Texas Rangers-Cleveland Indians game hottest in 25 seasons at ballpark

ARLINGTON, Texas — Mother Nature is bringing the heat at the home ballpark of the Texas Rangers. The temperature was 107 degrees for the first pitch just after 7 p.m. Friday, when the Rangers played the Cleveland Indians in their first game after the All-Star break. It was the highest temperature ever at the start of a game at the Texas ballpark, which is in its 25th season — and the second warmest in the majors this season. When the Los Angeles Angels hosted the Dodgers on July 7, it…

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Dante Fowler Jr. of Jacksonville Jaguars suspended 1 game by NFL

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. has been suspended for the first game of the season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, the NFL announced Friday. Fowler will miss the Jags’ Week 1 game against the New York Giants, but he is eligible to participate in all preseason games and practices. While the league did not specify what triggered the suspension, Fowler has had several off-field issues. In March, he pleaded no contest to charges of battery, criminal mischief and petit theft stemming from an arrest last July…

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Now in Living Color: Ted Williams’s Last Game

“I knew it was a significant occasion, and just once many years ago, I did talk to a memorabilia expert who told me it was valuable,” Murphy, now 77 and retired, said. “But I didn’t do anything with it. It was an unknown thing — just part of my stuff that went with me for all those years. ” Experienced at editing film, he had reduced the original film to about four minutes, to include the best, most revealing scenes and sequences. He had the film transferred to Beta videotape…

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Daniel Sturridge wants Liverpool stay, targets more game time under Jurgen Klopp

The FC team answer your tweets on Cristiano Ronaldo’s GOAT status, how VAR would have changed the 2010 World Cup and how close Liverpool are to title contention. ESPN FC’s Stewart Robson believes the goalkeeping position is pivotal for Liverpool’s chances at winning the Premier League this season. ESPN FC’s Shaka Hislop breaks down the latest rumours making the rounds in Transfer Rater, involving Jasper Cillessen, Thibaut Courtois and more. Steve Nicol explains why Xherdan Shaqiri’s attitude worries him after the Swiss star completed a move to Liverpool from relegated…

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Joe Root’s trust in his game results in timely Test boost

For a batsman as gifted as Joe Root, scoring a first century of the English summer in mid-July must constitute an unusually long wait. After 18 unsuccessful attempts across all formats, Root finally registered three figures in an innings at Lord’s on Saturday, and then promptly followed it up with another in the third ODI against India to seal England’s come-from-behind series victory. Both hundreds were unbeaten efforts in winning causes, and they could prove timely for another reason. England are set to embark on a demanding Test series against…

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From the All-Star Game to the trade rumor mill

WASHINGTON — During the All-Star Game festivities this week, players throughout the game spent time mingling in the clubhouse while signing box after box of baseballs. The game’s respective starting pitchers, Max Scherzer and Chris Sale, called it an “honor” to represent their leagues on the biggest stage. And in another bow to tradition, Brad Hand sat and addressed media inquiries about his next career stop beyond San Diego. Whether looking for that final piece or building for the future, every team has a reason to make a deal. Here’s…

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Monumental mashing — Ranking D.C.’s record 10 All-Star Game homers

WASHINGTON — Don’t be ashamed. It’s OK to admit you like home runs. You can still go on YouTube and watch highlights of your favorite skinny dudes and slap-hitting middle infielders from the 1970s and ’80s in their too-tight pullover jerseys and beltless pants swinging at 86 mph fastballs. That brand of baseball was fun. All brands of baseball are fun. Offensive tweets from Brewers pitcher Josh Hader’s Twitter account surfaced during Tuesday night’s All-Star Game. Hader apologized for the tweets, which he said were sent when he was a…

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After All-Star Game, Josh Hader Apologizes for Racist and Homophobic Twitter Posts

WASHINGTON — Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader, who pitched in the All-Star Game on Tuesday, apologized later for racist and homophobic Twitter posts in 2011 that had surfaced during the game. “I was 17 years old, and as a child I was immature, and obviously I said some things that were inexcusable,” Hader told reporters in the visitors’ clubhouse at Nationals Park here. “That doesn’t reflect on who I am as a person today.” Hader, a 24-year-old left-hander, tweeted racist vulgarities several times in 2011. In his postgame apology, he…

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Alex Bregman of Houston Astros named All-Star Game MVP after go-ahead home run in 10th inning

WASHINGTON — Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was named the All-Star Game MVP for his go-ahead home run in the 10th inning that sent the American League to an 8-6 victory. This year’s All-Star Game aimed to do more than play a game, and it showed off baseball’s stars. But did it connect with fans? The 2018 Midsummer Classic turned into Home Run Derby Part 2 on an epic night at Nationals Park. We break down which dingers brought the most drama. 1 Related Bregman’s homer was one of…

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Even at the All-Star Game, the Off-Season Standoff Still Stings

WASHINGTON — The world’s greatest baseball players gathered at Nationals Park Tuesday for the All-Star Game, the annual midsummer celebration. But behind all the ceremony, Major League Baseball is struggling to process just how those players are doing their jobs, and stinging from a lack of cooperation in solving the problems facing the sport. The convergence of power pitchers, power hitters and analytics has slowed the game, with strikeout rates at an all-time high and batting averages at a 46-year low. Yet with the players’ association still furious about the…

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