Chicago-born NBA players — from Derrick Rose to Anthony Davis to Isiah Thomas — get nostalgic about their basketball 'Mecca'
CHICAGO — For several homegrown NBA and WNBA stars, Chicago boils down to two things: food and basketball.Naperville Central alumna Candace Parker, a judge in last weekend’s NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest, put it best: “It’s kind of like if you’re Cubs or White Sox. You’re either Lou Malnati’s or Giordano’s, and I’m Giordano’s. There are certain things that Chicagoans understand: how important it is to solidify what your stance on food is as well as teams.”For the record, Parker added that she’s a Cubs fan.Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas, who was in town for Chicago’s third turn as All-Star host an...
David Murphy: Bryce Harper was right: Phillies can't trade for Kris Bryant. Or, at least, they shouldn't.
PHILADELPHIA — I don’t know how many business classes Bryce Harper took during his one year at the College of Southern Nevada, but he seems to have a pretty good handle on the economics of baseball’s labor market. More so, at least, than the contingent of fans and media who have spent the last five years convincing itself that there is some sort of cheat code available to the Phillies that would allow them to erase a decade-plus of development failures and roster mismanagement. Tap the A button once, the B button twice, then enter John Middleton’s routing number and, boom, Larry Greene and Cor...
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Marcos Breton: If you think this Aubrey Huff mess is about the First Amendment, you're as dumb as he is
Twitter is a toilet bowl and so is Facebook.The latest proof is the raging story of Aubrey Huff, the sadly misguided former San Francisco Giants player who got himself dumped from the invitation list of the team’s commemoration of its 2010 World Series title. That party will be at Oracle Park in August.Before he was a Twitter troll, Huff was the 2010 Giants first baseman who was not the biggest star on the team, but definitely a home run producer who got some big hits in the postseason and rode the wave of an unlikely title run that took everyone by surprise — including the Giants themselves.S...
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Matt Calkins: Astros' sign-stealing scandal has rocked the game, but it might also be good for it
Truth No. 1: The Astros’ cheating scandal was as disgraceful as it was disgusting and will forever taint the careers of those involved. The intricacies of the deception were astounding. The lack of sincerity in the apologies was astonishing.We’ve seen a bungled news conference from team owner Jim Crane, who said the cheating had no bearing on games’ outcomes. We’ve heard the tone-deaf address from Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, who referred to the World Series trophy as a mere “piece of metal.”We’ve entertained tattoo-related excuses surrounding second baseman Jose Altuve, wat...
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Bryce Miller: Jayce Tingler aces his first job as Padres' new manager
PEORIA, Ariz. — This isn’t about honing two-strike approaches, dissecting defensive shifts or scribbling down thoughts about rotations or lineups. Not now. Not yet.Priority No. 1 … and No. 2 and No. 3 … for Padres manager Jayce Tingler is to hustle like a politician stumping on the campaign trail, shaking hands until his shoulder aches. Every minute counts. Every conversation matters.No job looms as more critical, more time-sensitive, than proving one locker at a time that he’s worth playing for, worth believing in, worth the title he’s acquired for the first time at age 39.There’s no name cac...
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Blues acquire defenseman Scandella from Canadiens
ST. LOUIS — The Blues made a move to bolster their blueline on Tuesday, acquiring defenseman Marco Scandella from Montreal in exchange for two draft picks.The Blues gave up their second-round pick in 2020 and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2021. Montreal will get that pick if Scandella re-signs with the Blues or the Blues play at least two rounds in the playoffs and Scandella appears in at least half the games. In addition, Montreal will pay half of Scandella’s $4 million salary.In conjunction with the move, the team sent defenseman Niko Mikkola back to San Antonio and placed Jay Bouwmeest...
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Travis Konecny shines, Claude Giroux sets franchise power-play assists record as Flyers rout Blue Jackets
PHILADELPHIA — The Flyers continued their (rare) mastery of the Columbus Blue Jackets and, as a result, climbed into third place in the Metropolitan Division on Tuesday night.Travis Konecny had a goal and two assists and Claude Giroux set a franchise record for career power-play assists as the Flyers won their third straight over injury-riddled Columbus for the first time in their history, whipping the Blue Jackets, 5-1, at the Wells Fargo Center.Carter Hart had 28 saves for the Flyers, who entered the night in the second wild-card spot but moved past Columbus and the New York Islanders.“It wa...
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Detroit Red Wings own Canadiens, sweep season series with 4-3 win
DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings stared down a pair of two-goal deficits and an opponent on a mission to avoid a sweep.The Montreal Canadiens owned the first period Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena, but the Wings stuck with it and tied the game in the third period.Andreas Athanasiou scored twice to lift the Wings to a 4-3 victory. The Wings (15-43-4) finished the season series 4-0 against the Canadiens.Athanasiou amended for coughing up the puck on Montreal’s first goal by edging the Wings within a goal in the third period. Robby Fabbri scored in the second period to put the Wings within 2-1.Mik...
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Paul Sullivan: Criticizing Rob Manfred and his handling of Astros cheating scandal is becoming a sport of its own
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — It’s open season on Commissioner Rob Manfred, everyone’s favorite pinata in the Astros cheating scandal.The embattled commissioner has been criticized by fans, players, media and even LeBron James for his handling of the situation, and the piling on grows each day as more players report to camp and speak their minds.On Tuesday Manfred defended his investigation and the decision to offer Astros players immunity to speak candidly about the scheme. He also apologized for calling the World Series trophy “a piece of metal” two days earlier when trying to explain why it was unnec...
Sensory-friendly room allows autistic hockey fans to enjoy the game but get away from the craziness
PHILADELPHIA — On a recent Monday night, a first-period goal by the Flyers’ Kevin Hayes sliced Boston’s lead in half and triggered a cacophony of celebration at the Wells Fargo Center. As 19,246 fans screamed in delight, a foghorn roared, sirens wailed, colored lights flashed in a kaleidoscopic swirl.Meanwhile, in the arena’s soundproofed Hall of Fame Room, 15-year-old Ryan Heit tilted his head almost imperceptibly toward the muffled sound, then turned back calmly to the iPad occupying his attention.The Northeast Philadelphia teenager is severely autistic. He has limited verbal communication, ...
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