Jim Thome signed a one-day contract with the Cleveland Indians on Saturday to officially retire in the team uniform. The 43-year-old slugger was one of the most prolific home run hitters of all time, terrorizing pitchers and ruining baseballs over an illustrious 22-year career.
Thome's peers vaunted him as an exemplar of affable humility, a genuinely gregarious guy who did things The Right Way. In an era when players puffed up to jumbo size, Thome looked like an old-school swatter, a humungous pile of a human whose thick arms seemed tailor-made for either baseball or the competitive arm wrestling circuit. Though he never won an MVP Award and played in only a handful of All-Star Games, Thome ranks 18th all-time in on-base plus slugging percentage thanks to his patience and power. His 612 career home runs rank seventh.
But enough about how great Thome was. Now watch him hit this dinger:
That 511-foot blast, from a 1999 game against the Royals, remains the longest home run ever hit at Progressive Field. No surprise, then, that the Indians immortalized it and Thome with a statue outside the park. Jon Terbush
Super Bowl 50 started off with a bang, as Lady Gaga sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. In an earlier interview with the NFL Network, the pop star said performing at the Super Bowl was an "honor" and "a total dream come true." Catherine Garcia
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The United Nations Security Council condemned North Korea on Sunday for defying international warnings in launching a long-range rocket that many believe is a cover for a test of a ballistic missile that could reach the United States mainland.
All 15 Security Council members approved a statement at an emergency meeting emphasizing that using ballistic missile technology violates four resolutions, The Associated Press reports. The group also vowed to adopt a new resolution soon with "significant" sanctions for North Korea. Julie Kliegman
In a Monmouth University poll released Sunday, Donald Trump leads the Republican field with 30 percent of the support from likely New Hampshire primary voters. Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush are tied for 13 percent, with Ted Cruz notching 12 percent.
On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton, 52 percent to 42 percent.
The poll's margin of error is 4.4 percentage points. On Tuesday, New Hampshire will be the second state to vote in the primaries. Julie Kliegman
Bernie Sanders distanced himself Sunday from "Berniebros," a wide-ranging term that some have used to describe sexist supporters of the Vermont senator.
"It's disgusting," he said on CNN's State of the Union. "We don't want that crap. Anybody who is supporting me and doing sexist things, we don't want them. I don't want them. That's not what this campaign is about."