FILE - In this May 29, 2009, file photo, USA softball player Jessica Mendoza poses for a photo in the ESPN broadcast booth at the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. Mendoza is not worried that wearing two hats will lead to less inside info for her two ears, that she can manage her job as an ESPN analyst and her new role as a New York Mets baseball operations adviser. In an era when players and clubs treat the tiniest tidbit as a state secret, Mendoza thinks people haven’t divulged inside info to her as a media member. (AP Photo/File)
March 21, 2019 - 3:35 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Jessica Mendoza has heard the ribbing. An ESPN "Sunday Night Baseball" analyst since 2015, she added a part-time role last month as a New York Mets baseball operations adviser. "OK, you work for the Mets, we can't talk to you anymore," she recalled hearing from teams during her...
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March 20, 2019 - 2:24 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Justin Verlander and Kate Upton combined two passions, creating the perfect marriage to help veterans suffering from PTSD. Their program is named Adopt. Rescue. Heal. It trains rescue dogs to become service dogs, then places them with veterans, aiding with the...
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March 20, 2019 - 1:16 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Former Southampton and Portsmouth midfielder Jhon Viafara has been arrested in his native Colombia on a U.S. drug warrant. Colombia's chief prosecutor's office said Wednesday that prosecutors in Texas believe Viafara was part of a criminal network tied to the nation's feared...
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March 19, 2019 - 8:50 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will defend his title May 18 at Barclays Center against mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale. The fight comes two weeks before Anthony Joshua takes on Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden. Joshua holds the other significant heavyweight...
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FILE - In this May 5, 1997, file photo, Jack Buck, announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals, holds a copy of his book, "Jack Buck: That's a Winner," while seated in the KMOX broadcast booth at Busch Stadium, home of the Cardinals, in St. Louis. Without the voices, it’s not baseball. Some of the most familiar voices have left in recent years.(AP Photo/Leon Algee, File)
March 19, 2019 - 12:38 pm
Steve Blass spent his boyhood afternoons in Connecticut flinging a rubber ball against the side of a half-barn, fantasizing that he was pitching in the majors. Come evening, the 10-year-old would get his radio and tune into a game, delighted when Mel Allen's voice crackled from the transistor. "...
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Phil Mickelson, left, listens to his brother and caddie Tim Mickelson as he waits to tee off on the ninth hole during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, March 15, 2019, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
March 15, 2019 - 7:45 pm
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy says slow play on the PGA Tour has become an epidemic. McIlroy and playing partners Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar waited on nearly every tee box and in nearly every fairway during the second round at The Players Championship on Friday. Even with daylight...
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This image released by the Minnesota Opera shows the cast during the world premiere of "The Fix," at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, Minn. Joel Puckett composed "The Fix" about the Chicago Black Sox agreeing to throw the 1919 World Series, a work that premieres Saturday at the Minnesota Opera. (Cory Weaver/Minnesota Opera via AP)
March 15, 2019 - 2:44 pm
Joel Puckett was in the stands at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium on July 4, 1985, for the famous rain-delayed 19-inning game that ended with the New York Mets beating the Braves at 3:53 a.m. followed by postgame fireworks. "I had a long history of pulling for terrible teams," he said. Puckett's...
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March 15, 2019 - 2:40 am
So what do we know about the Alliance of American Football five weeks into its 10-week regular season? First off, there's apparently an appetite for spring professional football. Although the quality of play, particularly on offense, doesn't approach the NFL — nobody said it would, of course — this...
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FILE - In this April 12, 2016, file photo, Devon Still and his fiancee, Asha Joyce, pose with their daughter, Leah, then 5, in New York. Leah was diagnosed in 2014 with cancer and became an inspiration to millions as her football-playing father shared details of her brave fight. She was given a prognosis of just over 50 percent to survive stage 4 neuroblastoma. Leah is now a healthy 8-year-old girl in third grade who lives in Houston. Devon Still has become an author, motivational speaker, and an inspiration--especially to strangers suffering like his family did. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
March 14, 2019 - 2:53 am
SWARTHMORE, Pa. (AP) — Cheryl Colleluori had delivered a meal at a Philadelphia children's hospital to a family touched by cancer when she noticed the 6-foot-5 hulking man with a shaved head holding the hand of a little girl. Colleluori instantly recognized Devon Still, the former Penn State star...
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March 13, 2019 - 3:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Super Bowl telecasts by NBC and CBS will swap years in 2021 and 2022. The switch means both networks can pair other major sporting events with the NFL championship, traditionally the year's highest-rated program. CBS, which carried the game this year, will now do the 2021 Super Bowl...
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