• Baseball's answer for PED suspects up for Hall of Fame? Make them wait

    As suspected drug cheats like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens gain ground on Hall of Fame enshrinement, it’s become clear they can’t be shut out forever
    Thanks to years of research into the effects of performance enhancing drugs in baseball we now know everything about the drugs except whether or not they enhance performance.Steroids and other so-called performance drugs were really at the center of this year’s Hall of Fame vote, which was announced on Wednesday night. Three very
  • Baseball Hall of Fame's 2017 class: Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez

    Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens passed over once againTrevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fall just shortJeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame on Wednesday, earning the honor as Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fell just short.Steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were passed over for the fifth straight year by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. But they received significantly more votes this time and could be
  • Hall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey pardoned by Obama

    San Francisco Giants legend pardoned for 1995 guilty plea to tax fraudMcCovey had been sentenced to two years’ probation and a $5,000 fineHall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey has been pardoned by Barack Obama for a 21-year-old guilty plea to tax fraud.The San Francisco Giants legend was one of 273 individuals granted a second chance by the outgoing president on Tuesday, when Obama issued 209 grants of commutation and 64 pardons. Continue reading...
  • 'Sports has changed attitudes': Obama welcomes Chicago Cubs to White House

    The president is a White Sox fan but he marked the Cubs’ World Series win with delight, celebrating sometimes fragile unity at his final White House functionBarack Obama has twice stood before a jubilant crowd and declared: “They said this day would never come.” Related: Inauguration boycott grows as Donald Trump meets Martin Luther King IIIRelated: Alex Morgan: ‘If Fifa start respecting the women’s game more, others will follow’ | Donald McRaeContinue reading
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  • Bo Jackson: I'd never have played football if I'd known of concussion risks

    Football and baseball legend says he was ignorant of head trauma‘There’s no way I would ever allow my kids to play football today’Bo Jackson has revealed that his legendary dual-sport career would never have got off the ground if he’d known 30 years ago about football’s risk of concussion. Related: San Diego refused to be bullied by the NFL and billionaire owners | Les CarpenterContinue reading...
  • Bo Jackson: I'd never have played in the NFL if I'd known of concussion risks

    Football and baseball legend says he was ignorant of head trauma‘There’s no way I would ever allow my kids to play football today’Bo Jackson has revealed that his legendary dual-sport career would never have got off the ground if he’d known 30 years ago about football’s risk of concussion. Related: San Diego refused to be bullied by the NFL and billionaire owners | Les CarpenterContinue reading...
  • Indoor youth training at Thames Valley Softball and Baseball Club

    Thames Valley Softball and Baseball Club has been running indoor youth training sessions for children and young people between 5 and 16 years of age for the past couple of months, and is hoping that more youngsters will get involved in the new year. The sessions are held at Garth Hill College Sports Hall, Bull Lane, Bracknell RG42 2AD on Sunday mornings from 10.00-11.00 am. The sessions are not specific to either softball or baseball, but take in both sports and are run by experienced Level 2-q
  • Kobe returns and Tebow thrives: our bold sports predictions for 2017

    On the heels of a sports year that was chock full of surprises, Guardian US contributors make their bold predictions for the months to comeHere are our bold predictions for 2017 – as ever, to be taken with a pinch of salt. Related: Ronda Rousey's defeat to Amanda Nunes is a cautionary tale for UFC fighters | Josh GrossContinue reading...
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  • Guardian US sports quiz of the year 2016: the year in photos

    It was one of the most memorable years in sports. Can you identify the missing figures from these iconic photographs of 2016?Name the silhouetted figure in this photo.Ryan LochteMichael PhelpsRyan MurphyAnthony ErvinName the silhouetted figure in this photo.Stephen CurryDraymond GreenAndre IguodalaKevin DurantName the silhouetted figure in this photo.Ryan ArcidiaconoBuddy HieldBen SimmonsKris JenkinsName the silhouetted figure in this photo.DeMarcus WareVon MillerChamp BaileyJohn ElwayName the s
  • Baseball in 2016: from Cubs win! to Scully's sayonara, 10 memorable moments

    Another year of baseball is gone, goodbye: David Lengel takes a look back at the best, worst and most controversial moments of the 2016 seasonIt was Game 7 of the World Series, and baseball history was busy pulling the Chicago Cubs back into a boiling cauldron of curses. Rajai Davis’ eighth inning, game-tying home run off the Cubs’ Aroldis Chapman had turned Cleveland’s Progressive Field into a mosh pit, with slightly fewer title-starved Indians fans ripping off their shirts in
  • HPA athletes attend Youth Sport Trust Talent Camp at Loughborough

    Nine athletes from BSUK’s High Performance Academy and one young coach from our community attended the annual Youth Sport Trust National Talent Camp held at the University of Loughborough from 16-19 November. The event is designed to inspire and prepare young people for what it takes to be an elite performer.  BSUK’s Liz Knight, who attended the camp as a sports representative, said: “Over the four-day camp it was fantastic to see participants from baseball and softball r
  • BSUK announces sponsors and new speaker for the 2017 Coach Summit

    International Sports Group, the European Softball Federation, the British Baseball Federation and the British Softball Federation have agreed to sponsor and support the 2017 BSUK Coach Summit. This is the second year for the Coach Summit, which will take place on Saturday 28 January at Birmingham City University, and it has quickly become THE annual event in the British baseball and softball coach development calendar. The theme for the 2017 Summit is ‘An athlete-centred approach’, a
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  • Trial days go well for London University Indoor Baseball League

    Ahead of launching the London University Indoor Baseball League, which will start in late January, BSUK has hosted several trial days recently at Play on Sport in London. Play on Sport has long been home to London indoor softball leagues, but BSUK development staff wanted to see if baseball could be suitably adapted to a smaller playing space.  The conclusion was that the game still looks and feels like baseball but with the following changes:The pitching rubber and bases are closer than no
  • Fans could bring guns into stadiums under proposed bill in Washington state

    Bill would affect teams such as Seahawks, Sounders and MarinersNFL says it would oppose any such bill being introducedConservative legislators in Washington state have proposed a bill that would allow fans to bring guns into stadiums. The bill was proposed by Republican representatives Matt Shea, David Taylor and Bob McCaslin and would prevent stadium operators from stopping members of the public with licenses to carry concealed firearms from entering their venues with weapons. Stadiums affected
  • Fans could bring guns into stadiums under proposed bill in Washington

    Bill would affect teams such as Seahawks, Sounders and MarinersNFL says it would oppose any such bill being introducedConservative legislators in Washington state have proposed a bill that would allow fans to bring guns into stadiums. The bill was proposed by Republican representatives Matt Shea, David Taylor and Bob McCaslin and would prevent stadium operators from stopping members of the public with licenses to carry concealed firearms from entering their venues with weapons. Stadiums affected
  • Iowa Supreme Court ruling clears way for Field of Dreams baseball complex

    Iowa court clears way for 24-field complex at Field of Dreams site1989 film starring Kevin Costner was nominated for three OscarsThe Iowa Supreme Court seems to agree with Kevin Costner that there’s no better place to play baseball than on fields cut out of the corn.The court on Friday cleared the way for a 24-field baseball complex at the Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville, upholding a lower court’s decision that the City Council properly rezoned the property from agricultural
  • No Olympic funding for baseball and softball for now, but door remains open

    Friday 9 December -- UK Sport, the agency that funds Olympic sports and athletes in Britain, announced today that no money has been allocated to baseball or softball national team programmes for the Tokyo Olympic cycle – but the door has been left open to review that decision in a year’s time. Funding decisions for all Olympic sports were publicly announced on Friday afternoon, and a number of sports are facing disappointment after what UK Sport described as their “toughest de
  • Where is University Baseball at the end of 2016?

    By Luke Stott This report is designed to highlight where university baseball currently stands in terms of participation and structure at the end of 2016, and to outline plans for the future.  The report is aimed at all stakeholders within British Baseball, not just university clubs. Current position​ There were 20 universities that had active baseball programmes in the UK during the 2015-16 academic year:  University of Cambridge (est. 2016) Coventry University (est. 2015) Durham
  • How is University Baseball doing at the end of 2016?

    By Luke Stott This report is designed to highlight where university baseball currently stands in terms of participation and structure at the end of 2016, and to outline plans for the future.  The report is aimed at all stakeholders within British Baseball, not just university clubs. Current position​ There were 20 universities that had active baseball programmes in the UK during the 2015-16 academic year:    University of Cambridge (est. 2016) Coventry University (est. 2015)
  • Even in the tough times Fidel Castro’s Cuba placed great value on sport | Richard Williams

    Long before the Buena Vista Social Club beguiled audiences around the world, revolutionary Cuba’s sporting heroes enjoyed global renownOn a warm evening in a Barcelona suburb 24 years ago, the air thick and heavy, the light-grey and gold, Cuba and the USA met in a baseball game that was as much a contest of ideologies as an Olympic semi-final. As the two teams lined up to shake hands before the semi-final, each Cuban presented his opponent with a commemorative pennant. The Americans had co
  • Pirates' Jung-ho Kang charged with fleeing scene of DUI crash in Korea

    Third baseman faces charges for allegedly fleeing scene of DUIKang, 29, signed a four-year, $11m deal with the Pirates in 2015Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung-ho Kang faces charges in South Korea after crashing a luxury car while driving under the influence of alcohol and then leaving the scene early Friday.Police are also investigating whether Kang asked a friend to falsely report who was driving the vehicle, according to an official at Seoul’s Gangnam district police station, who didn&r
  • MLB owners and players agree to new labor deal and hold off threat of strike

    Agreement extends sport’s labor peace to 26 yearsDeal reached hours before expiration of collective bargaining agreementNegotiators for baseball players and owners have a verbal agreement on a five-year labor contract. The deal extends the sport’s labor peace to 26 years since 1995 and was reached about hours before the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement. Continue reading...
  • All-Star Game will no longer decide home-field advantage in World Series

    Change included in new bargaining agreement between owners and playersDeal reached hours before expiration of collective bargaining agreementThe league that wins baseball’s All-Star Game will no longer get home-field advantage in the World Series, which instead will go to the pennant winner with the better regular-season record.The change was included in Major League Baseball’s tentative new collective bargaining agreement and disclosed early on Thursday.Continue reading...
  • Yoenis Cespedes agrees to $110m deal with New York Mets, reports say

    Cespedes will become second-highest paid position player if deal goes through
    Outfielder helped team to World Series in 2015 and post-season in 2016Yoenis Cespedes and the New York Mets have agreed to a $110m, four-year contract, a source has told the Associated Press.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement is subject to Cespedes successfully completing a physical. Related: Yoenis Cespedes rides to Mets training on horseback, dressed as cowboyContinue reading..
  • Two GB athletes nominated for Young Sports Personality of the Year

    Two young athletes from the GB Baseball and Softball programmes – Conner Brown and Laura Hirai -- were nominated recently for the BBC’s Young Sports Personality of the Year competition. Although neither made the final shortlist, the nominations reflect their outstanding ability and leadership and the exciting seasons both of them have had. Conner Brown captained the Great Britain U18 Baseball Team at the European Junior Championship this past July, where the team achieved its best-ev
  • BSUK announces dirt suppliers for British baseball and softball

    BaseballSoftballUK is pleased to announce that after significant research, testing and negotiation, there are now two suppliers ready and able to service the needs of British baseball and softball. Based in the United Kingdom and using UK-sourced materials for the mixes, the suppliers are Castle Clay and Boughton Loam. Arrangements are in place to provide infield mix, top dressing and warning track material. Baseball and softball dirt mixes are available in North America and in some places in Eu
  • Club Spotlight: Northants Centurions Baseball Club

    In this edition of the Club Spotlight, BSUK Midlands Development Manager Leah Holmes shines the light on the Northants Centurions Baseball Club.  Formed only three years ago, the club has embraced the development connections on offer, harnessing the local School Games softball programme to form a new youth baseball team in addition to their adult programme and a slowpitch softball section. "Northants is an example of a club that has embraced opportunity in order to rapidly grow. &
  • Club Spot Light: Northants Centurions Baseball Club

    In this edition of the Club Spot Light, BSUK Midlands Development Manager, Leah Holmes, shines the light on the Northant Centurions Baseball Club. Formed only three years ago, the club has embraced the development connections on offer, harnessing the local School Games softball programme to form a new youth baseball team in addition to their adult programme and developed a slowpitch softball section. "Northants is an example of a club that has embraced opportunity in order to rapidly grow. They
  • Ralph Branca, pitcher who gave up 'shot heard around the world', dies at 90

    Son-in-law Bobby Valentine says Branca died in Rye, New YorkSpent 11 season with the Brooklyn DodgersRalph Branca, the Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who gave up the famed “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” that still echoes six decades later as one of the most famous home runs in baseball history, died Wednesday. He was 90.His son-in-law, former big league manager Bobby Valentine, said Branca died at a nursing home in Rye, New York. Related: Do baseball's resurgent ratings augur a play f
  • Baseball clubs received over £100,000 in grant support for development in the last four years

    Following an analysis of BaseballSoftballUK’s work with clubs over the last funding cycle (April 2013 – Oct 2016) we are happy to report that thanks to the efforts of BaseballSoftballUK and its staff baseball clubs have received £103,688* in grant and income support. This is cash that has gone directly into the pockets of baseball clubs in an effort to help them achieve their own development goals. *£103,688 as of October 2016, but there are additional grants worth up to
  • Baseball clubs received over £100,000 in grant support in the last four years

    Following an analysis of BaseballSoftballUK’s work with clubs over the last funding cycle (April 2013 – Oct 2016) we are happy to report that thanks to the efforts of BaseballSoftballUK and its staff baseball clubs have received £103,688* in grant and income support. This is cash that has gone directly into the pockets of baseball clubs in an effort to help them achieve their own development goals. *£103,688 as of October 2016, but there are additional grants worth up to
  • The gifs that keep on giving: against the posts, off the ceiling and into the floor

    Featuring a shot that travels around the goal but doesn’t go in, some cultured defending, a few unusual home runs, a fancy jump and japes from gymnasts Continue reading...
  • Angels' Mike Trout, Cubs' Kris Bryant win Most Valuable Player awards

    Angels center fielder named American League MVP for second timeTrout batted .315 with 29 home runs, 100 RBIs and 30 stolen basesCubs third baseman and World Series champion picks up NL awardChicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant has been voted NL MVP, and Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout is the AL winner for the second time in three years. Related: Chicago Cubs end most storied title drought in American sporting folklore | Bryan Armen GrahamContinue reading...
  • Washington's Max Scherzer, Boston's Rick Porcello win Cy Young Awards

    Scherzer captures NL Cy Young Award after MLB-high 284 KsNationals pitcher becomes sixth to win award in both leaguesBoston’s Rick Porcello wins AL award after winning 22 games
    Rick Porcello of the Boston Red Sox has won the AL Cy Young Award by a narrow margin and Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals has taken the NL prize. Related: Do baseball's resurgent ratings augur a play for the NFL's TV throne? Not so fastContinue reading...
  • BSUK Accounts available ahead of BSUK AGM

    BSUK Accounts available ahead of BSUK AGM read more...Tag(s): Get in the Game
  • Do baseball's resurgent ratings augur a play for the NFL's TV throne? Not so fast

    Baseball scored a rare ratings victory over the NFL boosted by a thrilling World Series. Could it mean a challenge to football’s TV dominance? Don’t bet on itEarly last Thursday morning, as the champagne flew in the Chicago Cubs clubhouse, Fox put to bed a rollicking World Series that smashed all expectations of what modern baseball can do on television with a 25.2 rating for Game 7. Later that night, on the NFL Network, the Atlanta Falcons clobbered the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and drew
  • Sports team owners make huge political donations. Where does their money go?

    While owners of teams in the four major North American sports leagues skew heavily conservative, far more donated to Hillary Clinton than Donald TrumpThe owners of the professional sports teams in the four major North American leagues skew heavily conservative with contributions to Republican campaigns, candidates and Super Pacs exceeding donations to Democratic efforts nearly tenfold according to Federal Election Commission records.Nearly all of the owners of MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL franchises we
  • Taxpayers may help pay for the Rangers' $1bn ballpark – but at least they'll get aircon | Tom Dart

    The public are still footing the bill for stadiums across the US but many see it as a way of helping out the local economyAt a cost of $1bn to put a chill in the air during Texas Rangers games, it would surely go down as the sports world’s most expensive air-conditioning bill.Voters in the city that is home to the Rangers go to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to finance a new Major League Baseball stadium that would replace a popular facility that is barely two decades old. Related:
  • BBF release 2016 Annual General Meeting Information

    BBF release Annual General Meeting Pack read more...Tag(s): Get in the Game
  • The gifs that keep on giving: Kris Bryant, Luca Zidane and skateboarding in the sky

    Featuring synchronised standing, a poor show from a young goalkeeper, confident fielding, an insect intervention and a face of sheer delight Continue reading...
  • Chicago Cubs victory parade – video

    The 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs are greeted by thousands of supporters during a victory parade on Friday. The Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians to win their first championship since 1908.Chicago Cubs win World Series after 108 years as perennial losersContinue reading...
  • Chicago Cubs celebrate World Series win with city parade – video

    Thousands of Chicago Cubs fans celebrate the team’s 2016 World Series win at a victory parade in the Windy City on Friday. Fans packed on to the streets of Chicago as the team travelled from Wrigley Field to Grant Park in open top buses. The Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians to win their first championship since 1908.Chicago Cubs win World Series after 108 years as perennial losersContinue reading...
  • Useful alternatives to the man drawer | Letters

    Man drawers | The year of the unexpected | Ominous prophecy | Orgreave | I, Daniel Blake | Warming signsI agree with Tim Dowling (Can you do these 10 annual jobs in just one day? G2, 1 November) about the naming of the “man drawer”, an essential part of any household with or without a man, and previously known by me as “that drawer in the kitchen”, a name which everyone recognised. However, the contents of mine are now dispersed in a pocketed device hanging on my utility
  • 'We can't wait to get crazy': Cubs fans pack Chicago for World Series parade

    Millions expected to celebrate Cubs’ first world championship since 1908
    Parade will wind through downtown and end seven miles south in Grant ParkChicago Cubs players enjoyed their victory lap on Friday, waving to tens of thousands of elated fans crowded along miles of city streets during a parade honoring the first Cubs team to win a World Series title in 108 years. Related: How the Chicago Cubs faced down history and killed a century-old curseContinue reading...
  • Sports quiz of the week: Chicago Cubs, Miroslav Klose and being 'like herpes'

    Who gave up his gun? Who stopped a game early? And who had died by 1908?Three of these historical figures were alive when the Chicago Cubs last won the World Series. Which one wasn't?Oscar WildeErnest HemingwaySaul BellowAl CaponeThe Chicago Cubs hadn’t won the World Series since 1908. When did the Cleveland Indians last win it?1939194819591970Tottenham will begin the north London derby on Sunday as the only unbeaten team in the Premier League. Who are the only team to have beaten Arsenal
  • Cubs fans, take note: when my Red Sox finally won, I no longer knew who I was | Dave Bry

    I’m a Boston fan, and loserdom defined me – until it suddenly didn’t. Cubs fans might find that after winning the World Series, baseball is never the same againWhat an absolutely wonderful World Series we just watched. Close games, dominant pitching, spectacular plays; both teams boasting bright young stars (Bryant and Rizzo! Lindor and Ramirez!) buttressed by tested vets (Lester and Ross, Napoli and Crisp); the two best, most lovable managers in baseball (Maddon, Francona). An
  • Chicago Cubs fans get 'a souvenir they can’t throw away' – World Series tattoos

    Fans have been getting inked ever since their playoff run began, and several parlors are offering discounts after Wednesday’s historic win over ClevelandAfter a century-long drought, Chicago Cubs fans are looking to mark their historic World Series win with some permanent ink. Fans have been flocking to get tattoos ever since their team’s landmark playoff run began. Several parlors are now offering discounts to any who want to commemorate their beloved team’s win.Related: How t
  • World Series victory thrilled the child in every Chicago Cubs fan

    Chicago is filled with those who have endured the lovable losers tag their whole lives, and they were jumping on the field with the Cubs on WednesdayWhen it was finally over and the Chicago Cubs were World Series champions, and the Cubs fans in the crowd sang “Go Cubs Go’’ I thought of a young boy who would have just been so happy. He used to sneak a transistor radio into school and hide it in his desk so when it was head-down time to take a nap, he could click on the Cubs game
  • Obama congratulates the Chicago Cubs on World Series win – video

    Barack Obama congratulates the Chicago Cubs baseball team on their World Series triumph at a campaign rally in Miami on Thursday. Obama, a well-known Chicago White Sox fan, jokes that the last time the Cubs won the World Series, in 1908, sliced bread did not exist. Therefore he says, winning the title is ‘the greatest thing since sliced bread’ for fans of the CubsHow the Chicago Cubs faced down history and killed a century-old curseContinue reading...
  • How the Chicago Cubs faced down history and killed a century-old curse

    On Wednesday night, for the Cubs at least, the World Series ended in that rarest of things: an authentic, earned happy endingThere was a baseball game last night.There are three stories to tell about it, and they’re stacked on top of each other, tottering, each bigger than the last and relying on the one below it to make sense. The first story: the Cubs took a 6-3 lead into the eighth inning of Game 7 of the World Series, and Aroldis Chapman blew it. Then he won the game. Related: Chicago

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