Head Coach John Beilein Resigns From Cleveland Cavaliers
Cavaliers coach John Beilein has informed the team that he is resigning after a source close to the coach confirmed the news to USA Today late Tuesday night. League sources confirmed Wednesday that Cavalier’s associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff will be promoted to head coach. Beilein will reportedly address players and staff Wednesday afternoon after they return from the All-Star break.Hired last May, Beilein signed a five-year contract that included a team option in the last year of the deal and a salary of $4 million. The Cavaliers have reached a settlement that will pay a portion of the r...
Benjamin Hochman: Who will be the first Cardinals relievers called up in 2020?
JUPITER, Fla. — Most times, a fist bump is innocuous; this one was conspicuous.After his first live batting practice session of spring training, pitcher Kodi Whitley received a rewarding fist bump from Yadier Molina.“That’s definitely a confidence booster — somebody like that tells you ‘good job,’ obviously you did something right,” Whitley said. “Or at least one thing right, or maybe a few things.”The 6-foot-4 righty scorched through the Cardinals system in 2019 as he scorched minor leaguers’ bats — opponents hit .210 against him. Talking to folks around camp, he has the stuff to make it to t...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Royals, Adalberto Mondesi still have sights set on opening day
SURPRISE, Ariz. — The Kansas City Royals have asked all the reasonable questions and put their best and brightest on the case.They’ve been tantalized and teased by Adalberto Mondesi’s potential and confounded by his misfortune with regard to injuries. They feel like if they somehow keep him healthy for an entire season, baseball will be in awe.A member of the Royals organization since 2011, Mondesi still won’t turn 25 until July. A 6-foot-1, 190-pound five-tool player and switch-hitting shortstop, he’s a potential superstar.But his seasons have regularly been truncated by injuries, such as las...
The Kansas City Star
Al Horford to continue to come off Sixers bench
PHILADELPHIA — When Al Horford came off the bench during the 76ers’ last game before the All-Star break, a 110-103 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 11, it marked the first time since his rookie year in 2007-2008 with Atlanta that he wasn’t a starter.The Sixers (34-21) returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since the Clippers win and afterward, coach Brett Brown said that, for the immediate future, Horford will continue coming off the bench.Now in his 13th season, Horford signed a four-year, $97 million deal this summer with the Sixers after playing the previous...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Michael Rand: Streaming-only radio experiment for Oakland A's isn't part of Twins reality — yet
When the Twins open the 2020 regular season on March 26 in Oakland, Minnesota fans will be able to listen to the radio broadcast on a network of 81 stations spanning five states.Fans back in Oakland, however, won’t be able to listen to the game in the traditional way. Instead, they will only be able to stream games via a free app – a decision announced this week in euphemistic, future-focused terms by the team.“We’re excited,” A’s President Dave Kaval told the San Francisco Chronicle. “We’re trying to be innovative, we’re trying to be responsive to fans and trying to attract younger fans.”The ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Former University of Michigan team doctor investigated for multiple sex abuse complaints
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — The University of Michigan is investigating several “disturbing and very serious” allegations of sexual abuse against a now-deceased member of its physician team, officials confirmed to The Detroit News on Wednesday morning.The doctor implicated in the reports, Robert E. Anderson, was a former director of the University Health Service and spent several years as a top physician for football teams led by former coaches Bo Schembechler and Lloyd Carr.The university said it was first alerted to allegations against Anderson in July 2018, when a former student athlete wrote to...
The Detroit News
Sentencing for Kellen Winslow II in sex-crime case pushed to March
SAN DIEGO — Sentencing for former NFL player Kellen Winslow II, who faces up to 18 years in prison following his conviction for raping a homeless woman and other charges, has been pushed to March 20.On Wednesday, the day Winslow was slated to be sentenced in a Vista courtroom, Superior Court Judge Blaine Bowman granted a request from Winslow’s attorneys to postpone the hearing, who in court documents cited a couple of reasons, including efforts to talk with a potential witness who could provide information in favor of their client. The prosecution did not oppose the monthlong postponement.Once...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Yankees' Gerrit Cole on teammates' Astros cheating talk: 'I am not personally offended by it'
TAMPA, Fla. — Gerrit Cole is fine with his new teammates expressing their feelings. The former Astro reiterated Wednesday that he did not see, hear or know anything about Houston’s scheme to illegally steal and transmit signs in real time, which was proven to have happened in 2017 — before he was there. Several Yankees have alleged, however, that it continued for the two seasons after Cole was traded there.“I mean, I just refer back to what I said the other day. George asked me yesterday about players specifically and I’ll just stick to what I said which is, everybody’s entitled to their opini...
New York Daily News
Texas Rangers believe Joey Gallo will regain All-Star form, but there's an 'if' factor
SURPRISE, Ariz. — The best available evidence the Texas Rangers have, and they seem to have more and more of it these days, tells them that a healthy Joey Gallo is going to be a productive player in 2020.His major injury from last season can’t recur because the broken hamate bone is no longer there. He hasn’t played since July, but everything he did and everything he said and all the questions he asked strongly suggest that Gallo will pick up where he left off.Gallo was an All-Star and one of the game’s biggest offensive threats before a short injury-induced slump took some of the shine off th...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Mac Engel: It's a mistake to let politics keep Aubrey Huff from San Francisco Giants reunion
Aubrey Huff lives in the paradise that is San Diego, which he refers to as “liberal hell.”Huff was raised in Fort Worth and is one of the best athletes to ever come out of Brewer High School. He graduated in 1995 and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2015. His post-playing career has seen him become a version of Rush Limbaugh.Huff’s 13-year career in the major leagues ended after the 2012 season, and since then he has become his own right-wing political talk show. Huff’s Twitter account essentially got him banned from celebrating an achievement that he had a major role in creating...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram