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Shared season with Montreal seen as way to 'preserve baseball in Tampa'

Giving the Rays permission to explore playing part of their home schedule in Montreal is seen by baseball owners as "a way to preserve baseball in Tampa," according to baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred.
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Ye Olde Slugfest: Yanks top Red Sox 17-13 in MLB Euro debut

Rest assured, British fans: Most baseball games are not like this, not even the crazy ones between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.

After a 50-year wait, Stonewall opera was written in weeks

Pulitzer Prize-winning librettist Mark Campbell received a note in late February 2018 from the New York City Opera: 'I may have a project for you, but you have to write quickly.' Stonewall premieres Friday in a five-performance run that ends June 28 — exactly a half-century after the events portrayed.

Cy Young winner deGrom signs 5-year extension with Mets

NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets have agreed to a $137.5 million US, five-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The deal guarantees an additional $120.5 million over four seasons.

Huge catch: Angels' Mike Trout finalizes record-breaking $430M US extension

Two-time American League MVP Mike Trout has signed a 12-year, $430-million US contract extension with the Los Angeles Angels.

Shorter breaks, 1 trade deadline among rule changes agreed to by MLB, players

Major League Baseball and its players' union reached an unprecedented agreement Thursday to discuss renegotiating their labour contract that has three seasons remaining, part of a deal that includes modest rule changes for 2020 and drops pitch clocks until 2022 at the earliest.

Red Sox's Mookie Betts caps off winning year with MVP award

Boston's Mookie Betts and Milwaukee's Christian Yelich were runaway winners of the Most Valuable Player awards after the 26-year-old outfielders each led their teams to first-place finishes with dominant seasons that included batting titles.

A's Melvin, Braves' Snitker win Manager of Year awards

Oakland's Bob Melvin was voted Manager of the Year for the third time, winning the American League honour after leading the Athletics to the playoffs despite the lowest opening-day payroll in the major leagues.

Mariners deny fired exec's claims of racism against Latinos

Yadier Molina and J.T. Realmuto both homered on Sunday to lead the MLB All-Stars to a 7-3 win over Japan for their first win of the six-game exhibition series.

Angels' Ohtani overwhelming pick for AL rookie of the year award

Two-way star Shohei Ohtani of Los Angeles Angels was a singular sensation in voting for American League rookie of the year, while Atlanta's Ronald Acuna Jr. was a runaway pick for the National League honour over fellow outfielder Juan Soto.

Pulitzer-winning sports columnist Dave Anderson dead at 89

Dave Anderson, a genteel sports writer whose elegant, descriptive prose won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary as a columnist for The New York Times, died Thursday. He was 89.
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Yankees rout A's to set up ALDS against rival Red Sox

Aaron Judge got the party started with a two-run homer in the first inning, Luis Severino atoned for flopping in his post-season debut last year and the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 7-2 Wednesday night in the AL wild-card game.

Croatia to play in 1st World Cup final after extra-time win over England

Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute as Croatia came from behind to beat England 2-1 after extra time on Wednesday and reach their first World Cup final, where they will face France on Sunday.
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England coach Southgate knows team stands on precipice of immortality

It's time for Gareth Southgate to come up with a big speech of his own. After England gave up a tying goal to Brazil in first-half stoppage time in the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals, Southgate felt coach Sven-Goran Eriksson lacked inspirational oratory in the locker room at halftime.

Messi, Ronaldo leave World Cup without elusive crown

Saturday will likely mark the end of an era for the World Cup, as both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were ousted from the tournament in what was likely the duo's final chance at bringing a world title home to their respective countries.