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Hiring Ron Gardenhire shows Detroit Tigers stuck between eras – Detroit Free Press

CLOSE Get to know new Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire, who spent 13 years as manager of the Minnesota Twins in 2002-14. He replaces Brad Ausmus with the Tigers. Video by Brian McNamara, Detroit Free Press Wochit Ron Gardenhire, left, and former Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland talk before a spring training game in Lakeland, Fla., on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. Gardenhire is expected...

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UA walk-on arrested for domestic violence, dismissed from team – 247Sports

Alabama WR Donnie Lee Jr. (Photo: Denon McMillan, 247Sports) TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Walk-on wide receiver Donnie Lee Jr. was arrested on third-degree domestic violence charges early Thursday, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, and has been dismissed from the Alabama football team. “Donnie Lee Jr., a walk-on who has not been participating in team activities since a knee injury in August, has...

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NFL Referees Association refutes claims of referee Pete Morelli bias vs. Eagles – Yahoo Sports

Philadelphia Eagles fans have been so loud about their distaste for referee Pete Morelli and his crew, including a petition to block him from officiating any more Eagles games, that the NFL Referees Association felt the need to put out a statement. Brandon Lee Gowton at Bleeding Green Nation has been one of the most vocal critics of Morelli since last Thursday’s game, in...

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Your guide to NLCS Game 5: Cubs look to extend series

9:30 AM ET We’re back at Wrigley Field for at least one more baseball game of the 2017 season, and that’s a good thing. It has been a wild ride for the Cubs, from a sub-.500 first half to a big second-half surge, to a heart-pounding National League Division Series against the Nationals and then an NLCS that has featured two Joe Maddon ejections,...

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Are we on the verge of chaos?

10:53 AM ET CHICAGO — I heard it, loud and clear. The speakers at Wrigley Field were blaring, “Go Cubs Go,” the greatest team song in a genre filled mostly with awful ones, yet I still heard it over that song, over the car horns beeping outside the old ballpark, over the happy sounds that 40,000 people make as they leave after a victory....

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Dominant starting pitching driving Yankees’ postseason run

7:55 AM ET NEW YORK — Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch was trying to explain the reason for his team’s offensive travails earlier this week when he put in a plug for the opposition. Slumps don’t occur in a vacuum. More often than not, futility is a collaborative effort. “Can I not talk about the good pitching?” Hinch said. “Because that’s what it’s all...

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Your guide to NLCS Game 5: Cubs look to extend series vs. Kershaw – ESPN

9:30 AM ET We’re back at Wrigley Field for at least one more baseball game of the 2017 season, and that’s a good thing. It has been a wild ride for the Cubs, from a sub-.500 first half to a big second-half surge, to a heart-pounding National League Division Series against the Nationals and then an NLCS that has featured two Joe Maddon ejections,...

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How Carlos Beltran Sparked Traditional Clubhouse Chemistry for the Data-Crazed Astros – Sports Illustrated

The Nerd Cave keeps expanding. In 2014, the Astros’ formidable analytics department, which gave itself its own nickname, employed four members. Three years later, there are nine. Even so, while all of that computational power helped to build a 101-win ALCS participant almost from scratch, it still can’t begin to measure, or even understand, what is perhaps the most elusive component of a championship...

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