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Jared Walker, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, Playing For Something -

In our second installment of Playing for Something, Dodgers prospect Jared Walker, as told to The Undefeated’s Mark W. Wright, opens up about losing both parents and an older brother — and how that emotional turmoil motivates and inspires him to press on toward his goal of making the big leagues. I was in kindergarten […]

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Boston Red Sox, Commentary, Dave Roberts, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB -

BOSTON — When the first World Series was played 115 years ago, Puerto Rico had been under U.S. control for less than five years. Naha, Okinawa, was still 18 years away from becoming officially listed as a city. And Tom Yawkey was less than a year old, still decades away from becoming a trust fund […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Riots, MLB, NBA, Rodney King -

Four Los Angeles officers beat Rodney King to a bloody pulp after he led them on a high-speed chase on March 3, 1991. Even after King was subdued, the four white officers took turns delivering blows to his body. Even though black people historically have had reason to believe the justice system does not come […]

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Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Martin Luther King Jr., Maury Wills, MLB, Opening Day, Pittsburgh Pirates, Roberto Clemente -

Fifty years ago, on Thursday, April 4, 1968, the sun began to set on Memphis, Tennessee. At the downtown Lorraine Motel, Martin Luther King Jr., dressed for dinner, stepped out of Room 306 and onto the second-floor balcony. Seconds later, he met what his followers feared most: a sniper’s bullet. Within minutes, he lay in […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Billy Bruton, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, Elston Howard, Frank Robinson, Hank Aaron, Los Angeles Dodgers, Maury Wills, Milwaukee Braves, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Roberto Clemente, Vada Pinson, Wendell Smith -

Major League Baseball wanted its black and white players to integrate at team hotels and venues during spring training. The state of Florida did not want integration. That’s how 12 of MLB’s 18 teams found themselves in the middle of an intense standoff during this week in 1961. Whispers about pulling out of the Sunshine […]

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Houston Astros, Locker Room Talk, Los Angeles Dodgers, Yu Darvish -

The headline of a local newspaper Wednesday morning laid out a hopeful narrative before Game 7 of the World Series: Yu Darvish Can Avenge Game 3 Nightmare, Become World Series Game 7 Hero. Darvish, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 31-year-old pitcher, found himself in the middle of a controversy during Game 3 after giving up a […]

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Colin Kaepernick, Gregg Popovich, Houston Astros, Josh Gordon, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, MLB Playoffs, NBA, NFL, Papa John's, What Had Happened Was -

game. blouses. The Houston Astros clinched their first World Series title in franchise history with a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 on Wednesday. The Astros scored all five of their runs off Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish in the first two innings of the game, including a two-run homer to […]

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2017 MLB Playoffs, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Magic Johnson, Milton Carroll, MLB, Shawn Taylor -

Artist Swizz Beatz once asked the question in his 2007 song “Money in the Bank”: Now, what y’all wanna do? / Wanna be ballers? / Shot-callers? For some kids growing up, they want to be ballers. Their entrance into sports is through playing the games. Then there are kids such as Shawn Taylor, who grew […]

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2017 MLB Playoffs, Boston Red Sox, Dave Roberts, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Waymon Roberts -

HOUSTON — Angie Evans St. Julien picked up her phone and initially reacted with excitement upon hearing the voice of her first cousin, Dave Roberts. “How’s it going?” she asked. Roberts had just found out that he had been traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Boston Red Sox on July 31, 2004. Rejection […]

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2017 MLB Playoffs, Culture, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Music -

Alls my life I had to fight/Hard times like, “God!”/ Bad trips like, “Yeah!”/ … But if God got us, then we gon’ be alright! — “Alright” by Kendrick Lamar With Game 2 of the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros tied 3-3 heading into the middle of the ninth inning, […]

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2017 MLB Playoffs, Cameron Maybin, George Springer, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers -

LOS ANGELES — After 55 years of existence, the Houston Astros finally won a World Series game. Naturally, any team that has waited that long to break through in major league baseball’s championship series would have an unlikely hero. Enter slumping All-Star outfielder George Springer, who hit 3-for-30 in the seven-game American League Championship Series […]

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2017 MLB Playoffs, Baseball, Dave Roberts, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB -

LOS ANGELES — Step into the elevator on the ninth-floor pavilion at Dodger Stadium, ride it down to the first floor, step out and be prepared to be taken aback. To the left is a rectangular case full of Los Angeles Dodgers Gold Glove winners. The case to the right holds the 1981 and 1988 […]

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Baseball, Brooklyn Dodgers, Dan Bankhead, Dave Roberts, Jackie Robinson, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees -

Seventy years ago, Jackie Robinson and Dan Bankhead became the first African-Americans to play in a World Series. The pair did so in 1947, during their rookie seasons, as the Brooklyn Dodgers faced the New York Yankees. Robinson brought an end to the ban on black players in Major League Baseball when he joined the […]

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2017 MLB Playoffs, Baseball, Cito Gaston, Dave Roberts, Dusty Baker, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, MLB Playoffs, Ron Washington, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals -

The signs were out during the Toronto Blue Jays’ World Series championship parade in 1992. Two men stood near the end of the route, one with a tomahawk and one with a cardboard sign: “First we took your toy, and then we beat you.” “To see those two guys with that sign, and it was […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Art Williams, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB -

When Art Williams entered San Diego Stadium, his knees buckled and he took a big gulp. The first thing he saw walking into the home of the San Diego Padres was the message on the big board: “Welcome Art Williams, the National League’s First Black Umpire.” This was going to be the biggest thrill of […]

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Colin Kaepernick, Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather, Jerry Rice, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Los Angeles Dodgers, Rich Hill, What Had Happened Was -

Game. Blouses. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill lost his no-hit bid in the 10th inning after a walk-off home run from Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison. Hill had a perfect game going in the ninth inning of the eventual 1-0 loss before an error from Dodgers infielder Logan Forsythe ended that possibility, although […]

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Baseball, Colin Kaepernick, Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, Oprah Winfrey, What Had Happened Was, Yasiel Puig -

GAME. BLOUSES. After hitting a two-run home run at the top of the second inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig gave fans at Cleveland’s Progressive Field a special hand gesture as he made his way around the bags and to the Dodgers’ dugout. The long ball […]

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2016 MLB Playoffs, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians, Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, LeBron James, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, NBA -

The Cleveland Indians are in the World Series, and Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James couldn’t be happier. On Thursday, James said he’s looking forward to receiving his NBA championship ring next Tuesday, the same night the Indians will host a World Series game. “From a fan’s perspective, is there any better way? Maybe have an ice […]

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Adrian Gonzalez, All Day, Donald Trump, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB -

Remember when Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said that Mexico was sending drugs, criminals and rapists to our country? I’ll bet Adrian Gonzalez does. The Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman, whose homer was the difference in a win over the Chicago Cubs in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, refused to stay at […]

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Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, NLDS, Washington Nationals, What Had Happened Was -

GAME. BLOUSES. In the longest nine-inning postseason game (4 hours and 32 minutes) in Major League Baseball history, the Los Angeles Dodgers dealt the latest heartache to Washington, D.C., sports fans. The Dodgers are off to the National League Championship Series to face the Chicago Cubs after taking Thursday night’s game at Nationals Park, 4-3, […]

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Dave Roberts, Dusty Baker, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, NLDS, Washington Nationals -

For the first time in 113 years, two African-American managers will face off against one another in the Major League Baseball playoffs. The Washington Nationals’ Dusty Baker and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Dave Roberts will begin their chess match Friday at 5:30 p.m., when the Nats welcome the Dodgers to the nation’s capital. “I mean, […]

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