Judge tosses DraftKings bettors' lawsuit against Astros and Red Sox, but takes swings at each team
NEW YORK — The Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox disgraced baseball — but the cheating teams did not defraud fantasy baseball bettors, a judge ruled Friday.The decision by Manhattan Federal Judge Jed Rakoff took swings at both franchises for the sign-stealing scandal that rocked Major League Baseball, but said the teams’ lies did not rise to a breach of consumer protection laws.“In 2017 and thereafter, the Houston Astros, and somewhat less blatantly the Boston Red Sox, shamelessly broke that rule, and thereby broke the hearts of all true baseball fans. But did the initial efforts of those team...
New York Daily News
Why did coronavirus kill SC activist? He was never told he had disease
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Tim Liszewski awoke last Saturday and padded down the steps at his Columbia home, hoping the headaches and fever that had bothered him would finally go away.It had been a rough and confounding week for Liszewski, a 60-year-old activist who didn’t get sick very often. After returning from a conference in the Midwest, he’d been unable to shake the illness that was keeping him away from his work at a grassroots political organization.Then, sometime after descending the stairs the morning of March 28 to check his computer, he collapsed. A few hours later, his fiancee found Liszews...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Martin Schram: A combative case of brotherly love
The TV news screen was wall-to-wall with Cuomos Monday night. CNN anchor Chris was in the left box, where he belonged, because this was his “Cuomo Prime Time” show. New York Gov. Andrew was in the guest’s box on the right. The Cuomo brothers were busy giving each other the business, New York Italian style. Which is to say, Cuomo style.And my mind’s eye began focusing on two other guys we couldn’t really see — Lava Libretti and Connie Cutts. I was sure they were watching and beaming too. You don’t remember them?Lava Libretti, a young 6-footer, played on the New York area’s Catholic league baske...
Tribune News Service
Will Phillies' Andrew McCutchen still be elite after return from knee surgery? Even medical experts don't know for sure.
PHILADELPHIA — Andrew McCutchen batted .709 as a high school senior. Of the 1,501 players drafted in 2005, he was taken 11th. He’s a five-time All-Star, a Gold Glove Award winner, and the 2013 National League MVP.And he did it all after blowing out his right knee at age 16.Let that serve as context for McCutchen’s response to a Feb. 17 question about feeling nervous that he will make an equally successful recovery from having the torn anterior cruciate ligament in the middle of his left knee reconstructed with a tendon grafted from his quadriceps last June.“No, (because) there’s no ‘hope’ in m...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Kevin Acee: Games without fans do not make financial sense for baseball
SAN DIEGO — As soon as possible, baseball wants to be what it often has been.After world wars and 9/11 and every summer and fall.“We want to give everybody something to look forward to,” Padres pitcher Craig Stammen said this week. “Hopefully that’s baseball.”Multiple players and fans have expressed similar sentiments in recent weeks. So have people from Major League Baseball and executives with the MLB Players Association, in private conversations and conference calls and interviews.“The one thing I know for sure is baseball will be back,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred told ESPN last week. “Wh...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Chip Scoggins: No Opening Day, but here's his Twins lineup anyway
On the day that would have been the Twins season opener, manager Rocco Baldelli declined to reveal the lineup he would have submitted.“I’m going to drag that one out until the very end,” Baldelli said on a conference call with reporters. “And hopefully everyone will enjoy it when it finally arrives.”That’s no fun, Rocco.Baldelli’s lineup construction has been a popular topic for fans and media ever since Josh Donaldson arrived in January. A team that set an MLB record for home runs last season looks even more powerful on paper with Donaldson’s name in it. Rocco has plenty of options in putting...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Mac Engel: College football needs MLB to play ball to feel safe to return
The offices of the University of Texas athletic administration are closed, so of course athletic director Chris Del Conte is going to work.“It’s like ‘The Shining,’” Del Conte said Wednesday morning of the empty offices in Austin.Never thought of Chris Del Conte as Jack Nicholson’s Jack Torrance, but these days everyone is capable of saying, “Heeeere’s Johnny!”Before delving into this, Del Conte mentioned something about our current era of the coronavirus, “In my opinion I think this has been here for a long, long time. I don’t think this just got here.”Agreed.What was unfathomable one month a...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Jeff Luhnow and A.J. Hinch will have served their bans even if no baseball is played: report
If the coronavirus wipes out the entire MLB season, the Astros cheats might lose just as much baseball as the people they cheated against.Former Astros manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow’s one-year suspensions for illegal sign-stealing will still count even if the 2020 season gets canceled due to the ongoing pandemic, according to a report from ESPN’s Buster Olney. Both were disciplined by the league for the sign stealing their team participated in during the 2017 and ’18 seasons, including during their ’17 World Series championship run.Hinch and Luhnow were fired shortly after MLB’s probe ...
New York Daily News
Yankees' Zack Britton reveals MLB has discussed several neutral sites to host games if baseball is able to return to action
TAMPA, Fla. — Zack Britton knows what it’s like to play baseball in an empty stadium. With the Orioles, he pitched in that April 29, 2015 game against the White Sox at Camden Yards. With riots after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, MLB ruled the game would go on without fans. Britton recalled it was eerie and not a lot of fun, but in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic he agrees it could be the way to restart baseball.The Yankees union rep told Sirius/XM’s MLB Network Radio channel that empty stadiums and a neutral site for teams like the Yankees whose big league cities are...
New York Daily News
Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka returns to Japan with his family over coronavirus concerns in the U.S.
TAMPA, Fla. — Saying that he felt that the situation with the coronavirus pandemic was dangerous in the United States, Masahiro Tanaka returned to Japan late last month, according to Kyodo News.The 31-year-old right-hander said he and his family had no symptoms of COVID-19, but he felt it best for his wife and their two children to return to Japan.Tanaka said he and his family would self-quarantine at home for two weeks at the Japanese government’s request for all residents returning from foreign travel.Tanaka tweeted about his decision.“After spring training was discontinued, there was a situ...
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