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Another day, another postponement as more St Louis Cardinals test positive

MLB nixes Saturday’s Cards-Brewers game amid more casesMarlins reported no new cases after 19 positive tests this weekInfected Marlins are taking bus from Philadelphia to MiamiMajor League Baseball has postponed Saturday’s game between the St Louis Car…

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Will mindbending proposed changes to MLB’s playoffs change the game?

Major League Baseball may restructure its playoffs to add teams and primetime drama. The changes would pit purists against progressivesThe NBA is toying with an in-season tournament, while the NFL devises deals with its players to add a 17th regular-se…

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Nationals burst into World Series after sweeping Cardinals

Washington complete 4-0 sweep of NLCS over St LouisNats will play either Yankees or Astros in Fall ClassicWashington DC will have a team in the World Series for the first time in 86 years after the wildcard Nationals used a seven-run first inning and P…

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Nationals one win from World Series after pummeling Cardinals

Washington DC without a World Series team in 86 yearsNationals starters continue to dominate struggling St LouisStephen Strasburg took his turn silencing the Cardinals’ struggling bats, Nationals postseason star Howie Kendrick doubled three times and d…

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Washington Nationals send LA Dodgers to shock playoff exit on Kendrick’s slam

Howie Kendrick’s 10th-inning grand slam lifts Nats to 7-3 winDodgers crash out after league-best 106 wins in regular seasonWashington will open NLCS at St Louis Cardinals on FridayHowie Kendrick hit a tiebreaking grand slam off Joe Kelly in the 10th in…

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Teammates turn on Acuna for lack of hustle after Braves’ playoff loss to Cardinals

21-year-old star admired drive rather than sprinting to secondAtlanta ended up losing tight game with St Louis 7-6Acuna has been benched for similar hiccup in pastIn a one-run playoff loss, Ronald Acuna Jr’s lack of hustle was the obvious mistake the A…

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MLB playoff preview: will the Dodgers finally hold their nerve?

The Boston Red Sox didn’t make the postseason, meaning we’re guaranteed a new World Series champion. We break down the final eight contendersThe wildcard games have been decided and the business end of the season is now upon us. Nothing is guaranteed i…

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NFL Week Nine: the Eagles cruise past the Broncos – video highlights

The Eagles crushed the Broncos 51-23 to notch their seventh straight win as they head into the bye week, with Corey Clement contributing three touchdowns. Elsewhere in the league, the Rams beat the Giants 51-17, the Redskins struck late to beat the Sea…

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St Louis Cardinals docked two draft picks and fined $2m for hacking Astros

  • MLB commissioner bans former St Louis scouting executive for life
  • St Louis say the club ‘respects the commissioner’s decision’

The St Louis Cardinals were stripped of their top two picks in this year’s amateur draft Monday and ordered to give them to Houston along with $2m as compensation for hacking the Astros’ email system and scouting database, the final step in an unusual case of cybercrime involving two Major League Baseball teams.

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred also banned former St Louis executive Christopher Correa for life as he ruled the Cardinals must give the 56th and 75th draft choices in June to Houston. They must pay the Astros the money within 30 days. Correa, the Cardinals’ director of baseball development until July 2015, pleaded guilty in federal court to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer. He was sentenced last summer to 46 months in prison and ordered to pay the Astros $279,039 in restitution.

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St Louis Cardinals docked two draft picks and fined $2m for hacking Astros

  • MLB commissioner bans former St Louis scouting executive for life
  • St Louis say the club ‘respects the commissioner’s decision’

The St Louis Cardinals were stripped of their top two picks in this year’s amateur draft Monday and ordered to give them to Houston along with $2m as compensation for hacking the Astros’ email system and scouting database, the final step in an unusual case of cybercrime involving two Major League Baseball teams.

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred also banned former St Louis executive Christopher Correa for life as he ruled the Cardinals must give the 56th and 75th draft choices in June to Houston. They must pay the Astros the money within 30 days. Correa, the Cardinals’ director of baseball development until July 2015, pleaded guilty in federal court to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer. He was sentenced last summer to 46 months in prison and ordered to pay the Astros $279,039 in restitution.

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Baseball in 2016: from Cubs win! to Scully’s sayonara, 10 memorable moments

Another year of baseball is gone, goodbye: David Lengel takes a look back at the best, worst and most controversial moments of the 2016 season

It was Game 7 of the World Series, and baseball history was busy pulling the Chicago Cubs back into a boiling cauldron of curses. Rajai Davis’ eighth inning, game-tying home run off the Cubs’ Aroldis Chapman had turned Cleveland’s Progressive Field into a mosh pit, with slightly fewer title-starved Indians fans ripping off their shirts in frenetic celebrations.

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Why protesting against the anthem is the ultimate sin in Major League Baseball

In a sport where patriotisim makes up the fabric of the game, Adam Jones is right to be concerned. Plus, three cheers for Yasiel Puig, Big Papi prepares to bow out, and Joe Maddon rides the Cowboy

Adam Jones works in a city that continues to experience racial upheaval, so perhaps it’s no coincidence that baseball’s most outspoken player on African American social issues calls Baltimore home.

Baseball is the sport that helped break barriers for black people across the United States, starting with Jackie Robinson’s debut in 1947. Nearly 70 years later, the participation of African Americans in the game, on the field as players, in the dugout as managers and in front offices as executives – where progress was always slower – is giving away the gains. Jones, who has spoken out before on racial issues, has little company: a lonely voice in a depleted sea of African American players.

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Neil O’Donoghue: from ticket collector in Dublin to NFL field of play

The last Irishman to play in the NFL only went to the US ‘to come over here for a year and have a good time’ but he ‘fell in love with the place’

Neil O’Donoghue was 17 years old when he was working as a ticket collector in Heuston station, Dublin, while playing part-time for Shamrock Rovers. Never much of a student, prospects were few and far between for him and Ireland seemed small and suffocating. He had already worked as a labourer in London when one day, he was approached by his brother’s friend, who asked him if he was interested in a scholarship to the US. O’Donoghue decided to chance his arm. “My idea was to come over here for a year and have a good time,” he says. “As it turned out, I fell in love with the place.”

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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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The Joy of Six: sports executives who paid for their crimes in prison

Front office sports figures who’s on-the-job transgressions led them to prison or jail form an exclusive club, one that may soon grow larger in the wake of the Fifa scandals

Last week Christopher Correa, scouting director of the St Louis Cardinals, was found guilty of cyber crimes and sent to prison for 46 months. Yet he’s hardly the first sports executive who fell afoul of the law. Here a look at six of the chief offenders.

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Why Major League Baseball must crush the St Louis Cardinals for their sins

A Cardinals employee was sent to prison following a conviction for hacking the Houston Astros’ database: now his employers must pay

Last June, devout St Louis Cardinals fan Nicole Vartanian was digesting stunning charges: that a member of the team’s own front office had hacked the Houston Astros.

“An allegation of this magnitude is a punch to the gut,” said Vartanian at the time. “Right now Cardinal nation woke up with a collective pit in our stomach. We’re hoping it’s a mild bout of nausea that will be resolved quickly, but there’s also the long-term ramifications: giving those who roundly derided Cardinal fans a new punchline that doesn’t go away.”

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Former Cardinals scouting director jailed for hacking Astros’ player database

  • Christopher Correa sentenced to nearly four years in prison
  • St Louis chairman blamed incident on ‘roguish behavior’

A federal judge sentenced the former scouting director of the St Louis Cardinals to nearly four years in prison on Monday for hacking the Houston Astros’ player personnel database and email system in an unusual case of high-tech cheating involving two Major League Baseball clubs.

Christopher Correa had pleaded guilty in January to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer from 2013 to at least 2014, the same year he was promoted to director of baseball development in St Louis. He was fired last summer and now faces 46 months behind bars and a court order to pay $279,038 in restitution. He had faced up to five years in prison on each count.

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How the Chicago Cubs lost Game 7 of the World Series

Baseball’s commissioners are still convinced it’s OK to let All-Stars decide who gets home field advantage in the World Series. Plus, happy birthday Goose, should the Red Sox fire John Farrell, and are the Cardinals finally out of luck?

It’s a freezing cold October night in Cleveland, but the crowd are on fire for Game 7 of the World Series against the Cubs.

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How Aledmys Diaz grew into one of the best hitters in baseball

The St Louis Cardinals shortstop played just 14 games at Triple A last season, and yet he’s now fourth in National League batting average. How did he get so good?

Four years ago, while in the Netherlands with his Cuban national baseball team, Aledmys Diaz walked away. From everything and everyone he knew.

“I think I’m never going to see my mom again, my father, and my girlfriend,” Diaz told the Guardian. “But you have to realize I would’ve been 23 years old on the national team and I have nothing at all. Sometimes in life you have to make decisions in order to grow up.”

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Why it’s time to stop whining about MLB’s new slide rule | David Lengel

Baseball’s brass are sticking to their new rules to protect sitting duck shortstops and second basemen. Plus, a new party room for the Cubs, Vin Scully is honored while the Orioles and Nats start off streaking

Human beings crave the familiar: almost anything that disrupts routine stresses us out in a major way. When Guardian readers woke up to a spanking new, re-launched website last year, they filled feedback forms with protest. A new iPhone operating system is released and forums quickly flood with complaints. Facebook updates its app, and the sky is falling. Then, at some point, and we can’t really say exactly when or why this happens, the new becomes the normal and everything is just fine, setting up the reaction for the next change (rinse and repeat).

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