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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.
The Los Angeles Dodgers filed for bankruptcy protection in a Delaware court, blaming Major League Baseball for refusing to approve a multi-billion dollar TV deal that owner Frank McCourt was counting on to keep the troubled team afloat.
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.
A great American sports institution is on the brink of bankruptcy after its owners' fortunes were struck out
San Francisco's rag-tag bunch, led by star pitcher Tim Lincecum, have high hopes as they play Texas in world series
Matt Carroll finds aspects to Aspen in Colorado that the brochures don't tell you about
For most students of history, the "shot heard around the world" is either the one at Concord, Massachusetts in 1775 that started the American War of Independence, or the one that killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914. But for baseball fans it means something else: the most famous home run of all, hit by Bobby Thomson to win the National League pennant for the New York Giants in 1951.
The first World Series game played at the new Yankee Stadium was turned into a sombre affair by Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee. The left-hander gave the crowd of 50,207 little to cheer about while leading the 2008 World Series champions to a 6-1 victory over the New York Yankees in the first game of the 2009 Fall Classic on Wednesday.
As Manny Ramirez becomes the latest superstar slugger to be tainted by the suspicion of using steroids, Rupert Cornwell traces baseball's doping epidemic back to an addiction to home runs
Studios losing millions to growing popularity of websites that give you new movies for free
Half a million fans are expected to jam the streets of downtown Philadelphia today in celebration of the Phillies' first World Series title since 1980, and the first major league championship in any sport by a city team in a quarter of a century.
The Philadelphia Phillies have won the World Series after beating the Tampa Bay Rays in last night's rain-delayed Game Five.