Sport Bo Jackson of the Kansas City Royals stands ready at the plate during a game against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in 1990

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Feeling the fear: Paris Lees

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Oxford child sex ring case: Abuser 'branded his 12-year-old victim with a heated hairpin'

Girl tells court she was repeatedly raped from age of 11 and forced to act as sex party 'hostess'

Plenty to spare: Oscar Pistorius on his way to the 400m semi-finals

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There is not enough testing in football

Wrestling at the London 2012 Olympics

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IOC announce decision

Lavonne Paire-Davis: Baseball player

Lavonne "Pepper" Paire-Davis, who died on 2 February aged 88, was a star of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s and an inspiration for the film A League Of Their Own. Paire-Davis was a model for the character played by Geena Davis and served as a consultant on the 1992 film.

Quiet perfection: Musial at bat for St Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies in 1946

Stan Musial: Baseball player considered one of the best in history

On a late summer's day in San Francisco in 1962, a modest crowd gathered to watch the visiting St Louis Cardinals baseball team do battle with the hometown San Francisco Giants. The Cardinals were not strong that year, while the Giants were challenging for the National League divisional baseball championship. Still, the Cardinals were always interesting to watch because of the presence on the team of their aging superstar, Stan Musial, known down the years to anybody exposed to the sport as "Stan the Man".

Uncompromising: Miller in 1981 during a baseball players’ strike

Marvin Miller: Sports executive who pioneered the concept of free agency

Marvin Miller was the founding executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association who led a revolution in sports by expanding the concept of free agency, which made many leading athletes multi-millionaires. "I loved baseball, and I loved a good fight, and, in my mind, ballplayers were among the most exploited workers in America" he wrote in his memoir, A Whole Different Ball Game.

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Cold comfort for men

God rest ye merry gentlemen and don't let the winter weather cause you any dismay. All you need is a decent coat and a bit of layering.

Poulter shocks US again by taking a swing at baseball

Ryder Cup hero blasts American institution and claims he would make a great sports psychologist

Rescuers can throw ‘baseball’ cameras into danger

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MVP winner Pablo Sandoval

Baseball: Giants sit on top of world

They don't have the big names, a Triple Crown winner or a $200m [£124m]-plus slugger. But for the second time in three years the San Francisco Giants rule baseball, clinically completing a four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers to win one of the most lopsided World Series in recent years late on Sunday night.

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