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How One Man Made $2.5M Betting on the World Series

'Vegas Dave' and his history of long-shot sports bets

(Newser) - "Vegas" Dave Oancea started his career as a professional gambler by taking out a $10,000 student loan, going straight to Vegas, and putting it all on red. Telling his story to Mel Magazine , Dave says: "It hit, and I turned the 10 grand into 20. That started... More »

Cubs Will Play in World Series

Chicago advances, will face Cleveland

(Newser) - The Chicago Cubs are at long last headed back to the World Series. Kyle Hendricks outpitched Clayton Kershaw, Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras homered early, and the Cubs won their first pennant since 1945, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 Saturday night in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series.... More »

Bill Murray Holds White House Press Briefing

He talks Cubs baseball and the plight of trees in Los Angeles

(Newser) - Bill Murray stepped in for White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Friday, holding his own short briefing in the White House press room, the Chicago Tribune reports. Murray, as one would expect, used his time to discuss the Chicago Cubs with the handful of assembled reporters, one of whom... More »

Cleveland Keeps Its Magical Sports Year Going

Please ignore the Browns

(Newser) - A most unlikely pitching performance helped put a most unexpected team into the World Series. Rookie Ryan Merritt coolly delivered a lead to the Andrew Miller-led bullpen, and the Cleveland Indians won their first pennant since 1997, blanking Toronto 3-0 Wednesday in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series, the... More »

Judge: Cleveland Indians Can Keep Name in Canada

Activist tried to block 'racist' name, mascot

(Newser) - The Cleveland Indians were allowed to play—and win—under their usual name in Toronto Monday night after a Canadian judge rejected an attempt to block the use of the Indians name and the Chief Wahoo mascot. Indigenous activist and prominent architect Douglas Cardinal had sought an injunction against what... More »

Cubs Go Up One Over Dodgers in NLCS Opener

Game 2 is Sunday night

(Newser) - Miguel Montero delivered a memorable swing, Javier Baez stole home with his daring dash down the line, and Jon Lester turned in another steady performance on the mound, reports the AP . It all added up to another dramatic victory for the Chicago Cubs, who are off and running in the... More »

Cubs Take Big Step to Ending Team 'Curse'

Chicago advances to the National League championship

(Newser) - Kris Bryant tossed his glove high in the air, Jake Arrieta jumped over the dugout railing, and the rest of the Chicago Cubs rushed to join the celebration. Pure revelry and a sigh of relief, all at once. World Series favorites since opening day, the Cubs took another step in... More »

MLB Wants Beer-Throwing, 'Loon-Ball' Fan Prosecuted

It's also pressuring Toronto to ban beer cans from the stands

(Newser) - Major League Baseball wants officials in Canada to prosecute the Toronto Blue Jays fan who threw a can of beer at Baltimore Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim during the seventh inning of the AL wild-card game Tuesday, the AP reports. Toronto police on Wednesday released a photo of the fan... More »

Tebow Legend Now Includes Mashed Tater in 1st Pro At-Bat

He didn't Tebow on home plate, though

(Newser) - The legend of Tim Tebow got another chapter Wednesday when he hit a home run (video here ) in his first at-bat as a member of the New York Mets organization, Deadspin reports. Even more impressive, it was on the first pitch the former NFL quarterback saw as a professional... More »

Yankee Fan Drops Bomb on GF—and Engagement Ring

But did Andrew Fox make the save?

(Newser) - If Red Sox fans didn't have enough to taunt Yankees fans about, Tuesday's game between the two rivals offered more ammunition. A Pennsylvania man decked out in pinstripes decided to propose to his girlfriend at Yankee Stadium, and he had his stunt all worked out, down to getting... More »

Friend: I Begged Them Not to Go on Fernandez's Boat

Friend of one victim says pitcher was upset after fight with girlfriend

(Newser) - Although Jose Fernandez was often seen heading out with friends to enjoy a day on the water, the night of his death doesn't sound particularly carefree, per USA Today . Shortly before he headed out on a boat early Sunday with friends Eduardo Rivero and Emilio Macias, who also died... More »

Tim Tebow Is Officially a Baseball Player

New York Mets sign him to minor league contract

(Newser) - Tim Tebow has indeed found himself a career in baseball —but it's not the major league deal he was hoping for. The New York Mets have signed the former NFL quarterback to a minor league contract, reports NBC New York . He'll join the Mets' instructional league, which... More »

Worth Every Penny? What A-Rod Cost NY

Is a World Series worth $317M?

(Newser) - If a World Series title is worth $317 million, then the New York Yankees probably deserve a pat on the back. If not, well, the team might be regretting its payments to Alex Rodriguez. By the time A-Rod collects his last payment as a player from the Yankees next year,... More »

Tim Tebow Wants to Play ... Baseball

He's apparently pulling a Michael Jordan

(Newser) - Tim Tebow is trying to pull a Michael Jordan and jump from one professional sport to another. ESPN —where the former NFL quarterback works as an analyst—reports that Tebow is "actively pursuing" a career in baseball and will invite all 30 MLB teams to watch him work... More »

Era of A-Rod Is Ending for the Yankees

Star slugger Alex Rodriguez, in a slump, will play his last game on Friday

(Newser) - Alex Rodriguez will play his final major league game next Friday with the New York Yankees and then become a special adviser and instructor with the team, reports the AP . Rodriguez and the club made the announcement before Sunday's game against Cleveland. A-Rod will play against Tampa Bay at... More »

Ump Stops Game to Eject ... a Fan

Bob Davidson says fan was yelling obscene taunts

(Newser) - It's not unusual for an umpire to toss somebody out of a baseball game, but it's typically a hot-headed manager or a player. In Philadelphia on Tuesday night, it was a foul-mouthed fan. As the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, home-plate ump Bob Davidson stopped the Phillies-Giants game in the... More »

Teen's Heart Stops After Baseball Hits Him, Then a 'Miracle'

Steve Smith's life may have been saved by a quick-acting teammate

(Newser) - Two Virginia teens are suddenly more than just baseball teammates after a near-death experience during a practice July 14, NBC Washington reports. Steve Smith was running the bases when a throw from the catcher inadvertently nailed him under his left armpit, causing cardiac arrest. “His heart stopped immediately,"... More »

Max Scherzer Ties MLB Record, Strikes Out 20 Tigers

'There's something about 20,' Nationals pitcher says

(Newser) - Max Scherzer has thrown two no-hitters, come within one strike of a perfect game, and met just about every expectation that accompanied the $210 million contract he signed with Washington. Still, after his latest masterpiece Wednesday night, he said: "There's something about 20." Scherzer struck out 20... More »

Baseball's 'Magna Carta' Sells for $3.3M

1857 document change the sport's early history

(Newser) - Documents that baseball historians have called the Magna Carta of the game have sold at auction for nearly $3.3 million. SCP auctions says the 1857 papers called the "Laws of Base Ball" sold early Sunday to an anonymous buyer after more than two weeks of bidding, reports the... More »

Fan Hospitalized After Foul Ball Hits Her Face

The ball slipped through a small gap in the protective netting

(Newser) - A woman was hospitalized after being hit by a foul ball in the seventh inning of a game between the Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, the AP reports. The foul ball got through a small gap between netting behind an area for photographers, hitting the woman... More »

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