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On Klay Thompson as a sixth man, boost from a living (Larry) legend and uncertain Warriors future
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On Klay Thompson as a sixth man, boost from a living (Larry) legend and uncertain Warriors future

Related media - Connected media SAN FRANCISCO — The motivational message, courtesy of the great Larry Bird, came at the perfect time. Klay Thompson was just a few days removed from the unwelcome start of his sixth-man life in Utah, where the 34-year-old Warriors legend had been asked to come off the bench after the previous 12 years as a starter. Even with Thompson’s spectacular debut in this new reserve role, a 35-point showing on Feb. 15 that helped lift Golden State over the Jazz heading into the All-Star break, this was the kind of career-changing decision that would take much more time to truly accept. The emotions were still raw. This was already a sensitive situation too, what with Thompson and the Warriors having been unable to come to terms on an extension in recent months a...
Ohtani’s Contract Goes Beyond Dollars and Sense
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Ohtani’s Contract Goes Beyond Dollars and Sense

Related media - Linked media Ohtani, though, is beating the Americans on their own terms. “He can hit a home run 500 feet and throw a ball 100 miles per hour, and he’s bigger and stronger than most Americans,” said Robert Whiting, who has written several books on baseball in Japan, including “You Gotta Have Wa.” Ohtani’s Ruthian contract might never have been signed if Nomo, Hideki Irabu and Alfonso Soriano hadn’t challenged Japanese restrictions on the movement of players in the 1990s. Nomo, for instance, retired from Japanese baseball so he could sign with the Dodgers, while Irabu pushed back when his old team, the Chiba Lotte Marines, cut a deal to send him to the San Diego Padres. Irabu was later sent to the Yankees, his preferred destination. A couple of years later, S...
Baseball Has Grown in Bogotá, Colombia, Thanks to Venezuelan Migrants
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Baseball Has Grown in Bogotá, Colombia, Thanks to Venezuelan Migrants

Linked media - Related media “Once you’re here, it doesn’t matter,” said Gabriel Arcos, a systems engineer who grew up cheering for a Leones rival in Venezuela and moved to Bogotá in 2016. “Maybe you don’t like the Leones of Caracas, but like I always say, these are the Leones of Bogotá.” Four years ago, when Iraida Acosta took over as president of the Leones, she said there were only six Venezuelan children. Now, she said, most of its 64 players are Venezuelan. Ms. Acosta, 54, said that in 2017, she and her 9-year-old son left their Venezuelan hometown near the Caribbean coast to visit her husband, who had come to Bogotá six months earlier to find work. They ended up staying because the economic opportunities were better. Still, it wasn’t easy. “The culture, although being brother c...
Willie Hernández, Relief Pitcher Who Had a Banner 1984, Dies at 69
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Willie Hernández, Relief Pitcher Who Had a Banner 1984, Dies at 69

Connected media - Linked media Hernández led major league pitchers in appearances (80) and games finished (68) in 1984, when he posted a 9-3 record with a 1.92 earned run average. He had 32 saves in 33 chances after tallying a total of only 27 saves in his seven previous seasons. The 1984 Tigers finished 104-58 in the regular season, then swept the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series and defeated the San Diego Padres, 4-1, in the World Series. Hernández appeared in three games in the World Series and had saves in two of them. He yielded just one run and four hits in 5⅓ innings. He earned the final out of the clinching Game 5, getting Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn to hit a soft fly to left field. Hernández became only the third pitcher in major league history, aft...
Unopened Case of More Than 10,000 Hockey Cards Sells for $3.7 Million
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Unopened Case of More Than 10,000 Hockey Cards Sells for $3.7 Million

Related media - Linked media The box went to an anonymous buyer in Canada, Mr. Simonds said, breaking the record for the most money spent on unopened sports cards and the most anyone has spent on a hockey collectible. Baseball Card Exchange, an authenticator that specializes in unopened vintage sports cards, confirmed that 16 wax boxes were inside the case. Each box contains 48 packs of cards, with 14 cards per pack, for a total of more than 10,000 cards. The set contains 396 different player cards, which means that if the assortment were perfectly random, it would contain 27 Gretzky cards, according to the auction house’s listing. If the case does contains a couple dozen of the prized Gretzky cards, they might not be in good condition, Mr. Simonds warned. The cards could be slightly...
Everybody’s Ejected After a Senators-Panthers Fight
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Everybody’s Ejected After a Senators-Panthers Fight

Linked media - Linked media Geraldine Tkachuk, the players’ grandmother, was spotted in the stands looking less than impressed. As remarkable as the 10-man ejection may have been, it barely seemed to faze the participants. “I mean, I don’t think it’s bad to play with emotion,” Brady Tkachuk told The Associated Press. “I think when this group plays with emotion, we’re a tough team to beat, and I think we rely on our emotion and it shows that we care, shows that we care about what we’re doing here and about the guy next to us.” Two more players got misconduct penalties later in the third period, bringing the total penalty minutes in the game to 167. Still, this being hockey, that wasn’t close to a record. In 2004, a series of brawls late in a game between the Senators and the Philadelp...