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Ryan McDonagh Grew Into Role as Rangers’ Captain

By PAT PICKENSAPRIL 28, 2015 GREENBURGH, N.Y. — When Ryan McDonagh was named the captain of the Rangers in October, his goal was to remain unchanged as a player, a person and a leader in the dressing room. A stalwart, two-way defenseman from St. Paul, McDonagh had a breakthrough season during the club’s run to […]

McDonagh fully acclimated to role as Rangers captain

By Dan Rosen – NHL.com Senior Writer PITTSBURGH — Ryan McDonagh felt earlier this season that if he figured out how to marry being the New York Rangers captain and their top defensemen he’d start to resemble the player who earned each of those titles through his performance last season. It was a union that took some time […]

David Ortiz To Appear On Maine Lottery Tickets

By Terry Lefton, Editor-at-Large | Sports Business Daily Red Sox DH David Ortiz later this week will become the first MLBer to appear on a state lottery ticket. The Maine Lottery will put tickets on sale Thursday at its 1,300 retail locations and the image of Big Papi will appear on them, something permissible by […]

In the Rangers’ time of need, their captain comes to the rescue

By Larry Brooks If this was one in which the Rangers stepped up — and it was, this throwback 6-5 victory at a-rockin’-and-a-rollin’ Coliseum — then it was also one in which Ryan McDonagh stepped up his level to where it had been last year as an emerging Norris Trophy candidate but hasn’t been on a […]

Manuel labor of love

RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com LAST YEAR, two 70-something, lifelong baseball men needed a respite from the unforgiving Florida summer sun. Former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and longtime Phillies minor league coach Mike Compton took in a Gulf Coast League game in Tampa. They watched. They waited. They sweated. “It was 12 o’clock, it was […]

At DH, Nobody Better Than David Ortiz

By Peter Abraham Boston Globe It’s a rare treat to walk through the gates of a ballpark, take your seat, and watch a player who is the best there ever was at his position. For Red Sox fans, though, it’s a common occurrence with designated hitter David Ortiz. Big Papi has the most career games, hits, home […]

Ryan McDonagh Adjusting to Life as NY Rangers Captain Just Fine by Being Himself

BY PAT LEONARD NY Daily News Alain Vigneault specified when he named Ryan McDonagh captain in October that McDonagh should be himself and not feel pressure to become something more. But early on, the defenseman’s transition to wearing the ‘C’ did not go smoothly. McDonagh’s in-game performance was subpar. And his postgame comments were noticeably crafted as […]

Brad Richards Finds Chemistry and Comfort in Chicago

BY SARAH BARSHOP SI.com Washington, D.C.—When the New York Rangers bought out the final six years of Brad Richards’ nine-year, $60 million contract last June, the veteran center knew what he was leaving in New York—friends and teammates, and the opportunity to play in the big city he had grown to love. But the idea of going […]

Brad Richards Is Finding His Legs With the Blackhawks

By PAT PICKENS DEC. 10, 2014 NEWARK — When the Los Angeles Kings’ Alec Martinez scored the overtime goal that ended last season’s Stanley Cup finals, he also ended the tumultuous Brad Richards era in New York. The status of Richards’s hefty contract was a subject of speculation the minute the 2012 lockout allowed compliance buyouts, and […]

Papi Shows Softer Side with Children’s Charity

By Ian Browne / MLB.com | @IanMBrowne | December 6, 2014 BOSTON — To get to where David Ortiz is this weekend — hosting his seventh annual Celebrity Golf Classic in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic — there was a sobering reality that came from a hospital visit roughly nine years ago. Ortiz had visited some […]

Richards’ Growing Impact For Blackhawks

By Craig Custance | ESPN Insider It was a milestone event for Brad Richards. Game No. 1,000 came in Chicago on Sunday against the Dallas Stars and was an opportunity for reflection and to get his family together to appreciate a long and outstanding career. But Richards wants to make one thing abundantly clear: He doesn’t believe he’s finished as […]

After Olympic High, McDonagh Keeps Improving

By Jim Hague – Special to USAHockey.com Defenseman named New York Rangers captain before season When he was growing up in St. Paul, Minn., Ryan McDonagh always dreamed of becoming a member of a U.S. Olympic hockey team. “I learned as much as I could about the 1980 Olympic team,” McDonagh said. “It started at […]

David Ortiz Added To FOX’s Pregame, Postgame World Series Broadcasts

by Sam Galanis, NESN What would the MLB playoffs be without a little David Ortiz? Although the Boston Red Sox slugger didn’t have a chance to play in October this season, the postseason king still can give his two cents on this year’s World Series, as FOX Sports added Ortiz to their World Series pregame and […]

Ryan McDonagh Named Rangers Captain

By Brett Cyrgalis NY Post The Rangers made official what seemed like a given on Monday night, naming defenseman Ryan McDonagh the 27th captain in franchise history. Joining him as alternate captains were defensemen Marc Staal and Dan Girardi, along with forwards Martin St. Louis and Derek Stepan. “Ryan McDonagh exemplifies what we want a New York […]

David Ortiz Visits Pediatric Patients At Massachusetts General

By NESN Some things are bigger than baseball for David Ortiz. The Boston Red Sox slugger lent his time to pediatric patients at Massachusetts General Hospital on Thursday as part of his work with the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, which raises money for children with life-threatening illnesses in the Dominican Republic and Northeastern United States. Big Papi spent […]

David Ortiz Passes Ted Williams, Sets New Red Sox Record With Big 2014

David Ortiz is Mr. 30-100. Ortiz collected his 100th RBI of the season in the fourth inning of Friday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards by launching his 33rd home run of 2014. Ortiz now has eight seasons with 30 home runs and 100 RBIs, passing Ted Williams (seven) for the most such […]

Pandora Partners With Heidi Watney

By Jeff Miller, RAPAPORT Pandora Jewelry entered into a partnership with MLB Network personality Heidi Watney, which will include event sponsorships, in store appearances, as well as social media participation through April. The jewelry company recently launched an MLB-themed collection, complete with three different charms per team featuring all 30 of the league’s clubs “Our consumers have responded positively to […]

David Ortiz To Host Seventh Annual Celebrity Golf Classic In Dominican Republic

by Anna Fogel, NESN The seventh annual David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic will take place Dec. 4-7 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, the slugger announced on his official website Thursday. The event, which raises funds to provide critical pediatric health care for those in the Dominican Republic as well as throughout New England, benefits the […]

All signs point to star defenseman Ryan McDonagh being named NY Rangers captain

By PAT LEONARD, NY Daily News The Rangers sent two players to the NHL’s season-opening media tour in Manhattan last week: Henrik Lundqvist and Ryan McDonagh. Lundqvist was there as the franchise goaltender and a star who transcends hockey. McDonagh, well, he is likely the team’s next captain. Alain Vigneault will conduct his first press conference […]

Ortiz Joins 30-homer Club for a Record 8th Time, Tying Ted Williams

By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com BOSTON — David Ortiz led off the third inning Wednesday night at Fenway Park with a first-pitch home run, his 30th of the season, the eighth time in his career that he has hit 30 or more home runs in a season. All eight of Ortiz’s 30-homer seasons have come in a Red Sox […]

Papi joins Ted, Yaz in Boston’s 400-HR club

By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com BOSTON — Exiting the Boston Red Sox clubhouse Saturday night, David Ortiz carried a black Marucci bat with green lettering. After Ortiz hit his 450th career homer on June 29 against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium, Marucci Sports, which makes his weapon of choice, made a commemorative bat for the milestone and sent it to him. […]

Jovial Charlie Manuel Feted with Phillies’ Wall of Fame Induction

By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com PHILADELPHIA — Charlie Manuel always brought plenty of energy into the Phillies’ clubhouse, and memories of his enormous, fun-loving personality came rushing back Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park. There is a reason players loved playing for him. “We embraced him. He embraced us,” Jim Thome said. “He had a special way about […]

David Ortiz: The Boston Paragon

David Ortiz has gone from the streets of the Dominican Republic to selfies with President Obama — and one day soon, Big Papi may have his own statue. The nickname tells the story of the man. Big Papi. Larger than life but warm and cuddly. Powerful and lovable. Gigantic. Genial. David Ortiz acquired the appellation […]