The ESPN pressure has never been greater for Alex Rodriguez


There is nothing Alex Rodriguez likes more than being the center of attention. Now, on ESPN’s premiere baseball game broadcast, A-Rod will be just that. ESPN decided its new “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast team will be Matt Vasgersian and Rodriguez, with Buster Olney returning as the dugout reporter, The Post has learned. The only change…


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Pele dismisses talk of depression, tells fans he is well


(Reuters) – Former Brazil striker Pele dismissed talk he is depressed and reclusive on Thursday and assured fans he is doing well and maintaining a busy schedule.

Pele’s son Edinho told Globo in an interview published on Monday that the three-times World Cup winner was depressed and reluctant to leave his house because he cannot get around properly due to hip problems.

“I am good,” said Pele, who will be 80 in October. “I continue to accept my physical limitations in the best way possible but I intend to keep the ball rolling.
“I have good days and bad days. That is normal for people of my age. I am not afraid, I am determined, confident in what I do.”

“I have good days and bad days. That is normal for people of my age. I am not afraid, I am determined, confident in what I do.”


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Eriel Sanchez trusts in Cuban baseball revival


Havana, Feb 11 (Prensa Latina) Eriel Snachez, former catcher of the Cuban national baseball teams and current manager of the sub-23 selection, has expressed confidence in the revival of baseball in Cuba.

Sanchez has been appointed manager of promising figures which will seek to gain entry to world tournament during the Honduras and Nicaragua Pan-American eliminations this month.

‘We have young prospective players showing great commitment, which is why I expect we can classify for the world tournament. It is quite a compact and prospective team,’ he commented to Prensa Latina news agency.

‘I think there is much effort to be made in baseball, and there is a great will to reach important results on an international level. I see with good eyes the idea of making the best performance in our national championship,’ he said.

Further on in his interview with Prensa Latina, Sanchez stated this is an ongoing process to return the ‘glow’ to Cuban baseball, and ‘even though there is a hard road ahead, we expect an Olympic ticket can be achieved.’

Cuba will be part of the Honduras elimination group, along with Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras itself, and Panama. The Nicaragua group will see the naturals, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominica Republic, El Salvador and Venezuela facing off.

‘It is everyone’s will to recover lost ground, so we are going for the best results at the Pan-American qualifier, with the hope that the national selection will make it to the Tokyo Olympics,’ Sanchez told to Prensa Latina.


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Mitchell Robinson sensational as his Knicks prophecy is coming true


ATLANTA — The Hawks just obtained Clint Capela in a trade-deadline deal. While he is still injured, “The Next Capela” dominated the court at State Farm Arena Sunday despite the Knicks’ 140-135 double-overtime heartbreaker to the Hawks. Knicks center Mitchell Robinson was sensational — a massive force at the rim on both ends, notching 15…


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Ex-NFL receiver Kenny Britt busted for pot possession in New Jersey


Former NFL wide receiver Kenny Britt was busted for marijuana possession on Saturday in Bayonne, NJ, according to NJ.com. Britt, 31, was arrested after cops pulled him over at 33rd street and Kennedy Boulevard and smelled marijuana, prompting a search of the former Rutgers star’s truck. Police found less than 50 grams of marijuana, per…


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Brodie Van Wagenen’s new strategy to restore Mets glory


PORT ST. LUCIE — Moving from super agent to Mets GM last year presented a whole new world to Brodie Van Wagenen, a world he had to live and learn.  Van Wagenen was at the minor league complex Wednesday along with the entire major league coaching staff and the staffs of the Double-A and Triple-A teams and other personnel, coordinators and such, to get a head start on the 2020 season.

Coming together and discussing ideas and putting those ideas into practice is a key ingredient if the Mets are to attain success after a strong winter of preparation.  “One of the many learning lessons I had from 2019 is the small marginal difference between winning and losing,’’ Van Wagenen told The Post. “Good teams capitalize on the small things and teams that lose games miss out on execution of the small things.


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