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AP source: Yanks thinking of not making $6M payment to A-Rod

Person familiar with deal: Yanks thinking of not making $6 million payment to Alex Rodriguez
Ronald Blum, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The New York Yankees are thinking about not making a $6 million payment to Alex Rodriguez if he hits six home runs and ties Willie Mays at 660 for fourth place on the career list.

Manfred knows he'll get hit as commish - his name is on ball

AP Interview: Manfred knows he'll get pounded as MLB commissioner - his name is on the balls
Ronald Blum, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Rob Manfred knows he'll get pounded now that he's baseball commissioner — his name is printed in blue script on the sweet spot between the seams of every big league ball.

"Probably good if I get hit hard," he said, smiling and laughing, during an interview with The Associated Press. "A little more offence. We don't have to deal with that issue."

Family attorney: Cubs great Ernie Banks died of heart attack

Attorney for family of Ernie Banks says Hall of Famer died after suffering a heart attack
Don Babwin, The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks died after a heart attack, an attorney representing the Hall of Famer's family said Sunday.

With Banks' widow standing nearby at a news conference at a downtown hotel, Mark Bogen said Banks had the heart attack Friday in Chicago and died later that day. He did not provide any other details.

"I want you to know that he was very beloved and he is going to be dearly missed by family, friends and all his fans," Liz Banks said.

Ex-Major League Baseball player Ted Lilly accused of fraud

Ted Lilly, retired Major League Baseball player, charged with insurance fraud in California
The Associated Press

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Former Major League Baseball player Ted Lilly has been charged in California with three felonies related to insurance fraud.

The San Luis Obispo Tribune reported Friday (http://bit.ly/1L6bb1y ) that the charges stem from allegedly false insurance claims related to Lilly's damaged recreational vehicle.

Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks dies at 83

Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, beloved 2-time NL MVP known as Mr. Cub, dies at 83
The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Even as the Chicago Cubs lost one game after another, Ernie Banks never lost hope.

That was the charm of "Mr. Cub."

Banks, the Hall of Fame slugger and two-time MVP who always maintained his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite decades of playing on miserable teams, died Friday night. He was 83.

The Cubs announced Banks' death, but did not provide a cause.

Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks dies at 83

Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, 2-time NL MVP, dies at 83
The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Hall of Fame slugger Ernie Banks, the two-time MVP who never lost his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite years of playing on losing Chicago Cubs teams, died Friday night. He was 83.

The Cubs announced Banks' death, but did not provide a cause.

"Mr. Cub" hit 512 home runs during his 19-year career. He was fond of saying, "It's a great day for baseball. Let's play two!" That remains a catchphrase to this day at Wrigley Field.

Chicago Cubs say baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks has died

Chicago Cubs say baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks has died
The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Chicago Cubs say baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks has died .

Selig's contract extended through 2014 season

Baseball commissioner Selig's contract extended through the 2014 season
The Associated Press

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig received a two-year contract extension Thursday through the 2014 season.

Selig has held the position since 1992, first as acting commissioner and then as commissioner since 1998. He will turn 80 in July 2014.

If he stays until September 2016, he would surpass Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1920-44) as the longest-serving baseball commissioner.

Selig's contract had been due to expire this Dec. 31.

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