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Umpire Sues Paul Lo Duca For Claiming He Took Bribes from Mets Pitcher Billy Wagner – TMZ

Play video content Exclusive THE ACTION NETWORK A famous MLB ump says Paul Lo Duca is lying ... claiming he did NOT "open up" the strike zone for a star Mets pitcher who let him borrow a sick '57 Chevy -- and now he's suing. The pissed-off ump is Joe West -- a baseball legend who's been working MLB games since the '70s. West is FURIOUS over claims Lo Duca made during an April 18 podcast on The Action Network ... when the ex-Mets catcher accused West of essentially taking bribes from star closer Billy Wagner. Getty Specifically, Lo Duca said during a game he was catching around 2006 or 2007 against the Phillies ... he noticed West (the home plate umpire) was being extra generous with strike calls for Wagner. In fact, Lo Duca claims West called the final 3 batters out
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2019 NFL Trade Deadline: 10 trades contenders should make for a playoff, Super Bowl run – CBS Sports

It has begun, with NFL teams beginning to fire up the motor on potential trades they hope will benefit them respectively, as the league deadline of Oct. 29 rapidly approaches. The first to draw real blood were the Baltimore Ravens, who landed cornerback Marcus Peters from the Los Angeles Rams, the latter in turn trading …
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Checking Into What MLB Told Washington State Regulators About Sports Betting – Legal Sports Report

Major League Baseball‘s vision for what sports betting in Washington state might look like if a genie granted wishes played out earlier this month. The public meeting of the state of Washington’s gambling commission is a sign of hope for those in the Evergreen State. MLB’s presentation might not be the same though. Who was at the hearing? The meeting featured testimony from three witnesses: Marquest Meeks, senior counsel at Major League Baseball; Fred Rivera, general counsel with the Seattle Mariners; and, Brian Considine, legal and legislative manager for the state gambling commission. Meeks and Rivera appeared jointly to speak about what Considine termed “sports integrity.” Opening statement Meeks began his testimony by stating his job is to “mitigate the risks of sports betting.” Meeks, who began his role in March, was the primary voice of the league with Rivera and mainly filling in the Seattle– and Washington-specific gaps.
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MLB to look into claims against Astros executive Brandon Taubman – ESPN

3:55 PM ET HOUSTON -- Major League Baseball said in a statement Tuesday that the league will interview relevant parties regarding allegations published Monday night in a Sports Illustrated article. According to the report by SI's Stephanie Apstein, during the celebration in the Houston Astros' clubhouse after the team's 6-4 victory over the New York Yankees in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday, assistant general manager Brandon Taubman turned to a group of female reporters -- including one wearing a purple domestic violence awareness bracelet -- and repeatedly yelled, "Thank God we got (Roberto) Osuna! I'm so f---ing glad we got Osuna!" The shouts appeared to be directed specifically at the reporter wearing the bracelet, NPR reported Tuesday night. Taubman, according to the report, has complained in the past when that reporter tweeted about domestic violence awareness on nights when Osuna pitched. Last season, Osuna,
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MLB pioneer Suzyn Waldman on Astros incident: 'I can't remember being this angry nor this distraught in a long time' – SNY.tv

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | In her long and accomplished career, Suzyn Waldman has endured numerous forms of abuse and harassment, from MLB players, fans and members of the media. Her crime? Broadcasting Yankees games on TV and radio while being a woman. Waldman, the first woman to call a World Series game, blazed a trail that many followed. And now she is watching as the Houston Astros seemingly demonstrate how deep-seated misogyny likely remains a problem in the game. "You think it's changing," Waldman told SNY on Tuesday. "You work for decades to try to make things easier for the women coming along behind you. Can it really be all for nothing?" On Saturday night, Astros assistant GM Brandon Taubman yelled "Thank god we got Osuna" at a group of women reporters, one of whom wore a domestic violence awareness bracelet. The Astros traded for closer Roberto Osuna
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MLB will look into controversial comments by Houston Astros official – USA TODAY

Major League Baseball will look into comments by a Houston Astros official that apparently made light of a star player's domestic violence suspension which was made public Monday night in a Sports Illustrated article.  After initially calling a Sports Illustrated story "an attempt to fabricate a story where one does not exist," the Astros issued updated statements Tuesday afternoon from team owner Jim Crane and assistant general manager Brandon Taubman. The first-person account from SI writer Stephanie Apstein described a scene in the Astros clubhouse in which Taubman "turned to a group of three female reporters, including one wearing a purple domestic-violence awareness bracelet, and yelled, half a dozen times, 'Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so (expletive) glad we got Osuna!'” Osuna, the Astros closer, was suspended 75 games last season after he allegedly assaulted the mother of his then-3-year-old child. OPINION: MLB needs to address
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Grading NFL's next generation of quarterbacks: Sam Darnold brutal vs. Patriots, Josh Allen steady vs. Dolphins – CBS Sports

The Jets were a trendy pick to knock the Patriots from the unbeaten ranks in Week 7 with Sam Darnold back in the saddle and New England traveling to Met Life Stadium for the divisional showdown. That pick looked bad quickly on Monday night. Darnold had arguably his worst performance to date in the NFL …