| Jul 18, 2013
Five most interesting teams
1. Pirates: They haven't had a winning season since 1992 but might be the best team in the majors right now. They have pitching, defense and enough hitting with Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez and Starling Marte. Manager Clint...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 5:44 PM
These days, it seems that Manny Machado would rather earn bragging rights by beating a teammate in ping-pong inside the Orioles clubhouse than discuss his possible place in baseball history. He'd rather coax manager Buck Showalter, 35 years his elder,...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 10:31 PM
NEW YORK -- Mariano Rivera reported for work an inning early, and walked off to a fitting tribute.
Summoned in the eighth to make sure he would pitch in his final All-Star game, the New York Yankees’ indomitable closer tossed a perfect inning and...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 8:26 PM
NEW YORK — Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect eighth inning in his final All-Star appearance, Jose Bautista, J.J. Hardy and Jason Kipnis drove in runs to back a night of pulsating pitching, and the American League beat the National League 3-0...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 10:14 AM
The Chicago Baseball Happiness Scale is a comprehensive if unscientific attempt to quantify the happiness that each baseball team gives to its fans in any season. To create it, we used the 1998 and 2003 Cubs, and the 2000 and 2005 White Sox as models,...
| Jul 14, 2013
| 8:23 PM
Athletes carry many labels.
They are considered heroes, role models and idols.
They are called gladiators, warriors and — in some circles — prima donnas.
They are categorized as stars, utility or role players.
But when it comes down to it,...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 3:42 PM
NEW KENT — It didn't take Gary Contessa long to fall for Rydilluc. In horse racing terms, it was the closest representation you'll find of love-at-first-sight.
Contessa has been a New York-based horse trainer for more than three decades. He has...
| Jul 11, 2013
The Wicked 99 won the U.S. Specialty Sports Association’s 14-and-under “B” State Championship in Gilbert, Ariz., this past weekend.
The team went a perfect 7-0 in the tournament for the title thanks to strong pitching and hitting by 12-...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 5:48 PM
With a close finish in the Penn Mile standing as the most recent memory of the last time the trio of Rydilluc, Charming Kitten and Jack Milton met on a race track, a rematch Saturday in the $500,000 Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs could represent an...
| Jul 6, 2013
| 1:39 PM
You don't win the MVP award in May and June.
Miguel Cabrera won the Triple Crown last year but didn't edge past Mike Trout for the MVP until September, when he carried the Tigers into the playoffs while Trout's Angels slid to the sidelines. The last...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 10:52 PM
8 a.m. Tennis: Wimbledon (primarily semifinals: Marion Bartoli vs. Kirsten Flipkens; Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Sabine Lisicki).--ESPN
8 a.m. Cycling: Tour de France stage 6 (Aix-en-Provence to Montpellier).--NBC Sports Net.
9 a.m. Golf: French Open...