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Aug 19, 2014

Mickelson and Kuchar take aim at The Barclays

PARAMUS New Jersey (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar are primed for a chance to win this week’s Barclays, the first installment of the four-event FedExCup playoffs, and derail the magical run of Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy, ranked first in the world and first in the FedExCup standings after winning the British Open, WGC-Bridgestone and PGA Championship in succession, begins a quest for a fourth victory in a row when the elite 125-man field tees it up on Thursday for the first round at Ridgewood Country Club.

Aug 15, 2014

Manfred elected next MLB commissioner

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Long-time official Rob Manfred, the right-hand man of outgoing Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, was elected his successor in a vote by team owners on Thursday.

Manfred, named MLB’s chief operating officer last year after serving as its head of labor relations for 15 years, will take over for the 80-year-old Selig when he retires in January after 22 years in charge.

Aug 14, 2014

Manfred elected next Major League Baseball commissioner

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Long-time official Rob Manfred was elected the next commissioner of Major League Baseball in a vote by team owners on Thursday.

Manfred, MLB’s chief operating officer and its chief labor negotiator for 15 years before that, will succeed 80-year-old Bud Selig, who is retiring in January after 22 years as commissioner.

Aug 14, 2014

Selig oversaw prosperity and both ends of Steroids Era

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – He presided over unprecedented economic growth and instituted a slew of innovations as Major League Baseball commissioner, yet the reign of Allan “Bud” Selig may forever be linked to both ends of the Steroids Era.

Selig was MLB’s head man when the sport looked the other way as brawny sluggers rewrote the record book with a boost from performance enhancing drugs.

Aug 13, 2014

Manfred rated favorite to succeed Selig as MLB boss

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball’s chief operating officer, is considered the favorite to succeed Bud Selig as MLB commissioner among three candidates facing a Thursday vote by club owners over a changing of the guard.

Manfred, Selig’s right-hand man, was recommended by a search committee along with MLB executive vice president in charge of business Tim Brosnan and Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner as candidates to take over the reins of the $8 billion league.

Aug 6, 2014

Price deal arms Tigers for World Series run

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – Adding another Cy Young hurler in David Price to the Tigers’ already stellar rotation provided a jolt of energy and optimism in Detroit’s bid for their first World Series crown in 30 years.

“It’s like a B-12 shot, it kind of pumps you up and rejuvenates you,” Detroit outfielder Torii Hunter told Reuters from the visitors’ clubhouse at Yankee Stadium about the trade that brought the 2012 American League Cy Young Award winner to Motown from Tampa Bay last week.

Jul 31, 2014

Tigers, A’s add aces in MLB arms race

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Division leaders Detroit and Oakland forged an American League arms race as the Tigers got David Price from Tampa Bay and the A’s dealt for Boston’s Jon Lester in a frenzied finish to Thursday’s trade deadline.

The pair of aces could lead to an epic collision in the AL Championship Series between West-leading Oakland, who have a Major League Baseball-best record of 66-41, and the Central’s Tigers (58-47), who own the biggest division lead in the majors.

Jul 31, 2014

Spanish striker Villa vows to add to legacy in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – For Spanish striker David Villa, the chance to start afresh in Major League Soccer with New York City at Yankee Stadium proved irresistible in his quest to add to his legacy.

Villa, Spain’s all-time top scorer, last month became the first player signed by New York City FC, co-owned by Manchester City and the New York Yankees, who will debut in 2015.

Jul 31, 2014

Soccer-Spanish striker Villa vows to add to legacy in New York

NEW YORK, July 31 (Reuters) – For Spanish striker David Villa, the chance to start afresh in Major League Soccer with New York City at Yankee Stadium proved irresistible in his quest to add to his legacy.

Villa, Spain’s all-time top scorer, last month became the first player signed by New York City FC, co-owned by Manchester City and the New York Yankees, who will debut in 2015.

Jul 30, 2014

Buyers and sellers spar for deadline deals

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Visions of acquiring a difference-making player for this season or possible future stars stir the imagination of Major League Baseball fans ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline.

Teams are free to wheel and deal until 4 p.m. ET July 31 with contending teams keen to bolster a run for the postseason, while also rans look to unload pricey players in return for prospects who might someday blossom into stars.