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  • MLB Opening Day: 'Batter up!' for fast facts on the 2012 season

    MLB Opening Day: A quick overview on the 2012 season, from the re-branded Marlins to a new ticket trend. MLB Opening Day is, in reality, a night game at the new Marlins ballpark in Miami Wednesday.

  • Note to Mega Millions lottery winner: Beware! (+video)

    Sure, the jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery is an all-time high of $640 million – and ticket sales on Friday are through the roof. But winning brings its own complications. Read on.

  • Magic Johnson, basketball legend, is now a Dodgers owner

    Los Angeles Dodgers will be bought by a group of owners that includes NBA legend Magic Johnson for a staggering $2 billion. The Los Angeles Dodgers sale is the most expensive in professional sports history.

  • MLB season opener: Mariners defeat Athletics, 3-1, in Japan

    MLB season opener: Japan's own Ichiro Suzuki had a big day for Seattle as they beat Oakland in 2012's first game. The contest in Tokyo was the most recent MLB season opener that occurred outside the US.

  • Baseball spring training: The facts, from history to cheap seats

    Spring training is when players shed the winter rust by limbering up on warm, sun-baked diamonds, sign autographs galore, and provide hope that this may be their team’s year. As preseason games between major-league teams begin on Saturday, here are a few facts to give you some background on spring ball.

  • Watching the Super Bowl?

    A Christian Science perspective: What watching the Super Bowl might have to do with spirituality.

  • Top 10 sports biographies I wish somebody would write

    Top 10 sports biographies I wish somebody would write

    Call this a wish list to publishers. Of course it's true that’s there hardly any major sports star who hasn’t already achieved hardcover immortality a time or two or more. So why check back in with some already familiar sports luminaries? With the passage of time comes fresh perspectives on playing days, teammates, and rivals. And maybe even a little more honesty. So here goes, in no particular order: the Monitor’s Top 10 sports figures we’d put in the publishing on-deck circle.

  • Proposal to make Chicago a state shows Illinois divide

    Proposal to make Chicago a state shows Illinois divide

    Whether it's the state's shaky finances, its recent tax hike or strict gun laws, downstate Illinois knows it can always vent its frustration by blaming Chicago.

  • Pujols deciding on more than his future as a player

    Pujols deciding on more than his future as a player

    Albert Pujols, one of the best players in baseball, is deciding between $200 million deals from the Maimi Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals, his current team. What can each provide Pujols–during his playing days and beyond?

  • St. Louis Cardinals World Series win: Three questions to ponder

    St. Louis Cardinals World Series win: Three questions to ponder

    The St. Louis Cardinals had to claw back from series deficits to beat the Texas Rangers in Game 7 of the World Series. For Cardinals fans, the win was all the sweeter when hometown boy David Freese was named MVP.