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MLB boss sorry for calling trophy a 'piece of metal'

Feb 19, 2020 - 2:26 PM

Major League Baseball chief Rob Manfred apologizes for his 'disrespectful' comment but still lets the Houston Astros keep the 2017 World Series crown

SCANDAL. The Houston Astros get to keep their crown amid allegations of cheating. Photo by Mike Nelson/EPA-EFE

LeBron joins MLB stars in ripping Astros as cheats

Feb 19, 2020 - 10:46 AM

As the Astros cheating scandal rocks baseball, LeBron James says he'd be 'uncontrollable' if he discovered someone cheated him out of winning a title

Photo by Rhona Wise/EPA-EFE

Astros pitcher banned 162 games for doping

Feb 18, 2020 - 12:44 PM

Astros pitcher Francis Martes is suspended for the entire 2020 MLB regular season

SUSPENDED AGAIN. Francis Martes' new ban comes after a 80-game suspension in March 2019. Photo Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFP


Stripping Astros of 2017 crown 'futile' – MLB chief

Feb 17, 2020 - 3:44 PM

The Astros have been fined $5 million by the MLB for using an illegal, technology-assisted system to record and decode signals from opposition pitchers

KEEP THE HARDWARE. Yuli Gurriel and the Houston Astros will get to keep their 2017 World Series title. Photo from Instagram/@astrosbaseball


Contrite Astros apologize for MLB sign-stealing scandal

Feb 14, 2020 - 12:12 PM

The Houston Astros hope to regain the fan's trust after a high-tech Major League Baseball sign-stealing scandal

REMORSEFUL. Houston star Jose Altuve (left) says sorry for figuring in a cheating scandal that rocked baseball. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Red Sox part ways with manager Cora amid sign-stealing scandal

Jan 15, 2020 - 3:47 PM

The commissioner's report tags former Astros bench coach Alex Cora as the ring-leader of an illegal sign-stealing scheme

CONTROVERSY. Alex Cora and the Boston Red Sox sever ties following a baseball scandal. Justin Edmonds/Getty Images/AFP

Astros coach, GM banned and sacked over cheating scandal

Jan 14, 2020 - 12:23 PM

'We need to move forward with a clean slate,' says Astros owner Jim Crane in firing AJ Hinch and Jeff Luhnow

DOUBLE WHAMMY.AJ Hinch and Jeff Luhnow(R) are banned from the for the 2020 season after a Major League Baseball investigation into allegations of sign-stealing, the league confirms on January 13, 2020. Photo by Bob Levey/ Getty Images North America/ AFP

Adversity made Strasburg's World Series MVP award sweeter

Nov 01, 2019 - 3:08 PM

Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals win their first World Series title, just months after being given only a .01 percent chance of winning the crown by oddsmakers

HISTORIC. Stephen Strasburg becomes the first pitcher to go 5-0 in a single playoff run and is named the first World Series MVP pitcher since San Francisco's Madison Baumgartner in 2014. Photo from Instagram/@nationals


Nationals rally past Astros to capture World Series

Oct 31, 2019 - 2:12 PM

Written off months ago after a poor start, the Washington Nationals complete one of the most shocking championship runs in baseball history

HISTORIC. The Washington Nationals celebrate after defeating the Houston Astros in Game 7 to win the 2019 World Series. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP

Astros one win from historic World Series title fightback

Oct 29, 2019 - 10:49 AM

The Houston Astros can win the World Series title if they take Game 6 over Washington

RESILIENCY. MLB strikeout leader Gerrit Cole is happy with the team's resiliency in the best-of-seven finals series. Photo from Houston Astro's Twitter

Astros rout Nationals to reach brink of World Series title

Oct 28, 2019 - 12:53 PM

The Astros seize a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven finals of Major League Baseball to zero in on their second World Series crown in 3 seasons

ON THE VERGE. The Astros win 3 straight after dropping the first two games of the World Series. Photo from Twitter/@astros


Nationals rout Astros to take command of World Series

Oct 24, 2019 - 5:32 PM

Unlikely heroes turn up as the Washington Nationals dump the Houston Astros in Game 2 of the best-of-seven finals

DOMINANT. Juan Soto, Michael A. Taylor and Gerardo Parra of the Nationals celebrate their Game 2 dumping of the Astros. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFP

Nationals outlast Astros to capture World Series opener

Oct 23, 2019 - 4:39 PM

In his World Series debut, 20-year-old Juan Soto becomes the fourth-youngest player in history to homer

COMPOSURE. Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals (right) steals second base against Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros during the 8th inning in Game 1. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Astros seek World Series dynasty as Nats hunt fairytale title

Oct 21, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The Astros eye a second title in 3 seasons, while the Nationals aim to end a 95-year MLB title drought for Washington

BACK AT IT. The Astros advance to the World Series for the second time in 3 years. Photo from Twitter/@astros


Mets' Alonso sets NL rookie homer record in MLB

Aug 19, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Pete Alonso of the New York Mets fires his 40th home run of the season, breaking the record set by Cody Bellinger for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017

CHASING HISTORY. Pete Alonso needs just two more homers to break the New York Mets' single-season record. Photo from Twitter/@Mets


Former Red Sox star Ortiz out of hospital – reports

Jul 28, 2019 - 3:50 PM

David Ortiz spent 7 weeks in hospital after being shot in a nightclub in his native Domican Republic

BIG PAPI. David Ortiz is on his way to recovery. Photo Twitter/@davidortiz


Grieving Angels return to play after death of pitcher Skaggs

Jul 03, 2019 - 4:12 PM

The cause of death of 27-year-old pitcher Tyler Skaggs remains a mystery as there's no sign of suicide or foul play

HEARTBREAKING. The sudden death of the popular  Tyler Skaggs remains ‘incomprehensible’ for the Los Angeles Angels. Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images/AFP

Top college football player Kyler Murray could be headed to baseball

Dec 10, 2018 - 12:00 PM

The Heisman Trophy awardee has already signed a contract with the Oakland Athletics in the MLB

TWO-WAY STAR. Kyler Murray is a potential first-round pick in the NFL but he is expected to play in the MBL. Photo from Twitter (@TheKylerMurray)


Yankees ace Rivera joins Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Nov 20, 2018 - 12:49 PM

Retired Panamanian right-hander Mariano Rivera is named to the ballot for helping the Yankees to five World Series crowns

LEGEND. Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera makes it to the list of Major League Baseball Hall of Fame candidates. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images North America/AFP

Red Sox rally to stun Dodgers, reach brink of World Series

Oct 28, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Boston wipes out a four-run deficit versus Los Angeles to move within a win of capturing a ninth World Series crown

SPARKPLUG. Boston Red Sox's Steve Pearce hits a three-run RBI double in the 9th inning against the Los Angeles in Game 4. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Red Sox dump Dodgers to take control of World Series

Oct 25, 2018 - 4:47 PM

Boston pitcher David Price baffled the Los Angeles batters much of the night

GAME 2 HERO. 'I take a lot of pride of being able to evolve from pitch to pitch,' says Red Sox pitcher David Price. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Nuñez homer powers Red Sox over Dodgers in World Series opener

Oct 24, 2018 - 12:44 PM

The Boston Red Sox take a 1-0 lead versus the Los Angeles Dodgers in Major League Baseball's best-of-seven finals

SERIES OPENER. Eduardo Nunez of the Boston Red Sox celebrates his three-run home run during the 7th inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Red Sox oust defending champ Astros to reach World Series

Oct 19, 2018 - 12:22 PM

Boston locks up a berth in the World Series for the first time since 2013

CHAMPS. The Boston Red Sox celebrate defeating the Houston Astros in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series to advance to the 2018 World Series. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFP

Red Sox reach 100 wins for first time since 1946

Sep 14, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Boston Red Sox inch closer to claiming the American League East division title

NEXT TARGET. David Price and the Boston Red Sox aim for another record. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Verlander fans Ohtani to reach 2,500 strikeout milestone

May 17, 2018 - 3:33 PM

The Astros ace is the 33rd Major League Baseball pitcher to record the mark

STRIKEOUT CLUB. Astros pitcher Justin Verlander throws his first shutout in 3 years. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

MLB rookie pays off parents' home mortgage for Christmas

Dec 26, 2017 - 12:59 PM

'Because of all the sacrifices you made to get me where I am, I want our family home to be yours,' Smith's mother read as she choked back tears

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. Pavin Smith brought his parents to tears of joy after paying off what they owed on their home for Christmas. Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images/AFP

Flood-ravaged Houston in love with World Series kings

Dec 24, 2017 - 1:13 PM

'We just wanted to show the city how much we love them and care about them'

UPLIFTING. The victory of the Houston Astros in this year's World Series is the light amidst the devastation in Houston. File photo by Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Astros celebrate World Series win; White House visit uncertain

Nov 04, 2017 - 1:04 PM

A visit to the White House is uncertain due to President Donald Trump's rift with sports figures

HISTORY. Houston celebrates the Astros first World Series title. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Mission accomplished, Houston: Astros dedicate win to city

Nov 02, 2017 - 1:05 PM

The Houston Astros fulfill a promise. Ever since Hurricane Harvey deluged the Houston region in August, the Astros have been men on a mission.

JUBILATION. Houston Astros owner and chairman Jim Crane hoists the Commissioner's Trophy after the Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1, in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

Astros beat Dodgers to win first World Series crown

Nov 02, 2017 - 12:35 PM

A day after the Los Angeles Dodgers forced a decisive game seven, the Houston Astros win their first Major League Baseball crown since their inception in 1962

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: The Houston Astros celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Dodgers down Astros to keep World Series bid alive

Nov 01, 2017 - 12:56 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers extend the World Series to a game 7

GAME 7. The Dodgers even the series to keep their 7th championship hopes alive. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP.

Gurriel ready for Los Angeles heat after racism furor

Oct 31, 2017 - 9:45 AM

A fiery welcome is almost certain to greet Yuli Gurriel when he steps up to the plate at Dodger Stadium

HEATING UP IN LA. Things will surely heat up for Yuli Gurriel after his racist gesture during game 4 of the World Series. Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America/AFP

Dodgers rip Astros 6-2 to level World Series

Oct 29, 2017 - 12:44 PM

The Dodgers' win puts the 2017 World Series at 2-2

HOME RUN SMASH. Joc Pederson powers a 5-man run final inning to take down the Astros. Photo from Facebook

Darvish seeks punishment for Gurriel's racist gesture in World Series

Oct 28, 2017 - 2:16 PM

Astros slugger Yuli Gurriel stretches his eyes with his fingers to mock the Dodgers pitcher in Game 3 of the World Series

UNCALLED FOR. 'Acting like that was just disrespectful to people all over the world,' Darvish says after Gurriel made a racist gesture towards the Japanese pitcher. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP

Astros chase Darvish early, take 2-1 lead in World Series

Oct 28, 2017 - 1:15 PM

Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish lasts just 1 2/3 innings as he surrenders 4 runs on 5 hits

HOME COOKING. The Astros make a powerful statement in a Game 3 win. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP

Sizzling Kershaw pitches Dodgers to World Series lead

Oct 25, 2017 - 3:15 PM

The Dodgers take game one of the World Series against the Astros

GAME ONE. Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning against the Houston Astros in game one of the 2017 World Series. Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFP

Pitched battle promises World Series classic

Oct 23, 2017 - 12:35 PM

The Dodgers are aiming to clinch their first title since 1988, while the Astros are looking to make history with an inaugural championship

ULTIMATE PRIZE. Talented pitchers Kershaw and Verlander are underway to claiming their first World Series title for their respective teams. Photo from Facebook.

Astros down Yankees, set World Series clash with Dodgers

Oct 22, 2017 - 2:11 PM

The Houston Astros win 4-0 against the New York Yankees

WORLD SERIES CLASH. The Houston Astros book a finals clash with the LA Dodgers. File Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Astros stay alive in ALCS, force Game 7 with Yankees

Oct 21, 2017 - 2:18 PM

It all comes down to one final game in Houston to determine which team represents the AL in the World Series

STAYING ALIVE. Justin Verlander's virtuoso pitching performance enables the Astros to tie the series at 3-all. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Three Hernandez homers lift Dodgers into World Series

Oct 20, 2017 - 3:56 PM

The defending champion Chicago Cubs are eliminated in 5 games

HEADED TO THE WORLD SERIES. The Los Angeles Dodgers are in the World Series for the first time since 1988, and will meet either the New York Yankees or the Houston Astros. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFP

Yankees blank Astros to move one win from World Series

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:58 PM

Masahiro Tanaka strikes out 8 batters over 7 scoreless innings as the Yankees win Game 5

START SPREADING THE NEWS. Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge and the rest of the Yankees are just one win from the World Series after a shutout win over the Astros. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Yankees overcome 0-2 hole to eliminate Cleveland, advance to ALCS

Oct 12, 2017 - 1:17 PM

The Yankees will meet the Houston Astros to decide which team represents the AL in the World Series

COMEBACK IS REAL. Didi Gregorius smacked two home runs to help the New York Yankees advance to the AL Championship Series. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Albert Pujols joins 600 home run club

Jun 04, 2017 - 4:07 PM

Pujols becomes the fourth youngest to reach the milestone and the first to do it with a grand slam

MILESTONE. Albert Pujols delivered his grand slam in the fourth inning of a 7-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images/AFP

Yankees retire Derek Jeter's number 2 jersey

May 15, 2017 - 3:48 PM

Jeter becomes the 22nd Yankee to have his number retired

RETIRED. Derek Jeter and wife Hannah Davis stand beside his plaque which will now hang at Yankee Stadium. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Tim Tebow strikes out in debut with Major League team, still gets cheered

Mar 09, 2017 - 12:41 PM

The football star turned New York Mets prospect faces off with AL Cy Young winner Rick Porcello and it ends up how you d expect it to

TEBOWING. Tim Tebow, the one-time college football and NFL player known for his on-field displays of Christianity, is easing his way into a second career as a baseball player. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Bagwell, Raines, Rodriguez to join Baseball Hall of Fame

Jan 19, 2017 - 11:55 AM

Tim Raines finally makes it into the Hall of Fame in his final year of eligibility while controversial figures Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds edged nearer to selection

ENSHRINED. Houston Astros legend Jeff Bagwell had career totals of 2,314 hits, a club-record 449 home runs and 1,529 runs batted in before retiring in 2005. Bagwell crossed the 75% voting threshold in his seventh year on the ballot. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Kate Upton savages MLB voters who snubbed fiancee Verlander

Nov 17, 2016 - 8:51 AM

I thought I was the only person allowed to f k @JustinVerlander tweets the supermodel

BEANED. Kate Upton doesn't appreciate the MLB voters' unusual decision to snub her fiancee Justin Verlander

LeBron fears NFL losing fun as NBA, MLB ratings surge

Nov 08, 2016 - 6:52 PM

James notes how several top NFL players have said the NFL is more and more becoming the No Fun League

LeBron James (R) speaks as Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on during a campaign rally at the Cleveland Public Auditorium on November 6, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Cubs beat Indians in Game 7, win first World Series in 108 years

Nov 03, 2016 - 12:50 PM

The Cubs end the longest run of futility in American sports

Cubs, Indians will go the distance to end droughts

Nov 02, 2016 - 2:38 PM

One set of long suffering supporters will finally celebrate the end of epic misery while the other will endure yet another heartbreak and be left to wonder if their wait will ever be rewarded

GRAND SLAM. Addison Russell of the Chicago Cubs hits a grand slam home run during the third inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game 6 of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP