Sideline Chatter: And he insisted on running the four-corners offense to finish every win
Dr. J, meet Dr. A.Anthony Fauci, the immunologist and national point man against the COVID-19 pandemic, was once the point guard and team captain for the Regis High School basketball team in Manhattan, Class of 1958.Quickie retro scouting report: liked to spread the court, run isolation plays; most effective from distance; played lockdown defense.———Headlines gone viral— At TheOnion.com: “Kawhi Leonard misses second consecutive family game night, citing load management.”— At Fark.com: “Wimbledon has officially been canceled. This is not a repeat from 1945.”———20/21 visionThe Tokyo Olympics hav...
The Seattle Times
Shawn Windsor: It's about time Rudy Tomjanovich gets his Hall of Fame due
DETROIT — He’d been on the ballot forever, first as a player, then as a coach. And when Rudy Tomjanovich didn’t make the finalist list a year ago for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, a handful of his peers spoke out.How could the former NBA All-Star, the two-time NBA championship coach, the Olympic gold medalist, not be in the Hall of Fame?Well, he is now. Fifteen years after first making the ballot.It’s about damn time.“Long overdue,” said Steve Fishman, who played with Tomjanovich at the University of Michigan in the late ’60s. “But as the saying goes, ‘better late than never.’...
Detroit Free Press
Bob Brookover: Phillies GM Matt Klentak still preparing for the season in these most morbid and unusual times
PHILADELPHIA — Thursday’s conference call with Matt Klentak started five minutes before the first pitch of the Phillies’ home opener was scheduled to be thrown.What should have been Zack Wheeler’s debut in red pinstripes at Citizens Bank Park instead became a 22-minute Q&A with Klentak during which the general manager understandably had few answers about what lies ahead for the team and the game he loves.A month ago, Klentak and manager Joe Girardi were benignly fielding questions about the makeup of the 26-man roster and the leadoff spot in the batting order. Thursday the most pertinent inqui...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
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