Chicago Sky sign rookie Stella Johnson, the NCAA's leading scorer last season
CHICAGO — Stella Johnson, a rookie guard from Rider who led the nation in scoring last season, has signed a free-agent contract with the Chicago Sky, the WNBA team announced Monday.Johnson, who averaged 24.8 points as a senior in 2019-20, was a third-round draft pick (No. 29 overall) by the Phoenix Mercury in April. But according to Arizona’s Cronkite News, the Mercury released Johnson and three other players in late May — without being able to evaluate them in a training camp — when WNBA teams had to trim rosters to 12 so that players could begin receiving paychecks.The 5-foot-10 Johnson was ...
Mariners sign right-hander Connor Phillips — the last of their 2020 draft picks
SEATTLE — The last of the Mariners’ six draft picks from the 2020 Major League Baseball amateur draft signed his professional contract on Monday.Right-handed pitcher Connor Phillips, Seattle’s competitive balance round B pick (No. 64 overall) signed for a $1,050,300 bonus, which was the full slot value of the pick.“We’re excited to add Connor Phillips to the Mariners organization,” said Scott Hunter, the Mariners’ director of amateur scouting. “At just 19 years of age, he has four pitches, with a fastball up to 98 miles per hour. As he continues to develop, we believe he has a chance to be an ...
The Seattle Times
Dieter Kurtenbach: Professional sports fear this more than COVID-19
Alexander Hamilton once said that America is the “grand experiment.”These days, that experiment seems to be in how to least effectively manage a pandemic.A few months ago, we were asked to “flatten the curve”. Apparently the message was missed that we should keep the curve flat, too. The rise in COVID-19 cases in 11 hot-spot states — including California — is enough to concern even the most optimistic.It certainly has the North American professional sports leagues on high alert.America’s five biggest professional sports leagues will all resume play this month. The NBA is going to into a “bubbl...
The Mercury News
Wage talks could impact Ford's future in Canada
Jerry Dias is quick to praise the Detroit Three automakers while at the same time warning that Canadian consumers punish companies when they break promises or abandon operations across the border.He has recently begun four-year contract talks as president of Unifor that will impact thousands of auto industry workers in this exceptionally uncertain economic environment that included a two-month shutdown related to coronavirus.Union leaders won’t pretend that executives aren’t pocketing millions; The burden of industry change must be shared rather than dumped on hourly factory workers, he said.“...
Detroit Free Press
Bryce Miller: Padres, MLB owners need to fix mess born from 2020 negotiations
SAN DIEGO — There’s still a chance to salvage this, baseball. Despite the greed. Despite the absurd posturing. Despite the deaf ear to fans. Despite stepping on the rake, like a 1960s comedy sketch.Once MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred dots the I’s and crosses the T’s on the amount of games and start date — thought to be 60, potentially starting July 24 — owners and players will face a fractured fan base. What do you plan to do about it?Damage has been done, without a doubt. How much remains to be seen. You’ve pitched yourself into a bases loaded jam. Stumble now at everyone’s peril.“You shut this...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
COVID-19 concerns, calendar shaping MLB labor talks for 60-game season
It was COVID-19 that plunged Major League Baseball into this self-destructive labor fight with the Players Association. And if the sides ever agree on a plan for a shortened season, it will be COVID-19 that threatens to wipe it all out.Now, it appears commissioner Rob Manfred is turning to a COVID-19 spike to make one last appeal to the players for an agreement.Faced with whether or not to accept MLB’s pitch for a 60-game season — a plan that, for the first time, honors the per-game pay to which the players agreed in March — the union tabled a vote this weekend, a source said Sunday night, as ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Chris McCosky: Virus was always going to win. Baseball must find logical path to a healthy '21
DETROIT — Just stop. Please, stop all this madness right now.There isn’t going to be a baseball season this summer. Honestly, between the pandemic and the pent-up animus between the players and owners, there never was going to BE a baseball season — not a real one, anyway.What are we talking about here? A farcical 50-plus-game season to set up an $800 million postseason payday for the owners? You could see this coming the last two weeks as both sides dug in.The players’ association, which has been licking its wounds since the owners gutted them on financial issues in the 2016 collective bargai...
The Detroit News
Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey talks baseball's ugly restart battle and the coronavirus curveball
NEW YORK — The discord between Major League Baseball players and owners has consumed all of spring, and is on the verge of trickling into the start of summer. Fiscal negotiations on opening the season have warped from bad, to hopeful, to worse, to messy and ugly within a regular 9-5 workday.Fans have increasingly lost interest in the sport potentially returning this summer. A face-to-face meeting between MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and Players Association chief Tony Clark did little to raise spirits when those same men couldn’t even agree on what they previously discussed.It’s a disastrous ti...
New York Daily News
Addison Russell, former All-Star infielder, signs a 1-year deal with KBO team
CHICAGO — Former Chicago Cubs All-Star shortstop Addison Russell, who was suspended for 40 games at the end of the 2018 season, signed a one-year, $530,000 contract with the Kiwoom Heroes of the Korean Baseball Organization.Yoo Jee-ho of the Yonhap News Agency first reported the signing of Russell, 26, who served the suspension at the end of the 2018 season and the start of 2019 for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.Russell wasn’t tended a contract by the Cubs after the 2019 season, in which he batted .237 in 82 games. He started the 2019 season at Triple A Iowa after ...
Source: 49ers give Kyle Shanahan 6-year extension
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The 49ers are rewarding their head coach that inherited a 2-14 team and took it to the Super Bowl three seasons later.The team on Monday agreed to a six-year contract extension with Kyle Shanahan, putting him under contract through 2025, a league source confirmed to The Sacramento Bee. The new deal will make Shanahan one of the five highest-paid head coaches in the NFL, per ESPN, which was first to report the news.Shanahan, 40, signed a six-year contract with the 49ers when he first hired in 2017, becoming the fourth coach in four seasons while the club struggled to find ...
The Sacramento Bee