Phil Rosenthal: Winners and losers from NBA All-Star Weekend, including that scene-setting Chicago video, Common's rhymes, cold weather complaints and of course, GarPax
CHICAGO — Can we all agree not just that Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game was a lot of fun to watch, but the video scene-setter that celebrated Chicago and Chicagoans was wonderful?It made you feel good about being a Chicago-area resident, which isn’t always easy to do.Former players such as Michael Jordan, Candace Parker, Dwyane Wade and Isaiah Thomas spoke lovingly of the city, standing before a detailed scale model.So did performers such as Chance the Rapper, Keke Palmer and Buddy Guy, artist Hebru Brantley and others.“Chicago was the place where I became a man,” former President Barack Obama add...
Ready to take a step forward, Justus Sheffield plans on a full season in the Mariners' rotation
PEORIA, Ariz. — Perhaps years from now, if his potential turns into production, it will be this anecdotal offering which helps outline the reasons for the success he achieved.It’s not an uncommon story in baseball, a sport where failure is found far easier than success on a daily basis. A touted prospect struggles to live up to lofty expectations and is demoted to fix what is broken, remembers what made him successful, restores his confidence and resumes his progression back to big leagues where he remains for the rest of his career.For Justus Sheffield, the ending to his tale has yet to be wr...
The Seattle Times
Greg Cote: Marlins owner, manager put pressure on team to show huge improvement. It's about time.
JUPITER, Fla. — The optimism surrounding the Miami Marlins’ start of spring training is quite sharply spoken.“A lot more talent (than last year) — upper level talent,” as president of baseball operations Michael Hill put it Monday.But quantifying that optimism is a tougher ask. Trying to get a handle on Marlins expectations is where the expertly crafted vagueness comes in.“We’re not putting limitations on what we can do,” said Hill, as if a jinx might be in play.Marlins CEO and part owner Derek Jeter famously says, “I don’t put a time frame on it,” meaning any idea at all when the club’s groun...
Bob Ford: Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred makes error in not banning players who cheated
If the plan of Major League Baseball was for the uproar surrounding the cheating scandal involving the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox to quietly subside as one news cycle spins into the next, that plan isn’t going so well.In fact, as commissioner Rob “Kenesaw Molehill” Manfred scurries from one spring-training outpost to the next, he is only stirring the flames higher and higher. Over the weekend, he defended the game’s decision on who should be punished, and his only truly strong statements were made to protect the culprits from any retaliation.To quickly review, the Astros used a system o...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Devon Dotson erupts for 29 points in Kansas Jayhawks' 91-71 victory over Iowa State
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas claimed its 800th men’s basketball victory in tradition-rich, 65-year-old Allen Fieldhouse on Monday night.Sophomore point guard Devon Dotson scored 29 points on 11-of-14 shooting (6 of 8 from three), while Ochai Agbaji scored 14 points and Udoka Azubuike and Christian Braun 13 apiece as No. 3-ranked KU (23-3, 12-1 Big 12) upended unranked Iowa State (11-15, 4-9), 91-71, before a crowd of 16,300 fans that included former KU standout Marcus Morris, who had his jersey No. 22 retired in the south fieldhouse rafters in a halftime ceremony.Marcus Garrett scored five points w...
The Kansas City Star
Kawhi Leonard Wins Inaugural Kobe Bryant All-Star MVP Award
The All-Star game returned to Chicago for the first time since 1988 as players from Team Giannis Antetokounmpo and Team LeBron James showcased the best players in the league while providing fans with one of the most competitive all-star games in recent years on Sunday.Anthony Davis sank a free throw late to win it for Team LeBron 157-155 after a physical fourth quarter that saw players take charges, play stifling defense and create highlight plays. Kawhi Leonard was able to win the first Kobe Bryant All-Star MVP award after finishing with 30 points including an efficient 8 of 14 from the three...
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Addresses Houston Astros’ Punishment For Sign Stealing Scandal
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred spoke for the first time since doling out punishment to the Houston Astros for the organization’s role in sign stealing during the 2017 World Series. In a press conference on Sunday, Manfred addressed the contributing factors leading to his decision.“When we began the investigation after we became aware of the Houston situation, we started with an important and fundamental goal,” Manfred said. “That was goal was to make sure that we found the facts, completed the investigation, found out what was going on, and put ourselves in position to be as transparent with our...
Denny Hamlin wins Daytona 500; Ryan Newman hospitalized after big crash
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Denny Hamlin won the Daytona 500 in dramatic fashion but the celebration was subdued after he learned Ryan Newman was being transported to a hospital after a major wreck.“No. 1, we’re praying for Ryan,” Hamlin said.Following a last-second pass of Newman on the backstretch under the lights Monday night at Daytona International Speedway, Hamlin edged Ryan Blaney at the finish line by 0.14 seconds to capture the Great American Race for the second consecutive year.The margin of victory was the second-closest during the event’s 62nd history. Hamlin’s win over Martin Truex Jr. ...
Ryan Newman in serious condition after Daytona 500 crash, NASCAR says
NASCAR driver Ryan Newman is in serious condition with non-life-threatening injuries after a horrendous last-lap crash at the Daytona 500.Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president, said Newman was transported to Halifax Medical Center for further treatment and evaluation.“Ryan Newman is being treated at Halifax Medical Center. His is in serious condition, but doctors have indicated his injuries are not life threatening,” O’Donnell said. “We appreciate your thoughts and prayers and ask that you respect the privacy of Ryan and his family during this time.”During the final run to the finis...
Daytona 500 champ Denny Hamlin's team apologizes for celebration after Ryan Newman crash
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Ryan Newman’s crash on the final lap during Monday’s Daytona 500 left International Speedway in a somber mood.The track fell into an eerie silence within an hour after Denny Hamlin was crowned the winner of his second consecutive Daytona 500.Newman crossed the finish upside down after crashing into the wall, flipping upside down and then getting hit while he was in midair by Corey LaJoie’s car.Newman was taken to Halifax Health, a local hospital, in an ambulance.Hamlin said he did not know the severity of Newman’s situation until after his post-race interview.“I knew, cro...