|_______________||1 || Astros fire manager Porter, bench coach Trembley |
(Reuters) - The struggling Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter and bench coach Dave Trembley on Monday, bringing in Tom Lawless as the interim manager for the rest of the 2014 season. Houston has gone 59-79 this season and lies fourth in the American League West standings with only state rivals, the Texas Rangers, below them. "This was not an easy decision to make," Astros owner Jim Crane said in a statement. "We wish Bo nothing but the best in the future. Our goal to bring a championship to Houston remains." (Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Gene Cherry)
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|_______________||2 || Ryder Cup wildcard challenge for McGinley and Watson |
Ryder Cup captains Paul McGinley and Tom Watson take centre stage on Tuesday when they both name their three wildcard picks to complete their lineups for Gleneagles. McGinley in particular is facing a tough choice with two former world number ones, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald, along with the Ryder Cup hero of two years ago Ian Poulter all failing to make it into the nine automatic qualifying slots. Normally they would all be clearcut picks for the Irishman, but complicating the situation is the good form of Scotland's Stephen Gallacher, who narrowly missed out on supplanting Graeme McDowell in the ninth and final qualifying spot by finishing third on Sunday at the Italian Open. McGinley, who played and missed the cut in Turin, was on hand to see how hard Gallacher battled to make the team and he was full of praise for the 39-year-old who lives just 35 miles from Gleneagles and knows the course better than anyone else among the Ryder Cup hopefuls.
|7h 28min 55sec ago|
|_______________||3 || Japan baseball game lasts 4 days and 50 innings |
In a scenario more usually associated with its cousin, cricket, a baseball game in Japan dragged on for four days with two high school teams slogging it out over a record 50 innings. Chukyo and Sotoku began their slug-fest on Thursday in the semi-final of Japan's high school rubber-ball baseball championship in Akashi, western Japan. It wasn't until Sunday morning that Chukyo's captain broke the deadlock, walloping a double in the record-breaking 50th inning. It also landed Taiga Matsui, the team's ace pitcher, with a truly impressive set of figures, having been hit just 26 times off a whopping 709 balls.
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|_______________||4 || Ernst edges Kim to win first LPGA title |
Portland (AFP) - American Austin Ernst sank a short par putt on the 18th hole to defeat Kim In-Kyung in a playoff to capture the LPGA Tour's Portland Classic.
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|_______________||5 || National Football League roundup |
(The Sports Xchange) - San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence early Sunday morning. The Sacramento Bee reported that McDonald was booked by San Jose police at 5:30 a.m. Sunday for "inflicting injury on a spouse or cohabitant". He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 15, the day after the 49ers play a Sunday Night Football game against the Chicago Bears in Santa Clara. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced last week that the new punishment for those involved in domestic violence disputes would be six weeks for first-time offenders and a second offense would carry a lifetime ban.
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|_______________||6 || Major League Baseball roundup |
(The Sports Xchange) - The Oakland A's acquired slugger Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox received minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn and unspecified cash considerations in exchange for Dunn. The A's will pay about half of the remaining $2.5 million owed to Dunn this season, according to ESPN. Dunn, 34, has 460 career home runs and is in the final year of his four-year, $56 million contract with Chicago. Dunn is batting .220 with a .340 on-base percentage, 20 home runs and 54 RBIs. ...
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