A's pitcher Mike Fiers, who blew whistle on Astros, has received death threats
And now for something completely predictable.A’s pitcher Mike Fiers, who blew the whistle on the Houston Astros’ elaborate and egregious sign-stealing scandal, has received death threats.The cheating dated back to 2017, which would have encompassed two Astros World Series appearances, including the only World Series championship in the 57-year history of the franchise. If you thought fans would be above threatening the well-being of a player from an opposing team rather than enjoy straight-up competition, you haven’t brushed up on your history. Jackie Robinson was threatened when he broke base...
The Mercury News
Paul Sullivan: Tim Anderson is selling the White Sox — and himself — with his new YouTube channel
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Near the end of his latest YouTube video, White Sox star Tim Anderson reveals the reason he has taken it upon himself to bring more life to Camelback Ranch.Yolmer Sanchez is gone, Anderson explained, and someone had to fill the void.“You know the type of guy Yolmer was,” Anderson said Thursday morning at Sox camp. “He was bringing the excitement, keeping everybody in a positive way, always being funny and loud. I’ve just got to pick up the energy for him, I guess — keep everyone positive, keep pushing and motivating everybody to deliver something that can be real dope.”So can...
Draft high or trade lower? The 49ers have decisions to make before the NFL draft.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The 49ers key decision-makers are less than a week from their annual trip to the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis and find themselves in a drastically different position than 12 months ago.Last February, head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch were coming off a 4-12 season after losing quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo early in the year to an ACL tear. They went to Indy with the draft’s No. 2 overall pick, with a strong likelihood they would land a prominent defensive prospect while the Arizona Cardinals were poised to take quarterback Kyler Murray with the ...
The Sacramento Bee
Work just getting started for Padres' Taylor Trammell
PEORIA, Ariz. — Walter Trammell spent more than nine years in the Navy as a linguist. After a stretch in the private sector, he wound up at the post office in 1993 and has been there ever since.He clocks in at 4:30 a.m. for each shift. More often than not, he stays longer than eight hours.Day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year.At 59 years old, Walter Trammell is eligible for early retirement later this year and nothing would please his youngest son more than to finally see his father fish whenever he likes.It’s an ongoing conversation Padres prospect Taylor Trammell...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Will A's be target of Astros' beanballs after Fiers outed Houston's cheating?
MESA, Ariz. — Retribution in the wake of the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal is expected to be handed out in the form of beanballs and brushbacks.But Astros batters might not be the only ones with a target on their backs this season.Outfielder Mark Canha is one of several A’s players who say they are concerned Oakland players will be targets of Astros pitchers looking to settle the score with A’s pitcher Mike Fiers, who publicly outed Houston’s cheating scheme.The shots have been coming at Fiers ever since he blew the whistle on his former team over the winter. Death threats. Rat emojis....
The Mercury News
Harrison Barnes, De'Aaron Fox lead Kings to dramatic victory over Memphis Grizzlies
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Harrison Barnes scored 32 points and De’Aaron Fox outplayed leading Rookie of the Year candidate Ja Morant, leading the Sacramento Kings to a 129-125 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night at Golden 1 Center.Fox scored 26 points for the Kings (22-33), who improved to 7-4 since coach Luke Walton moved Buddy Hield into a backup role in late December. Kent Bazemore added 18 points. Hield had 20 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals.Barnes finished two points shy of his career high. Jabari Parker came off the bench to post four points, four rebounds...
The Sacramento Bee
Warriors blitzed by Rockets' small-ball lineup in 135-105 loss
SAN FRANCISCO — Entering Thursday evening’s game, both forward Draymond Green and head coach Steve Kerr expressed skepticism over the long-term viability of the Houston Rockets’ small-ball starting lineup.But, in the Golden State Warriors’ 135-105 loss to the Rockets at Chase Center, the one-game results led to a convincing win for a team pushing the boundaries of a small-ball movement the Warriors helped usher forward.By starting P.J. Tucker at center and trading 7-footer Clint Capela earlier this month, the Rockets’ starting unit features players all 6-foot-7 or shorter.“I think there’s alwa...
The Mercury News
Joel Embiid powers Sixers to 112-104 overtime victory over Brooklyn Nets
PHILADELPHIA — The 76ers overcame boos, rust and the Brooklyn Nets.They battled back from a 20-point deficit to beat the Nets, 112-014, in overtime Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center in the first game for both squads following the All-Star Break.The Sixers (35-21) hadn’t played since their 110-103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 11. And they looked every bit like a team that had eight days in between games. The Sixers’ timing appeared to be off. They shot poorly from three-point range and made a lot of miscues.The sellout crowd voiced its displeasure, booing the home squad ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
O'Reilly's goal lifts Blues to 1-0 win over Coyotes
ST. LOUIS — On what seemed like the 300th shot of the night for the Blues, Ryan O’Reilly lifted a backhand past a stubborn Antti Raanta. The puck bounced off the near post, off the back of Raanta … and into the net.Finally, on their 43rd shot on goal of the game, the Blues had found the net. It was that kind of hockey, tense, tight, and getting late in the season.O’Reilly’s 11th goal of the season was all the Blues needed in a 1-0 victory over Arizona before another sellout crowd of 18,096 at Enterprise Center.The Blues (34-17-10) stayed two points ahead of Dallas in the Central Division stand...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Heat unable to survive Trae Young's 50 points in 129-124 loss to Hawks
ATLANTA — The goal coming out of the All-Star break for the Miami Heat was simple and to the point.“The big picture for us, first,” coach Erik Spoelstra said Thursday morning, “is playing better on the road.”The search for road revival continues.Unable to stop the offensive whirlwind that is Trae Young, the Heat returned to action with a 129-124 loss Thursday night to the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena.Against the one-man torrent that is Young, the Heat, even with a strong response from their own All-Stars, fell to 13-17 on the road.Young led the Hawks with 50 points. It was his 10th game o...