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Jay Gruden, seen June 17, 2014 running drills with the  Washington Redskins offense in Ashburn, Virginia, spent  several years as an Arena League coach and assistant coach  in the NFL before becoming head coach of the Washington  Redskins. Illustrates FBN-REDSKINS-GRUDEN (category s), by  Dave Sheinin (c) 2014, The Washington Post.  Moved  Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (MUST CREDIT: Washington Post  photo by John McDonnell)

‘I’ve Always Known Where My Place Is’

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Washington — For some 30 glorious seconds on the afternoon of April 24, 1989, Jay Gruden — quarterback out of the University of Louisville — was a New York Giant. Or at least he was in his mind. The voice on the other end of his telephone, strangely deep and resonant, was asking, “Would you like to be a Giant?” …

Maddux Wasn’t First-Look Star

Sunday, July 27, 2014

At 20, Chicago Cubs rookie Greg Maddux had a slight frame and boyish look that hid the fierce competitor inside him. According to a Chicago Tribune report on his first day in the majors in 1986, Maddux was even smaller than his listed size of 6 feet and 150 pounds, and a pair …

‘Big Hurt’ Never Lacked In Self-Belief

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The 1990 Chicago White Sox were challenging the World Series champion A’s in the final year of old Comiskey Park, and their Double-A first baseman was waiting to join the fun. “I’m a laid-back guy,” Birmingham’s Frank Thomas told the Chicago Tribune. “I spend most of my time relaxing and reading. Being called up this year, that’s my goal. Right now, I’m just …

Red Sox Flounder Again

Sunday, July 27, 2014

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Ben Zobrist homered, Matt Joyce and Kevin Kiermaier each had an RBI single, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the skidding Boston Red Sox 3-0 Saturday night for their ninth consecutive victory. The stretch …

An Advanced Management Class: Miami Wins It in 9th Inning To Earn a Rare Series Victory

Friday, July 25, 2014

By Thomas Stinson The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Considering only 21 managers have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s out of a pool of more than 700, considering that almost half of them were deceased at the …

Cornering Market On Big Corners

Friday, July 25, 2014

By Randy Covitz The Kansas City Star When he was the Chiefs’ head coach, Marty Schottenheimer was fond of saying a team can never have enough good cornerbacks. Nowadays, an NFL team can’t have enough big cornerbacks. With colleges churning out bigger and stronger targets, and NFL teams …

Looking At Red Lights

Friday, July 25, 2014

By Jim Utter The Charlotte Observer In the not-so-shocking news department, NASCAR Chairman Brian France confirmed on Monday what has become apparent in recent weeks — next season’s Sprint Cup Series schedule will not look all that different from this year’s. The bulk of the schedule — outside …

McCarthy, Yanks Top Texas

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Associated Press New York — Brandon McCarthy threw six more solid innings, fellow newcomer Chase Headley delivered another timely hit and the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 4-2 Thursday for their sixth win in seven …

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Associated Press Atlanta — Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, Henderson Alvarez won for the first time in three starts and the Miami Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Thursday night. In taking three of four games, the Marlins won just …

Sox Offensively Challenged

Friday, July 25, 2014

By Ian Harrison Associated Press Toronto — Marcus Stroman and two relievers combined on a one-hitter, Juan Francisco drove in four runs and came within a double of the cycle and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston …

Friday, July 25, 2014

Cleveland (ap) — Andrew Wiggins has an NBA home. Maybe a temporary one. The Cavaliers signed the No. 1 overall draft pick Thursday, a deal that prevents Wiggins from being traded for 30 days. Wiggins has been linked to a possible blockbuster trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward …

Brady: ‘You Can’t Take Anything for Granted’

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Associated Press Foxborough, Mass. — Three quarterbacks took turns throwing as the New England Patriots began training camp Thursday. It’s the 15th for Tom Brady, the fourth for Ryan Mallett and the first for Jimmy Garoppolo. All …

Nibali Wins Stage 18, Closes in on Tour Title

Friday, July 25, 2014

Argeles-Gazost, France (ap) — Vincenzo Nibali crushed everyone on the last mountain leg of the Tour de France on Thursday, all but ensuring he will be crowned champion when the race ends in Paris in three days. On the last big climb of Stage 18, the Italian broke …