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Baseball Playoffs: Thursday Update

29-09-2016

Baseball Playoffs: Thursday Update

Photo The Yankees won on a walk-off grand slam by Mark Teixeira Wednesday night and cling to life in the wild card race. Credit Frank Franklin II/Associated Press The Boston Red Sox lost dramatically on Wednesday night on a two-out ninth-inning grand-slam home run by the Yankees’ Mark Teixeira. But they captured the American League East title anyway because the Toronto Blue Jays also lost on a dramatic ninth-inning home run, this one by Baltimore’s... Read more

Theo Epstein Is Making Lightning Strike Twice

29-09-2016

Theo Epstein Is Making Lightning Strike Twice

Asked if the Cubs would have baseball’s best record without Epstein, Ricketts, whose family bought the team in 2009, responded, “Probably not.” Photo The Chicago Cubs celebrated at Wrigley Field after winning the National League Central Division this year. Credit Stacy Revere/Getty Images When listing the most pivotal steps in the Cubs’ resurrection, the first thing Ricketts mentioned was hiring Epstein, a move he made after every person he questioned in baseball put Epstein atop... Read more

On Soccer: Lingering on the Edge of His Father’s Long Shadow

29-09-2016

On Soccer: Lingering on the Edge of His Father’s Long Shadow

Then there have been the spontaneous eulogies. No matter where in the world Cruyff has found himself, he has been told countless stories, been shown hundreds of pictures, and been inundated with messages on social media. All of them are tributes to his father. It has been, he said, an experience “full of contradictions” — at once intensely painful and immeasurably proud. “You are never allowed to forget anything,” he said. “There are new anecdotes,... Read more

On Soccer: Lingering on the Edge of His Father’s Long Shadow

29-09-2016

On Soccer: Lingering on the Edge of His Father’s Long Shadow

Then there have been the spontaneous eulogies. No matter where in the world Cruyff has found himself, he has been told countless stories, been shown hundreds of pictures, and been inundated with messages on social media. All of them are tributes to his father. It has been, he said, an experience “full of contradictions” — at once intensely painful and immeasurably proud. “You are never allowed to forget anything,” he said. “There are new anecdotes,... Read more

Cubs Reward Theo Epstein With Five More Years

28-09-2016

Cubs Reward Theo Epstein With Five More Years

Photo Afghan youths playing soccer on a field in Herat province. Credit Aref Karimi/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The Chicago Cubs gave Theo Epstein, the club’s president for baseball operations, a five-year contract extension on Wednesday, rewarding him for an overhaul that has the franchise aiming for its first championship since 1908. The news of the extension came as the Cubs were wrapping up one of the best regular seasons in franchise history and had... Read more

Yankees 5, Red Sox 3: Mark Teixeira’s Ninth-Inning Grand Slam Lifts Yankees From Brink of Elimination

28-09-2016

Yankees 5, Red Sox 3: Mark Teixeira’s Ninth-Inning Grand Slam Lifts Yankees From Brink of Elimination

Photo Mark Teixeira was doused by his Yankees teammates after hitting a game-winning grand slam in Wednesday’s game. Credit Kathy Willens/Associated Press A quick survey of the Yankees ’ clubhouse — a small sample, admittedly — revealed that no one was familiar with the perhaps apocryphal tale from Russian history of Rasputin, the spiritual adviser to Czar Nicholas II, whose rivals fed him poisoned wine, shot him several times and then tossed him into an... Read more

Mets 5, Marlins 2: Jay Bruce Homer Helps Mets Beat Marlins and Protect Wild-Card Lead

28-09-2016

Mets 5, Marlins 2: Jay Bruce Homer Helps Mets Beat Marlins and Protect Wild-Card Lead

Photo Mets first baseman James Loney hitting a two-run homer in the second. Right fielder Jay Bruce added a two-run shot in the fifth. Credit Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports, via Reuters MIAMI — As much as he said the right things and carried himself well, the struggles and the time on the bench bugged Jay Bruce. He was streaky at the plate, but he was a proven power hitter with three All-Star Game appearances and... Read more

Sports Business: Arnold Palmer and His Savvy Agent Set the Bar for Pitchmen

28-09-2016

Sports Business: Arnold Palmer and His Savvy Agent Set the Bar for Pitchmen

Photo Arnold Palmer in an advertisement for Heinz ketchup, one of the many companies he represented. Credit Mark H. McCormack Collection, via University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries Arnold Palmer was heading to a corporate golf outing in 1971 when Mark McCormack, head of the International Management Group and shepherd of Palmer’s business career, sent him a short note. He reminded his star client to use his charm on the advertising manager for Lincoln-Mercury because they... Read more

In Martino, Atlanta United Hires a Pedigree With an Eye on the Future

28-09-2016

In Martino, Atlanta United Hires a Pedigree With an Eye on the Future

Photo Gerardo Martino was introduced on Wednesday as the new coach of Atlanta United, an expansion Major League Soccer team. Credit David Goldman/Associated Press ATLANTA — Gerardo Martino looked relaxed Wednesday morning, an hour before his unveiling as the first coach of Atlanta United, the Major League Soccer expansion team scheduled to begin play in March. Dressed in a tailored black suit, a European collar on his white shirt, he smiled readily as he discussed... Read more

Yankees Praise Their Hitting Coach, but Not Their Hitting

28-09-2016

“I think they’ve done everything in their power,” said Cashman, who added that the contracts for all of the team’s coaches were in effect through 2017, as were his and Manager Joe Girardi’s. “This year, guys aren’t producing. Most of the downgrades have been due to health and age.” The Yankees’ offensive woes are underscored by Cashman’s firing of last year’s hitting coach, Jeff Pentland, who had replaced Kevin Long, who was fired after the... Read more

Serena Williams Addresses Fears of Driving While Black

28-09-2016

Serena Williams Addresses Fears of Driving While Black

Photo In a Facebook post, Serena Williams wrote about police killings, “I won’t be silent.” Credit Pool photo by Florian Eisele It may seem mundane: having a relative drive you around to do errands. But to the tennis champion Serena Williams , a decision to let her 18-year-old nephew drive her to meetings so that she could safely use her phone in the car filled her with misgivings that go to the heart of the... Read more

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