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Jan 31, 2015

Cain aims to show off speed in NY homecoming

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Versatile young U.S. runner Mary Cain aims to show off her speed over 800 meters in a New York homecoming performance at the Armory Track Invitational on Saturday.

The 18-year-old Cain, who has set multiple national junior records outdoors and is the reigning world junior 3,000 meters champion, is using the shorter race as preparation for a world championships campaign in the 1,500.

Jan 21, 2015

Rose says best from Steroids Era belong in Hall of Fame

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – All-time hits leader Pete Rose hopes he will get a second chance from incoming commissioner Rob Manfred after suffering a 25-year ban from Major League Baseball and a place in the Hall of Fame for gambling on the sport.

Manfred will take over as MLB chief from Bud Selig, whose 22-year reign ends on Saturday.

Jan 14, 2015

Golf-Nicklaus optimistic on Tiger, U.S. Ryder Cup future

Jan 14 (Reuters) – Jack Nicklaus, golf’s greatest major winner, says Tiger Woods and the U.S. Ryder Cup team are both going through golfing lulls but is optimistic they will bounce back.

The 39-year-old Woods, returning from a back injury, has not won a major since he took his total to 14 — second on the all-time list — at the 2008 U.S. Open.

Jan 7, 2015

Cooperstown’s Class of 2015 reflects diversity in game

NEW YORK (Reuters) – From tallest to shortest, from a hybrid starter/reliever to a versatile regular who went from catcher to infield to outfield, the Hall of Fame Class of 2015 embodies the diversity that is part of baseball’s appeal.

Pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, and Houston Astros stalwart Craig Biggio showed how players of different shapes could take different paths to Cooperstown.

Jan 6, 2015

Smoltz forges Braves trio reunion in Cooperstown

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – John Smoltz booked a permanent place for the Atlanta Braves’ golden pitching trio with his election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday that reunited him with former teammates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine.

The Hall of Fame trio formed a remarkable partnership during one of Major League Baseball’s greatest runs — 14 successive division titles won by Atlanta from 1991.

Jan 6, 2015

Randy Johnson heads Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – Randy Johnson, winner of five Cy Young Awards as his league’s top pitcher, was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame along with three other former Major League players in voting results announced on Tuesday.

Fellow pitchers Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, and versatile hitter Craig Biggio were also elected to the baseball shrine in Cooperstown, New York, in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Jan 5, 2015

Randy Johnson could lead large class into Hall of Fame

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – The doors to Cooperstown could swing open to another large class of baseball greats as pitchers Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez top a slew of candidates awaiting Hall of Fame voting results to be announced on Tuesday.

Johnson, a five-time Cy Young Award winner as his league’s top pitcher, and three-time recipient Martinez loom as likely inductees with fellow first-ballot pitching candidate John Smoltz also in the running.

Dec 30, 2014

Sport-Five best performances of 2014

Dec 30 (Reuters) – Five best sporting performances of 2014:

1. MADISON BUMGARNER (BASEBALL)

San Francisco pitcher Madison Bumgarner saved the day and the World Series for the Giants with a Game Seven effort that capped a record-breaking performance in the Fall Classic.

The 25-year-old country boy from North Carolina put a spell over the Kansas City Royals, pitching five shutout innings of relief to preserve a deciding one-run win on two days rest after winning twice as a starting pitcher.

Dec 23, 2014

Struggling coaches gird for Black Monday

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – Six teams head into Week 17 of the National Football League with a last chance to reach the Super Bowl tournament, while half a dozen head coaches may be facing their last game with axes poised to fall on Black Monday.

Last year, five NFL head coaches were fired on the Monday following the league’s regular season finale and there is no shortage of candidates for similar treatment this season.

Dec 19, 2014

Five best performances of 2014

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – Five best sporting performances of 2014:

1. MADISON BUMGARNER (BASEBALL)

San Francisco pitcher Madison Bumgarner saved the day and the World Series for the Giants with a Game Seven effort that capped a record-breaking performance in the Fall Classic.

The 25-year-old country boy from North Carolina put a spell over the Kansas City Royals, pitching five shutout innings of relief to preserve a deciding one-run win on two days rest after winning twice as a starting pitcher.