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Kyler Murray walks away from $4m as he chooses NFL over MLB

Heisman Trophy winner commits to career as quarterbackPlayer had been drafted by Oakland A’s last JuneHeisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray says he will pursue a career in the NFL over playing baseball for the Oakland Athletics. Murray was the ninth overa…

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Why Kyler Murray is set to forfeit a $4.6m MLB bonus and join the NFL

The Oklahoma quarterback is a dual-sport star. Why would he choose the brutality of football over a more comfortable life in baseball?So this is what a college athlete with real leverage looks like. Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray has done a masterful job pitt…

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How Billy Beane rediscovered his mad scientist genius at the Oakland A’s

The club’s sudden and unexpected upturn is a serious threat to American League powerhouses, and confirmation of one man’s skillsBilly Beane, the executive VP of baseball operations and resident mad scientist of the Oakland Athletics, is back disrupting…

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Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell arrested in Arizona

Baseball player allegedly pointed a gun at a woman delivering food26-year-old was only MLB player to kneel in national anthem protestThe Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell was arrested in Arizona on Saturday night, after a food delivery person all…

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Major League Baseball overcome by emotion during its final week

MLB experienced both celebratory and tragic goodbyes this week with the retirement of legendary broadcaster Vin Scully and the death of pitcher José Fernández. Plus, a review of Major League Baseball’s have nots

On Friday night in Los Angeles, I sat next to my father inside Dodger Stadium. My dad, Mike Lengel, is a 75-year-old lifelong fan of the Dodgers, who grew up in New York city watching Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider and the team of his childhood play in Brooklyn. But until Friday, he had never been been to LA or visited Dodger Stadium, where the team landed after leaving in 1957.

Related: José Fernández: a smiling star whose death leaves baseball bereft

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Major League Baseball overcome by emotion during its final week

MLB experienced both celebratory and tragic goodbyes this week with the retirement of legendary broadcaster Vin Scully and the death of pitcher José Fernández. Plus, a review of Major League Baseball’s have nots

On Friday night in Los Angeles, I sat next to my father inside Dodger Stadium. My dad, Mike Lengel, is a 75-year-old lifelong fan of the Dodgers, who grew up in New York city watching Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider and the team of his childhood play in Brooklyn. But until Friday, he had never been been to LA or visited Dodger Stadium, where the team landed after leaving in 1957.

Related: José Fernández: a smiling star whose death leaves baseball bereft

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Why the New York Yankees can’t lose even when they try to

The Yankees raised the white flag, brought in the kids and still kept the buzz around the ballpark. Plus, what the Cubs and Donald Trump have in common

A-Rod who? The omnipresent slugger’s nickname, so long on the tip of our tongues, seemed long gone by the time two ballyhooed Yankees prospects bounced into the Bronx on Saturday. And so what was supposed to be a weekend awash with nostalgia – Alex Rodriguez’ departure, the honoring of the 1996 World Series champion Yanks and a Monument Park plaque for Mariano Rivera, became much more about tomorrow than yesterday.

The Yankees, for all their winning (some 27 World Series titles), have suffered in the past. Their most famous collapse came in 1965, when an empire that brought 10 titles, 15 pennants in 18 seasons, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra and a host of Yankee elites, crumbled to the core.

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Baseball’s top 10 of 2015, from KC’s royal masterpiece to the mesmerizing Mets

With another year of baseball is in the books, David Lengel takes a look back at the best, worst and most controversial moments of the 2015 season

Around 20 minutes after closer Wade Davis struck out the Mets’ Wilmer Flores in the bottom of the 12th inning of Game 5, dozens of friends and family of the newly crowned Kansas City Royals were stationed on the field, waiting for their World Series champs. A champagne-drenched Mike Moustakas emerged from the clubhouse, spotted his wife, and delivered an all conquering leg-lifting hug. “I told you” said KC’s third baseman. Moustakas never had any doubt about the outcome. His manager, Ned Yost, had no doubt. His teammates had no doubt.

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Baseball’s top 10 of 2015, from KC’s royal masterpiece to the mesmerizing Mets

With another year of baseball is in the books, David Lengel takes a look back at the best, worst and most controversial moments of the 2015 season

Around 20 minutes after closer Wade Davis struck out the Mets’ Wilmer Flores in the bottom of the 12th inning of Game 5, dozens of friends and family of the newly crowned Kansas City Royals were stationed on the field, waiting for their World Series champs. A champagne-drenched Mike Moustakas emerged from the clubhouse, spotted his wife, and delivered an all conquering leg-lifting hug. “I told you” said KC’s third baseman. Moustakas never had any doubt about the outcome. His manager, Ned Yost, had no doubt. His teammates had no doubt.

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Will the Chicago Cubs wreck their franchise and win the World Series?

The Cubs are inching closer to the impossible, but do they really want to win it all for the first time since 1908? We preview the second half of the MLB season

Congratulations – you’ve survived two nights without any Major League Baseball activity whatsoever. I know, it wasn’t easy, because there’s only so much Real Housewives that one person can take. Never mind. Tonight, Friday, we’re back on the saddle, getting set for what should be a compelling second half baseball, with most of the league still in contention for playoff spot. Having said all that, I know you have some questions, so let’s try and answer a few of them.

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New York Mets fans win the World Series … of bad grammar

As if losing seven of their previous eight games wasn’t enough, Mets fans now find themselves in the basement of MLG – that’s Major League Grammar

It’s another day, and another kick in the teeth for fans of the New York Mets.

After riding high in April, the Mets have been shot down in May and June while their morose lineup continues to drag the team into an offensive abyss. Their injury-depleted roster, one loaded with rookies, has scored just 11 runs in their previous eight games, sending their fans to the talk radio airwaves in a panic, demanding that something, anything, be done by their general manager Sandy Alderson, in order to save a season that once looked incredibly promising after a blistering 14-4 start.

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Why the Oakland Athletics may rather be lucky than good

Billy Beane’s last place Oakland A’s are the unluckiest team in baseball, but reaching the playoffs is not out of the question

By now, baseball fans are overly familiar with Billy Beane’s theory on the Major League Baseball playoffs. The Oakland A’s general manager maintains the post-season is a crapshoot – a tournament based on luck that any team is capable of winning. If it’s true, then Beane has been one of the unluckiest executives in recent history, with his team exiting before reaching the American League Championship stage in each of the last three seasons, and seven of the A’s prior eight post-season appearances going back to 2000.

Now it seems Beane’s bad luck is spreading to the regular season.

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Baseball fan hit by broken bat at Fenway Park in serious condition, says family

  • Police say Tonya Carpenter expected to survive her injuries
  • Fan sitting behind woman at Red Sox game says incident was ‘violent’

A fan whose head was bloodied by a broken bat that flew into the stands at Fenway Park on Friday night is in serious condition, her family said in a statement released on Saturday by a Boston hospital.

Tonya Carpenter was struck in the head by the broken bat of Oakland’s Brett Lawrie during a game Friday night against the Boston Red Sox. Boston police initially called her injuries life-threatening. On Saturday, a police spokeswoman later said Carpenter was expected to survive.

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Oakland’s last hope for a championship could be Golden State now

With Oakland’s sports teams each exploring new stadium options, Golden State’s NBA finals run could represent a city’s last shot at a title

When the final whistle sounded on Wednesday evening in Oakland, the celebrations began. For the first time in 40 years, the Golden State Warriors are heading back to the NBA Finals in what could be the city of Oakland’s last chance for a championship, with the Warriors moving to San Francisco in a couple years, the Raiders wanting a new stadium or an exit strategy and the Athletics attempting to make leave of Oakland for San Jose to the south.

That was no impediment to the party outside Oracle Arena in Oakland as fans remained after the game to show their support for the ‘Dubs’.

Related: Warriors beat Rockets to make their first NBA finals since 1975

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An ode to Bartolo Colón – an entertaining everyman, but a winning one

Soon to be 42 years of age, Bartolo Colón has shifted from one-time trade bait to indispensable for the Mets

Tuesday night baseball can be a tough sell in May, but those venturing out to the ballpark in Queens have a bounce in their step. Memories of the Mets magical early-season 11-game winning streak may have given way to a more familiar malaise, seven losses in 10 games. And the offense, playing without its main cog in David Wright, failed to score in 18 innings after back-to-back 1-0 shutouts by the Washington Nationals. Still, it’s a perfect night for baseball, with a cozy, summer-like humidity blanketing the ballpark, and even better, their beloved unlikely hero, Bartolo Colón, is pitching as the home team faces the Baltimore Orioles. Lately at least, that virtually guarantees a fun night by all.

Overheard in Flushing…

I bet you he doesn’t even stretch!

If his helmet comes off it’s a good night.

He’s like a cat out there. Where’s his gold glove?

He’s a warrior.

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Masahiro Tanaka has problems but the Yankees can still compete

The New York ace is out for at least a month, with speculation rife it could last much longer, but the Yankees’ season is far from lost

From the very start of the spring training, the prevailing thought around the New York Yankees was that their season hung on the threads of Masahiro Tanaka’s ulnar collateral ligaments. There were other pressing issues hanging around the team of course, but the question of whether or not the Yankees ace would be able to stay on the field and perform at a high level seemingly held the key to forecasting their 2015 season.

That made some sense, especially when you consider that Tanaka made 20 starts in 2014, when he was 13-5, with a 2.77 ERA and a 1.056 WHIP. Had the hurler stayed healthy and helped the Yankees win even half of the 12 starts he missed, New York would have been at 90 wins, one more than the Kansas City Royals, and two more than the Oakland Athletics, teams that reached the post-season via the American League Wild Card slots.

Tough news about Tanaka…guarantee you it started at our place when he pitched in 34 degree weather…recover quickly

Sorry for #Tanaka but I saw it coming. Too bad he had this setback. I wish him the best and a quick recovery

The truth is, if it’s partially torn, just a little bit torn, rehab and rest is the right way to go. In fact, you’d be crazy to do surgery on a UCL that’s just slightly torn.

I’m going to try and establish a certain pitching style this year, so it is not the wisest to ask for velocity from me this year.

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AL West season preview: Rangers set for Texas-sized suffering

The Astros are slowly pulling themselves towards respectability but it’s hard to see past the Mariners and Angels as contenders

The MLB season is upon us. In the run-up to the start, the Guardian explores questions that the upcoming marathon campaign will answer. First up is the AL West:

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Why Billy Beane was right to avoid the EPL and work with AZ Alkmaar

The Oakland A’s general manager will be able to make an impact in a football culture that has traditionally ignored analytics

The year after Holland reached the 2010 World Cup final, Dutch daily broadsheet NRC ran a satirical column called Tiki-Taka, featuring snatches of conversation between two of England’s leading soccer writers: David Winner, author of Brilliant Orange, the seminal book on Dutch soccer, and Simon Kuper, author of Soccernomics. Winner had recently seen Moneyball. “I love the idea that Billy Beane applied the principles of the Enlightenment – scepticism, free-thinking, intelligence – to sport,” said Winner. “Let’s get Billy in as Ajax’s technical director. He’ll put Dutch football straight back in the avant garde!”

Someone was listening to Winner, but it wasn’t Ajax. Last week, AZ Alkmaar confirmed that Beane would work in an official advisory capacity to the club, while retaining his position as general manager of the Oakland A’s.

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Why Billy Beane was right to avoid the EPL and work with AZ Alkmaar

The Oakland A’s general manager will be able to make an impact in a football culture that has traditionally ignored analytics

The year after Holland reached the 2010 World Cup final, Dutch daily broadsheet NRC ran a satirical column called Tiki-Taka, featuring snatches of conversation between two of England’s leading soccer writers: David Winner, author of Brilliant Orange, the seminal book on Dutch soccer, and Simon Kuper, author of Soccernomics. Winner had recently seen Moneyball. “I love the idea that Billy Beane applied the principles of the Enlightenment – scepticism, free-thinking, intelligence – to sport,” said Winner. “Let’s get Billy in as Ajax’s technical director. He’ll put Dutch football straight back in the avant garde!”

Someone was listening to Winner, but it wasn’t Ajax. Last week, AZ Alkmaar confirmed that Beane would work in an official advisory capacity to the club, while retaining his position as general manager of the Oakland A’s.

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Why Billy Beane was right to avoid the EPL and work with AZ Alkmaar

The Oakland A’s general manager will be able to make an impact in a football culture that has traditionally ignored analytics

The year after Holland reached the 2010 World Cup final, Dutch daily broadsheet NRC ran a satirical column called Tiki-Taka, featuring snatches of conversation between two of England’s leading soccer writers: David Winner, author of Brilliant Orange, the seminal book on Dutch soccer, and Simon Kuper, author of Soccernomics. Winner had recently seen Moneyball. “I love the idea that Billy Beane applied the principles of the Enlightenment – scepticism, free-thinking, intelligence – to sport,” said Winner. “Let’s get Billy in as Ajax’s technical director. He’ll put Dutch football straight back in the avant garde!”

Someone was listening to Winner, but it wasn’t Ajax. Last week, AZ Alkmaar confirmed that Beane would work in an official advisory capacity to the club, while retaining his position as general manager of the Oakland A’s.

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