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For the entirety of the Marlins' short franchise history, the Fish have offered fans feast or famine. In their first 11 seasons in MLB, they tallied nine losing seasons; in the two...(full article)

At the ceremony to make things official, the three executives got to talk around the trophy first. Owner. General Manager. Coach. In that order. The Cleveland Cavaliers had just b...(full article)

In a tug of war, two sides on opposite ends of the rope try to pull the other side toward themselves. When Dwyane Wade indicated earlier this month he intends on opting out of his ...(full article)

Alex Rodriguez came home Monday. The wayward son’s return wasn’t as sweet as it could have, should have, would have been. That’s because Rodriguez has become an anti-heroic ...(full article)

The fascinating gulf between Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat is filled with possible landmines and conflict that can change relationships, legacies and feelings. On one side, sent...(full article)

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