Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Orioles win to force Game 5

NEW YORK—These Birds don’t rattle easily.
A day after a demoralizing defeat, the Baltimore Orioles won a test of wills and Game 4 of the AL division series, bouncing back to outlast the N.Y. Yankees 2-1 in 13 innings last night on J.J. Hardy’s RBI double.

Concussion dashes Jr.’s ‘Chase’ hopes

CONCORD, N.C.—Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss the next two races with a concussion, ending the championship chances of NASCAR’s most popular driver.
Hendrick Motorsports said today that Earnhardt will sit out Charlotte and Kansas, and Regan Smith will replace him in the No. 88 Chevrolet.
Earnhardt was diagnosed yesterday in Charlotte, the team said.

Giants on verge of unprecedented rally

CINCINNATI, Ohio—With an out-of-character win, the San Francisco Giants are on the verge of an unprecedented comeback.
And everybody in Cincinnati is saying: Uh-oh.
Angel Pagan hit the first lead-off homer in Giants’ post-season history, and Gregor Blanco and Pablo Sandoval connected later for an 8-3 victory over the Reds yesterday that evened their NL division series at 2-2.

Ibanez the hero for Yankees

NEW YORK—Down by a run in an all-even AL division series, Joe Girardi approached Alex Rodriguez and told baseball’s highest-paid player he was going to pinch-hit for him.
Bold move, benching one of the game’s great sluggers.

Armstrong doping ‘most sophisticated’ in cycling, 11 ex-teammates testify against him

Lance Armstrong said he wanted to see the names of his accusers. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency gave him 26, including 11 ex-teammates.

Bombers stun Als

MONTREAL—“Don’t worry, be happy” was coach Tim Burke’s message to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this week and the result was the biggest victory of the CFL season for his struggling team.

Reaction split on new playoff format

By sometime tonight, either Chipper Jones will be out of baseball or the defending World Series champion Cardinals will be out of the playoffs.
One and done.
A pair of wild-card match-ups—St. Louis at Atlanta, then Baltimore at Texas—to decide which teams advance to the next round.

First two weeks of NHL season axed

The real losses have begun.
Two weeks of the NHL’s regular season were wiped off the calendar yesterday and it appears almost certain those won’t be the only meaningful games sacrificed during the lockout.
It’s an all-too familiar position for the league, which tried to strike a conciliatory tone in announcing the cancellation of the opening 82 games of the 2012-13 season.

Yankees clinch AL East crown

NEW YORK—Yankees’ fans broke out in in a raucous roar in the seventh inning, momentarily startling Alex Rodriguez.
The slugger stepped out of the batter’s box and saw the news on the centre-field scoreboard: Baltimore had lost, New York was the AL East champion.

Cabrera joins elite ‘Triple Crown’ club

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Miguel Cabrera last night became just the 15th player to win baseball’s “Triple Crown”—the reluctant superstar thrust into the spotlight after joining an elite list that includes Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, and Lou Gehrig.

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