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With Judge on probation, Baby BoSox winning battle of rivalry rookies – Boston Red Sox Blog

NEW YORK — Before the swing, there was the smirk. It was the top of the ninth inning on Aug. 13 at Yankee Stadium. The Boston Red Sox were trailing 2-1, down to their final two outs. Hanley Ramirez had just struck out on three pitches from Aroldis Chapman — 101, 102 and 103 mph, according to the scoreboard radar reading. And now, the youngest player in the majors stepped in against the hardest-throwing pitcher in what seemed to all the world like a classic mismatch. The bat never left…

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LaVar Ball’s family reality show hits Facebook on Thursday – Men’s College Basketball Blog

Looking for a new series to binge on this weekend? Well, a reality show featuring LaVar Ball and his talented sons, “Ball in the Family,” is set to debut Thursday on Facebook. Yes. LaVar Ball has his own show now. The first two episodes of the multipart series will be released Thursday through Facebook, with additional episodes to begin airing Sept. 10. Produced by Bunim/Murray Productions, the same group behind “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and “The Real World,” the show follows viral star and family patriarch LaVar Ball, Los…

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Lizzie Deignan: GB rider a fitness doubt for Worlds after appendix surgery

Lizzie Deignan has been tipped as a title contender for the Road World Championships Great Britain’s Lizzie Deignan is a doubt for the Road World Championships in Norway after having surgery to remove her appendix. The 28-year-old says she is taking her season “day by day” but it is not clear whether she will recover in time. She won the title in Virginia in 2015 and was among the favourites to win it a second time in September. British Cycling says both Deignan and team management are hopeful she will…

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Vuelta a Espana: Aqua Blue Sport team bus destroyed in apparent arson attack

Aqua Blue Sport had been given a wildcard to compete in this year’s Vuelta A cycling team competing at the Vuelta a Espana had their bus destroyed in an apparent arson attack before the start of Thursday’s stage 12 in Spain. Aqua Blue Sport had parked their team bus outside their hotel in Almeria, but by the morning it had been gutted by flames. The Irish team said there were no injuries caused by the incident. “Our team bus has been completely damaged in a cowardly arson attack overnight,” they…

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Oumar Niasse & Eliaquim Mangala: Crystal Palace make offers to Everton & Man City

Mangala is yet to make an appearance for Manchester City this season Crystal Palace have agreed a fee with Everton for striker Oumar Niasse, and have also bid £23m for Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala. Niasse, who had also been a £10m target for Brighton, spent last year at Hull, where he scored five goals in 20 games. Everton paid Lokomotiv Moscow for £13.5m for him 18 months ago, but the Senegalese made just five appearances. Palace are also hopeful of signing Frenchman Mangala, 26, but BBC Sport understands a…

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Mason Crane: Sir Ian Botham feels Hampshire spinner should wait for debut

Mason Crane caught Roston Chase as a substitute fielder on the final day of the second Test at Headingley Sir Ian Botham believes Mason Crane would be better off not being selected for England in the third Test against West Indies at Lord’s. Crane, 20, has been named in England’s unchanged squad for the series-decider starting on 7 September. The Hampshire leg-spinner is yet to make his Test debut. “If I were Mason, I wouldn’t want to be in that final Test, I’d just wait to get on the Ashes…

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Chicago Cubs can survive (and even thrive) without Addison Russell – Chicago Cubs Blog

CHICAGO — There aren’t many teams that can lose their starting catcher and shortstop and not miss a beat, but the Chicago Cubs aren’t like many teams. They’ve had their struggles this season, but at the end of the day they have tons of talent across the board. The news Wednesday afternoon that Addison Russell had suffered a setback in his recovery from a foot injury was offset by a 17-3 blowout victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, in which Russell’s replacement played flawless defense while adding a two-run double and…

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Cavs’ future shaken up by Kyrie Irving trade

Whether the five days of limbo the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics went through since Friday when the Cavs put their agreed-upon deal on life support because of Isaiah Thomas‘ health was worth it or not is secondary at this point. Sure, all that dance got Cleveland was Miami’s 2020 second-round pick added to the deal and it might have compromised the working relationship between new general manager Koby Altman and Boston’s Danny Ainge in the process. But forget about that for a moment. That’s another story for another day….

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Italian Grand Prix predictions: Who will top qualifying in Monza?

Sebastian Vettel leads the drivers’ championship with seven points more than Lewis Hamilton With a home crowd as fanatical as any you’ll find in Formula 1, can the prancing horse of Ferrari charge to victory in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza? Ten years is a long time for the die hard tifosi to wait for a championship title – Kimi Raikkonen’s sensational win by a single point in Brazil in 2007 the only recent taste of victory. It may not be plain sailing for Sebastian Vettel though: his lead…

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US Open — Glimpse of tennis future on display in Borna Coric’s upset of Alexander Zverev

12:25 AM ET Peter BodoTennis Close Peter Bodo has been covering tennis for over 35 years, mostly recently for ESPN. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic “The Courts of Babylon” and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), “A Champion’s Mind.” NEW YORK — He came to this US Open as the forgotten prodigy. The over-the-hill 20-year old. The bold kid whose mouth might have been bigger than his game. Borna Coric was a stalled player who…

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