The USA captain who captained Mike Brearley

6:54 PM ET Peter Della PennaCricket Close Peter Della Penna is an American cricket journalist who also writes for ESPNcricinfo.com and DreamCricket.com. Since 2010, he has penned the USA entry in the Cricket Round the World section of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.Follow Peter on Twitter @PeterDellaPenna Another of USA’s fine generation of cricket stalwarts in southern California is no more. Former USA captain and USACA president Jim Reid, who led USA to their first Auty Cup win in 54 years in 1966, died recently of complications from a stroke in southern California…

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MLB owners reportedly to vote next week on new term for Rob Manfred

A new term for commissioner Rob Manfred is among the items that will be voted on by MLB owners when they meet next week in Atlanta, a source told The Associated Press on Thursday. The source told The Associated Press that the new term for Manfred, who was elected to succeed Bud Selig as commissioner in 2014 and given a five-year deal in early 2015, likely will be for five years. Also being put up for vote next week are a new television contract with Fox and an agreement for…

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Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City Thunder out against Houston Rockets

OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook will sit out the Oklahoma City Thunder‘s game Thursday night against the Houston Rockets because of a sprained left ankle. Thunder coach Billy Donovan made the announcement during his pregame media session. Westbrook also missed the Thunder’s victory Wednesday night over Cleveland. Dennis Schroder, who scored a season-high 28 points in replacing Westbrook, remained in the starting lineup against Houston. Westbrook was hurt Monday night against New Orleans. After coming down hard on the side of his foot, he pounded the ground in frustration before…

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Kuchar shares Mayakoba lead as wife caddies for Johnson

Matt Kuchar claimed a share of a three-way first-round lead at the Mayakoba Golf Classic as his wife also starred, caddying for Zach Johnson. A bogey-free seven-under 64 took Kuchar to the top of the leaderboard on Thursday, where he was joined by Kramer Hickok and Dominic Bozzelli, but he saw his spotlight partially stolen by his spouse. Johnson’s caddie Damon Green was taken ill with four holes remaining, suffering in the Mexican heat, and Kuchar came to the rescue by recommending the watching Sybi. She has taken on the…

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Fantasy football picks, sleepers, busts for Week 10

The first thing you should know about Scott is that Scott isn’t his real name. Everything else you’re about to read, however, is 100 percent true. Starting with how he opened his email to me. “My name is Scott,” he wrote, “and I am an alcoholic.” He had a normal upbringing, to the extent anything can be considered normal these days. But his parents are still together, there were no money issues in the home, and no tragedy befell Scott. To his friends, family and teachers, he seemed like a…

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Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union-Wade welcome ‘miracle baby’ girl

MIAMI — Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union-Wade have had a baby. The couple on Thursday announced they’ve welcomed a baby girl into the world. The baby was born via a surrogate on Wednesday. It’s the first child the couple has had together; the NBA guard has three sons and the couple is also raising one of his nephews. We are sleepless and delirious but so excited to share that, our miracle baby, arrived last night via surrogate and 11/7 will forever be etched in our…

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Willie McCovey remembered for humility and care for others

SAN FRANCISCO — Aside from that fearsome left-handed swing everybody knew, Willie McCovey provided an example of humility in how he lived for many of his San Francisco Giants teammates year after year. “McCovey was our leader,” Gaylord Perry said as his fellow Hall of Famer was remembered in a celebration of his life Thursday at AT&T Park. McCovey died Oct. 31 at age 80 after suffering from ongoing health issues. Hall of Famers, former teammates and winners of the Willie Mac Award named for him attended on a picture-perfect…

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Cubs’ Carl Edwards Jr. Blue Jays’ Joe Biagini claim final arbitration spots

CARLSBAD, Calif. — Cincinnati outfielder Scott Schebler and Texas pitcher Matt Bush just missed the cutoff for salary arbitration eligibility, while Chicago Cubs pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. and Toronto pitcher Joe Biagini earned the final spots. Player Pos. Team Joe Biagini P Blue Jays Matt Boyd P Tigers Eddie Butler P Rangers Byron Buxton OF Twins Curt Casali C Reds Adam Conley P Marlins Matt Davidson 1B White Sox Brandon Drury 3B Padres Ryan Dull P Athletics Carl Edwards Jr. P Cubs Michael Fulmer P Tigers Nick Goody P Indians…

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Kuchar tied for lead at working vacation in Mexico

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Matt Kuchar decided at the last minute to play the Mayakoba Golf Classic and made it look like a smart move Thursday. Kuchar missed only two fairways at El Camaleon Golf Club, key to good scoring, and kept bogeys off his card for a 7-under 64 that gave him a share of the lead with Dominic Bozzelli and PGA Tour rookie Kramer Hickok. Kuchar has gone more than four years since his last PGA Tour victory. His 64 was his lowest opening round on…

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