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The MLB All-Star game: A brief history [by Stevo]


Major League Baseball’s All-Star festivities are back!

Every year on the second Tuesday in July the league’s best, as voted on by the fans, gather in a pre-determined city (St. Louis in this case) and play one blockbuster game that features the best 33-man roster that each league can produce.

An alluring concept to say the least, having both the American League and the National League stars pitted against each other on a perfectly cool night for baseball to mark the midway point in the season.

Women ‘Silenced’ on the Tennis Courts [by Josh]

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The Wimbledon 2009 Tennis Tournament finishes this weekend in the suburbs of London. All four top seeds from the women side of the tournament have advanced and have made it to the semi-finals.

With players Venus and Serena Williams, Dinara Safina and Elena Dementieva, the finals should be extremely competitive. However, some tennis fans are not nearly as excited for these finals due to the noises these females players make while playing the game.

ATTN Springfield readers! D-League team named


Springfield, Mass. – The name of Springfield’s new NBA D-League team was announced today.

In honor the Springfield Armory, the team will be named the Springfield Armor. The name was voted on in a poll by fans.

The Springfield Armor will begin their 2009-2010 season this fall. The team will play their home games at the Mass Mutual Center.

High school sophomore drops out, plays baseball instead [by Josh]

Bryce Haprer SI cover

With the guidance of his parents, 16-year-old Bryce Harper has decided to quit high school and play professional baseball.

Harper’s talents far exceed many current professional baseball players’ abilities. He has hit a 570-foot home run, can throw a 96 MPH fastball, and has speed to match Jacoby Ellsbury. There is no doubting that this kid has the physical make up to be an effective baseball player.

Baseball’s “chosen one” has had his potential compared to that of Tiger Woods and Lebron James. Furthermore, Harper has excelled in the classroom maintaining a 3.5 GPA at his religious high school. He has decided to receive a GED and take classes at a local community college until he waits for the 2010 draft, where his talent may make him the first pick.

With this knowledge, should Bryce Harper quit high school to become a professional baseball player?

‘Doin’ Work’: A Spike Lee joint to pass on [by jeff dale]


Kobe Bryant has been called a lot of things in his 12 year pro career — from rapist, to The Black Mamba, to MVP, to the next MJ. Kobe’s life has been a remarkable story of a star who rose so quickly after winning three championships by the age of 23, and whose crash to earth was equally remarkable.

These story lines might be what you’d expect to see when Spike Lee rolls up a fat one, and tackles one of the biggest sports icons of our generation. But, sadly to say, Spike has lost his fastball.

Baseball has wild ways the past few days [by ivan]


The Major League Baseball season has been going on for almost two full months now, and so far there have been a few different things going on that we don’t usually see every day, or even every year. Let’s take a look at this year’s strange MLB events from April through May, buttt mostly from the past few days:

1. Hopefully you already read about Lackey’s short pitching outing. For those of you who missed it read it here.

2. As most of you know, the American League uses Designated Hitters to bat and the National League uses pitchers to bat. On Sunday May 17, the Rays hosted the Indians which featured a funny pregame mistake causing the Rays to lose their Designated Hitter spot.

short pitching outing for the L.A. Angels [by Ivan]


The Los Angeles Angels, a team many people predicted to do well this year, got off to an interesting start last Saturday when they played the Texas Rangers.

The Angels have been in second place in the AL West behind the Texas team, but now with the return of Ervin Santana and ace John Lackey, they are looking to moving back up top.

Lackey made his season debut against the Texas Rangers at Saturday’s game, and he did not last long. He only lasted two pitches to be exact.

Lackey returned to the Angels lineup and faced one batter, Ian Kinsler. He threw one pitch behind him, while the next pitch beamed him on the side. Lackey was immediately thrown out of the game — after just two pitches!

Was it on purpose? I think so, but we may never know for sure. The ace Lackey will probably miss a little more time now if he gets suspended.

Welcome back John Lackey!

A Mother’s Day Marathon of Sports [by Jeff Dale]


Last year we had the Red Sox epic comeback from five runs down in the bottom of the ninth. This year we got another memorial Mother’s Day in the form of three wins from the boys from Boston.

First the Black and Gold got on the board with an early 1-0 lead on account of a pretty give-and-go from Phil Kessel and Marc Sarvard. The B’s went on to win 4-0, thanks to Tim Thomas stoning the Canes all night long.

During the game I asked my buddy Murph (huge B’s fan) whether Claude would ever consider starting Fernandez and give Timmy a break. The resounding answer from Murph?