Girardi introduced as Phillies manager

Girardi

Girardi

Girardi brings an impressive resume to Philadelphia. He managed the New York Yankees for 10 years, succeeding Joe Torre after the 2007 season. He led New York to its 27th World Series title, beating the Phillies in six games in 2009. Girardi’s record with the Yankees was 910-710, the sixth-most wins in team history.

“It means a lot to me that the fans are behind me,” Girardi said. “I’m well aware of the passion for the great game of baseball here. I’ve lived it as a player and as a manager. I know the importance of winning here. I had a chance to compete against a great team with Charlie Manuel here in 2009, and it was a great place to come watch a game...

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Taubman apologizes for conduct

Taubman

Taubman

The assistant general manager of the Houston Astros apologized Tuesday for using “inappropriate language” after a Sports Illustrated report said he repeatedly yelled toward a group of female reporters about closer Roberto Osuna during a clubhouse celebration.

Taubman’s remarks after the Astros clinched the AL pennant reportedly referenced Osuna, who was suspended for 75 games last year for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy before being traded from Toronto to the Astros.

According to SI, Taubman shouted “Thank God we got Osuna!” and made similar remarks several times, punctuating them with an expletive.  Major League Baseball said it will interview those involved before further commenting.

Brandon Taubman released a statement through the Astros Tuesday...

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Markstrom inspires Canucks in return

Markstrom

Markstrom

Back from a personal five day leave of absence for family reasons, Markstrom is keeping private the grave circumstances that took him home to Sweden and whatever emotions they have caused.  After rejoining the Canucks on Friday  Markstrom was able to clear his mind and focus his emotions in a remarkable 38 save performance against the New York Rangers.

“Marky is one of the best guys I’ve ever played with,” Canuck winger Tim Schaller said. “We all have his back. I’ll go to battle for that guy any day. That says a lot about him as a person. It’s pretty inspiring to see what he’s doing.”

“Great, just great,” forward Tyler Motte said. “Coming off his absence and coming right back in and having a night like he had tonight, that provides a lot of energy for our group...

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Kershaw adds another October flop

Kershaw

Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw might very well go into the Hall of Fame one day on the strength of his amazing regular-season success , dragging behind him a painful October history he would rather forget.  Another chapter to his playoff woes was added Wednesday night when the three-time Cy Young Award winner squandered a two-run lead with the Los Angeles Dodgers six outs from advancing to a fourth straight NL Championship Series.

“When you don’t win the last game of the season and you’re to blame for it, it’s not fun,” Kershaw said, his eyes red. “The main reason (it hurts) is the group of guys in this clubhouse. It’s a terrible feeling.”

Kershaw has been the heart and soul of the Dodgers  since  he arrived in Los Angeles  in 2008 at the age 20...

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Callaway fired after two seasons

Callaway

Callaway

The Mets on Thursday cut ties with the second-year manager despite an 86-76 season highlighted by a midsummer surge that put them in the postseason hunt.

“I feel unfulfilled. I feel we left some games on the field that we should have won, and we didn’t fulfill what we really had as a goal, which was get to the postseason,” chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said on a 30-minute conference call with reporters. “We’re not playing October baseball, and that’s what it’s about.”

“We want to thank Mickey for his consistent work ethic and dedication over the last two seasons and I’m certain these characteristics will serve him well in his next opportunity,” Van Wagenen said in a statement...

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Maddon done after 5 seasons with the Cubs

Maddon

Maddon

Maddon, who led the team to their first World Series title since 1908, will not return next season, President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein told reporters Sunday. Maddon has led the Cubs to a record of 84-77 this season, with one game remaining.  The 65-year-old Maddon is officially a free agent after the Cubs missed the postseason for the first time in five years.

Maddon took over on the north side of Chicago to begin the 2015 season and immediately guided the club to an increase of 24 wins. But his best moment came the year after as he led his 103-win team to their first world title in more than 100 years, beating the Cleveland Indians in seven games...

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Brewers clinch playoff berth again

Brewers

Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers clinched their second straight post-season appearance Wednesday night, with Ryan Braun’s grand slam sparking a 9-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds that also tightened the NL Central race.

The Brewers have won six in a row and 17 of 19 despite losing MVP Christian Yelich to a broken kneecap, vaulting from also-ran to at least a wild card. There’s more at their fingertips — the division-leading Cardinals lost again on Wednesday, slicing their lead over the Brewers to 1 1/2 games.

Milwaukee trails Washington by one game for the wild card lead.

The Brewers jogged onto the field and formed a scrum by second base after when Junior Guerra got Christian Colon on a grounder for the final out.

A sizzlin’ September topped off by a bubbly celebration...

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Eli out Jones Jones to start Week 3

Eli Manning

Eli Manning

The long and distinguished reign of Eli Manning as the New York Giants’ starting quarterback is seemingly over. Let the Daniel Jones era begin.  Coach Pat Shurmur announced Tuesday that the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL draft is replacing the two-time Super Bowl MVP as the Giants’ quarterback, beginning Sunday at Tampa Bay.

“Eli and I spoke this morning,” Shurmur said. “I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel as the starter. I also talked to Daniel. Eli was obviously disappointed, as you would expect, but he said he would be what he has always been, a good teammate, and continue to prepare to help this team win games. Daniel understands the challenge at hand, and he will be ready to play on Sunday.”

In two games, Eli Manning completed 56 of 89 passes for 5...

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Mets get 9 runs, 11 hits on 9/11 anniversary

Mets

Mets

The Mets scored their nine runs on 11 hits on a night when Major League Baseball honored those whose lives were lost or affected on Sept. 11, 2001.

“What a great day. Just to have all the first responders on the field, getting to stand in between [them],” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. “I know I had some pretty cool conversations with the guys around me; I’m sure everybody out there on the line did. He was just talking about that day, and all the cleanup after — it’s amazing. So that was neat in its own right; and then to come up and win a game for them, and to get nine runs on 11 hits, that’s even cooler.”

Mets slugger Pete Alonso coordinated the purchase and production of custom 9/11 cleats for Mets players to wear...

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NHL, NHLPA set to meet again to talk CBA

NHL NHLPA

NHL NHLPA

The NHL and NHLPA will meet again Friday in New York to continue collective bargaining negotiations.  NHLPA has until Sept. 15 to decide whether to terminate the current collective bargaining agreement effective a year from now.

“I said this to (NHLPA executive director Don Fehr) when I told him we weren’t reopening: ‘Listen, we’ve been at this since February. Whatever you need in the next two weeks subject to existing commitments … we’re at your disposal,'” Bettman said Thursday. “Whatever (players) want in their period of having to decide what to do, we’ll try to be as accommodating as possible.”

Roughly 50 NHL players from the executive board and others in town met Wednesday night. Chicago Blackhawks player representative Jonathan Toews said the 700-plus-member group is pret...

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Browns have big expectations for upcoming season

Browns

Browns

The upstart Browns will kick off training camp Thursday with expectations not seen in Cleveland in decades.  General manager John Dorsey and head coach Freddie Kitchens are embracing the enormous expectations.

“I want everybody to understand this: Our goal here with the Cleveland Browns, as long as I’m here, will always be to win the Super Bowl,” Kitchens said Wednesday, when asked if the expectations might be too much for a franchise with the longest playoff drought in the NFL. “Just know and make it a given that that’s what I believe to my core, is to win the Super Bowl.”

Two years ago, when the Browns went 0-16, such a goal not only would’ve been unthinkable, but now are a popular choice to with the AFC North.

My job is to get (Kitchens) as many good football players...

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TrackMan to continue in Atlantic League

TrackMan

TrackMan

The independent Atlantic League is so happy with TrackMan that it will continue using the system for the rest of the season, starting Thursday.

The league became the first American professional baseball league to let a computer call balls and strikes at its All-Star Game earlier this month. Plate umpire Brian deBrauwere wore an earpiece connected to an iPhone in his pocket and relayed the call upon receiving it from a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar.

He crouched in his normal position behind the catcher and signaled balls and strikes.

“This is a landmark day for the Atlantic League and professional baseball,” Atlantic League president Rick White said in a statement...

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Elliott still missing from Cowboys camp

Elliott

Elliott

Quarterback Dak Prescott said he would not ask Elliott to report because the Cowboys need him.

“Friendship is friendship and business is business,” Prescott said. “You don’t cross those.”

Prescott  said he has talked with Elliott since camp started.

“Obviously we miss the player that he is, but I know that he’s getting better,” Prescott said. “I know that he’s working on his game. He’s in shape. He’s going to make sure that he comes back and when he’s back on this team he’s a better player than before camp or before the spring. He’s a good friend. Obviously want him out here, but that’s business.”

Running backs coach Gary Brown has also talked to Elliott.

“I’m sure it’s killing him a lot [not being at camp],” Brown said. “At the end of the day he’s a ballplayer...

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Meruelo takes ownership of Coyotes

Meruelo

Meruelo

Alex Meruelo’s specialty as a businessman has been to resurrect struggling companies. His billion-dollar portfolio includes casinos, TV and radio stations, food services, real estate, hospitality, construction and engineering.

Meruelo’s latest acquisition could be one of his most challenging: turning the Arizona Coyotes into consistent winners while making the franchise profitable.

“Hockey is a sport, but it’s also a business,” Meruelo said Thursday during his introductory news conference. “I’ve had a lot of experience building businesses and turning them around. For 40 years I’ve been doing this. I’ve had a lot of success and I have a great team.”

Meruelo officially took over as Arizona’s majority owner this week after completing the transaction with Andrew Barroway, who will stil...

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