T.J. Gassnola set to receive subpoena from former Kansas football coach David Beaty's lawyers
Former Kansas football coach David Beaty’s lawyers are prepared to file a subpoena to ex-Adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola in pursuit of documents relating to Beaty’s current lawsuit against KU Athletics.Beaty’s lawyers, in a memo dated Wednesday, are requesting Gassnola’s communications with KU coach Bill Self, assistant Kurtis Townsend, athletic director Jeff Long and deputy athletic director Sean Lester concerning the recent federal court case and NCAA investigation relating to KU basketball.In addition, Beaty’s counsel is asking for any agreements Gassnola made with either KU or KU Athletics...
The Kansas City Star
Benjamin Hochman: How the Blues' Jay Bouwmeester taught us about heart — and then did so, again
He gave it all his heart, until his heart gave out on him.“You can’t do something for as long as he has done it — and as well as he does it — without having a great heart and passion for what you do,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said Wednesday. “That’s the way Jay plays the game — with passion and emotion and consistency.“You can’t be half-hearted playing in the NHL for this long.”Heart.It epitomized the way Jay Bouwmeester played hockey for 17 NHL seasons.It could be the reason we’ve seen the last of him playing hockey.On Wednesday, the Blues’ Bouwmeester held his first news conferen...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
NASCAR drivers are honoring Kobe Bryant with their paint schemes at Auto Club 400
NASCAR drivers will pay tribute to Kobe Bryant at Sunday’s Auto Club 400 race in Fontana, Calif., with purple-and-gold paint schemes and gear.Hendrick Motorsports will honor the former Los Angeles Lakers star with a new paint scheme for the No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet driven by William Bryon.Axalta Racing revealed the paint scheme Tuesday evening on Twitter.Byron retweeted the post and said he was “honored” to be driving for the nine victims who died in a helicopter crash in late January, which included Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.“Honored to be driving for Kobe, Gianna, Payton, Sa...
The Charlotte Observer
Penn athletic department placed on two years of NCAA probation in Jerome Allen scandal
PHILADELPHIA — The Penn athletic department was placed on probation for two years and fined $5,000 Wednesday, and its men’s basketball program was assessed recruiting restrictions by the NCAA in connection with recruiting violations committed by former head coach Jerome Allen.Allen, 47, a former Episcopal Academy and Penn star who coached the Quakers from 2010 to 2015, pleaded guilty and was later sentenced to probation last July for accepting $300,000 in bribes from a Florida businessman to get the man’s son into the university’s Wharton School.The penalty announced by the NCAA Committee on I...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Emily Nemens' memories of Seattle-area baseball inspired her irresistible first novel, 'The Cactus League'
SEATTLE — Emily Nemens grew up in Seattle and loved going to baseball games with her dad. She remembers Mariners games at the Kingdome — “I have distinct memories of Ken Griffey Jr.’s rookie year” — and, on sunny days, going to Tacoma to watch the Rainiers play. When she was in middle school, she and her father started going to spring training in Arizona to watch the Mariners play in Peoria; they didn’t make it every year, but “often enough that it became a ritual, a routine.”Years later, that ritual inspired Nemens’ irresistible first novel, “The Cactus League,” set among “the carnival that I...
The Seattle Times
Benjamin Hochman: Meet 'Juice' — he's made more Cardinals look good than Pirates' pitching
JUPITER, Fla. — He’s cut more Cardinals than a general manager. His name is Hugo Tandron, but no one knows that. He goes by Juice. He’s renowned around Major League Baseball, and he’s a Cardinals spring training staple. Once a week, he’s here at camp, cutting the hair of your favorite players.The coolest hair on the team? “Dex, man,” Juice said of Dexter Fowler. “Also, I used to have a lot of fun cutting Marcell Ozuna. Yadi – he always has different styles. Waino switches up his style all the time. He was like, ‘Don’t give me the boring white guy haircut.’ So I spice it up a lot. Waino’s aweso...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Why Madison Bumgarner's rodeo hobby should concern Diamondbacks so much
Madison Bumgarner was able to keep his identity more or less a secret while competing in rodeo, but there’s no hiding the dangers associated with the former Giants pitcher’s preferred hobby of roping calves.Using the alias of “Mason Saunders,” Bumgarner has been surreptitiously participating in team roping events — and doing quite well, even winning $26,560 in a December competition — The Athletic reported Sunday. Not that the man who signed a five-year, $85 million deal with the Diamondbacks needs the extra cash — roping runs much deeper than that for Bumgarner, who said “it’s just part of wh...
The Mercury News
Derek Jeter thinks the Astros are 'paying the price' for sign-stealing
Derek Jeter shared his hope that baseball is ready to move on from the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.The Yankees great turned Marlins CEO spoke at Miami’s spring training camp on Monday about the fallout from Houston’s illegal sign-stealing scandal.“You hope at some point people can just move on,” Jeter told reporters. The first-ballot Hall of Famer also described the cheating scheme as “a black eye for the sport.”Jeter explained that people have long sought an edge in sports, but the Astros “took it way too far. And there are penalties for it.”According to the Captain, Houston has been “payin...
New York Daily News
Mark Zeigler: Kobe's death and its harsh lesson about our obsession with youth sports
When Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna arrived at the private aviation section of John Wayne Airport on the morning of Sunday, Jan. 26, the waiting lounge was not empty. It was filled with passengers whose flights had been delayed by the fuzzy blanket of coastal fog that had moved onshore overnight across Southern California.The Los Angeles police department and county sheriff had grounded their helicopters because visibility, a spokesperson later said, “did not meet our minimum standards” of 2 miles and an 800-foot cloud ceiling.Commercial jets in the air were flying on instruments.“It was ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Phil Rosenthal: More Mark Grace, please — but fewer sponsor plugs and Harry Caray impressions: Winners and losers from Marquee Sports Network's 1st Cubs broadcast
More Mark Grace, please.During his too-short, three-inning visit to the Marquee Sports Network booth during the channel’s debut Cubs game Saturday night, Grace called the Cincinnati Reds baseball’s equivalent of the NFL’s underperforming Cleveland Browns.The former Cubs star rhapsodized about how, as a player, his diet featured jelly doughnuts, Philly cheesesteaks and Tootsie Rolls.He reminisced about playing first base during Kerry Wood’s storied 1998 20-strikeout game.“I could have put my glove on my head,” Grace said.The Cubs beat the Athletics on Saturday in their exhibition opener, 12-2, ...