Why Miguel Cabrera Is Not The Best Player Of His Generation [BLOG]

CBS Detroit

By Dan Jenkins
@DanTJenkins

Miguel Cabrera is one of the most amazing players in the history of Major League Baseball. Ever since breaking onto the scene in 2003, fans, analysts and other players have watched in awe of what he is capable of doing.

He won a World Series Championship in 2003 as a rookie with the Florida Marlins and has only gotten better since. He’s finished in the top five in MVP voting seven times in 11 full seasons, winning back-to-back American League MVPs in 2012 and 2013 with the Detroit Tigers.

With everything he has accomplished — gaudy numbers and trophies galore — many of the greatest baseball minds out there believe that Cabrera is one of the greatest players of all time. And they’re right.

Fans in Detroit line up at Comerica Park to catch a glimpse of greatness, knowing that something amazing could happen as long as “Miggy”…

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Michael Sam back at Montreal Alouettes camp after dealing with ‘personal matters,’ hopes to earn spot on team

National Post

MONTREAL — Michael Sam says the personal issues he had are behind him and he is ready to earn his place on the Montreal Alouettes.

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Sam, the most prominent active football player to declare publicly that he is gay, had his first on-field practice with the Canadian Football League club Monday since his surprise departure two weeks into training camp.

He said at the time he had personal things to deal with. His suspension by the team was a technicality and the door was left open for him to return when he felt ready.

“I was always coming back,” said the standout college linebacker who is to play rush end in the CFL. “I had to deal with personal matters when I was home (in Dallas) so, that’s all taken…

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World’s Top Goalkeepers Set To Face Off In World Cup Semifinal

CBS Los Angeles

MONTREAL (AP) The Women’s World Cup semifinal clash between top-ranked Germany and the second-ranked United States will feature two of the best goalkeepers in the game: Nadine Angerer and Hope Solo.

The two women will be the last line of defense Tuesday night for their teams, with is each seeking a spot in the final match. Historically, when the Germans have met the Americans in the World Cup, the winner has gone on to win the title.

Both teams have won it all twice: The United States in 1991 and ’99, and the Germans in 2003 and ’07.

Solo, despite being inundated at the start of the tournament with new revelations about her domestic violence arrest last June, has been nearly perfect. She has only allowed one goal — in the first half of the group-stage opener against Australia.

Since then she’s posted four straight shutouts. The stout U.S…

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Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan To Retire After Next Season

CBS Cleveland

Bo Ryan has been the fire-breathing face of Wisconsin basketball for 14 seasons, pushing the Badgers to never-before-seen heights.

After 14 NCAA tournament appearances, seven Sweet 16s, four Big Ten titles, two Final Fours and a berth in last year’s national championship game, the hard-charging 67-year-old Ryan has only one more season left in him.

Ryan surprised the college basketball world Monday when he announced that he plans to retire after next season as he looks to pass the torch after molding the Badgers into a national power. And were it not for some cajoling from Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, Ryan said he would have called it a career in April after the Badgers lost to Duke in the national title game.

“I’ve always been told that is not a decision to be made right after a season is completed,” Ryan said in a statement issued by the school…

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LA Kings Terminate Mike Richards’ Contract For ‘Breach’

CBS Los Angeles

 EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings terminated Mike Richards’ contract Monday, claiming the underachieving forward committed a “material breach” of its terms.

The move is a surprising tactic in the Kings’ prolonged attempt to get out from under the last five seasons of the 12-year, $69 million deal signed by Richards with Philadelphia in 2008.

The Kings acquired Richards in 2011, and he played a key supporting role on their two Stanley Cup champion teams. But Richards’ scoring production has declined sharply during his tenure in Los Angeles, culminating in just 16 points from 53 games last season.

The Kings refused to detail their grounds for terminating Richards’ deal, which carries an annual salary cap hit of $5.75 million through 2020. The NHL’s collective bargaining agreement with the players contains nebulous language allowing termination if a player should “fail, refuse, or neglect to obey the club’s rules…

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Emma: Cubs’ Success Is Ahead Of Schedule, So What’s Next?

CBS Chicago

By Chris Emma–

(CBS) To this point, it’s been a fun season at Wrigley Field. The Cubs’ young, promising core has made its way into playoff contention, all while “The Plan” flourishes.

But a season of good vibes for the Cubs has been snapped into a state of reality. Of course, the St. Louis Cardinals have a way of doing that.

As of Monday, a much-needed off day, the Cubs stand on a five-game skid at 39-35, 1.5 games back of the Giants for the second wild-card spot and 11.5 back of the first-place Cardinals, who just swept Chicago out of the Gateway to the West.

For all the excitement of meaningful baseball at Wrigley Field, this season is reaching an important point. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer have some decisions to make. Do the Cubs try to compete for a championship this season while sacrificing an important part…

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