Sport
 

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

The traditional independence of our broadcasters is being traded away as TV companies scramble to strike lucrative deals with top football teams

What club do you support? The question we used to ask each other in the school playground will soon be a standard query to direct at Britain's leading broadcasters. Already, in the earliest phase of the digital revolution, TV companies are competing ferociously to strike up lucrative partnerships with the top teams in football.

TODAY'S NUMBER 91

TODAY'S

Leagues end the isolation

Baseball

Murdoch set to add baseball team to empire

Tim Cornwell on the tycoon's bid to buy a part of history

Baseball: Clemens starting to repay Blue Jays

It is beginning to look as if 34-year-old Roger Clemens is worth the huge free agent contract he signed to join the Toronto Blue Jays in the off-season.

Walker puts Cubs in record book

Baseball

Baseball: Curt Schilling agreeds contract extension with Philadelphia Phillies

Pitcher Curt Schilling yesterday agreed a contract extension with the Philadelphia Phillies which includes three guaranteed years at $15.45m (pounds 9.7m) plus an option for 2001 worth $6.5m.

Braves can answer the big question

Rupert Cornwell, in Washington, previews the new baseball season

Yankees square World Series

Baseball

Yankees swept away in a flood of nostalgia; ONE DAY IN AMERICA

A remarkable 24 hours in the United States produced an extraordinary variety of sporting drama; BASEBALL; David Usborne watches the Bronx Bombers blow up spectacularly in the opening game of the World Series

BASEBALL: Atlanta Braves have 3-1 win over St Louis Cardinals

The four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux held the St Louis Cardinals to one run as the Atlanta Braves forced a deciding game in the National League Championship Series with a 3-1 win. In the World Series final starting tomorrow, the winners meet the New York Yankees whose slugger Darryl Strawberry has a hairline fracture of his toe but expects to be fit.

Baseball: Record blitz keeps Braves' hopes alive

The Atlanta Braves kept alive their hopes of retaining the World Series with a 14-0 demolition of the St Louis Cardinals on Monday. The victory cut the Cardinals' lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven-games National League Championship Series.

Yankees triumph

The New York Yankees put together six runs on three homers in the third inning to beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 and reach their first World Series since 1981 against St Louis Cardinals or Atlanta Braves.

Enlarged play-offs provide thrilling finale

Rupert Cornwell on the season when baseball's record books were rewritten
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
3.	Provence 6 nights B&B by train from £599pp
Prices correct as of 20 February 2015
Homeless Veterans campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

Homeless Veterans campaign

Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
8 best workout DVDs

8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable