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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 …

Red Sox Pitcher Buchholz Out for Season

Friday, August 28, 2015

New York — Boston pitcher Clay Buchholz is done for the season because of a strained flexor muscle in his right elbow, and his health is the key to whether the Red Sox pick up the option on …

Scully to Return for Record 67th Year

Friday, August 28, 2015

Los Angeles — The voice of summer in Los Angeles plans to return in 2016. Vin Scully will be back for a record 67th season in the broadcast booth for the Dodgers, who revealed the news in the second inning of Friday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs. …

Brady Gets On Track in Win Over Panthers

Friday, August 28, 2015

Charlotte, n.c. — Tom Brady overcame two early interceptions to lead his first touchdown drive of the preseason as the New England Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers 17-16 on Friday night. The preseason has been a titanic struggle for Brady, who is awaiting word on his appeal of …

IndyCar Drivers Return to Racing

Friday, August 28, 2015

Sonoma, Calif. — IndyCar drivers got back to work Friday, climbing into their cars as a distraction — albeit a temporary one — from their grief over Justin Wilson’s death. Wilson died Monday of a head injury suffered a day earlier when he was stuck by debris from …

Stewart: I Didn’t See Man On Track

Friday, August 28, 2015

New York — NASCAR star Tony Stewart said he didn’t see a driver walking on a dirt track in upstate New York last year before he struck and killed him, and noted the racer was impaired by marijuana …

Swihart’s Unlikely Homer Lifts Sox

Friday, August 28, 2015

New York — Blake Swihart hit an inside-the-park home run in the 10th inning and the Boston Red Sox stopped the New York Mets’ seven-game winning streak, holding on for a 6-4 victory Friday night. The Red Sox, …

Jays Hit 3 HRs in Win

Friday, August 28, 2015

Toronto — Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki hit back-to-back home runs, Jose Bautista also connected and the Toronto Blue Jays won for the eighth time in 10 games, beating the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Friday night. Ian Kinsler …

Commentary: Hall of Famer’s ‘Fall Guy’ Advice Makes Eyes Roll

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The NFL is now a full-on guilty pleasure. It’s making the Kardashians and pro wrestling look dignified. You can’t keep your eyes off the shoulder of the road for a second. You might miss the next version of …

Spieth Stumbles at First PGA Playoff Event

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Edison, n.j. — The start of the FedEx Cup playoffs brought out the worst score from Jordan Spieth in three months. In his first tournament as No. 1 in the world, Spieth had a pair of three-putt bogeys, hit a tee shot in the water, shot 40 on …

TV Legend Letterman Struggling With Love of Racing

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sonoma, Calif. — This kind of list makes David Letterman sick to his stomach and question his love of auto racing. The retired late-night comedian and IndyCar team co-owner rattled off a number of racing deaths — Justin …