ELDEN | Dee’s Firing Is a Win for the Padres

The Padres have fired their C.E.O. and President of Baseball Operations, Mike Dee. From 1995 to 2002, Dee worked in San Diego under former C.E.O. Larry Lucchino. He moved on from San Diego with Lucchino to work for the Red Sox as their C.O.O. — and eventually to the Miami Dolphins as their C.E.O. Interestingly enough, the Dolphins hired Tom Garfinkel to replace Dee, who was the Padres’ C.E.O. before Dee.

LINSEY | The ‘Sack Race’: Managers Who May Lose Their Jobs

The ball sailed through the air in the Swansea City penalty area, where the team’s right full-back, Angel Rangel, anticipated its descent. However, he misjudged the ball’s flight, allowing Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino to beat him to the ball. Rangel shoved the Brazilian in the back and Firmino fell to the ground. The referee pointed to the penalty spot, where James Milner would score Liverpool’s late winning goal in a 2-1 decision. Several days later, Swansea City’s manager Francesco Guidolin was fired and replaced by the American Bob Bradley, after widespread reports that Swansea needed to beat Liverpool to save Guidolin’s job.

LINSEY | Women’s Soccer: Growing the Sport Proves Challenging

Ask American sports fans to name their favorite sport. Odds are, the top responses will be football, baseball, basketball, and hockey. There would be some less common answers too, like car racing, horse racing or poker. However, soccer — and women’s soccer in particular — would likely be a less frequent response. In this space two weeks ago, I wrote about how women’s soccer could increase its following in the United States, and I received several interesting responses from readers.

ELDEN | Jose Fernandez Left Impact On, off Field

On Sunday morning, the baseball community was shaken by the news that one of the best and brightest talents in the game had passed away at just 24 years old. José Fernandez was widely considered one of the best pitchers in baseball. In a year that has seen the highest league average ERA since 2009 and more pitchers used over the course of the season than any other season before, Fernandez excelled.

ELDEN | Is This Real Life, Is This Just Fantasy?

Most of the people close to me either don’t know or only have a marginal understanding of what I do in my spare time. My friends and family know that I am obsessed with baseball, but that’s about all they know. When I was in sixth grade, I created a fantasy baseball league with friends, teachers and family members and continued this into seventh grade. After that year, I realized I was putting much more energy and time into the fantasy league than my opponents, who mostly consisted of casual baseball fans. Soon after, I joined an online simulation league played through the Strat-O-Matic simulation program.

LINSEY | Major League Soccer is Worth Your Time

Major League Soccer is the number one professional soccer league in the United States. Opinions on the league cover the whole spectrum from super-fans to haters. One could hear anything from “It’s a nice way to see some really talented players close to home” to “the only thing more boring than European soccer is American soccer.” Personally, I have always wanted to go to an MLS game to see the action for myself, and this past summer, I got the chance to watch NYCFC host the Colorado Rapids. Here’s the story of my day at the game and my first impression of the MLS. Like many Cornellians, I live within a few hours of New York City.