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Japanese High School Baseball Game Takes 50 Innings, 4 Days To Finish (Video)

The Chukyo High School baseball team took the long road to a win in the National High School Rubber Baseball Tournament on Sunday, beating Miura Gakuen High School 3-0 in 50 innings. That’s right, 50 innings. That was after four days of play and 49 scoreless innings. Games in the tournament are played with a rubber ball called a “nanshiki,” which is lighter than a regular...
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Patriots’ Sebastian Vollmer Mum On Report About Moving To Guard

FOXBORO, Mass. — Sebastian Vollmer looks like the prototypical tackle at 6-foot-8, 320 pounds, so it’s no surprise that the German-born New England Patriots right tackle has never played guard. The Patriots are considering sliding Vollmer over to guard, however, according to The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin, filling the void left after trading Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and all...
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Chicago Business Offers Rent For Homeless LLWS Player’s Family

Jaheim Benton played a big role in the success of his Little League World Series team, Jackie Robinson West, which represented the Great Lakes region in this summer’s tournament. Jackie Robinson West went on to lose in the World Series finals in Williamsport, Penn., and Benton returned to Chicago to an even more harsh reality — his family was homeless. Benton’s mother is an...
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Luis Suarez Visits Liverpool To Say Goodbye To Old Friends (Photos)

When Luis Suarez walked through the doors of Liverpool’s practice facility on Monday, one might have thought he was making an astonishing return to the club. It is transfer deadline day, after all. But Suarez wasn’t at Melwood to lace up his cleats and don the red jersey. The Uruguayan dropped by to pick up a few belongings and say a proper goodbye to his old teammates and...
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Patriots Offense Will Be Dominant Again With Healthy Rob Gronkowski

FOXBORO, Mass. — New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski ended all speculation on Monday when he announced to the media that he will play against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. It was a rare moment of honesty and directness from a Patriots organization that typically follows a strict code of secrecy and silence when it comes to injuries. The Dolphins now must prepare for Gronkowski...
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Sealver Siliga: ‘Ready To Play’ For Patriots Week 1 Against Dolphins

FOXBORO, Mass. — New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski stole headlines on Monday when he announced to the media that he’s playing Week 1 against the Miami Dolphins. Defensive tackle Sealver Siliga had an announcement of his own, however. “Yeah, I feel great. I’m ready to get this thing going, and I’m ready to play on Sunday,” Siliga said in the Patriots locker...
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Patriots Practice Report: All Players Present Heading Into Week 1

FOXBORO, Mass. — The Patriots are going into their Week 1 matchup against the Miami Dolphins with near perfect health after a successful summer. All 53 players on the Patriots’ active roster and all 10 players on the practice squad were present and accounted for on Monday at practice. Chris Jones, who is nursing an ankle injury, and Sealver Siliga, without a cast on his banged...
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Houston Astros Fire Manager Bo Porter, Bench Coach Dave Trembley

HOUSTON — The Houston Astros have fired manager Bo Porter in his second season with the club. General manager Jeff Luhnow says the decision wasn’t based on Houston’s record but because “we need a new direction in our clubhouse.” “Bo’s passion and energy are unparalleled, and his desire to win unquestioned,” Luhnow said in a statement. “This decision was not made...
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Rob Gronkowski on Week 1 availability: 'I'm ready to go'

Rob Gronkowski ended all the speculation surrounding his Week 1 status with seven simple words. “I’m ready to go. I’ll be playing,” Gronkowski told reporters at Gillette Stadium on Monday. This means that the New England Patriots tight end will be on the field Sunday for the team’s season opener against the Miami Dolphins. Gronkowski had been slowly progressing throughout...
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Red Sox-Rays Live: Rubby De La Rosa Starts For Boston In Series Finale

12:10 p.m.: The Boston Red Sox will send Rubby De La Rosa to the mound in Monday’s series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays, and they’re hoping that the young right-hander will pitch as well as Clay Buchholz did Saturday. De La Rosa is 4-5 with a 3.85 earned run average, a 1.45 WHIP and 85 strikeouts in 14 starts. He last pitched on Aug. 26 against the Toronto Blue Jays, when...
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Transfer Deadline Day Live: Radamel Falcao Heading To Man U; ‘Chicharito’ To Real Madrid

Noon ET: The wheeling and dealing which started in June ends today. The summer 2014 transfer window closes on Monday for many of Europe’s major soccer leagues. Players and money are changing hands at dizzying speed, as teams look to strengthen themselves through last-minute additions and subtractions. The Premier League is the richest and most watched domestic league in the world...
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David Ortiz Out Of Red Sox Lineup For Series Finale Vs. Rays

The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays will meet Monday afternoon at Tropicana Field in the finale of a four-game series. Boston is aiming to win its third game of the series, but it will have to do that without David Ortiz in the lineup. The veteran slugger will be replaced by Mike Napoli, who is batting in the cleanup spot as the designated hitter. Allen Craig is taking Napoli...
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Source: Patriots Sign Cornerback Daxton Swanson To Practice Squad

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots have added a fourth member to their practice squad. The team signed cornerback Daxton Swanson, according to a source. Swanson was one of 19 players waived by the Patriots on Saturday. Swanson came into the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2013 before latching on with the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers. Swanson impressed early...
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Brick Wall In Baylor’s New Stadium Is Actually Just A Big Tarp (Photos)

Baylor University unveiled its brand-new football stadium this weekend, and we’re not gonna lie, it’s pretty sweet. The 45,150-seat McLane Stadium is situated right next to the Brazos River in Waco, Texas, and cost roughly $266 million to build. Not included in that budget, apparently, were actual bricks for the walls on the sidelines. Yet the powers that be apparently wanted...
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Brewers Prospect Nathan Orf Plays All Nine Positions In Single Game

A lot of value is placed in Major League Baseball on players who can perform capably at several defensive positions. If that’s the case, Nathan Orf should be in the bigs in no time. Orf is a 24-year-old prospect on the Brevard County Manatees, the Single-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. You’ll notice we didn’t mention what position he plays. That’s because on Sunday...
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Report: Kings Trade Ex-Celtic Jason Terry To Rockets For Alonzo Gee

HOUSTON — A person with knowledge of the deal says the Houston Rockets will acquire guard Jason Terry in a trade with the Sacramento Kings. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been completed. The Rockets will also receive two second-round draft picks and send guard/forward Alonzo Gee to the Kings, along with at least one other non-guaranteed contract...
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New A’s Slugger Adam Dunn Planning To Retire After 2014 Season

At the age of 34, Adam Dunn will get the chance to win the first World Series ring of his career. Even he doesn’t achieve that goal, Dunn will probably hang them up after this season. Dunn was traded to the Oakland Athletics from the Chicago White Sox Sunday in exchange for minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn. While the first baseman and designated hitter could provide a boost...
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Robert Griffin’s Statue Unveiled At Baylor’s McLane Stadium (Photos)

As Robert Griffin III gets set to take the field in Week 1 after a tough 2013 campaign, his NFL future remains uncertain. His past, however, is etched in bronze. Literally. Prior to their game against SMU on Sunday night, the Baylor Bears, Griffin’s alma mater, unveiled a larger-than-life bronze statue of their former star quarterback outside McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas. Baylor...
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Rory McIlroy In Contention At Deutsche Bank Championship

NORTON, Mass. — Russell Henley doesn’t get into contention as much as he’d like, though he is tough to beat when he’s anywhere near the lead. Rory McIlroy seems to be there all the time. They were among a host of contenders Sunday at the Deutsche Bank Championship, setting up the second straight week in the FedEx Cup playoffs that the final round resembles more like a free...
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Oakland Athletics Acquire Veteran Adam Dunn From Chicago White Sox

Chicago White Sox slugger Adam Dunn was acquired by the Oakland Athletics via trade on Sunday, and it might be his last chance to win a World Series. #Athletics acquire Adam Dunn and cash considerations from the Chicago White Sox for minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn.— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) August 31, 2014 Adam Dunn says he'll call it quits after this season as he...
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Vote: Are You Comfortable With Jimmy Garoppolo As Tom Brady’s Backup?

The New England Patriots traded Ryan Mallett to the Houston Texans for a conditional draft pick on Sunday, and that means rookie Jimmy Garoppolo will serve as the backup quarterback. Trusting a second-round pick for this role is a bit of a risk for the Patriots. If Tom Brady ever got hurt and couldn’t play, the Patriots would no longer be the favorite to represent the AFC in the...
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Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs Agree To Four-Year Contract Extension

The Kansas City Chiefs showed massive improvement in 2013 with Alex Smith at quarterback, and the team has reached an agreement to extend his contract for four more seasons. Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star first reported the story, citing a league source. The team later confirmed the news. The #Chiefs and Alex Smith have agreed to a four-year, $68M contract extension with...
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Red Sox Notes: Mookie Betts Keeps Standing Out Amid Boston’s Auditions

Clay Buchholz brought the good stuff Sunday. Buchholz, whose season has been marred by inconsistency, tossed a complete-game, three-hit shutout in the Boston Red Sox’s 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. The right-hander needed just 98 pitches. Sunday’s victory was a nice bounce-back effort for Boston after Saturday’s disappointing loss, in which the Red Sox’s...
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Cincinnati Reds Trade Jonathan Broxton To Milwaukee Brewers

SAN FRANCISCO — The NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers have acquired right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Cincinnati Reds for two players to be named. Milwaukee announced the move to bolster its bullpen before Sunday’s series finale against the San Francisco Giants. The 30-year-old Broxton is 4-2 with a 1.86 ERA and seven saves in 51 appearances this season, and...
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Report: Sam clears waivers, can join an NFL practice squad

ST. LOUIS — Michael Sam was probably never an ideal fit with the St. Louis Rams and it had absolutely nothing to do with his sexual orientation. They’re just too well-stocked at defensive end, Sam’s position. Sam showed up for his face-to-face exit meeting with coach Jeff Fisher Sunday, a few hours after clearing waivers. He shook hands with two reporters and accepted well...
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