NASCAR race at Bristol results: 3 things we learned from Brad Keselowski's victory
Brad Keselowski took the checkered flag off another wild finish at NASCAR’s Supermarket Heroes 500 race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday.With three laps to go, Chase Elliott and Joey Logano battled for the lead spot on the half-mile short track. Elliott made contact with Logano running on the outside, forcing the Team Penske driver into the wall and pushing both from a first-place finish.“I could see Joey and Chase getting really racey there,” Keselowski said during his post-race interview on FS1. Keselowski was running in third when Elliott and Logano made contact.“I didn’t know what was g...
The Charlotte Observer
Paul Sullivan: Stick to sports? No, not now. It's time for all Chicagoans to speak out against the violence of Saturday night.
CHICAGO — On Saturday morning, during a break from the couch, I drove down to the South Side to White Sox Park to get a look around.The ballpark was closed, obviously, and no one was around.It didn’t matter. After spending so much time writing about baseball owners and players fighting about things that have little relevance to most fans, I wanted to be reminded of what it was like to see the ballpark on a beautiful Chicago morning, to imagine being inside and kibitzing with security guards and waiting for the Sox lineup to be posted on Twitter.I don’t miss the games as much as seeing the peop...
Bob Wojnowski: Sports figures speak the sad truth: We are not united, after all
DETROIT — How did we get here in America? How did we become so divided along so many lines – racial, cultural, political, socio-economic, religious?The honest response: We’ve always been here.That’s the dispiriting reality after one of the saddest weeks in American history. It began last Monday with the death of 46-year-old George Floyd in Minneapolis, his final breaths squeezed out by a despicable man masquerading as a police officer, captured in a nine-minute video in which Floyd desperately narrated his own death, ending with, “Please, I can’t breathe.”Three other white cops stood around as...
The Detroit News
Ira Winderman: What comes next for Heat, NBA remains an abstract
It’s as if we’re stuck in the midst of the 2019-20-21 season.The Basketball Hall of Fame’s celebration of its Class of 2020 initially was scheduled for late August, then moved to mid-October, with the plan now for next spring, months before the expected induction of the Class of 2021 in Springfield, Mass.The Boston Marathon originally was scheduled for April 20, pushed back to September, then canceled.The Belmont Stakes will now be run before the Kentucky Derby, which is scheduled for Sept. 5, to be followed by the Oct. 3 Preakness Stakes, in a Triple Crown as out of order as these sporting ti...
Jim Souhan: Teammates taught Torii Hunter how to be a major leaguer and treat others
MINNEAPOLIS — Torii Hunter’s introduction to big league baseball came in 1994, when he reported to Twins’ spring training as a 19-year-old first-round draft pick and found himself in a locker between two future Hall of Famers.Seven years later, Hunter would become an All-Star and one of the faces of a resurrected franchise. Between that first morning in Fort Myers, Fla., and his career breakthrough in 2001, Hunter listened and slowly learned.Dave Winfield, whose locker was to Hunter’s left during the first spring training, taught him how to treat a young teammate. Kirby Puckett, who occupied t...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Sideline Chatter: What are chances that buying it turns you into hunka hunka burning love?
Need a little good-luck charm, or maybe just a fashion accessory to set off your blue suede shoes?Elvis Presley’s rhinestone-studded jockstrap — complete with the initials “EP” on the waistband — is expected to hit $36,000 on the Paul Fraser Collectibles auction block.“Extravagant. Absurd. Sexually potent … pure Elvis Presley,” seller rep Daniel Wade told the London Daily Mail. “I’m sure the new owner won’t be able to resist wearing it out on a Saturday night.”No word on whether it comes with a return-to-sender guarantee.———Headlines— At Fark.com: “Viewers who successfully complete 64-hour Der...
The Seattle Times
Jane McManus: Many sports leagues — from rec leagues to the youth game — have to figure out how to return after the coronavirus pause
NEW YORK — Erica Vanstone and her league, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, want to play roller derby, but the safety of the players is the priority for the WFTDA executive director. It’s a complicated task. Unlike the pro leagues that are planning their returns, she doesn’t have the CDC or White House on speed dial. But that doesn’t mean Vanstone and her league take this any less seriously. WFTDA has 40,000 players, coaches and officials in 450 leagues and 23 countries. The coronavirus has ravaged some, while others have been largely unaffected.How do you formulate a plan from scratch...
New York Daily News
Nick Canepa: The National Fiddle League can't leave well enough alone
SAN DIEGO — With apologies to Cole Porter, I get a kick out of the NFL.Now that “Moneyball” already is taken, there will come a day when football simply will be called “ball.”The foot will be taken out of it. Kickers will be free to pursue their true calling, on the soccer fields of the world.The National Fiddle League simply cannot stop tinkering with a game that has brought in billions — and as we all know, where the NFL goes, colleges usually tailgate.It steadily has been working on the elimination of the kickoff return, which can be the most exciting — and demoralizing event — in sports. A...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Jim Souhan: Major League Baseball really can't afford to take season off
MINNEAPOLIS — Baseball’s devolution from National Pastime to quaint regional sport was sped by work stoppages and scandals, but the game might never have faced existential threats like the ones that have arisen in the past six months.The past three World Series featured a team later accused of using technological espionage. The Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox appear to have stolen championships.Major League Baseball, already losing quality athletes to other sports, decided to shred its vast minor league system, potentially robbing itself of proximity to fans who don’t live in big league citi...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Paul Sullivan: 12 questions as Major League Baseball and the players union enter a key week of negotiations
CHICAGO — The fate of the 2020 baseball season could be decided by the end of next week, which most have pointed to as a soft deadline for an agreement between MLB and the players union.Though negotiations have been contentious — to say the least — and neither side appears willing to budge on a fair way to compensate players during a pandemic-shortened season without fans, hope springs eternal that they can reach a compromise and play ball.Here are some things we’ve learned from discussions with baseball people on both sides of the issue.———1. What is the drop-dead date for a decision to start...