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 By Ronald Blum    Sports    May 10, 2020

AP source: MLB owners OK plan that could lead to July start

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball owners gave the go-ahead Monday to making a proposal to the players' union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans, a plan that...

 

Silenced by virus, Met Opera links for digital global gala

NEW YORK (AP) — Javier Camarena was at his home in Zurich singing an aria from Bellini's "Il Pirata" when the screen for the video feed split, and he was joined by Metropolitan Opera music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Montreal and general...

 
 By Ronald Blum    Sports    April 22, 2020

AP source: A-Rod retains JP Morgan in bid for New York Mets

NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez, once again, wants to be like Derek Jeter. A-Rod and fiancee Jennifer Lopez have retained J.P. Morgan to represent them in raising capital for a possible bid for the New York Mets. The move was first reported by...

 
 By Ronald Blum    Sports    April 19, 2020

MLB players say pay shouldn't be cut if empty ballparks

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball players are upset over the prospect teams may seek additional pay cuts if games are played in empty ballparks due to the coronavirus outbreak. Their anger was stoked last week when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo...

 

Met Opera cancels season, stops pay of orchestra, chorus

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera is canceling the rest of its season and stopping the pay of the orchestra, chorus and other unionized employees at the end of March due to the new coronavirus. The Met last week called off performances...

 

American women seek more than $66M in damages from US Soccer

Players on the U.S. women's national team are seeking more than $66 million in damages as part of their gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation. The damages were included in slew of papers filed Thursday night in U.S....

 
 By Ronald Blum    Sports    October 27, 2019

Bon Voyage: Road teams win 1st 5 Series games for 3rd time

HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander, Joe Smith and Will Harris tossed the ball at Minute Maid Park as slanting light from the late-afternoon sun streaked through the large glass panels and across right field. After arriving home at 4:30 a.m., they were...

 
 By Ronald Blum    Sports    June 30, 2019

Yankees rule Britannia, complete London sweep of Red Sox

LONDON (AP) — Britain treasures tradition, and the New York Yankees wrapped up Major League Baseball's first trip to Europe with one of their sport's classic customs: a late-inning pinstriped comeback. Gary Sánchez hit a go-ahead, two-run single...

 
 By Ronald Blum    Regional    May 3, 2019

Transgender baritone Lucia Lucas makes US debut

Lucia Lucas has taken one of the most difficult paths to her American professional opera debut. She moved to Europe a decade ago as Lucas Harbour, established a career as a baritone in regional houses, then decided in 2013 to transition to female....

 

Take me out to the screen: Virtual reality baseball a hit

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Nicholas Montes put on goggles and a catcher's mitt and crouched. The 13-year-old will never catch a 104 mph pitch from Aroldis Chapman. But at the All-Star FanFest, he felt what it's like to be Buster Posey snagging...

 

Regan fulfills goal to pitch batting practice at age 80

NEW YORK (AP) — On the second day of his life as an octogenarian, former big league pitcher Phil Regan walked out to the infield and threw batting practice for the New York Mets. On a brisk afternoon before Friday night's game against the Miami...

 

Wired up: Digital devices the rage in baseball

Baseball players are wired up. Yankees reliever Dellin Betances wears a sleeve around his elbow to measure stress on a ligament. Chris Coghlan spent spring training with the Phillies using a wrist band to check his sleep and recovery. Others have...

 

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