Metallica seeks purpose after Mariano Rivera retirement in 'SportsCenter' ad

Metallica seeks purpose after Mariano Rivera retirement in 'SportsCenter' ad

NEW YORK, July 14 (UPI) --A new ad for ESPN's "SportsCenter" shows Metallica pitching new entrance music after Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera retired last season.
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At year's end: Marathon bombing, baseball suspensions top news

At year's end: Marathon bombing, baseball suspensions top news

Suspensions for alleged banned substance use, a bombing at the end of the one of the most prestigious marathons and long-term issues from sports injuries top the year in sports.
JOHN HENDEL, UPI Executive Editor at Large

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Nov. 29, 2013.
By United Press International
Lawsuit: Sports bar was banned from advertising Marino Rivera ties

Lawsuit: Sports bar was banned from advertising Marino Rivera ties

NEW YORK, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Lawyers for a New York restaurant say an agent for the landlord banned it from advertising that former Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera was a part owner.
Rivera, Liriano voted Comeback Players of the Year

Rivera, Liriano voted Comeback Players of the Year

NEW YORK, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Pitchers Mariano Rivera and Francisco Liriano have been awarded the Comeback Player of the Year Awards for their respective leagues.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan's economy on upswing

NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, during a visit to New York, argued for a more active military role for Japan and said Japan's economy is poised for a comeback.

Late-arriving Mariano Rivera bobbleheads spark chaos at Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- New York Yankees fans hoping to receive a Mariano Rivera bobblehead figurine were angered Tuesday when shipments of the dolls arrived late to Yankee Stadium.

MLB: San Francisco 2, New York Yankees 1

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Tony Abreu's RBI double in the eighth inning spoiled Andy Pettitte's swan song at Yankee Stadium Sunday, sending San Francisco to a 2-1 win over New York.

Yankees honor retiring Mariano Rivera in pre-game ceremony

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Retiring relief pitcher Mariano Rivera was honored by the New York Yankees in a ceremony Sunday prior to his final appearance at Yankee Stadium.

MLB: New York Yankees 4, Toronto 3

TORONTO, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Vernon Wells keyed a late rally Wednesday and Mariano Rivera survived ninth-inning problems to preserve the New York Yankees' 4-3 decision over Toronto.

MLB: New York Yankees 6, Baltimore 5

BALTIMORE, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A wild pitch by Baltimore closer Jim Johnson allowed Brendan Ryan to score in the ninth Thursday and give the New York Yankees a 6-5 win over the Orioles.

MLB: New York Yankees 5, Baltimore 4

BALTIMORE, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Robinson Cano gave New York the lead with a solo homer during a two-run ninth Wednesday, boosting the Yankees over Baltimore 5-4.

MLB: New York Yankees 7, Baltimore 5

BALTIMORE, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Alfonso Soriano clouted two homers Tuesday, including a go-ahead, two-run blast in the eighth inning that rallied the New York Yankees over Baltimore 7-5.

MLB: New York Yankees 4, Boston 3

NEW YORK, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Ichiro Suzuki came home with the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday, handing the New York Yankees a 4-3 win over Boston.

MLB: Boston 12, New York Yankees 8

NEW YORK, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Mike Napoli touched off a Boston comeback and Shane Victorino kept it going Friday to rally the Red Sox past the New York Yankees 12-8.
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Mariano Rivera
New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera walks back to the dugout after the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at U. S. Cellular Field in Chicago on August 2, 2009. The Yankees won 8-5. UPI/Brian Kersey

Mariano Rivera (born November 29, 1969) is a Panamanian right-handed baseball pitcher who has played 17 years in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees. Nicknamed "Mo", Rivera has served as a relief pitcher for most of his career, and since 1997, he has been the Yankees' closer. A 12-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, Rivera ranks first in MLB history in games finished (880) and saves (601). His achievements include winning the American League (AL) Rolaids Relief Man Award five times, the 1999 World Series MVP Award, and the 2003 AL Championship Series MVP Award.

Rivera was signed by the Yankees organization in 1990 as an amateur free agent in Panama, and he debuted in the major leagues in 1995. Initially a starting pitcher, he struggled in the role and was consequently converted to a relief pitcher. After a breakthrough season in 1996 as a setup man, he became the Yankees' closer in 1997. In the following years, he established himself as one of baseball's top relievers, leading the major leagues in saves in 1999, 2001, and 2004. His presence in the late innings of games to record the final outs has played an instrumental role in the Yankees' success in the late-1990s and 2000s. His pitching repertoire consists primarily of one pitch—a sharp-breaking, mid-90s mile per hour (mph) cut fastball that has been called an all-time great pitch.

Rivera is regarded as one of the most dominant relievers in baseball history. Pitching with a longevity and consistency uncommon to the closer role, he has saved at least 25 games in a record 15 consecutive seasons and has posted an earned run average (ERA) under 2.50 in 12 seasons. Rivera has further distinguished himself with a calm, placid demeanor that contrasts with the demonstrative nature of many of his peers. An exceptional postseason performer, he holds postseason records for saves (42) and ERA (0.71), among other records. Sportswriters anticipate Rivera will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame upon retirement. He intends to work in philanthropy after his baseball career.

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