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Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander walks off the mound after giving up a home run to Detroit Tigers' John Hicks (55) during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
August 23, 2019 - 6:27 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Amid criticism from Major League Baseball, the Houston Astros on Thursday defended the team's decision to deny a newspaper reporter access to the clubhouse until after ace pitcher Justin Verlander finished his postgame session with the media. MLB said Wednesday night's incident...
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In this photo provided by NBC Sports, Joan Jett, left, and Carrie Underwood pose with a 100th anniversary NFL football. NBC's Sunday Night Football open will return to the original Waiting All Day for Sunday Night song, but this time Carrie Underwood will be joined by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Jett. Her band, the Blackhearts, also perform in the open, which features NFL stars. (Virginia Sherwood/NBC Sports via AP)
August 20, 2019 - 4:23 pm
Fred Gaudelli knew NBC would have to come up with something grand for this season's "Sunday Night Football" opener since the NFL is celebrating its 100th anniversary. It didn't take long for the show's executive producer to arrive at something: Carrie Underwood came up with the perfect idea. This...
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In this photo provided by NBC Sports, Joan Jett, left, and Carrie Underwood pose with a 100th anniversary NFL football. NBC's Sunday Night Football open will return to the original Waiting All Day for Sunday Night song, but this time Carrie Underwood will be joined by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Jett. Her band, the Blackhearts, also perform in the open, which features NFL stars. (Virginia Sherwood/NBC Sports via AP)
August 20, 2019 - 11:10 am
Fred Gaudelli knew NBC would have to come up with something grand for this season's "Sunday Night Football" opener given this is the NFL's 100th anniversary. It didn't take long for the show's executive producer to arrive at something as Carrie Underwood came up with the perfect idea. This season,...
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In an image provided by ESPN from video, Rocky Bleier stands in Hiep Duc Valley, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) south of Danang in Vietnam, on Aug. 20, 2018. Three months into his deployment to Vietnam, Bleier was shot through the thigh and suffered a grenade blast to his foot. Doctors told him that he’d never play football again. Steelers owner Art Rooney supported Bleier by placing him on injured reserve rather than cutting him from the team. Bleier then defied the odds, returning to football as a star running back on the “Steel Curtain” Steelers teams of the 1970s and becoming the only war veteran to have four Super Bowl rings. (ESPN via AP)
August 18, 2019 - 12:15 am
Rocky Bleier thought he made peace with what happened in a rice paddy in Vietnam on Aug. 20, 1969. What the former Pittsburgh Steelers running back didn't have though was closure until a trip back there last year. Bleier's visit to Vietnam — the first time he had been back since being injured in...
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Bill Walton does commentary on NBC Sports Chicago for the Chicago White Sox's baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. Walton was calling the game on an invitation from the White Sox and announcer Jason Benetti, right. (AP Photo/Joe Reedy)
August 17, 2019 - 1:09 am
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton brought his unique commentary and musings to the baseball booth Friday night. After nine innings, it was evident Chicago White Sox broadcasts might never be the same again. Walton was the guest analyst because Steve Stone is taking this...
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FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2017, file photo, then-Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio speaks at a news conference after an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Oakland, Calif. Jack Del Rio never shied away from giving his opinion as a player and a coach. He isn’t about to change his approach as an analyst. ESPN announced on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, that it has hired the former Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders coach as an analyst. His first appearance will be Friday on “NFL Live”.(AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
August 15, 2019 - 7:26 am
Jack Del Rio never shied away from giving his opinion as a player and a coach. He isn't about to change his approach as an ESPN analyst. ESPN announced the hiring Thursday of the former Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders coach. His first appearance will be Friday on "NFL Live." Del Rio...
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Atlanta United coach Frank de Boer looks on from the side line during the first half of the team's Campeones Cup soccer final gainst Club America on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in Atlanta. De Boer said he regrets his choice of words in a British newspaper interview about gender equity in soccer and stressed that he's a big supporter of the women's game. De Boer faced backlash before Wednesday's Campeones Cup game for his comments in an article published by The Guardian, in which he said it was "ridiculous" that female players expect to receive the same World Cup pay as the men. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
August 14, 2019 - 10:22 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta United coach Frank de Boer said he regrets his choice of words — one word, especially — in a British newspaper interview about gender equity in soccer and stressed that he's a big supporter of the women's game. De Boer faced backlash before Wednesday's Campeones Cup game for...
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FILE - In this June 5, 2019, file photo, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr speaks at a news conference after Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors in Oakland, Calif. Kerr knows that a new era of Warriors basketball is about to begin. He just doesn't know what that means yet. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
August 12, 2019 - 11:52 am
The NBA schedule is a little bit easier on players. Fans might be catching a break — and some more sleep — as well. The league announced its 2019-20 schedule on Monday, featuring another dip in back-to-back games for teams and a major change in the number of nationally televised games starting at...
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FILE - In this 1934 file photo, University of Chicago halfback Jay Berwanger is shown in the action pose that served as the model for the Heisman Trophy. In the early days of the NFL, college football was king and playing the game professionally was not necessarily something players aspired to do. (AP Photo/File)
August 10, 2019 - 7:34 am
Jay Berwanger won the inaugural Heisman Trophy in 1935 for the University of Chicago and became the No. 1 player taken in the first NFL draft a few months later. He chose to work at a rubber company and be a part-time coach for his alma mater rather than try to make a living playing football. More...
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RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT DATE OF PHOTO TO JUNE 22, 1997 - FILE - In this June 22, 1997 undated file photo, people portraying ghost players emerge from a cornfield as they reenact a scene from the movie "Field of Dreams" at the movie site in Dyersville, Iowa. The Chicago White Sox will play a game against the New York Yankees next August at the site in Iowa where the movie "Field of Dreams" was filmed. Major League Baseball announced Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, that the White Sox will play host to the Yankees in Dyersville, Iowa, on Aug. 13. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
August 09, 2019 - 8:27 pm
Major League Baseball is heading to the "Field of Dreams" next season to pay homage to a terrible flick. Yep, the Chicago White Sox will face the New York Yankees in a temporary stadium, to be constructed among the Iowa cornfields where that corn pile of a movie was filmed. Given my contempt for "...
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