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Lou Piniella (NBCSports.com)

According to ESPN.com …

CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella announced Tuesday that he will retire at the end of the season, ending a storied and often colorful career that included 18 years in the majors as a player and another 22 as a manager.

The 66-year-old Piniella said he was looking forward to spending more time with his family.

“I’ve grown to love the city and the fans but at my age it will be time to enter a new phase in my life,” Piniella said in a statement released by the team.

Announcing his retirement now, Piniella added, gives the team time to find a replacement.

“I’m proud of our accomplishments during my time here and this will be a perfect way for me to end my career,” he said. “But let me make one thing perfectly clear: our work is far from over. I want to keep the momentum going more than anything else and win as many games as we can to get back in this pennant race.”

The Cubs said Piniella will retire as the 14th-winningest manager in major league history.

Piniella is in the fourth and final year of his contract with the Cubs. After leading the Cubs to consecutive NL Central titles in 2007-08, Piniella and his team missed the playoffs last year and have struggled again this season with a new owner, the Ricketts family, in charge. The Cubs have gone 102 years without a World Series title.

Piniella led the New York Yankees (1986-88), Cincinnati (1990-92), Seattle (1993-2002) and Tampa Bay (2003-05) before arriving in Chicago. He won the World Series as a manager with Cincinnati after winning two as a player (1977-78, Yankees).

A right-handed outfielder, Piniella was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1969 after batting .282, 11 home runs and 68 RBIs with the Royals. He was traded to the Yankees in 1973 and ended his playing career with New York in 1984.

Piniella trails only Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre in victories among active managers. His World Series title with the Reds in 1990 was the first for the team since 1976. Piniella was at perhaps his most successful as manager of the Mariners, piling up 840 wins and four postseason appearances in 10 years

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Chris Bosh, Lebron James, Dwayne Wade

2 major pieces of the NBA free agency puzzle will be joining together in South Beach as both Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh have agreed to play for the Miami Heat. While contract details have not become public, ESPN.com is reporting:

Both players are expected to get the maximum amount allowable under the league’s collective bargaining agreement, though the addition of James could change the players’ salaries. Contracts cannot be officially signed until July 8.

It was not immediately clear whether Bosh will sign with Miami outright or join the Heat through a sign-and-trade deal. Bosh could earn $125 million over six years via sign-and-trade, but only $96 million over five without it.

The hunt for Lebron James’ next home is still underway and going strong as the highly sought after free agent is expected to make an official announcement on during a 1-hour event on ESPN Thursday night at 9pm. Although the details have yet to be released, it has been suggested that James’ camp is looking to sell sponsorships during the 1 hour live event with all proceeds going to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

ESPN.com reporting:

Jozy Altidore missed the first part of the U.S. team’s training Tuesday because he was suffering from a stomach ailment, the team announced.

Altidore missed the stretch during the workout at Eersterust Stadium, where practice was moved because FIFA wanted to preserve the condition of the field as Loftus Versfeld, the site of Wednesday’s game. He joined his teammates on the field just before practice was closed to reporters.

“Jozy just wasn’t feeling well, but he’ll be fine for [Wednesday’s game versus Algeria],” U.S. coach Bob Bradley said later during a news conference at Loftus Versfeld.

It’s only happened 20 times in history. The elusive perfect game was just 1 out away from becoming a reality for the Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Armando Galarraga when umpire Jim Joyce missed what should have been the simplest of calls to take away Galarraga’s place the history books.

Joyce later made a statement admitting his mistake saying:

I just cost that kid a perfect game. I thought he (Jason Donald) beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I saw the replay. It was the biggest call of my career. I don’t blame them a bit or anything that was said. I would have said it myself if I had been Galarraga. I would have been the first person in my face and he never said a word to me.

As soon as Joyce called the runner safe, Galarraga stood there smiling, the image of grace and perfection – even if it won’t show up in the record books.

It was only a matter of time before the instant replay became a part of the game with home runs… is it time to implement it when history is involved?