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It’s showtime again in LA as the world’s highest-priced sports team are closing in on their first appearance in the World Series for 25 years

31-year-old Albert Pujols helped St Louis Cardinals win this year's World Series

Baseball: Angels pay £160m for MVP Pujols

Albert Pujols, widely regarded as the best player in baseball, has joined the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on a 10-year contract reported to be worth $250m (around £160m).

Boston Red Sox 'messiah' Bobby Valentine is all smiles at Fenway Park

Baseball: Comeback Cardinals beat Rangers to win World Series

The St. Louis Cardinals completed their magical comeback season by beating the Texas Rangers 6-2 in a deciding Game Seven to clinch the World Series last night.

Einhorn pulls out of New York Mets deal

Talks have collapsed on a proposed $200m (£123m) investment in the New York Mets from the hedge fund manager David Einhorn.

Fan saved from home run plunge

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.

MLB assessment at the mid-season stag

ESPN America’s Michael Kim speaks to baseball expert Doug Glanville about the first half of the 2011 major league season.

LA Dodgers file for bankruptcy in last-ditch attempt to save team

The tragicomedy that is the Los Angeles Dodgers intensified yesterday as one of US sport's most famous franchises filed for bankruptcy – a last ploy by its heavily indebted owner to keep the team from being taken over entirely by Major League Baseball.

Rupert Cornwell: If a dispute is not settled, entire seasons can be lost

Major League Baseball's takeover of the Los Angeles Dodgers is but further proof of the tight, centralised control exerted by the American sports leagues – operating, in some respects almost literally, as laws unto themselves.

Baseball: Dodgers cut artless Giants down to size

The Los Angeles Dodgers capitalised on San Francisco's error-strewn performance to hand last season's World Series champions a 2-1 defeat on Major League Baseball's opening day on Thursday.

Baseball: Henry can pull Sox up but will Liverpool see readies?

When the Boston Red Sox' newly-signed outfielder Carl Crawford was presented to the media last December, he realised that he was without appropriately-coloured neckwear. Executive vice-president Sam Kennedy gave him a Liverpool tie, "thus merging Major League Baseball and Premier League", according to Peter Gammons, the respected baseball broadcaster.

The Last Word: Take baseball bat to the FA's soft approach

Forget all the fines, bans and campaigns: football's big boys should sit down and talk like grown-ups

The Fix Is In, by Brian Tuohy

Imagine if the Premier League title race was fixed. Not by corrupt players or match officials in the pay of gambling syndicates, but by an unholy alliance of Premier League executives and club owners keen to heighten the drama, thereby increasing television audiences and revenue.

Baseball: Giants brought back to earth by Rangers loss

There was no sign of panic from the San Francisco Giants after they suffered their first loss in the World Series late on Saturday. After winning the first two games at home in the best-of-seven series, the Giants were brought back down to earth in a 4-2 setback on the road against the Texas Rangers.

American Football: Lincecum's clever pitching gives first blood to Giants

San Francisco Giants' Tim Lincecum outduelled Roy Halladay in one of the most highly anticipated pitching battles in years as the Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 on Saturday in the opening game of the National League Championship Series.

Will the Red Sox formula for success work at Anfield too?

"There is," declared one notable Liverpool supporter yesterday, "only one reason why people like this buy football clubs – to make money." That he was standing outside Stamford Bridge, possibly the biggest sporting plaything we will ever see, did not add weight to his argument. But the suspicion that prickles among the club's fans is readily understandable, and matches that troubling the minds of the Red Sox Nation when John W Henry and his partners first arrived in Boston in 2002.

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