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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 …

Padres Send Headley to Yanks

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New York — Trying to boost one of the weakest lineups in the American League, the New York Yankees acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday for rookie infielder Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula. Headley arrived at Yankee Stadium …

Nibali, Rogers Find Favor in Pyrenees

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bagneres-De-Luchon, France — Australia’s Michael Rogers led a breakaway to a downhill finish in winning the longest stage as the Tour de France entered the Pyrenees on Tuesday. Vincenzo Nibali, about 8½ minutes back, reined in his top …

For Sam, Football Is Finally Real

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

St. Louis — Now it starts to get intense for Michael Sam and the rest of the St. Louis Rams rookies. The first openly gay player drafted in the NFL is enthusiastic about the challenge. Twice on Tuesday, he mentioned how enjoyable it was being back on the …

Giants’ Offensive Line Is a Jumble OFfensive Line

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

East Rutherford, n.j. — Nothing is more important to the New York Giants’ championship chances than protecting Eli Manning. Nothing is more jumbled in the Giants’ lineup as training camp opens than the offensive line. Not the best …

Jets Send Paper Season Tickets to the Trash Bin

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

East Rutherford, n.j. — The New York Jets are doing away with paper tickets for season ticket holders and offering those fans a rewards plan for showing up regularly and behaving properly. The high-end rewards include Super Bowl tickets and a trip to a road game on the …

Toronto Pummels Peavy, Sox

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Toronto — J.A. Happ pitched six shutout innings for his first victory in three starts, Dioner Navarro and Jose Reyes homered and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 7-3 on Tuesday night. Reyes and Navarro …

Athletics Reach Deal to Stay in Oakland

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Oakland, Calif. — Holy Toledo, it’s a deal. After months of wrangling and public spats, the Oakland A’s and the city they have called home for nearly a half-century agreed to a lease extension that could keep the …

Baseball Expanded Standings

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

american league East Division W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away Baltimore 54 44 .551 — — 6-4 W-1 26-23 28-21 Toronto 52 49 .515 3½ 2 5-5 W-1 28-23 24-26 New York 50 48 .510 4 2½ 5-5 L-1 21-24 29-24 Boston 47 53 .470 8 6½ 8-2 L-1 26-26 21-27 Tampa Bay 47 53 .470 8 6½ 7-3 W-5 22-28 25-25 Central Division W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away Detroit 55 41 .573 — — 6-4 W-2 26-25 29-16 Cleveland 51 49 .510 6 2½ 7-3 W-1 29-19 22-30 Kansas City 48 50 .490 8 4½ 2-8 L-4 22-25 26-25 Chicago 48 52 .480 9 5½ 5-5 W-1 27-22 21-30 Minnesota 45 54 .455 11½ 8 5-5 L-1 22-26 23-28 West Division W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away Oakland 61 37 .622 — — 6-4 W-1 32-16 29-21 Los Angeles 59 39 .602 2 — 7-3 L-1 34-17 25-22 Seattle 53 46 .535 8½ — 4-6 W-1 25-26 28-20 Houston 41 58 .414 20½ 12 5-5 W-1 21-28 20-30 Texas 40 59 .404 21½ 13 2-8 W-1 18-30 22-29 Monday’s Games Texas 4, N.Y. Yankees 2Boston 14, Toronto 1 Minnesota 4, Cleveland 3Chicago White Sox 3, Kansas …

Marlins Bully Braves

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Atlanta — Jacob Turner allowed two runs in his bid for a permanent return to Miami’s rotation and the Marlins knocked Mike Minor out of the game early in their 6-5 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday …

Colorado’s Tulowitzki Headed for Disabled List

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Denver — Major league batting leader Troy Tulowitzki has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Colorado Rockies because of a left hip flexor strain. The 29-year-old All-Star shortstop was hurt while running out a grounder at Pittsburgh on Saturday night. He was held out of …