Red Sox reward manager Alex Cora with extension through 2021

Alex Cora, the Boston Red Sox‘s first-year manager, was one of the lowest-paid skippers in baseball last season on his way to winning a franchise-record 108 games and the World Series. On Wednesday, the Red Sox gave Cora a new deal that included a one-year extension through the 2021 season and, most likely, a significant raise. Terms were not announced. “We have consistently been impressed by Alex at every turn,” Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said. “His knowledge of the game, ability to connect with our players, and his incredible…

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Max Verstappen didn’t block Red Bull from signing me, insists Carlos Sainz

Carlos Sainz has denied the suggestion that a 2019 move to Red Bull was blocked by Max Verstappen. Sainz was a Red Bull junior until earlier this year and at one point had seemed to be the next in line for a step up to the main team whenever a seat became available. However, when Daniel Ricciardo’s move to Renault was confirmed during the summer break, it was followed several weeks later by news of Sainz joining McLaren. Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly will be the one to replace Ricciardo next…

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Red Bull’s Helmut Marko – Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon should get a race ban

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko has insinuated Esteban Ocon’s collision with Max Verstappen at the Brazilian Grand Prix was linked to his status as a Mercedes junior driver. After labelling Esteban Ocon a “f—ing idiot” following their controversial collision at the Brazilian Grand Prix, a furious Max Verstappen repeatedly shoved the Force India driver after the race. Esteban Ocon has defended his part in a collision with Max Verstappen at the Brazilian Grand Prix and labelled the Red Bull driver unprofessional for physcially pushing him…

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Red Wings Snap Rangers’ Winning Streak

Dylan Larkin scored with 5.1 seconds remaining in overtime, capping an impressive late comeback by the Detroit Red Wings in a 3-2 victory over the visiting Rangers on Friday night. Andreas Athanasiou, who had tied the game with 2 minutes 2 seconds remaining in the third period, backhanded a pass to Larkin, who redirected the puck past Henrik Lundqvist for his seventh goal of the season. The Rangers had been leading by 2-0 after two periods, but their four-game winning streak came to an end. Detroit has won five of…

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Max Verstappen – Red Bull has no chance of pole in Brazil

Max Verstappen has ruled out challenging Mercedes and Ferrari for pole position in Brazil. Red Bull showed strong pace throughout Friday practice with Verstappen topping the first session. The Dutchman’s running in the afternoon session was curtailed by an oil leak which left him in the garage for approximately one hour. Verstappen’s true pace in FP2 was hidden by the fact he was blocked by the Williams of Lance Stroll in the final sector, eventually ending up fifth overall, 0.4s down on Valtteri Bottas, who set the pace in second…

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Man wins lottery prize by picking Red Sox jersey numbers

BRAINTREE, Mass. — A Massachusetts great-grandfather has won a $100,000 lottery prize by picking the jersey numbers of five members of the World Series-winning Boston Red Sox. The lottery said in a statement that 84-year-old Jim Aylward Jr., of Templeton, won the prize in Monday’s Mass Cash drawing using the numbers 11-16-19-22-25. He claimed his prize Wednesday. Those are the jersey numbers of Red Sox players Rafael Devers, Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., Rick Porcello and World Series MVP Steve Pearce. The numbers represent “two young stars, a dazzling outfielder,…

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Detroit Red Wings’ Dennis Cholowski put in the work to rise through the ranks

7:30 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN There’s a moment for athletes when a potential professional career goes from aspiration to possibility. Maybe it’s a championship or an on-field achievement. Maybe it’s simply finding the right place at the right time. For Dennis Cholowski, it was a grade — which is only appropriate for someone who prides himself on knowledge. Playing with the Chilliwack Chiefs of the British Columbia Hockey League in 2015, Cholowski was a smallish defenseman about a year away from a growth spurt and a player with undeniable upside.…

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Comments by Boston Red Sox adviser Bill James draws ire of MLBPA, players

MLBPA executive director Tony Clark and several major league players have taken Boston Red Sox special adviser Bill James to task for saying players are as important to the game as “beer vendors” and that “the game would go on” with whoever replaces them. In a series of tweets, some of which were later deleted, James challenged on social media “to explain why a player making $3 million a year is underpaid” and why it’s “disingenuous to argue that [players] are taking money out of the mouths of concessions workers.”…

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Fixes for the struggling teams at the bottom of the standings, including Los Angeles Kings, Vegas Golden Knights, Detroit Red Wings

Every season, there are teams that get things turned around after a rough start. On Nov. 8, 2017, the Anaheim Ducks and Minnesota Wild were 12th and 13th, respectively, in the Western Conference, and the St. Louis Blues were 12-3-1. By the end of the season, the Ducks and Wild were in the postseason, and the Blues were golfing. On that same day, Boston was a mediocre 6-5-1 and ended up finishing 50-20-12. Many teams at the bottom, however, did not have those types of turnarounds. Clubs like Arizona, Edmonton,…

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