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7:07 am
Sun November 16, 2014

The Case For — And Against — Gambling On NBA Games

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 11:25 am

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6:49 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Chicago Dominates The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 9:21 am

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4:05 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

NBA Commissioner Calls For Legalization Of Sports Gambling

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 5:34 pm

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Sports
7:10 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Baseball's Best, A Hitter And A Pitcher, Are From LA

After helping the Angels win 98 games this season, outfielder Mike Trout swept the first-place votes for the American League Most Valuable Player.
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Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 5:09 pm

For Mike Trout, the outfielder from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the third time was the charm. The star hitter finally won the American League's MVP Award after finishing second in the voting both last year and the year before — not too shabby for a player who just turned 23 in August. He picked up all 30 first-place votes.

In an era when pitchers are increasingly dominant, Trout actually had arguably his worst season yet as a starter. He set career lows in batting average (.287), hits (173), and on-base percentage (.377).

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Sports
3:30 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

FIFA Won't Reopen Bidding Process For 2018, 2022 World Cups

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 9:31 am

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The Two-Way
3:19 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

FIFA Clears Qatar, Russia Of World Cup Corruption, Ignites Furor

FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Qatar Football Association President Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Bin Ahmed al-Thani exchange documents in Doha, Qatar, on Dec. 16, 2010, after the Arab country won the bid to stage the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Osama Faisal AP

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 3:50 pm

A report by FIFA has cleared Qatar and Russia of corruption in their successful bids to host the soccer World Cup, but the report has plunged the sport's governing body into more controversy.

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The Two-Way
6:35 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Baseball's Cy Young Awards Go To A Newcomer And A Repeat Winner

Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians narrowly won his first Cy Young Award after a stellar second half of the season.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 10:25 am

The National League Cy Young award goes to Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw — the third time he's won it. He led both the American and National Leagues in wins this year and also had the lowest earned run average in the major leagues. Kershaw threw a no-hitter in June against the Colorado Rockies, where just one fielding error kept him from a perfect game. He also helped lead the Dodgers to a division title. And he did all of that while missing more than a month with a back injury.

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Sports
4:02 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Yankees Look For Ways To Unload Alex Rodriguez

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 7:09 am

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Everything about this next story is awkward. It's a story of Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees star suspended for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs.

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That is awkward.

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Sweetness And Light
2:50 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Chicago Or Cleveland: Whose Teams Had More Downs Than Ups?

Joe Tinker of the Chicago Cubs and Bill Bradley of the Cleveland Naps around 1910.
Library of Congress

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 7:09 am

For those of us in sports who like to wallow in extended misery, this has been one terrific time. The Chicago Cubs hired a popular new manager, reminding us again, interminably, that they have now gone 106 years without winning the championship, eating up 51 managers in the process.

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Sports
6:36 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Tennis Players Are Getting Their First Servings Of Sabermetrics

Britain's Andy Murray plays a return to Canada's Milos Raonic during their singles ATP World Tour tennis finals match Tuesday at the O2 arena in London.
Tim Ireland AP

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 1:27 pm

Move over Billy Beane — baseball isn't the only sport that's buddying up to Big Data.

Tennis pros — often driven by their coaches — increasingly are turning to data recorders from the likes of IBM, SAP and other tech firms that track the distance players run, where they hit important serves and all sorts of other metrics.

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