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article December 15, 2017

Piscotty trade to A's both near & dear

In the December of Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani, everybody should know about Stephen Piscotty, who goes from the Cardinals to the A's in a trade that will bring him closer to home, where his mother, Gretchen, was recently diagnosed with ALS. More»
GettyImages-866409230 article December 9, 2017

Stanton to Yankees Has Familiar Feel

Giancarlo Stanton is on the verge of heading from the Marlins to the Yankees. It's a big move for the Yankees to acquire the 28-year-old slugger coming off a season with 59 home runs. It also can't help but feel like history repeating itself in New York. More»
stanton-ohtani article December 7, 2017

Hot Stove Brings New Level of Drama

After the October we all just watched, we get this kind of MLB Christmas season. It is mostly because of two gifted young players whose availability makes this as intriguing a moment as we've ever had in a baseball offseason: Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani. More»
alabama-ohiostate article December 3, 2017

Playoff Right To Roll With The Tide

The College Football Playoff committee got it right. Alabama ought to be in the playoff. Ohio State should not be. The Crimson Tide landed the No. 4 spot over the Buckeyes, joining Clemson, Oklahoma and Georgia in this year's four-team field. More»
GettyImages-879542630 article November 29, 2017

Manning Deserves Better From Giants

A bad Giants season has gotten even worse now that coach Ben McAdoo will bench quarterback Eli Manning -- as important a New York Giant as there has ever been -- to put an end to a streak of 210 straight regular-season starts. More»
GettyImages-879199186 article November 27, 2017

A Can't-Miss College Football Season

The best show right now in sports is a college football season as surprising and exciting as any we've had since the playoff was created. Last week's losses by Alabama and Miami set the stage for a conference title weekend like no other. More»
GettyImages-667788664 article November 21, 2017

The Most Interesting Man In Baseball

Giancarlo Stanton was supposed to dominate the Hot Stove conversation, but he has company thanks to Shohei Ohtani of the Nippon-Ham Fighters. A pitcher and power hitter from Japan, Ohtani is poised for potential Major League stardom. More»
GettyImages-1484619 article November 17, 2017

Mussina Belongs In The Hall of Fame

The 2018 Hall of Fame ballots go out on Monday, nine years after Mike Mussina retired. There shouldn't be much of a debate: After a long, consistently productive career with the Orioles and Yankees, Mussina deserves to be enshrined in Cooperstown. More»
AP_420513055 article November 14, 2017

The Graceful Life of Bobby Doerr

Bobby Doerr deserves to be honored today, because this was not just a wonderful baseball life, it was a wonderful American life. Doerr, a Hall of Fame Red Sox teammate of Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky and Dom DiMaggio, died Monday at the age of 99. More»
GettyImages-855303046 article November 13, 2017

Stanton Talks Heat Up The Hot Stove

There is one story -- Giancarlo Stanton and his 59 home runs -- and all the other stories that will dominate the wonderful time known as the Hot Stove. We have read and heard about all the teams that might be interested in trading for Stanton, but it's complicated. More»
Stevens-Celtics article November 7, 2017

Green Machine: Brad's Celtics Rolling

With the Celtics winning nine in a row and owning the best record in the NBA weeks after Gordon Hayward went down for the season with a knee injury, it's worth taking a look at what an amazing job coach Brad Stevens has done. More»
Carson-Wentz-NFL article November 6, 2017

NFL Hurting, But New QBs Emerge

The NFL has been amazingly unlucky, losing some of its stars to injury this season. It is one more reason why the league is so lucky right now to have Carson Wentz and Jared Goff and the Eagles and the Rams playing the way they are. More»
AstrosWinWS article November 2, 2017

'Dream Come True': Houston Wins It All

The Houston Astros won the first title in franchise history on Wednesday night: a Hollywood ending for an extraordinary, relentless team that never gave up. They also gave their city that had been through so much a reason to celebrate. More»
Altuve-Gm7 article November 1, 2017

What the World Needs Now: Game 7

What we have gotten from the Dodgers and Astros so far across six games is not just a celebration of baseball, but a reminder of the essential drama of the game. Now we get a Game 7 in Los Angeles. Doesn't get better than that. • By Mike Lupica More»
Verlander-Bregman article October 30, 2017

Verlander's Ticket to Rise

Justin Verlander's task when he came to the Astros was to bring Houston a World Series title. After the team's wild Game 5 victory on Sunday night, Verlander gets a chance to finish the job back in L.A. on Tuesday in Game 6. More»
Astros-Win-Game5 article October 30, 2017

Astros Thrive In Mighty Game 5

Game 5 of the World Series at Minute Maid Park went deep into the night, and when it was all over, the Astros beat the Dodgers, 13-12, via an Alex Bregman walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th. But there's so much more to the story. More»
CodyBellinger-Gm4 article October 29, 2017

On the Double! Cody Lifts LA

Cody Bellinger had gotten off to a dreadful start in the World Series. But when the Dodgers needed him most, he stepped up with two big at-bats in Game 4. Now the Dodgers have evened up the Series going into Sunday, with their ace waiting. More»
PeacockSaveWS-Gm3 article October 28, 2017

How Astros Beat LA? Don't Go Changin'

The Dodgers had a parade of pitchers try to stem the offensive tide from the Astros in Game 3 of the World Series after it was clear Yu Darvish didn't have it. Houston only needed two hurlers, and now the 'Stros go into Saturday's Game 4 sitting pretty. More»
Girardi-Yanks article October 26, 2017

Say It Ain't Joe? Girardi Out

Joe Girardi is out as manager of the Yankees after 10 years at the job, and despite the fact that he never had a losing season in New York. It was a surprise move to some, but with a young team on the rise, the front office wanted a change. More»
DodgerStadiumWS article October 23, 2017

A Hit Series Starts In LA

The World Series returns on Tuesday night to one of the important and essential capitals of the game, and that means Dodger Stadium. Too often the place doesn't get its due, but it truly is a baseball setting right out of the movies. More»

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