Darkies Were BornThe Philadelphia Flyers removed a statue of the late singer Kate Smith outside the NHL team’s arena on Sunday, two days after covering it amid allegations…

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How $161m slugger Chris Davis ended up in the worst slump in MLB history

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis just set a new record for the longest hitless streak in MLB history. It’s possible we’ve never seen a hitter this lost at the plateThe beauty of professional baseball is that it has been around for 150 years …

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How $161m slugger Chris Davis ended up in the worst slump in MLB history

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis just set a new record for the longest hitless streak in MLB history. It’s possible we’ve never seen a hitter this lost at the plateThe beauty of professional baseball is that it has been around for 150 years …

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Yasiel Puig puts batting coach in headlock during Pirates-Reds mass brawl

Four players ejected after confrontation in PittsburghFight sparked after Chris Archer throws behind Derek DietrichCincinnati’s Derek Dietrich admired a home run off Chris Archer in the second inning, and two innings later the Pittsburgh Pirates starte…

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Why baseball spent more than $1bn on three players in a month

Three of the richest contracts in sports history would appear to bust the baseball-is-dying narrative, but underlying trends have exposed a rot within the mechanics of the sport’s economicsThe three generational talents on Major League Baseball’s free-…

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‘Traitor’ Bryce Harper slams home run – and flips bat – on return to Nationals

Slugger left Washington for rivals Phillies in off-seasonHits long home-run in 8-2 victory for new teamPhiladelphia off to their best start in over a centuryShowered by raindrops and jeers for much of the game, Bryce Harper put a bat-flipping, celebrat…

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MLB 2019 predictions: Harper to lead Phillies to World Series glory

Will Mike Trout’s mega contract with the Angels drive him to greater heights? Who will win the Cy Young? Our writers have their say on the new seasonThe influx of young talent, but specifically Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The son of The Impaler, one of the g…

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How baseball owners came to value profits over World Series titles

MLB rules state that players must give their best to achieve victory. If only the same could be said for those who run the gameGio Gonzalez isn’t a star, but he’s been a reliable starting pitcher for nearly a decade. The kind MLB teams sign during free…

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Ichiro Suzuki retires to ovation after sparkling 27-year baseball career

Japanese star plays final MLB game in packed Tokyo Dome45-year-old was a 10-time All-Star and fierce competitorIchiro Suzuki was showered with cheers and chants on Thursday night while taking his final bow in a magnificent career that lasted nearly thr…

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Mike Trout and LA Angels close to $430m deal, largest in sports history

World’s best baseball player close to 12-year contract extensionSeven-time All-Star would earn average of $36m a yearMike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are close to agreeing a 12-year deal that would secure the outfielder the largest contract in the…

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Phillies slugger broke TV with bat after teammates played Fortnite during game

Carlos Santana angered by video game during team’s slumpVeteran was traded away to Seattle Mariners in offseasonIn the midst of the Philadelphia Phillies’ late-season collapse in the final two months of the 2018 campaign, Carlos Santana apparently prov…

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Is giving 26-year-old Bryce Harper a 13-year, $330m contract a terrible idea?

The Philadelphia Phillies will be paying the slugger $22m when he’s 39. But it’s unlikely he will be the same player he is now in a decade’s timeFor some, 13 is an unlucky number. For Bryce Harper, originally from Las Vegas, 13 is anything but unlucky….

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Is giving 26-year-old Bryce Harper a 13-year, $330m contract a terrible idea?

The Philadelphia Phillies will be paying the slugger $22m when he’s 39. But it’s unlikely he will be the same player he is now in a decade’s timeFor some, 13 is an unlucky number. For Bryce Harper, originally from Las Vegas, 13 is anything but unlucky….