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Chicago Cubs hitting consultant Manny Ramirez watches workouts during a spring training baseball practice, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

In Role as Cubs Coach, Manny Simply Himself

Monday, August 31, 2015

Manny Ramirez’s official job title with the Cubs is hitting consultant, which puts him behind hitting instructor John Mallee and his assistant, Eric Hinske, on the coaching food chain. But Ramirez’s actual duties are more difficult to define. It looks as though his main job is just being Manny, and Manny being Manny is something he obviously does well. Truth be told, Ramirez is probably more counselor than consultant, listening to players when they ask for help and offering advice if needed. He knows his role and goes out of his way not to step on Mallee’s toes or take credit for the grind-it-out approach …

Serena Williams Wouldn’t Change a Thing About Her Career

Monday, August 31, 2015

Serena Williams burst onto the professional tennis tour in Quebec City on Oct. 28, 1995, a powerful and precocious 14-year-old with a head full of beaded braids and dreams as big as her groundstrokes. Her older sister, Venus, a prodigy nicknamed “Cinderella of the ghetto” by their father, Richard, had already made national …

Sox Can’t Complete Sweep

Monday, August 31, 2015

New York — With every swing, a healthy Michael Cuddyer is becoming a major player for the New York Mets. Cuddyer hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning and the NL East leaders stopped their five-game home skid, averting a sweep by beating the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Sunday. The 36-year-old Cuddyer …

Dixon Snatches Crown

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sonoma, Calif. — Scott Dixon captured a fourth IndyCar championship by winning the season finale Sunday to snatch the title from Juan Pablo Montoya. Montoya led the points from the season-opening race right until the final lap Sunday. …

Day’s Big Day Nets Barclays

Monday, August 31, 2015

Edison, n.j. — The toughest challenge Jason Day faced Sunday at The Barclays was convincing his peers that golf really isn’t this easy. He’s just making it look that way. Fresh off his first major at the PGA Championship, the 27-year-old Australian powered and putted his way to …

No Pharoah Commitment About Future Race Starts

Monday, August 31, 2015

Saratoga Springs, n.y. — They were waiting for their horse, ready to take pictures with cellphones and ready to feed him snacks. On the morning after a startling upset at the Travers Stakes, a small gathering of fans visited racing’s biggest celebrity. This group on Sunday morning was …

Blue Jays Keep Up Beat

Monday, August 31, 2015

Toronto — Edwin Encarnacion homered for the fourth time in two days, Josh Donaldson also connected and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the struggling Detroit Tigers 9-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep. Russell Martin and Kevin …

Arrieta Joins No-Hit List

Monday, August 31, 2015

Los Angeles — Jake Arrieta pitched the sixth no-hitter in the majors this season and second against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 10 days, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 2-0 victory Sunday night. Arrieta (17-6) struck out …

Fan Dies After Fall

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Atlanta (ap) — A fan died after falling from the upper deck at Turner Field during a game between the Braves and New York Yankees, Atlanta police said Saturday night. Lt. Charles Hampton of the Atlanta Police Department homicide unit confirmed death hours after the fall. Hampton said …

Sweep Success?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Ask Serena Williams what could prevent her from completing tennis’ first true Grand Slam in more than a quarter-century at the U.S. Open, and the response will not include the name of a single possible opponent. “Well,” she …

Commentary: Cubs Appear Poised To Really Break ‘the Curse’

Saturday, August 29, 2015

George Orwell probably had the most sullen assessment of sports. He called it, “War minus the shooting.” In Orwell’s eyes, serious sport has nothing to do with fair play or sportsmanship. “It is bound up with hatred, jealously, …

Commentary: Adrian Peterson’s Remorse Is Merely a Facade

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell attempted to suspend Adrian Peterson without pay for the final six games of the 2014 season. Goodell did this in a letter sent to Peterson on Nov. 18 in which the commissioner stated, “You …

U.S. Open Fans Get Break From Sun, But Not Rain

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New York — U.S. Open spectators must wait out rain delays at Arthur Ashe Stadium for one more year. In the meantime, they’re getting a break from Mother Nature in a very different way: shade from the blazing …