Family travel five: Head to warmer climes
Are you ready to warm up? These sunny destinations will tempt you to begin packing now.———1. Ritz Carlton Amelia Island Resort. Amelia Island, Fla.Join the kids in the hunt for fossilized shark teeth on the beach or learn to balance on a stand-up paddleboard while staying at this luxury, family-friendly 446-room resort located on a 13-mile stretch of pristine Atlantic coastline. Add other water sports to the mix by hopping on a jet ski, boogie boarding, kayaking and surfing. Children 5 through 12 can look forward to the Ritz Kids program that offers immersive adventures designed to introduce y...
Ryan Dempster will have a talk show on the Cubs' Marquee Sports Network. But will it feature Kris Bryant's new guitar skills?
MESA, Ariz. — As spring training moves into high gear this week, here are three things we’ve learned from Cubs camp.———1. Ryan Dempster’s ready to start his new chapter as a talk-show host.Coming soon to a TV near you — well, if your cable company carries the Marquee Sports Network — is the Ryan Dempster Show.The former Cubs pitcher and current assistant to Cubs president Theo Epstein will begin his own talk show on Marquee — officially called “Off the Mound with Ryan Dempster — with guests from baseball, the arts and other walks of life.Stupid Cubs Tricks?“Typically, we’re going to run it lik...
Dave Hyde: Time for Panthers to wake up — or suffer their most disappointing season ever
Let’s be honest: There’s only one team with a comparable streak of consistency in pro sports to the brilliant run of the New England Patriots.That’s your Florida Panthers.You can even argue the Panthers’ feat of barely seeing and not advancing in the playoffs for an NHL-high 22 seasons is more confounding than New England winning enough to make everyone sick.The Panthers are threatening to more than just make it 23 straight years, too. They’re poised to have their most disappointing season ever if they don’t breathe some oxygen into this 2019-20 campaign.Think of what’s happening here:They got...
Mike Sielski: Former Phillies phenom and flame-out Domonic Brown has found himself, finally
EAST NORRITON, Pa. — In one corner of Athletes Academy, a sports-training facility in East Norriton, Domonic Brown was back in a batting cage Tuesday afternoon. Yes, that Domonic Brown. His head and eyes flitted back and forth from Max Hitman — a high school senior, a St. Joseph’s University recruit, and Brown’s star pupil — to a computer screen above the cage, to a HitTrax program showing the data of Hitman’s every swing off a batting tee: his bat speed, the ball’s exit velocity, the distance it would have traveled. One of Hitman’s cuts produced a piercing sound, like pipe on pipe, and what w...
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Sideline Chatter: Those fans will need something stronger anyway
This is what you call a pretty, ahem, high bar.The Ohio State Medical Board rejected applicants for medicinal marijuana who claimed that being a Browns or Bengals fan gives them enough pain to qualify.And stunning legal wags who figured those fans presented an airtight argument.———Headlines— At @SportsPickle: “Pitchers, catchers and baseball writers with 2.5-megapixel camera phones have begun reporting to spring training. Exciting.”— At Fark.com: “Stros owner attempts to lead the league in HBP for the 2020 season.”———Hang on to your seatBob Knight, the winningest basketball coach in Indiana hi...
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Teddy Greenstein: Why can't Bulls sign big-time free agents? Kevin Garnett had this in his head: 'The way they did Mike.'
CHICAGO — Late in his NBA career, Kevin Garnett took a 13-hour flight to Beijing for a preseason game. His agent suggested Garnett go upstairs to the first-class cabin to meet the president of Showtime Sports, Stephen Espinoza.“A double-decker plane … dammmmmn,” Garnett, 43, recalled. “Steve looks like he’s about to (sleep). He’s tucked in. And we’re up for the next seven hours. I’m talking his head off. I threw all these ideas at him.”One was to document Garnett going to college, either Michigan or North Carolina.Wait, didn’t Rodney Dangerfield already do that?The idea that stuck is what deve...
Popular Chase Elliott eyes elusive Daytona 500 crown
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — As a 7-year-old, Chase Elliott was a practical joker.Jimmie Johnson saw it first-hand at Vail Ski Resort in Colorado. Whenever Johnson fell, Elliott would pelt him with a snowball.“I still see him as the 7-year-old kid in Vail when I went skiing with his parents,” Johnson said of his Hendrick Motorsports teammate. “Every time I fell, he showed up with a snowball and hit me with it.”Elliott might still joke around with Johnson, but Elliott’s talent on the track is what stands out now. With Johnson retiring from racing full-time at the end of the 2020 season, Elliott has a ...
Race Porter and Myles Gaskin are raising awareness about mental health, one broken heart at a time
SEATTLE — Race Porter paid $3.99 for his first broken heart.Actually, it was two hearts — a two-pack of iron-on patches he purchased at Michaels craft store last May. He kept one heart intact and, using his mom’s iron, attached it onto the left sleeve of a Costco-brand plain white T-shirt.He took the other red patch and cut a jagged line through the middle of it — his first broken heart — and ironed that onto the left sleeve of another white T-shirt.Depending on how he was feeling on any given morning, that was how he decided which shirt to wear. On the days he felt his depression begin to tak...
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Longtime Bulls scorekeeper Bob Rosenberg puts his 6 championship rings on the auction block — and blames losing his job with MLB for the decision
CHICAGO — Bob Rosenberg lost a baseball job he cherished, and because of the subsequent loss of income, he said he’s parting with perhaps the most coveted collection of rings in Chicago sports history.Rosenberg had been an official scorer for the White Sox and Cubs for 32 years until he was let go last fall. But he’s best known for being the scorekeeper for the Bulls since they began play in 1966.And as a longtime staffer, he received all six Bulls championship rings from the 1990s. This week, with Chicago playing host to the NBA All-Star Game, Rosenberg has placed the entire set up for auctio...
Soccer star Megan Rapinoe on running for office: 'Never say never'
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Megan Rapinoe, her silvery hair streaked with hues of blue, let out a half-laugh when asked if she wanted to run for office.Rapinoe, the world soccer player of the year who has knelt in support of former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and had a public spat last summer with President Donald Trump, sounded like a politician in response.“At this time, I don’t have any plans of running for office; that seems out of the question,” she said in an interview this week in San Jose at the Watermark Conference for Women Silicon Valley.Then came the teaser: “Never say never.”For now...
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