'Raging Bull' boxer LaMotta dies at 95

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(TSX / STATS) -- Jake LaMotta, the legendary brawling middleweight boxing champion who was portrayed by Robert De Niro in the 1980 movie "Raging Bull," died at the age of 95.

LaMotta passed away Tuesday due to complications from pneumonia and was in a nursing home in Miami, his wife, Denise Baker, told ABC.

"He was a great man, sensitive and had eyes that danced right up to the end. I love him, God rest his soul," Baker told ABC. "And he never went down!"

Sale 1st in AL with 300 Ks since 1999

(TSX / STATS) -- BALTIMORE -- Chris Sale became the first American League pitcher with 300 strikeouts in a season since Pedro Martinez in 1999 and the Boston Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with a 9-0 victory Wednesday night.

Sale (17-7) struck out 13 and tied a career high with his 17th victory. He allowed only four hits and did not walk a batter over eight innings. Sale joins Martinez as only the second pitcher in Red Sox history with 300 strikeouts. (MORE)

Status of Vikes' Bradford still in limbo

(TSX / STATS) -- EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings begin a stretch of four home games in five weeks, but no one is quite sure how to feel about this team's near future with quarterback Sam Bradford's status still uncertain heading into Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.

Bradford said Wednesday that his left knee feels better than it did on Sunday when he had to miss the Vikings' loss at Pittsburgh. A week earlier, he twisted the knee, but didn't miss a snap while posting a career-high 143.0 passer rating and winning NFC Offensive Player of the Week in a 10-point win over the Saints. (MORE)

Stanton hits 56th HR, Urena wins 14th

(TSX / STATS) -- MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins may never have another pitcher with the combined talent and outgoing personality of Jose Fernandez, who died last year in a boat crash.

But on the one-year anniversary of the last game ever pitched by Fernandez, another Jose showed yet more signs he is ready to step up to become Miami's new ace. (MORE)

Div. II player dies from in-game injury

(TSX / STATS) -- Midwestern State football player Robert Grays died following injuries while making a tackle in last weekend's game, the university announced Wednesday. He was 19.

Robert Grays, a sophomore cornerback from the Houston area, suffered a neck injury late in the fourth quarter in the Mustangs' 35-13 Division II home win over Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday in Wichita Falls, Texas. (MORE)

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