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June

07
Red Sox hand White Sox team-record 14th straight loss

Ceddanne Rafaela had four hits and drove in four runs Thursday as the visiting Boston Red Sox handed the Chicago White Sox their 14th successive defeat, 14-2. Tanner Houck (6-5) limited Chicago to two runs on three hits in seven innings. He struck out nine. Jarren Duran, Enmanuel Valdez and Jamie Westbrook each homered for Boston. Duran, who had four hits in the victory, led off the game with a homer against Chicago’s Jake Woodford, and Valdez hit a three-run home run against Woodford (0-2) in the fourth. Westbrook’s home run was the first of his major league career and […]

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May

13
Paul Skenes strikes out seven in MLB debut as Pirates win

Paul Skenes’ stuff was as electric as advertised. A fastball that reached at least 100 mph 17 times. A slider that left major leaguers shaking their heads. An invention called a “splinker” that is a hybrid of a splitter and a sinker and dips and dives unlike any pitch anywhere in baseball. Yet even at age 21, the Pittsburgh Pirates rookie knows all the “oohs” and “ahs” and knee buckles a ball that at times seems to explode out of his right hand can produce won’t matter if he can’t control it. So while there were some positive takeaways from his major […]

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April

26
Cubs’ Pete Crow-Armstrong gets 1st MLB hit with tiebreaking home run

Pete Crow-Armstrong hit a tiebreaking two-run homer for his first major league hit, and the Chicago Cubs swept the Houston Astros with a 3-1 victory on Thursday. Houston has lost a season-high five consecutive and eight of nine overall. At 7-19, it is off to its worst 26-game start since it was 6-20 in 1969. First-year manager Joe Espada was ejected by plate umpire Jansen Visconti in the top of the ninth. “I just did not agree with his strike zone all day,” Espada said after his first ejection as a big league manager. Crow-Armstrong was recalled from Triple-A Iowa when Cody Bellinger was placed on the 10-day […]

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April

24
Sixers’ Tyrese Maxey edges Coby White as NBA’s most improved

Philadelphia 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey was named the NBA’s most improved player Tuesday night, defeating out Chicago Bulls guard Coby White and Houston Rockets center Alperen Sengun. Maxey, 23, had a breakthrough season with the Sixers, averaging career highs in points (25.9), rebounds (3.7), assists (6.2), steals (1.0) and 3-pointers made (212). He also became an All-Star for the first time as he transitioned into playing point guard full-time following James Harden being traded to the LA Clippers. “I have had to take different steps,” Maxey stated during an interview with TNT before the Minnesota Timberwolves played the Phoenix Suns in Game 2 of their first-round series Tuesday night, when he was presented with the award. “In […]

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April

18
Sixers outduel Heat down stretch to clinch No. 7 seed in East

The 76ers needed all the improbable tricks they could summon to even have an opportunity at winning their first play-in game. Nicolas Batum hit game-shifting 3-pointers. Buddy Hield was in the mix. Even the promise of free chicken nuggets was enough to revive an offense and smother the boos from Philly fans that rained inside the arena. But in crunch time, the game came down to Joel Embiid. Always Joel Embiid. With the NBA MVP on the court, the 76ers proved they have a shot at a long postseason run as long as he’s in the lineup. Embiid had 23 points, 15 rebounds and one huge […]

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March

14
Jessica McCaskill to defend title vs. Lauren Price on May 11

Jessica McCaskill will travel to Cardiff, Wales, to defend her WBA welterweight title versus Lauren Price on May 11, promoter Boxxer announced on Wednesday. The fight at the Utilita Arena will be streamed live on Peacock in the USA. McCaskill (12-3-1, 5 KOs), of Chicago, is a two-division champion. She won the WBC junior welterweight belt by defeating Erica Anabella Farias in 2018 and then added the WBA title with a decision victory over Anahi Sanchez in May 2019. A year later she became undisputed welterweight champion by defeating Cecilia Braekhus and made three successful defenses. McCaskill moved down in […]

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December

28
Detroit Pistons set NBA record with 27th straight loss

It’s history not many fans inside Little Caesars Arena were looking forward to experiencing Tuesday night, but the Detroit Pistons couldn’t avoid NBA infamy, dropping their 27th consecutive game with a 118-112 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. It’s the most consecutive losses in a single season in league history. The 76ers have the overall record, losing 28 straight, but that spanned the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. Detroit hasn’t won a match since its home opener Oct. 28, versus Chicago, and now is 2-28 on the season. Entering Tuesday’s game, Pistons coach Monty Williams couldn’t avoid the topic of the all-time losing mark — […]

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November

15
Brewers finalizing deal to name Pat Murphy as manager

The Milwaukee Brewers are working to finalize a deal which will promote longtime bench coach Pat Murphy to manager, sources confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday. Murphy will replace Craig Counsell, who left to become manager of the Chicago Cubs last week. The Athletic was first to report the news of Murphy’s impending hire. Murphy, 64, has been the Brewers’ bench coach since 2016. Prior to that, he worked for the San Diego Padres from 2010 to 2015, including a stint as their interim manager that final season. He also was the head coach at Arizona State and at Notre Dame, where he coached Counsell. Looking for […]

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November

07
Cubs fire David Ross, hire Craig Counsell as new manager

The Chicago Cubs fired manager David Ross and hired Craig Counsell on Monday. The longtime Milwaukee Brewers manager was lured to Chicago with a record-setting five-year, $40 million contract, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN. The moves, which the Cubs announced Monday afternoon, stunned the baseball world, which had seen Counsell’s return to Milwaukee or hiring by the New York Mets as the likeliest outcomes. The Cubs had publicly praised Ross, with owner Tom Ricketts saying Oct. 2: “He’s our guy.” When Counsell’s contract with the Brewers expired Oct. 31, the Cubs moved quickly to indicate their interest and offered a deal that shattered the […]

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September

19
Mike Clevinger pitches a 6-hitter as the White Sox beat the Nationals 6-1

Mike Clevinger pitched a six-hitter for his third career complete game, and the Chicago White Sox defeated the Washington Nationals 6-1 on Monday night. Luis Robert Jr. hit a three-run homer for Chicago, which improved to 5-12 in September. Tim Anderson had four of the team’s 15 hits. Clevinger was working on a shutout before Dominic Smith hit his 10th homer with two out in the ninth inning. Smith walked slowly to first while watching the shot to right-center, and then flipped his bat. Clevinger (8-8) apparently took exception and exchanged words with Smith, prompting benches to clear in an incident that didn’t escalate beyond shouting. Clevinger then struck […]

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