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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 …

Verlander 1-Hits Angels

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Detroit — Justin Verlander lost a bid for his third no-hitter when Chris Iannetta lined a leadoff double in the ninth inning that landed barely fair on the left-field line, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Los Angeles …

Porcello Makes Dazzling Return for Sox

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Chicago — Rick Porcello pitched seven sparkling innings in his return from a triceps injury, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 3-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night. Porcello and Chris Sale had nearly …

Pennsylvania Reaches U.S. Final

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

South Williamsport, Pa. — The closest thing to a home team at the Little League World Series is headed for the final of the U.S. bracket. And Lewisberry can expect a full house when it goes for the title. Left-hander Adam Cramer struck out 13 in five innings, …

‘I Can’t Live Without It’

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

When Tony Kanaan arrived home following the IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway, his wife asked him why he continued to race in a series that has such high risk. Justin Wilson had been airlifted out of the track …

Driver Saved Six With Organ Gifts

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Allentown, Pa. — The late IndyCar driver Justin Wilson saved six lives Tuesday by donating his organs, his brother said. “He just keeps setting the bar higher,” Stefan Wilson posted on his Twitter page. “Keep Julia & the girls in your prayers #myherojw.” The 37-year-old Wilson died Monday …

Brady-NFL Negotiations Continuing

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

New York — Even as negotiations aimed at settling the NFL’s “Deflategate” scandal drag on, lawyers are seeking every legal advantage in a quest to win over a federal judge. Repeating arguments they made at a hearing one week ago, lawyers for the league, the players’ union and …

Wayne’s World: Veteran Receiver Likes New Patriots Address

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — Reggie Wayne said he was talking to several NFL teams before deciding to sign a one-year contract with the New England Patriots. “There were a lot of serious calls, from some good teams, but I …

Pharoah Is Solid Travers Favorite

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Saratoga Springs, n.y. — And now, it’s on to the Spa for the Triple Crown winner. With post-position formalities out of the way, American Pharoah will be led onto a plane this morning for the cross-country trip to Saratoga Race Course and Saturday’s Travers Stakes. American Pharoah was …

Needing Backup Quarterback, Steelers Add Vick

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Pittsburgh — Michael Vick needed a job. The Pittsburgh Steelers needed a backup quarterback. One solid workout solved both problems. The Steelers signed the four-time Pro Bowler to a one-year deal on Tuesday night, hopeful there’s enough game left in the 35-year-old’s still dangerous legs to provide the …

Gatlin Not Bothered About Being Bolt’s Foil

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Associated Press Beijing — Usain Bolt returned to the track at world championships Tuesday and eased his way through the preliminary round of his favorite race, the 200 meters. Justin Gatlin also cruised, doing nothing to diminish his role as Bolt’s top challenger. Win or lose, Bolt …