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MLB players’ union agrees to pitchless intentional walks

NEW YORK – There won’t be any wild pitches on intentional walks this season. The players’ association has agreed to Major League Baseball’s proposal to have intentional walks without pitches this...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Baseball should get serious about speeding up games

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – There are all sorts of ways to give baseball a much-needed boost of speed. Unfortunately, those in charge of the game are going about it all the wrong way. Extra inning gimmicks?...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Jarome Iginla open to being traded from Avalanche

DENVER – Jarome Iginla’s teammates are rooting for him to pack his bags and leave town. Nothing personal, of course, they just want the charismatic Colorado Avalanche forward to be traded for what...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Thomas feeling taller and at home at Honda Classic

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Justin Thomas is walking a little taller this year at the Honda Classic. He is No. 8 in the world, the second-highest ranked player at PGA National behind defending...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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MLB moving ahead with pace of play rule changes

PHOENIX – Major League Baseball intends to push forward with the process that could lead to possible rule changes involving the strike zone, installation of pitch clocks and limits on trips to the...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Play vs. Rest: For many NBA teams, it’s still a real battle

MIAMI – There are 27 games remaining on Cleveland’s regular-season schedule, and perhaps only one person over that stretch will be able to stop LeBron James. That would be Cavs coach Tyronn Lue. He...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Facing lawsuit, Lance Armstrong says he ‘loved’ wearing Postal

AUSTIN, Texas Ý Former cyclist Lance Armstrong says he “loved” representing the U.S. Postal Service, even as the government sues to get back the millions it spent sponsoring his teams. After years...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Magic Johnson in charge of Lakers amid shakeup

Magic Johnson is leading the Los Angeles Lakers again after a major shake-up of the struggling franchise’s front office. Lakers owner Jeanie Buss fired general manager Mitch Kupchak on Tuesday and...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Rockies’ Ian Desmond will spend spring at first base

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Ian Desmond no doubt was a big offseason acquisition for the Colorado Rockies, a proven offensive player who should flourish at Coors Field. But after six full seasons as a...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Johnson’s 8th title could make him NASCAR’s greatest

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jimmie Johnson might have had an easier time had his 6-year-old daughter asked for help with a school art project. Genevieve Johnson instead left dad briefly bewildered with a...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Welcome to NBA trade season, already underway in earnest

NEW ORLEANS – Jahlil Okafor viewed New Orleans during All-Star weekend with a different lens than usual, since he thought there was a chance it may have been his next home. That’s life in the rumor...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Rockies’ Trevor Story wants to show power surge was not fiction

For all Trevor Story accomplished in a record rookie season, his biggest takeaway is this: Slide feet first. A painful lesson and one that ended the Colorado Rockies shortstop’s outstanding season...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports