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$21 Oct 1998: Pitcher Mariano Rivera #42 of the New York Yankees celebrates following the 1998 World Series Game 5 against the San Diego Padres at the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Yankees defeated the Padres 3-0 to win the World Series. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello /Allsport

Pitcher Mariano Rivera #42 of the New York Yankees celebrates following the 1998 World Series Game 5 against the San Diego Padres at the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Yankees defeated the Padres 3-0 to win the World Series.

Mariano Rivera, the man behind the glove

Mariano Rivera has spent 19 years in baseball. Despite big paychecks and stardom, he has remained humble.

  • Gretzky surprised by support from Jets fans heading into Heritage Classic alumni game

    It’s Heritage Classic weekend in the NHL, which means that there will be an alumni game between the Jets and Oilers on Saturday afternoon. The rivalry between these two teams has come down a few notches over the years (mainly because the Jets moved to Phoenix), but that doesn’t diminish how intense it used to be. It was so intense that Wayne Gretzky, who will be dressing for the Oilers alum, was surprised when he was cheered during Friday’s practice at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg. “I was kind of Public Enemy No. 1 back in the day,” Gretzky said, per NHL.com. “But, that is the way it should be. I was with the other team. When I was in Winnipeg, the people were great to me and they always

  • Verlander deal? Astros all-in? Why MLB hot stove could be trade-heavy

    There is a growing sense among executives that the trade market is going to be active this offseason fueled by these factors: 1. Arguably the worst free-agent starting-pitching class ever is upon us. Rich Hill is the best starter available. He is a terrific craftsman. He also is 37 in March, has not made it through a full season as a starter since 2007, and no team can simply wave off concerns about blisters because he relies so much on his curveball, which creates intense friction on his fingers against the ball’s seams. And the class goes down-Hill from there. Thus, in the old game of supply-and-demand, if teams have anything from a good-to-great pitcher they are willing to trade, the time

    New York Post
  • NFL Puts Giants’ Josh Brown on Paid Suspension Over Domestic Abuse

    The NFL has put New York Giants kicker Josh Brown on the commissioner’s exempt list as league investigators go through a trove of newly released documents in which the player admitted to abusing his then-wife Molly Brown. On Friday afternoon Adolpho Birch, NFL senior vice president of Labor Policy & League Affairs, sent a letter to Brown informing him that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had placed him on the except list on a "limited and temporary basis" while the league reviews the documents released by the King County (Washington) Police Department. Brown will be paid his salary "pursuant to the terms" of his contract, and he may appeal the decision within three days of receiving the letter.

    Good Morning America
  • Brad Marchand on goals, Halloween costumes, Boston fan love (Puck Daddy Q&A)

    Since the start of the World Cup of Hockey, Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand has scored at a prolific rate. The agitating winger started the season with for Team Canada where he was the designated sniper on the top scoring line with Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron. Marchand finished that tournament with five goals and eight points in six games.

    Puck Daddy
  • PHOTO: The Moment Clinton Learned the Cubs Are World Series-Bound

    Hillary Clinton's travelling press secretary captured the moment that the Democratic presidential candidate learned that her beloved Chicago Cubs were headed to the World Series. Nick Merrill snapped the photo Saturday night onboard the campaign plane, where Clinton -- who was raised in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge -- was handed a phone and watched highlights from the game. The Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0. It will be the team's first time in the World Series since 1945. "That look when you cap off a day on the trail by watching the @Cubs cement their trip to the #WorldSeries. #FlyTheW," tweeted Merrill. The game had just ended as Clinton was boarding a plane in Philadelphia, where

    ABC News
  • Arizona Cardinals DE Calais Campbell details plan for Seahawks

    The Arizona Cardinals player chats with Michele Tafoya about Chandler Jones, the team's plan for the Seahawks, how the absence of Marshawn Lynch is helpful and Calais' voice.

    NBC Sports
  • NASCAR Saturday schedule at Talladega Superspeedway

    Both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Sprint Cup Series are back on track today at Talladega Superspeedway. The Truck Series will start the day with qualifying followed by the fred’s 250. It is the first elimination race in the Truck Chase and will cut the field from eight to six. The Sprint Cup Series will end the day by setting the field for their second Chase elimination. The Hellmann’s 500 will be held Sunday. Here is the Saturday schedule: (All times are Eastern) 9 a.m. – Truck Series garage open 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Sprint Cup garage open 10 a.m. – Truck Series driver/crew chief meeting 10:30 a.m. – Truck Series qualifying; single vehicle/two rounds (Fox Sports 1) 12:30 p.m. –

    NASCAR Talk
  • Report: When Kings hired George Karl, Rudy Gay greeted him with, ‘Welcome to basketball hell’

    The Kings were 18-34 when they hired George Karl in February 2015. They hadn’t made the playoffs in eight years. Sacramento fired coach Michael Malone earlier in the season, because – after a better start than anyone could’ve reasonably expected – the team slumped while its best player was out sick. The Kings gave the job to Tyrone Corbin and promised him the rest of the season, though they obviously reneged by hiring Karl. Owner Vivek Ranadivé declared he wanted a jazz director. The front office was chaotic, and general manager Pete D’Alessandro and special advisor Chris Mullin would soon depart. DeMarcus Cousins stewed. Rudy Gay had been in Sacramento barely a year, but he had the franchised

  • The tragic story of the champion Jewish fencer who fought for Hitler

    She represented Germany at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Olympics, bringing home a gold medal. Four years later, she competed in the Los Angeles Games. Two hours before her final matches, she learned that her boyfriend had died in a military training accident. She finished fifth. Mayer stayed in California and attended college for international law, hoping to perhaps become a diplomat for her country one day. In 1933, Hitler and the Nazi Party took power in Germany, and quickly set to work stripping away the rights of Jewish citizens — including Mayer, whose father was Jewish. Mayer’s membership in her hometown fencing club was revoked, and it became clear she could not return to Germany. The former

  • Alex Rodriguez nearly laughed when Pete Rose complimented Derek Jeter

    Alex Rodriguez cannot stop his face from making that look when Pete Rose starts complimenting Derek Jeter. Kevin Burkhardt, Alex Rodriguez, Pete Rose, and Frank Thomas have been providing interesting commentary before and after the games, with A-Rod in particular standing out as a guy with deep baseball knowledge and a thoughtful approach. Of course, when you sit A-Rod and his thoughtful approach next to Pete Rose, king of the hot take, you’re bound to get a few strange and uncomfortable moments.

    Big League Stew
  • Michigan lined up in a 10-man centipede formation again

    Jim Harbaugh is unique. Michigan’s coaches don’t call it that -- they call it “trains” — but we’re not Michigan’s coaches. Needing two yards, Michigan came out with five linemen, three tight ends, a fullback, and a running back.

    SB Nation
  • LA Rams cheerleaders tested on team and London knowledge

    Members of the Los Angeles Rams cheerleaders took part in a quiz testing them on their knowledge of LA and London as the NFL lands in the United Kingdom this weekend.

    Omnisport Video
  • Taylor Swift ready to get into a F1 frame of mind Saturday at COTA

    If you’re a fan of both Formula One and singer Taylor Swift, you should be at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on Saturday. Swift will perform her only scheduled concert of 2016 after Saturday’s action concludes on the racetrack. To get her fans even more excited about the concert, Swift – who is apparently already in Austin for rehearsals – took to Instagram earlier this week and posted several videos. The first clip was a short scene showing Swift playing an acoustic guitar. The second clip, which she captioned “Band practice,” showed Swift and her band rocking out on her 2012 hit, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” And then the third Instagram clip shows an exuberant Swift

  • Lewis Hamilton Leads Mercedes F1 Smack Down in USGP Qualifying

    AMG Mercedes F1 team driver Lewis Hamilton took the pole in the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The 31-year-old Brit turned a lap nearly a quarter second faster than his teammate, Nico Rosberg. That’s practically

    The Drive
  • Arsenal, Middlesbrough play to scoreless draw

    Arsenal was unable to score against Middlesbrough as the teams drew 0-0. However, the Gunners did extend their Premier League unbeaten streak to eight matches.

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  • Even Dylan Larkin is fighting for the Red Wings now

    Something very strange has been happening in Detroit in the early parts of the 2016-17 season. The Red Wings … are fighting. A lot. This is a strange development because not only fighting has been rapidly decreasing across the league for several years now, but also because the Red Wings have been last in the league in fighting majors in 10 out of the past 11 seasons. The one year over that stretch they were not last (2012-13) they were 29th. Nobody fights less than these guys. In most of those years they never even reached double digits in fighting majors, and have only had eight in each of the past two seasons. But through the first five games this season they already have five of them, and

  • Chelsea: Conte expects warm reception for Mourinho; Terry is fit

    The managers are meeting the media ahead of this week’s Premier League matches, and many eyes are trained on one specific match-up. Chelsea and Manchester United meet on Sunday, the first time Jose Mourinho will manage against his old side since his unceremonious exit last winger. Mourinho, of course, led Chelsea to the 2014-15 title only to see a miserable start to the following campaign. He was hired at Manchester United this summer, but Conte thinks Mourinho’s Chelsea laurels have earned him some love from Stamford Bridge. “I have great respect for Mourinho. He deserves a good reception. He was an important man for Chelsea and wrote part of the club’s story.” Conte also touched on Paul Pogba‘s

  • Being back with Knicks feels like 'heaven' for Rose

    After missing nine practices and five of the team's preseason games, Derrick Rose is back with the Knicks and gearing up for the start of the season.

    Comcast SportsNet New York
  • Clayton Kershaw struggles again in postseason during Game 6 loss

    The “Clayton Kershaw can’t pitch in the postseason” narrative is alive and well. After coming up big during the Los Angeles Dodgers’ first two playoff series, Kershaw was saddled with the loss as the Chicago Cubs beat the Dodgers 5-0 in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. With the Dodgers facing elimination, the 28-year-old ace gave up five runs, four earned, on seven hits over five innings.

    Big League Stew
  • How Charlie Strong lost me: Texas coach must be fired

    If there is one play that perfectly sums up Texas’ 2016 season and the entire Charlie Strong era in Austin, it came in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s loss to Kansas State. Trailing 24-14, the Longhorns were facing a third-and-17 with eight minutes to go. The fact they even had the ball was a minor miracle, after Shane Buechele fumbled the play before and UT somehow miraculously recovered it. With the pressure coming, Buechele dropped back and threw a perfect ball about 30 yards down field, right into the waiting arms of Armanti Foreman.

    New York Post
  • The Tigers will listen to trade offers on anybody

    Earlier this week Tigers GM Al Avila said that his club was going to get “lean” and “efficient” and that their days of spending big money are over. Later in the week Avila said that they would not likely offer a long term contract to outfielder J.D. Martinez, who will become a free agent after the 2017 season. None of those comments necessarily suggested that the Tigers would be conducting a fire sale or anything, and it’s certainly possible to get leaner while still competing. One would assume that the Tigers could cut fat in the middle but still head into battle with their superstars. But that may not be the plan. Buster Olney: Trading those guys would be a pretty big deal. In both senses of

  • Microsoft's tablet deal with the NFL has been a disaster

    The Microsoft Surface tablet is so bad that the best coach in the NFL would rather use paper. At least that’s the opinion of New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who has the best record of any current active coach, and who speaks out so rarely that any time he describes something in detail, it is instant catnip for the media. It may not be a fair review of the Surface, but unfortunately for Microsoft, it has become a major story this week.

    Yahoo Finance
  • NASCAR confiscate parts from Martin Truex Jr.’s team

    TALLADEGA, Ala. – NASCAR confirmed that confiscated front jack screws from the car of Martin Truex Jr. during pre-qualifying inspection Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway, but crew chief Cole Pearn said the issue was unintentional. Motorsport.com first reported NASCAR’s actions. “It was just a stupid mistake,” Pearn said after Truex won the pole for Sunday’s race. “Obviously, you’re not trying to lower the center of gravity on just the left front corner of one part of the car seems kind of ridiculous to get spun out as much as control as it has so far.” NASCAR typically does not determine a penalty until the following week.

    NASCAR Talk
  • 51 Questions: Which team will win the East? Make playoffs?

    It is the final days of PBT’s 2016-17 NBA preview series, 51 Questions. For six weeks we have tackled 51 questions we cannot wait to see answered during the upcoming NBA season. We are entering the prediction portion of the preview season, today the PBT staff is tackling: Which teams make the playoffs, then who wins the East? Here are our staff predictions. 1. Cavaliers 2. Celtics 3. Raptors 4. Pacers 5. Pistons 6. Wizards 7. Hornets 8. Bulls Eastern Conference Finals: Cavaliers over Celtics On the one hand, the East is not that interesting: It’s Cleveland then everyone else. The only question is do they have enough of a championship hangover that Boston or Toronto can catch them in the regular

  • With Tuukka Rask banged up, Bruins recall Zane McIntyre on emergency basis

    The Boston Bruins recalled goalie Zane McIntyre on an emergency basis on Saturday morning. The call up was necessary because it doesn’t look like starter Tuukka Rask will be able to suit up against the Montreal Canadiens tonight. Rask missed Friday’s practice with what head coach Claude Julien described as “general body soreness,” but it might be a little more serious than that if he’s forced to miss games. The Bruins selected McIntyre in the sixth-round of the 2010 Entry Draft. He’s never suited up in an NHL game before. The 24-year-old turned pro last year, after spending three years at the University of North Dakota. He had a 14-8-7 record with a 2.68 goals-against-average and a .898 save