Sport Alex Rodriguez is still owed $100m from his Yankees contract

A-Rod suspended until end of 2014 but appeal allows first Yankees game of the season last night

Raines retires after 21 seasons

Baseball: Cone is forced to settle for $12m deal with Yankees

DAVID CONE wanted a two-year deal from the New York Yankees, but the right-handed pitcher settled for a lucrative one-year contract with the World Series champions yesterday. The former Cy Young Award winner, who turns 37 in January, agreed to the shorter contract after the Yankees offered $12m (pounds 7.7m) for 2000.

Books for Christmas: Sport - Float like a butterfly, sting like a fee

AS MUHAMMAD Ali's powers decline, his place in the affections of the sporting public seems ever more secure. The Ali publishing industry was kick-started by Thomas Hauser's peerless oral biography at the start of the decade, and as Ali steps up to receive the numerous Sportsman of the Century awards coming his way, it is appropriate that two of the best sports books of 1999 concern the man and his times. Mike Marqusee's Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties (Verso, pounds 17) is as much about the times as the man. Ali may be everyone's hero now, but for a large part of his career, and in spite of foreign supporters, most of his fellow-Americans despised this draft- dodging, uppity black Muslim. Marqusee's exhaustively detailed book sets him against a backdrop of civil rights, Malcolm X, Vietnam and all the rest of that giddy decade.

Film: The hunks who lost America

Ride With the Devil (15) Ang Lee; 140 mins East is East (15) Damien O'Donnell; 96 mins Jakob the Liar (12) Peter Kassovitz; 119 mins The Out-of-Towners (12) Sam Weisman; 90 mins Following (12) Christopher Nolan; 70 mins The Story of O (18) Just Jaeckin; 95 mins

Football: Sport on TV: Pub performers given final push by a safe pair of hands

THERE ARE some great stories about the motivational methods used by football managers over the years in the dizzy pursuit of success. At Crystal Palace during the 1970s, to take an example from nowhere in particular, Malcolm Allison once famously invited the soft-porn actress Fiona Richmond into the communal bath with the team ("I felt she'd been working very hard," Big Mal would explain later. What happened when the players worked hard is anyone's guess).

Obituary: Catfish Hunter

FOR THE decade on either side of 1970, Catfish Hunter was one of the American League's most dominant pitchers. In 1968 he threw the AL's first perfect game, retiring all 27 hitters he faced, and his 224 career victories and 3.26 lifetime earned run average guaranteed him a place in baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. But his historical significance lay elsewhere. For James Augustus "Catfish" Hunter, down-home boy from rural North Carolina, was a man who changed the financial balance of power in sport.

Baseball: McGwire achieves Stadium landmark

MARK MCGWIRE completed his collection of home-run stadiums in Cincinnati, as the St Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-5.

Baseball: Cone's perfect pitch

DAVID CONE pitched what was only the 14th perfect game in American Major League history on Sunday night, as the New York Yankees beat the Montreal Expos 6-0 here.

Friday Book: Selling out the big game

THOSE DAMN YANKEES: THE SECRET LIFE OF AMERICA'S GREATEST FRANCHISE BY DEAN CHADWIN, VERSO, pounds 20

Too hot to think about Hillary

Michael Elliott

The 50 Best: hot reads; 50 best holiday books

There can be no greater pleasure, surely, than a great book plus the time and a beautiful place to read it in? With that thought in mind, Diona Gregory and her panel of experts have browsed the booklists to bring you the best of holiday reading. These are words to chill with, in sun or shade, on sand or sward, but always at your leisure...

Obituary: Eddie Stanky

NICKNAMES, AFFECTIONATE and otherwise, have been common in baseball since before the turn of the century.

Hillary will live in New York. But on her own?

HILLARY RODHAM Clinton has finally spoken out on her plans for New York. She will move here after the end of next year when her husband is done at the White House. But her remarks, made on a television programme to be broadcast tonight, leave other questions - political and marital - entirely unanswered.

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