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Sep 26, 2014

Jeter repays Yankee sendoff with storybook finish

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Yankees fans bid an emotional farewell to “the Captain” on Thursday and Derek Jeter responded with a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth in his last home game.

The retiring 20-year veteran was serenaded throughout the game with chants of “Der-ek Je-ter” that nearly moved the shortstop to tears as he played in his 1,391st and last game at Yankee Stadium as he contributed to a fairytale send-off.

Sep 23, 2014

Jeter, beloved as symbol of what is good in the game

NEW YORK (Reuters) – From an era of muscle-bound sluggers tarnished by doping scandals, Derek Jeter emerged as a symbol of what is good in baseball, the ultimate winner of his generation.

Jeter will play his last regular season home game in the Bronx on Thursday in what is sure to be an emotional night for a player about to take his place in the pantheon of Yankee greats alongside Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle.

Sep 21, 2014

Tanaka passes test with win in return from injury

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Yankees and Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka both breathed sighs of relief on Sunday as the right-hander came back from a two-month layoff for an elbow injury to win at Yankee Stadium.

Tanaka, making his first appearance since complaining of elbow pain on July 8, threw all his pitches without discomfort, going five and one-third innings and allowing one run in a 5-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays as he improved to 13-4.

Sep 20, 2014

Goodell tackles NFL domestic abuse crisis with vow to reform

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A chastened NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Friday that the league’s poor response to its domestic violence crisis will prompt an overhaul of how it deals with player behavior and punishment in America’s most popular sports league.

Goodell has been under fire since the NFL’s slow and fumbled response to the domestic violence incident involving Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice, whose knock-out punch to his then-fiancee was captured in a video that went viral last week.

Sep 19, 2014

NFL opens door for overhaul after domestic violence crisis

NEW YORK, Sept 19 (Reuters) – A chastened NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Friday that the league’s poor response to its domestic violence crisis will prompt an overhaul of how it deals with player behavior and punishment in America’s most popular sports league.

Goodell said rules governing personal conduct for players and other employees will change and that experts from outside the league will help it shape that new policy.

Sep 19, 2014

Goodell resurfaces to discuss NFL handling of domestic violence

NEW YORK (Reuters) – National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell, after more than a week out of public view, will hold a news conference on Friday on the league’s handling of domestic violence as he looks to quell one of the biggest crises in NFL history.

The 55-year-old Goodell has been under fire over the NFL’s slow and fumbled response to the Ray Rice domestic violence incident and questions about his leadership mushroomed as other cases came to light.

Sep 15, 2014

Depth and unselfish nature carry Team USA

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A spate of late withdrawals, a serious injury to Paul George and several marquee names missing appeared to put Team USA under a cloud for the 2014 Basketball World Cup and for future international competition.

Instead, a group of sharp-shooting NBA regulars were unbeaten in Spain and produced a 129-92 victory over Serbia in the final to underline the depth the U.S. have at their disposal.

Sep 14, 2014

Nightmare fourth quarter haunts slow-starting Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD New Jersey (Reuters) – A wave of good feeling quickly turned to horror for the New York Giants on Sunday as a fourth-quarter lead over the Arizona Cardinals vanished in a nightmare sequence of mistakes in a 25-14 defeat.

The loss left the Giants 0-2 for the new season and by the closing minutes, nearly all of the 80,000 fans who had packed MetLife Stadium had already filed out, no doubt experiencing flashbacks to last year’s 0-6 start.

Sep 13, 2014

Issues still need to be resolved in new league drug policy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A new NFL drug policy that would allow testing for HGH for the first time and raise the threshold for use of marijuana has not yet been formally approved, the National Football League said.

The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) agreed to terms for a new policy following a vote by player representatives on Friday and empowered negotiators to finalize an agreement with the league.

Sep 9, 2014

Cilic credits relaxed approach for U.S. Open triumph

NEW YORK (Reuters) – (Please note Cilic’s strong language in paragraph seven)

Winning the U.S. Open was an out-of-this-world thrill for Marin Cilic, who gives a lot of credit to Croatian tennis pioneer and coach Goran Ivanisevic for guiding him to grand slam glory.