CNN's Don Riddell recaps the friendly soccer match between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain at Yankee Stadium.
The driver of a bus involved in a deadly accident in March has been indicted on charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, according to the Bronx district attorney.
A National Transportation Safety Board investigation has revealed new facts about the Bronx crash that killed 15 people in early March, with the head of the NTSB issuing renewed calls for changes in bus safety and regulation of bus companies.
The driver's license of the man authorities say was behind the wheel of a bus that crashed last weekend in the Bronx, killing 15 people, has been suspended, according to state officials.
At least 14 passengers died early Saturday after the driver of their tour bus lost control of the vehicle and struck a pole on Interstate 95 in the Bronx, New York police said.
A fourth suspect in a series of anti-gay beatings in New York was released Thursday, according to the Bronx district attorney's office.
Three of 11 suspects arrested in a series of anti-gay beatings in New York were released Tuesday due to insufficient evidence, according to the Bronx district attorney's office.
The last of nine named suspects in a series of anti-gay beatings is "just appalled" by the attacks and had nothing to do with them, his lawyer said Monday after the man surrendered to police.
Plus: Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Pete Wentz take Bronx for a ride and more star sightings
As the superstar turns 41 on Saturday, see how her beauty style has gone from Bronx to Hollywood!
School personnel at a Bronx high school misused or stole more than $90,000 raised by students for their school year activities, according to an audit released Friday by the New York state comptroller's office.
With baseball's first-year player draft just five days away, the Nationals aren't saying who they will take first overall. But that's more about their own rules regarding caution and secrecy than anything else. By now everyone knows who the star of this mostly average draft is: 17-year-old slugging sensation Bryce Harper, a Sports Illustrated cover boy at 16 last June and a college superstar at 17 this June, two years ahead of his time.
Never again will there be a repeat of the 1976 MLB draft, when two Hall of Famers and two near Hall of Famers were bypassed in the first round, with Alan Trammell going in the second round, Rickey Henderson (Hall class of 2009) in the fourth, Jack Morris in the fifth and Wade Boggs (Hall class of 2005) in the seventh.
None of the biggest of the free agents from last winter -- Matt Holliday, John Lackey and Jason Bay -- has quite lived up to the hype or his big contract yet. All three are terrific players with long track records of success who have performed reasonably well, and it's way too early to judge their deals. But a little over a quarter of a billion dollar ($268.5 million in all) was spent on that trio that comprised easily the top three free agents from last year, and while all of them are playing solid, sound baseball, it's hard to say any of them has produced beyond or even up to expectation (the fourth biggest, Chone Figgins, has struggled far worse.)
Every week I will rank the top five candidates in each league for one of baseball's three major awards. This week I revisit the Cy Young award races, which I first examined three weeks ago. The number in parenthesis after each player's name reflects his rank on the previous list (HM stands for honorable mention).
Watching the Philadelphia Phillies try to hit lately has been a bit like watching a champion heavyweight flail with a broken fist and two shut eyes. They know what to do; they just can't do it.
On the surface it looks a lot like another over-hyped, over-produced event. The Bryce Harper Show, otherwise known as the 2010 Rule 4 Draft, will take place Monday, and given how much time the MLB Network is devoting to this year's affair you half-expect Cat Deeley to preside over the ceremonies. There will be a one-hour pre-show. There will be a (first-ever) televising of the supplemental draft that comes after the first round. There will be a procession of interviews with old greats like Tommy Lasorda, Frank Robinson, and Billy Williams, who will be shuffling around Studio 42 in Secaucus, N.J., site of the festivities.
Of all the professional athletes I have come across, few are more obnoxious, more difficult, more petulant than Brett Myers, the one-time Phillies ace now trying to rediscover himself as a Houston Astro.
Thanks to the Astros' longtime pitching star Roy Oswalt and his unusually early trade request, trade speculation has already begun -- though the majority of trade-deadline deals won't happen for two months.
The fact that strike-throwing, Cy Young-winning, master-of-efficiency Roy Halladay and losing-record, never-before-thrown-a-complete-game Dallas Braden are the two most recent pitchers to throw perfect games proves there's no formula for completing pitching's rarest feat.
The baseball star calls the actress "amazing" and the two have been dating since last fall
One night earlier this month, as I was walking on Jerome Avenue in the Bronx as the game inside Yankee Stadium was winding down, I noticed a police van parked at the curb, officers milling about, and a palpable buzz among a small crowd. Only then did I see the cause of the mild commotion: two of only 13 men still walking this earth who threw a perfect game in the big leagues. David Wells, a bear of a man, costumed appropriately all in black, including a camp shirt that could make do for propelling a sailing vessel, and David Cone, ever youthful and catlike, dressed nattily in coat and open-collared shirt, mixed easily among the fans -- though they be legends among them.
Last May Ken Macha's concerns about Trevor Hoffman extended only to the volume of his closer's entrance music.
Interleague play for American League teams typically is what a reachable par 5 is for PGA pros: par is a bad score. It's the perfect opportunity to pad your score. Indeed, AL playoff berths have been won by beating up National League teams. Last year the four AL playoff teams (Yankees, Red Sox, Twins, Angels) played .581 baseball against AL teams but .653 baseball against NL teams.
The footage was unmistakable. A camera for FSN Rocky Mountain, the television home of the Rockies, had found Phillies bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer sitting on the visiting bullpen bench in the second inning of a game on May 10, looking through a pair of binoculars in the direction of home plate.
Every week I will rank the top five candidates in each league for one of baseball's three major awards. Last week, I examined the MVP races in each league and next week, I'll take my first look at the Rookie of the Year contenders. This week, I'm turning my attention to the early-season leaders for the Cy Young awards.
Starting today, and for the remainder of the regular season, I will take a weekly look at the competition for baseball's major awards by ranking the top five candidates in each league for Most Valuable Player, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year honors, taking on one award per week on a rotating basis (MVP today, Cy Young next week, Rookie of the Year the week after, repeat). To be sure, it's still early in the season but it's not unusual for candidates to announce themselves by now and in some cases -- like Zack Greinke did with the AL Cy Young last year -- put a stranglehold on a major award before the calendar officially turns to summer.
This past winter, the public noticed something that has been clear for a while: Clever operators think defense is the best value in the game.
Joe Girardi has both the easiest and hardest job in his profession. It is easiest, of course, because he gets to plug All-Stars into his lineup everyday -- managing the Yankees is like playing fantasy baseball when you get all the draft picks and make all the rules.
An early soap opera has broken out in Hollywood. The Dodgers, good enough to win the NL West and reach the NLCS each of the last two years, are 8-14, dead last in the division, with a declining payroll and in desperate need of some veteran leadership. And now they're facing a new issue.
Baseball is a yawn, not a sneeze.
Not long after his young pitcher became just the 19th man in baseball history to throw a perfect game, Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane said by phone of Dallas Braden, "He's not afraid to take on the world."
BOSTON -- Kevin Youkilis is in no rush. When the Red Sox' first baseman looks at the AL East standings he sees his team sitting at 16-16, 6 1/2 games out of first place. But he also sees a path that, with some gradual climbing, can get them back to the playoffs for the fourth straight year.
Umpire Joe West is nicknamed "Cowboy" because he performs country songs and has sung with Merle Haggard, Johnny Lee and Mickey Gilley when he isn't on a baseball diamond. It might also be because he isn't from the city. But it's not because he has the biggest mouth in the entire United States, as some might now suspect.
In retrospect, it's probably a good thing that Dallas Braden got into a public war of words with Alex Rodriguez two weeks ago over the proper etiquette concerning opposing players crossing the pitchers mound. If not for that incident, there would have been a lot more casual baseball fans who responded "who?" upon learning that Braden threw the 19th perfect game in major league history on Sunday.
BOSTON -- Despite having publicly feuded with A's starter Dallas Braden, Yankees star Alex Rodriguez was complimentary of the pitcher's perfect game on Sunday night.
Here's a little reminder for the Boston Red Sox to post on the clubhouse fridge: Of the past 14 AL East teams to reach the postseason, all did so with at least 94 wins. Translation: There is no back door to October when you play in that division. And after five weeks of the season, the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees look so good that the threshold number is likely to be even higher than 94.
BOSTON -- Two years before umpire Joe West deemed the Red Sox' and Yankees' slow play to be "pathetic and embarrassing," as he did in early April, Major League Baseball had already made increasing the pace of gameplay a priority.
The Red Sox are a good team. They won 95 games last year and helped themselves with several free-agent signings this past winter. Theo Epstein, their general manager, surely knows this. But you wouldn't be able to tell from what he said to the Boston Herald this weekend after watching his team get swept by the sad, young Orioles.
It was exactly one hundred years ago when Franklin P. Adams wrote what is, after Casey At The Bat, sport's most famous poem. It appeared in the New York Evening Mail, entitled "Baseball's Sad Lexicon," as Adams lamented how three players on the Chicago Cubs kept thwarting his beloved hometown team.
There really are not that many famous stolen bases in baseball history. In honor of former big leaguer Dave Roberts, who announced on Monday that he has been diagnosed with lymphoma, I posed the following question on Twitter: What are the 10 most famous stolen bases in baseball history? I got something like 500 responses, and about 498 of those suggested the same three stolen bases. I'm sure you can figure out those three without thinking too hard. They will be the top three on the list.
One night last month while I watched the Oakland Athletics pitchers walk 10 New York Yankees, an idea occurred to me about what some people find "wrong" with baseball. It's not the time of games, the pace of games, the dilution of pitching because of expansion or the way hitters adjust their batting gloves and cup in between pitches -- the usual complaints that get attention.
The Red Sox are scuffling and you can hear the cackling from coast to coast.
Albert Pujols, Adrian Gonzalez and Prince Fielder were surely pleased to hear about Ryan Howard's five-year, $125-million extension. The number isn't absurdly high -- in fact, it was right on the mark in my estimation (more on that below) -- but it does provide another comparable deal for the trio of first-base stars who are scheduled to be free agents after the 2011 season.
Some ideas are so good that, in retrospect, they seem obvious. Those Starbucks coffee cups, for example. All those years when you wanted to get a cup of coffee to go, you accepted that you would probably get second-degree burns in the process. That was just the price of coffee. And then, one day, the Starbucks people come up with cups made of thicker stuff, and as an added bit of protection they developed those little cardboard sports bras that you put on the cups to make them even easier to hold. Brilliant. Those cups, as much as the coffee itself, is why I think Starbucks now can charge $5 for a cup of coffee when, for a million years, coffee cost 50 cents or came free with breakfast. I should have come up with that Starbucks cup.
Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees gathered for lunch last week at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco at the invitation of SI, to celebrate one of the most famous and accomplished sets of teammates in sports history. Rivera, Posada and Jeter are the first trio of teammates to play 16 consecutive seasons together in any North American team sport, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Pettitte missed only three of those seasons with the Yankees while playing for his hometown Houston Astros from 2004 through '06. They have won five world championships together.
Mike Krzyzewski said something the other day that, to me anyway, was both nonsensical and really astute at the same time. He was trying to explain why so many people felt so free to despise Duke, and he basically came down to the idea that Duke is not a state school. As such, Duke really has no home base, no geographic core of fans to tell the haters, in a metaphoric sense, to please go to hell.*
On Monday morning, five of the most productive first basemen in the National League were due to become free agents after the 2011 season: Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard, Adrian Gonzalez, Prince Fielder and Lance Berkman. Monday afternoon, that number was reduced to four when the Phillies inked Howard to a five-year extension worth $125 million with a club option for a sixth season that includes a whopping $10 million buyout.
On Monday, the Phillies announced a five-year, $125 million contract extension with All-Star first baseman Ryan Howard that includes a club option for a sixth season. Here are three quick thoughts on the deal.
President Obama, a diehard Chicago White Sox fan, will test a different kind of diplomacy Monday when he hosts the New York Yankees at the White house.
On the most recent day in which all 30 teams played, last Wednesday, 20 center fielders were African-American. The group included veteran All-Stars such as Torii Hunter, Vernon Wells and Curtis Granderson, but mostly it included some of the fastest rising young stars in the game, including Andrew McCutchen, Matt Kemp, Dexter Fowler, Cameron Maybin, Adam Jones, B.J. Upton, Denard Span, Austin Jackson and Michael Bourn.
Rafael Fernandez walks into the Bronx, New York, medical clinic, with his eyes wide open.
Question: I'm 42 years old. What percentage of my weekly paycheck should I contribute to my 401(k)? --Gary, Bronx, New York
Charlotte Street was an apocalyptic nightmare version of urban life.
With his parents and aunt Jessica Simpson looking on, Bronx Mowgli turns 1 in style
The man who saved a 4-year-old boy from an apartment fire says it wasn't the first time he was in a fire.
A store owner in New York who is being hailed as a hero after rescuing a 4-year-old boy from a burning building said he plans to visit the child in the hospital Friday.
The Melrose Place star credits her age, genes - and a little help from mom - for her weight loss
A look into Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor's early years growing up in the Bronx.
After weeks of struggle and lousy press about their third baseman (not Cody Ransom) and the ticket prices in their new emporium, the Yankees are at last enjoying a little success. By golly, they're also having some fun while they're at it.
â¢ Pete and Ashlee Simpson-Wentz made the new parent pilgrimage to New York's FAO Schwarz, where 6-month old Bronx Mowgli was the center of his parents' attention. Mom and Dad helped him "ride" a life-size plush pony in the store, and baby Bronx was so eager to read books that he tried to turn the pages himself. The musical mom and dad picked out a Stack & Pull toy, a Sporty stroller and Barefoot books with sing-a-long CDs for their little rocker.
In the midst of our economic and environmental crisis, I am grateful our new president embraces the potential of green ideas.
Plus, she sends love notes over Twitter to Pete Wentz, who is on tour with his band
The singer is focusing on acting for now so she can "be close to her baby," says a friend
One of baseball's truly warming winter traditions is the Yankees torquing people off with their public displays of wretched excess. This year, they made a lot of folks hot under the collar by rolling out $423.5 million worth of free agents at their introductory press conferences.
New parents Simpson and Wentz post a photo of their son in a holiday e-card
"Every time he looks at his hand, it's like he's Columbus making it across the ocean," the proud papa tells PEOPLE
The new father says he wants to be "the best dad I can be"
Ashlee's big sister calls baby Bronx "beyond precious" and the grandparents say they feel "truly blessed"
"We are happy beyond words and incredibly proud of Ashlee and Pete," say Joe and Tina Simpson
A New York City plan to test a borough's entire adult population for HIV is meeting resistance from health workers
A three-year initiative will seek to give HIV tests to everyone in the Bronx from age 18 to 64, the New York City Department of Health announced Thursday.
CNN's Sunny Hostin takes a look at the legal issues surrounding the faked abandonment of a baby in a NYC cab.
In recent years, one of the annual rites of spring for the New York media has been to proclaim the return of The Bronx Zoo. This year, Mariano Rivera's expiring contract, the absence of Bernie Williams, and the Alex Rodriguez-Derek Jeter affair have prompted New York writers to invoke the name of the old Zoo. You can hardly blame them.
Maybe it's better to finish second.
Between the Giants, the Knicks, and the Fresh Kills landfill, New Yorkers must endure plenty of things that stink. Add this to the list: area residents suffer the nation's longest daily commutes to work.
$10 Box seats for a Yankees game at Legends Field in Tampa during baseball's spring training cost $16 less than they do in the Bronx. Find all the teams' schedules and nearby hotels on the Web at w...
- -- COLIN POWELL, 54, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, encouraging students at his alma mater, Morris High School in the Bronx, to avoid drugs and graduate: ''Stick with it. I'm giving you a...
As New York City schools go, Walton High, in the polyglot borough of the Bronx, is neither the best nor the worst. Only 9% of its 3,500 mostly black and Hispanic students quit before graduation, co...
We read the article ''99 Things That, Yes, America Makes Best'' from your May issue with great interest, expecting to find our product among the 99. An impressive 19% of the 99 are food products. B...
Whether it's the ivy-and-brick antiquity of Wrigley Field or the indoor comfort of the Astrodome, a ballpark offers a unique forum for mixing business and pleasure. There's ample time for conversat...