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Pitcher CC Sabathia credits training regimen for late-career success

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By Eric Mollo

Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is pitching in the midst of his eighteenth Major League season, and it has been one of his most effective in several years.

Sabathia entered the month of July ranked among the top pitchers in the American League in earned run average (ERA), and has kept the Yankees in the running for a division title.

Weeks away from his 38th birthday, Sabathia says one of the keys to his late-career success has been his training regimen, a routine he developed while working out with his former teammate, Andy Pettitte.

“I think everything late in my career has been after Andy. We worked out a lot together when he was playing, and I was picking his brain on what to do in the offseason from a routine perspective,” Sabathia said in an exclusive conversation with ABC News. “Andy Pettitte has been a great mentor… I’ve watched a lot of video of him the last couple of years, and what he’s turned into the past couple of years, it’s really helped me.”

Sabathia was speaking before attending Triple Play Day at the Alfred E. Smith Recreation Center in New York City in late June. As he discussed his season and dedication to fitness with ABC News, he was kicking off a series of nationwide events with the Boys & Girls Clubs to encourage youth development, exercising, and physical health.

Sabathia says he has tried boxing in recent years–a newer workout routine for the long time ace, who stands six feet and six inches tall. He says boxing does not put as much stress on his lower body, and he has alternated between other workouts to put less stress on his joints, such as swimming.

Shaking up his exercise regimen is not the only change Sabathia made.

“Oh no, I’ve completely changed the style I pitched,” Sabathia tells ABC News, when asked whether he adjusted the way he approaches pitching or if he made fewer, subtler changes. Earlier in his career, while he was pitching for the Cleveland Indians, Sabathia says he pitched with a “football mentality,” something he believes he picked up while playing a variety of contact sports with the Boys & Girls Club as a kid. He was a harder thrower, a more aggressive pitcher, and accumulated more strikeouts than he does now.

Pitching into his late thirties, Sabathia has had to face the realities of playing baseball as his body fails to move as fast as it once did and does not recover as quickly: “I think it’s just getting around older players and kind of realizing what you need to do to take that next step in your career.”

Sabathia first joined the Yankees as a free agent in December 2008, leading New York to their 27th World Series championship in his first year with the team. Now in his tenth season in New York, Sabathia is continuing to develop his workout routine so he can extend his career in hopes of winning another championship and lead a healthy lifestyle long after he is done pitching.

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"Without You Here": Eric Church memorializes his late brother with a scholarship

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By Music News Group

ABC/Image Group LA Eric Church‘s family has established a scholarship fund to honor his brother Brandon, who passed away unexpectedly over the weekend.

The 36-year-old went into cardiac arrest after suffering multiple seizures Friday night, according to TMZ. The Granite Falls, North Carolina native had a history of seizures in recent years.

Eric’s younger brother co-wrote his debut single, “How ‘Bout You,” which made it to #14 in 2006. He also had a hand in writing the track “Without You Here,” from Eric’s Carolina album.

In a relatively short time, the scholarship fund has already grown to more than $15,000.

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Octopus killed for food after correctly predicting 3 World Cup games

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By Leighton Schneider

iStock/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — Rabiot, the World Cup-predicting octopus, has died.

More precisely, he’s been turned into sashimi, reports Japanese newspaper Mainichi.

Japanese outlet Sora News 24 was more gruesome in its description of Rabiot’s fate: “match-predicting octopus gutted after loss to Poland … literally.”

Rabiot was a Giant Pacific Octopus caught off the coast of Obira, Hokkaido.

According to Mainichi, fisherman Kimio Abe, 51, named the mollusk on June 19.

Abe then placed his new invertebrate in a paddling pool containing three boxes with food, one representing Japan, another representing its opponent and a third representing a draw, according to reports.

In the experiment, the octopus tipped its tentacles towards the right boxes, thus predicting a Japanese win against Colombia, a draw with Senegal and a loss to Poland. All three predictions were true.

“I’m glad that all the forecasts turned out correct and Japan moved on to the knockout stage,” fisherman Abe told Mainichi in an interview published before the team’s loss to Poland.

Rabiot is not the first octopus to predict World Cup results.

Paul, an octopus who lived in a German aquarium, correctly predicted eight World Cup games in 2010. He was found dead of natural causes later that fall.

Abe told Mainichi that he sent Rabiot to the fish market before Japan lost 1-0 to Poland last week, an outcome the tasty invertebrate didn’t see coming.

Meanwhile, scientists feel we might be better served keeping octopuses off dinner plates. Researchers at Cambridge University specifically mentioned octopuses in their 2012 Declaration of Consciousness, which states that some animals also possess the “neurological substrates” that generate consciousness.

For his part, Abe told the Japanese newspaper that he is now on the hunt for another eight-limbed oracle to predict the remaining World Cup results.

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Report: "Last Man Standing" returning without two original cast members

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By Stephen Iervolino

(L-R) Tim Allen, Molly Ephraim; ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) — Last Man Standing will return for its seventh season, and first on Fox, without original cast members Molly Ephraim and Flynn Morrison, who played series star Tim Allen’s onscreen daughter Mandy and grandson Boyd, respectively.

That’s according to TV Line, which says both roles are being recast. Among the series regulars confirmed to return for season seven, along with Allen, are Nancy Travis, Amanda Fuller, Jonathan Adams, Christoph Sanders, Jordan Masterson and Hector Elizondo.

Fox picked up the well-rated Allen-led sitcom back in May, a year after it was cancelled at ABC.

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"Manchester" partners Matt Damon and John Krasinski could team up for Clinton-era pardon drama "The King of Oil"

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC/Heidi Gutman(LOS ANGELES) — Matt Damon could star in the upcoming biopic The King of Oil, produced by A Quiet Place director and star John Krasinski, according to Variety.

The project, still in the early stages of development, is based on The King of Oil: The Secret Lives of Marc Rich, by Daniel Ammann. Rich, indicted in 1983 on 65 criminal counts including tax evasion, was controversially pardoned by in 2000, literally in the waning moments of Bill Clinton’s presidency.

During Capitol Hill hearings on the pardon, Americans learned Rich’s ex-wife Denise had given millions not only to the Democratic National Commitee but also help fund both the Clinton Library and Hillary Clinton’s Senate run.

Rich was in Switzerland when he was indicted and lived outside the United States for many years — even landing on the FBI’s Most Wanted fugitives list. He died in Lucerne, Switzerland in 2013 at age 78.

Damon and Krasinski previously teamed up to write the story for the Oscar-winning 2016 drama Manchester by the Sea.

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