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Local and federal investigators have been searching for Brian Laundrie -- the fiancé of 22-year-old Gabby Petito -- for about a month in a Florida nature reserve that spans nearly 25,000 acres. © Octavio Jones/Getty Images The Sarasota County Sheriffs Office and other surrounding law enforcement agencies continue their search in the Carlton Reserve. Petito's parents reported her missing last month following a cross-country road trip the couple began over the summer.
Brewers general manager Matt Arnold has withdrawn his name from the Mets’ search for a new president of baseball operations, tweets Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. Arnold will remain with the Brewers. © Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports A Mets hat and glove.
Reports yesterday began connecting the Mets and Arnold, albeit in somewhat conflicting fashion. While the New York Post’s Mike Puma indicated the two sides had been in contact, SNY’s Andy Martino reported that the Brewers had yet to grant permission to interview Arnold. Whatever the case, it seems largely moot at this point, with Arnold now set to remain in Milwaukee for the foreseeable future.
Brian Sabean reportedly interested in Mets' president job
Sabean was the general manager of the Giants from 1997 to 2014 and was an integral part of their magnificent run of play in the last decade.Sabean was the general manager of the Giants from 1997 to 2014 and was an integral part of their magnificent run of play in the last decade, which included three World Series championships in five years, as they got to spray the champagne in 2010, 2012 and 2014. In 2015, Sabean was promoted to executive vice president of baseball operations, with Bobby Evans becoming general manager and largely taking over the baseball decision-making.
The Mets have been prominently tied to at least six different executives as they search for a new baseball operations leader, but to this point it appears as though they’ve been spurned across the board. The initial trio of Theo Epstein, Brewers president David Stearns and A’s executive vice president Billy Beane somewhat predictably did not bear fruit. All three had good reason to be viewed as long shots at best. Epstein noted last year when stepping down from the Cubs that he wanted to spend time away from a baseball ops role, while both Stearns and Beane were under contract with their current teams. The Brewers had also denied the Mets permission to speak to Stearns a year ago.
Moving past that trio, the Mets have since been tied to Arnold, Giants GM Scott Harris and Dodgers assistant general manager Brandon Gomes, but they’ll need to further broaden their search. Harris, like Arnold, withdrew his name from the mix, whereas Gomes is reportedly set for a promotion within his current organization. The Mets have also been tied Dodgers senior vice president Josh Byrnes — the former GM of the Padres and D-backs — and other candidates figure to emerge as the search wears on for a second consecutive offseason.
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The best fictional sports books
Sports are full of drama, intensity and sometimes moments of comedy. They don’t need to be fictionalized to tell great stories, but off course, they can be. There have been a ton of great sports movies, but don’t forget about the written word. People tend to focus on the non-fictions sports books, but there are plenty of fiction tomes on the shelves as well. Here are some of our favorite fictional sports books.
'The Art of Fielding'
A lot of sports novels are of the light, beach-reading variety. They are for kids or written by the likes of John Grisham. “The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach, though, was a well-received work of literature. Harbach’s debut novel tells the story of Henry Skrimshander, a young, promising shortstop playing college baseball. It’s coming of age meets sports.
'A Fan's Notes'
Frederick Exley dubbed his novel “a fictional memoir,” and it is labeled as fiction. The book, which was released in 1968, is a riff on Exley’s life growing up as a sports fan in the 1950s. It’s a dark story at times, viewing sports fandom through a critical lens of toxicity. To this day, “A Fan’s Notes” has a cult following.
'North Dallas Forty'
Peter Gent played basketball in college, and then, like Antonio Gates many years later, Gent jumped to the NFL, even though he never played college football. Gent played for the Cowboys from 1964-1968, but the story gets even better for him from there. After he retired, Gent wrote his debut novel, which was “North Dallas Forty.” The book was then turned into a successful movie starring Nick Nolte. Not too shabby.
'The Great American Novel'
Talk about a bold name for a book. You can pull this bit of ironic titling when you’re Philip Roth, who is actually a legendary novelist. Did you know he wrote a novel about sports? He did indeed, in 1973. “The Great American Novel” is about the Patriot League, an imagined baseball league that has been overrun by communists.
Leonard Gardner wrote only one novel, but he made a mark with it. “Fat City” tells the story of down-and-out boxers trying to make ends meet in Stockton, California. It’s considered one of the most-famed novels about boxing and was turned into a film directed by none other than John Huston.
'The Universal Baseball Association Inc., J. Henry Waugh Prop.'
The title is a bit of a mouthful, and the plot of the book could also be considered a turnoff for many. After all, the action revolves around an imaginary baseball game created by the titular Waugh. And yet the book perseveres as a classic. Many consider it the best book about baseball ever. The novel is considered a dark comedy, as Waugh watches his imaginary, and real world, begin to fall apart.
'You Know Me Al'
Ring Lardner is one of the most famous sportswriters ever. He was even a character in “Eight Men Out” and got namedropped in “The Catcher in the Rye.” Lardner also wrote one of the first sports novels way back in 1916. “You Know Me Al” is an epistolary novel, which means it consists of a series of letters, primarily written by baseball pitcher Jack Keefe to his friend from his hometown, Al Blanchard.
'Red or Dead'
At 736 pages, David Peace’s “Red of Dead” is a bit of a doorstop. It’s also considered maybe the best novel about soccer ever written. The book is a fictional account of legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankly’s time with the Reds. British soccer fans loved it, and it also got shortlisted for England’s Goldsmiths Prize.
'Bang the Drum Slowly'
Mark Harris wrote four novels about the pitcher Henry Wiggen, of which “Bang the Drum Slowly” is second. It’s also considered to be the best of the bunch. Sports Illustrated named it one of the 100 best sports books ever, and it was also turned into a movie starring Robert De Niro. You can check out the full four-book story if you like, but if you have time for only one, “Bang the Drum Slowly” is the choice.
This is one of the most recent novels on the list, but “Stephen Florida” got a lot of positive reviews when it came out in 2017. It’s considered one of those books that are “about sports” but is really just a work of literary fiction within the realm of sports. “Stephen Florida” is a dark tome about college wrestling, and the title character can be a lot for some to handle.
How about a little hockey in the mix? Fredrik Backman’s New York Times bestseller got a lot of comparisons to “Friday Night Lights,” as it also focuses on youth sports in a small town. Beartown is a small community struggling, but its junior hockey team has found a lot of success. Can the team handle the pressure of representing an entire town? It’s a classic sports story but also a story of community.
'The Throwback Special'
Every fall, a group of 22 men reunite to intricately recreate the play where Washington quarterback Joe Theismann had his leg broken. Chris Bachelder’s novel delves into the lives of these men, what’s going on in their lives and what drives them to come together every year to recreate the infamous moment when Theismann’s leg snapped.
'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk'
It’s a mild stretch to include “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” in a list of sports novels, but it still is close enough to fit. Largely, it’s a satirical war novel, but the events of the story all take place as Lynn, a veteran, is preparing to take part in the Dallas Cowboys’ halftime show on Thanksgiving as a lauded member of the military. While the book was well received, the Ang Lee adaptation film seemed to just come and go without making a big splash.
You probably know this story better by the name used for the movie based on the book, “Field of Dreams.” While some deride that movie as maudlin, a lot of people love it, so it seemed only fair to include “Shoeless Joe” on this list of sports novels. W.P. Kinsella’s magical realist story features a farmer who…well, you’ve seen the movie. You know the story. The only difference is that the book features J.D. Salinger as the reclusive author.
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