Stories by Ronald Blum

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Chile reigns at Copa America; Messi's wait continues

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Lionel Messi put his penalty kick over the crossbar, Francisco Silva converted Chile's shootout finale and La Roja won their second consecutive Copa America title by ...
By Ronald Blum

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

US men's soccer team still 'long way off'

Walking out of the stadium after Tuesday night's loss to Argentina, the Americans looked wide-eyed and shell-shocked.
By Ronald Blum

Messi leads Argentina to easy victory

HOUSTON -Five-time world player of the year Lionel Messi set up Ezequiel Lavezzi's opening goal in the third minute, then scored on a free kick to break Argentina's career scoring record and ...
By Ronald Blum

Monday, June 20, 2016

US will take the game to Argentina

HOUSTON - American players maintained over and over that playing Argentina and Lionel Messi in a Copa America semifinal tonight was a big deal, yet not mind-boggling.
By Ronald Blum

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Braves win fourth in a row

Atlanta overcame a 3-0 deficit and hung on in a wild ninth to beat the Mets for the second consecutive night and match its longest winning streak this year at four games. 
By Ronald Blum

Monday, June 13, 2016

Copa America attendance exceeding projections

NEW YORK - Fans at some first-round Copa America games have arrived to see empty sections, even closed-off decks. Still, the tournament is averaging more than 40,000 fans per game, a figure ...
By Ronald Blum

Saturday, June 11, 2016

U.S. holds on, advances to Copa America quarterfinals

PHILADELPHIA - The United States advanced to the quarterfinals of the Copa America, getting a first-half goal from Clint Dempsey and surviving DeAndre Yedlin's early second-half ejection to beat ...
By Ronald Blum

Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

MLS commissioner hopes new FIFA president brings change

NEW YORK - MLS Commissioner Don Garber hopes the winner of Friday's election for FIFA president institutes sweeping change.
By Ronald Blum

Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

Commissioner outlines possible changes during interview

NEW YORK - Baseball's strike zone could be getting a slight lift.
By Ronald Blum

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016

Griffey, Piazza pick their Cooperstown caps

Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza decide on which caps to have on their Cooperstown plaques.
By Ronald Blum

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

Griffey, Piazza elected to Hall of Fame

NEW YORK - Ken Griffey Jr. has been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame with the highest voting percentage ever, and Mike Piazza also is headed to Cooperstown.
By Ronald Blum

Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016

Griffey Jr. could receive close to 100 percent of the Hall of Fame vote

Ken Griffey Jr. seems assured of election on the first ballot Wednesday into the hall of fame , possibly with a record vote of close to 100 percent.
By Ronald Blum

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

Major League Baseball makes safety recommendations to avoid injuries from foul balls

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Major League Baseball recommended teams have protective netting between the dugouts for any field-level seats within 70 feet of home plate.
By Ronald Blum

Braves trade Miller to Arizona

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In another dramatic move to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2011, the Arizona Diamondbacks reached an agreement to acquire All-Star right-hander Shelby Miller.
By Ronald Blum

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015

Royals' Cueto shuts down Mets in Game 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Eric Hosmer hit a tiebreaking, two-run single with two outs in a four-run fifth inning, and the Royals rallied to beat the Mets 7-1 behind Johnny Cueto.
By Ronald Blum

Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015

Murphy's blast helps Mets beat Arrieta, Cubs

NEW YORK - Daniel Murphy homered off yet another ace. Noah Syndergaard turned in one more outstanding outing from the Mets' collection of studly young starters. 
By Ronald Blum

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

Astros eliminate Yankees 3-0

NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees suffered a season-ending 3-0 loss to the Houston Astros in the winner-take-all AL wild-card game on Tuesday night.
By Ronald Blum

Thursday, Aug 20, 2015

Dodgers' luxury tax payroll could now top $300 million

NEW YORK - Chase Utley's acquisition put the Los Angeles Dodgers close to becoming the first baseball team with a $300 million luxury-tax payroll.
By Ronald Blum

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Dempsey's hat trick sparks US rout

BALTIMORE - Clint Dempsey scored on a fourth-minute header, added a pair of second-half goals for his first international hat trick, and the United States routed Cuba 6-0 on Saturday to reach its ...
By Ronald Blum

Friday, July 17, 2015

Cuba down four players for Gold Cup quarterfinal match

BALTIMORE - When it comes to Cuba's soccer team, you can't even tell the players with a scorecard.
By Ronald Blum
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