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FILE - In this July 24, 2010, file photo, USA Team member and Olympic gold medalist Jennie Finch warms up before a game against Japan in a World Cup of Softball game in Oklahoma City. Finch is pitching youth softball this spring as an ambassador for Major League Baseball. The commissioner's office announced Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, that she'll join Cal Ripken Jr. and Ken Griffey Jr. as MLB youth ambassadors. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams, File)
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  • FILE - In this July 24, 2010, file photo, USA Team member and Olympic gold medalist Jennie Finch warms up before a game against Japan in a World Cup of Softball game in Oklahoma City. Finch is pitching youth softball this spring as an ambassador for Major League Baseball. The commissioner's office announced Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, that she'll join Cal Ripken Jr. and Ken Griffey Jr. as MLB youth ambassadors. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams, File)

    Olympian Jennie Finch joins MLB as youth softball ambassador

    NEW YORK (AP) — Olympic pitcher Jennie Finch is aiming for the next generation of softball players. She’ll travel to five cities this spring and summer as the youth softball ambassador for Major League Baseball. The commissioner’s office announced Wednesday that she’ll join Cal Ripken Jr. and Ken Griffey Jr. as youth ambassadors for softball […]
  • Marisol Hernandez, mother of the late Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, is embraced by a young woman during her son's wake in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Ventura and former major leaguer Andy Marte died in separate traffic accidents early Sunday in their native Dominican Republic. The country, whose roads are among the world's most dangerous, has now lost four current or former major leaguers to traffic accidents in recent years. (AP Photo/Tatiana Fernandez) (AP Photo/Tatiana Fernandez)

    Family, fans mourn for Dominican pitcher Yordano Ventura

    LAS TERRENAS, Dominican Republic (AP) — Dozens of children wearing blue T-shirts with the name “Ventura” emblazoned on the back gathered around a coastal home on Monday to pay their respects to their idol: Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura. He died Sunday in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic, where he was […]
  • FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2016, file photo, Carolina Hurricanes equipment manager Jorge Alves warms up after signing a contract to dress as an emergency backup for the NHL hockey team's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, in Tampa, Fla. Hockey is the only professional sport where someone can go from being a fan to suiting up in the NHL. Injuries and illnesses to goaltenders have opened the door for anyone from equipment managers to Zamboni drivers and amateur coaches to dress or even play goal in an NHL game. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson, File)

    Emergency goalie: The most unusual 1-day job in sports

    Tom Fenton was in a barber’s chair when he got the call. Nathan Schoenfeld was giving his 5-week-old twin boys a bath. Eric Semborski was teaching kids to play hockey at a suburban rink. Within hours, each was wearing a mask, pads and an NHL uniform as an emergency goaltender, perhaps the most unusual position […]
  • FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2016, file photo, taken with a fisheye lens, South Korea lines the third baseline and Endwell, N.Y. lines the first baseline during team introductions before the Little League World Series Championship baseball game at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pa. Little League International announced mandatory criminal background checks for its volunteer coaches, new eligibility requirements for players and a host of new rules on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, intended to increase the pace of play.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

    Little League requiring criminal background checks

    Little League International announced mandatory criminal background checks for its volunteer coaches, new eligibility requirements for players and a host of new rules on Wednesday intended to increase the pace of play. Under the rules changes that take effect this year, local leagues will have the option to force batters to keep one foot in […]