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It’s been more than eight years since Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro and the rest of the original ‘Roid Pack marched in front of Congress and said, in order: (a) I just want to move forward, (b) I don’t understand English and (c) I’ve never taken anything (insert finger wag here) during some of the most uncomfortable programming in C-SPAN history.
Once the results from baseball’s 2013 Hall of Fame voting were released, the howls began.
Baseball took hold of me early. It was the first game I followed intensely. I kept a scorebook of entire seasons, stayed up past bedtime for extra inning games with a radio in my bed for West Coast starts.
It was the spring of 1990. Back then you could pull your pickup truck up to the fence of old Scottsdale Stadium, unfurl a lawn chair in the bed, pop open a cold beer from your Igloo ice chest, and watch a spring training game for free with an ideal spot to go home with a home run ball.
Valley Sports blog: Even though Tiger didn’t take questions and only read from a statement, give him credit for publicly owning up to his mistakes. Has Barry Bonds ever offered up such a speech? Roger Clemens? Pete Rose? Bill Clinton?
NEW YORK — Mark McGwire finally came clean, admitting he used steroids when he broke baseball's home run record in 1998.
Marco Sturm's overtime goal Friday gave the Bruins a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in the Winter Classic at Fenway Park, a memorable ending at one of sports' most recognizable landmarks.
HOUSTON — The Astros will interview 10 candidates over the next week to become the team's next manager, including former Diamondbacks skipper Bob Melvin.
Manny Ramirez returns from baseball exile Friday, and the only question the Dodgers have is how soon he will be able to revive the team's suddenly anemic offense. Good thing, because it appears that will be the only question Ramirez has any interest in answering.
Head down, lips drawn tight, Dan Haren did his best to keep a straight face as he rounded the bases. The right-hander had just ended a month of good moments with another one that made him want to break into a big, beaming smile.
A capsule look at the eight teams competing in the College World Series, which starts Saturday at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb. (coaches' records at current schools through super regionals):
NEW YORK — Manny Ramirez joined a growing lineup of All-Stars linked to drugs Thursday, with the dreadlocked slugger banished by a sport that cannot shake free from scandal.
WASHINGTON — All-Star shortstop Miguel Tejada pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to Congress about the use of performance-enhancing drugs and admitted buying what he believed was human growth hormone.
NEW YORK - Alex Rodriguez admitted Monday to using banned drugs, the biggest name yet to acknowledge he couldn't resist the temptation to juice up during baseball's Steroids Era.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Country singer Mindy McCready was in stable condition in a hospital Thursday after police said she cut her wrists and took several pills in an apparent suicide attempt.
Randy Johnson may have a chance to win his 300th game in the NL West after all. The Diamondbacks' division foes San Francisco and the Los Angeles Dodgers are among the teams that have inquired about Johnson's availability for the 2009 season, according to major league sources familiar with the situation.
NEW YORK - Country singer Mindy McCready claims she broke off her relationship with Roger Clemens when the former baseball star wouldn't marry her, according to an interview to be broadcast Monday by the syndicated show "Inside Edition."
Do not ask Dustin Pedroia about the time he faced Doug Pelfrey in college in 1997. "Not Wichita State," Pedroia said, laughing, when the story came up.
DENVER - Doug Davis used a bit of strategy he learned from Roger Clemens to get out of a fourth-inning jam Saturday in yet another quality start.
The biggest news in Major League Baseball's, um, war on drugs this year: There hasn't been any news.
SAN DIEGO - Despite watching Brandon Lyon allow 10 earned runs in his previous 5 1/3 innings, Arizona manager Bob Melvin said he has no intention of removing him from the closer's role he's held all season.
Ryan Howard and Adam Dunn can't hit their weight. Carlos Lee and Matt Holiday are on sinking ships. Ryan Braun, Chipper Jones and Alfonso Soriano can't stay healthy. The West Division contenders don't have a worthy offensive candidate. Not one.
It was music to the ears of free agents, and their agents.
NEW YORK - A-Rod and the Material Girl? That's a lot of hits. Reports that Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez and Madonna have become close just as their marriages are disintegrating have both the celebrity gossip industry and the sporting world - each a chatty bunch - buzzing with questions about the two "friends."