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

Sport on TV: The surreal world of the tone-deaf celebrity

JUST AS cricketing sages assert that bowlers win matches, so any bacca-chewing old feller will tell you that pitchers are the key to America's national pastime. The venerable Philadelphia Athletics owner, Connie Mack, once said famously, "Pitching is 70 per cent of baseball". And the chuckers themselves are a breed apart.

Baseball: World Series in TV ratings flop

The World Series championship that ended in the early hours of Thursday morning drew the lowest television audiences on record.

Baseball: Yankees bask in moment of glory

World Series baseball: Comparisons with the best are made as New York celebrates

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Baseball: Brosius puts Yankees in sight of glory

SCOTT BROSIUS homered twice, including a three-run shot in the eighth inning, to bring the New York Yankees within one win of a clean sweep of the World Series with a 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres.

Baseball: Cuban gives Yankees reason to cheer

THE BASEBALL star who fled Cuba aboard a life-raft last December in search of freedom and riches, pitched the New York Yankees to a game two victory over the San Diego Padres in the World Series.

Obituary: Chet Hoff

AS THE 1998 World Series looms, baseball fans can look back upon this season as perhaps the most memorable in the game's history.

Baseball: Triumphant Yankees want place in history

THE New York Yankees have reached their second World Series in three years after beating the Cleveland Indians 9-5. The Yankees, whose 114 wins in the regular season were an American League record, took the best-of-seven League Championship Series by four games to two thanks to Tuesday's win. They now await the winner in the National League, where the San Diego Padres lead the Braves three games to two as the series returns to Atlanta.

Baseball: TV group pitches to buy Yankees

ANOTHER GREAT name in sports looks set to be sold to a media company just weeks after Manchester United passed into the empire of Rupert Murdoch.

The right to flop

When itinerant workers and the homeless needed a bed in New York, they headed for the many `flophouses' in The Bowery. Today, there are only nine left

Baseball: McGwire's 70 surpasses his dreams

MARK McGWIRE yesterday admitted that he was confounded by his achievement in reaching the mark of 70 home runs in a season as he celebrated in style. "I can't believe I did it. It's absolutely amazing," McGwire said. "It blows me away. Reaching the 70 plateau - I never, ever thought about it."

Baseball: Bowing to a real ball-park figure

Ronald Atkin visits Yankee Stadium where Joe Torre is eclipsing the legends of a glorious past

Baseball: Yankees close in on all-time wins record

THE NEW York Yankees are just one win away from breaking a club record which has stood for 71 years after sweeping both games of a double- header with the Central Division champions, the Cleveland Indians, on Tuesday. They won their 108th and 109th matches of the season to stand within one victory of the 1927 Yankees record of 110 wins.

Baseball: Ripken's home run ends at 2,632 games

NOTHING IN baseball is eternal. Not Roger Maris' home run record, pulverised in 1998 by Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. Not the failure of the hapless Chicago Cubs to put together a winning team (they might even make the play-offs this year). And now not even the Ripken streak.

Baseball: McGwire expands his record collection

MARK McGWIRE put his name in the record books yet again when the St Louis Cardinals scored seven times in the fifth innings to edge the Cincinnati Reds 8-7. McGwire drew two walks to match Barry Bonds' 1996 National League record of 151 in a season. But he also struck out twice and popped to first, finishing just 3 for 28 with a homer and two RBIs against Cincinnati pitching during this season.
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