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07/08/2011 - 10:56am
Rangers 'distraught' after fan falls to death

The Rangers closed their locker room to the media after Thursday night's 6-0 victory over the visiting A's, as the team dealt with the death of a fan who fell over an outfield railing while catching a ball tossed to him by left fielder Josh Hamilton.

"I think as any of us would be, Josh is very distraught over this as the entire team is," team president/CEO Nolan Ryan said.

Added manager Ron Washington: "Josh is fine — outwards he's fine. I guess he's got to deal with it in his own way."

The fan, 39-year-old firefighter Shannon Stone from Brownwood, Texas, was attending the game with his young son when he fell. He was conscious and moving while on the ground behind the outfield wall. Arlington Fire Department officials said Stone went into full cardiac arrest in the ambulance and was pronounced dead at the hospital less than an hour after he fell.

"They had him on a stretcher," A's...

07/08/2011 - 10:45am
Court of Appeals rules NFL lockout is legal

With NFL owners and players reportedly closing in on an agreement to end the work stoppage, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday morning that the owners are legally entitled to lock out the players. The 2-1 decision reverses a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson in April.

The lockout is in its 115th day, but the two sides have been meeting at a Manhattan law firm in an attempt to end the dispute.


07/08/2011 - 7:02am
Mashup: Ex-Herald writer Kimball dead at 67

George Kimball, a Boston Herald sports columnist and boxing writer from 1980-2005, died Wednesday night at 67 after a six-year battle with cancer. Kimball was diagnosed in 2005, four months after retiring from the Herald. Kimball authored and edited several books about boxing, and he continued to contribute boxing articles to the Herald after his retirement.

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.


07/08/2011 - 12:26am
Fan dies at Rangers-A's game in Texas

A man leaning over from a railing beyond the left field wall at Rangers Ballpark died Thursday night from injuries after falling over trying to hold on to a ball thrown to him by Josh Hamilton. 

With the Rangers leading 1-0 in the second inning, Oakland's Conor Jackson hit a foul ball to left field. A fan, with a little boy next to him in the bleachers, reached over the left field wall in an effort to catch the ball Hamilton threw into the stands. He caught the ball but tumbled head-over-heels into a space between the left-field scoreboard and the left field stands, hitting the concrete below.

The fan was taken from the park on a stretcher. At about 10 p.m. CT, the Rangers announced that the fan had died from his injuries.

"We are deeply saddened to learn that the man who fell has passed away as a result of this tragic accident," Rangers president Nolan Ryan said in a team statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his...

07/08/2011 - 12:15am
Pedroia: Sox 'not too excited' about 1st

Following his team's 10-4 drubbing of the Orioles Thursday night at Fenway Park — a win that vaulted the Red Sox back into first in the AL East — Dustin Pedroia said the Red Sox have things well in perspective and won't get too excited about leapfrogging the Yankees for one night. 

“There’s a lot of games to be played," Pedroia said, referring to the 74 games left in the season. "We’re not going to get too excited because we’re a half-game up or whatever. What is it, July? We have a long way to go.”

The Red Sox reclaimed first in the AL East for the first time since June 24, a span of 12 games spent in second place. The Red Sox, who started the season 2-10, have gone 50-25 (.667) over their last 75 games and had spent 18 straight days in first before dropping to second on June 25.

The Red Sox hit a season-high six home runs, with the barrage started by Pedroia's three-run blast in the...

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