In the United States, Bo Jackson is revered as one of the country’s greatest ever athletes. He broke no world records and is in no Hall of Fame, yet those who saw him simultaneously in the NFL and MLB still spread his legend.
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Tuesday 29 November 2011
"It's hard not to be romantic about baseball," says one of the characters in Moneyball, the new film based on Michael Lewis's book about how a club with scant financial resources could compete successfully against much richer opposition.
Monday 31 October 2011
Biggest TV audience in 10 years for the final match of the World Series caps a fabulous season which proves the grand old game of America has emerged from its darkest days
Wednesday 17 August 2011
An Australian teenager who spent 10 hours with a fake bomb chained to her neck said today that she is relieved the FBI has arrested a man accused of breaking into her home and tethering the device to her as part of an elaborate extortion plot.
Thursday 11 August 2011
It was heart-warming to see the good folk of Clapham, Hackney and the rest mobilise themselves for a mass clear-up, using the same social media that had summoned the urban pillagers less than 24 hours before. Raising their brooms and dustpans aloft, they appeared the very model of David Cameron's Big Society. Whoever would have forecast that it would be looting mobs in London that would give it birth?
Thursday 11 August 2011
Impromptu protection squads win support of London Mayor – but are warned those with a political agenda will not be tolerated
Friday 29 July 2011
ESPN America’s Michael Kim makes the case for more use of television replays in baseball.
Wednesday 13 July 2011
A baseball fan in Arizona narrowly escaped a 20ft plunge when he tried to catch a ball heading into the stands, less than a week after a father in Texas died in a similar accident.
Tuesday 12 July 2011
Saturday 09 July 2011
A baseball fan died after he fell from a stand while trying to catch a ball for his son.
Friday 01 July 2011
ESPN America’s Michael Kim speaks to baseball expert Doug Glanville about the first half of the 2011 major league season.
Friday 24 June 2011
Levi Bellfield is one of the most dangerous serial killers Britain has known.
Thursday 02 June 2011
Wally Yonamine was a sportsman whose career forced him to face prejudice in two separate sports, on two separate continents, and for opposite reasons. In 1947, playing American football for the San Francisco 49ers, the first Japanese-American in the professional game, he faced considerable resentment resulting from the recently-ended war against Japan. And as the first foreigner to play baseball in the Japanese major leagues, he was referred to as the "Japanese Jackie Robinson", after the black star who integrated American baseball, and faced a similar onslaught of racial abuse and harsh treatment.
Monday 25 April 2011
A 29-year-old man was beaten to death in a terraced street in Derby by five balaclava-wearing men armed with "baseball bats or sticks". The Polish victim, named by police as Serioza Lawskoski, was left unconscious by the beating early on Saturday evening. Paramedics fought to save him at the scene but he was pronounced dead at hospital shortly afterwards.
Friday 15 April 2011
A US jury has convicted the baseball star Barry Bonds of one count of obstructing justice but was deadlocked on other charges that he lied to a grand jury about whether he knowingly used steroids.
Friday 01 April 2011
"The fact is, I don't want to be old. And I certainly don't want to be dead. I don't want to be the tremulous coot you barely remember." As John Ames begins to write a letter to his son, a letter that will be read when he is long buried, he is unaware that this will not be a meditation on beauty, but on the difficulty of forgiveness. Ames, a pastor in the crumbling prairie town of Gilead, Iowa, finds a beauty in creation that almost breaks his heart – a heart now prone to missed beats, flutters, uneven squeezes of the chambers. Water, the house cat, baseball on the radio: these are achingly more beautiful as they will soon be lost. He has come to see his perishability, and the world looks lovely in the light of his leaving it.
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