Baseball: Practice games resume in Japan after virus halt
Japanese professional baseball clubs held practice games on Tuesday to prepare for their scheduled season openers, which have been delayed for roughly three months to June 19 due to the new coronavirus pandemic.A total of 71 practice games are scheduled between Tuesday and June 14, all behind closed doors, after Nippon Professional Baseball decided on the date of this year's Opening Day last week.The 12 teams have been divided into two groups depending on where they are based and will face teams in the same group to restrict cross-country travel.Four games were held in Tokyo and its surroundin...
Greg Cote: Why Roger Goodell's NFL response to George Floyd killing is hypocrisy at its most ironic
From his mountaintop, NFL commission Roger Goodell offered his execuspeak on the police killing of George Floyd and the protests that grew nationwide and continue.“The NFL family is greatly saddened by the tragic events across our country,” he said in a statement. “The protesters’ reactions to these incidents reflect the pain, anger and frustration that so many of us feel.”The irony and hypocrisy made me wince.The sentiment’s is years late. He could have made it in 2016 in standing behind the cry for social justice began by Colin Kaepernick, but he did not. His league wanted nothing to do with...
A Chicago sportscaster, a surrogate mother and a lifelong bond: How little Gia Canellis is bringing joy to an ultramodern family
It’s May 10, Mother’s Day. Two moms are on a FaceTime call, connecting Chicago to Louisiana, as they celebrate an even bigger occasion.Gia Canellis has turned 2.“She is perfect,” Blandine Moore says as she sees Gia pick sprinkles off her birthday cake. “I am so glad you’re a mom.”“You made it happen,” Monica Canellis replies.Lou Canellis, Monica’s husband, calls Gia the “miracle baby.” She is the product of a complex story that involves a Chicago sportscaster who made his name interviewing 1990s Bulls players, an anonymous Asian egg donor and an immigrant from Belgium who enlisted in the Air F...
Joey Logano-Chase Elliott crash: NASCAR drivers keep wrecking, getting mad at each other
History repeated itself in more ways than one Sunday at “The Last Great Colosseum.” Drivers who have typically struggled or crashed out at Bristol Motor Speedway’s unforgiving, half-mile track — Alex Bowman, Matt DiBenedetto, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. — did.And just like last weekend, Chase Elliott was minutes away from a top finish before a late-lap incident took him out of the running, and sent Brad Keselowski sailing past him to the finish line in first place.“I watched Joey (Logano) and Chase (Elliott) going at it,” Keselowski said after the race. “The next thing I knew, they were wrecking. Here...
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NBA coaches intent on using 'power and platform to affect change'
NBA coaches are taking a stand.Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce last week spoke out against racism and the case of George Floyd, who died May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer was recorded pressing his knee onto Floyd’s neck as he lay on the ground in handcuffs for nearly nine minutes. The officer, Derek Chauvin, has since been charged.When Pierce shared his thoughts, he mentioned that it was about more than words and expressing emotion — it’s about taking action to address the issue.As a member of a seven-person committee that the National Basketball Coaches Association created to discuss issues ...
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Kevin Acee: MLB idea of fewer games with prorated pay at least signals negotiation
There is still significant movement necessary, but the past two days have seen the biggest — if still incremental — steps toward an agreement between Major League Baseball owners and players to conduct a baseball season in 2020.Two sources on each side, all of whom either have been directly involved in or briefed on talks between the sides and spoke on the condition of anonymity, were confident enough Monday to predict the season will probably start in July. None of them had been willing to do so before Monday.While there had been some optimism about the likelihood of a ‘20 season expressed by...
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Brad Keselowski Wins Second Race In A Week At Food City 500
After winning at Charlotte Motor Speedway over Memorial Day weekend, Brad Keselowski found himself once again in the winner’s circle on Sunday at the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.Keselowski capitalized on a collision late between the two leaders, Chase Elliott and Joey Logano with two laps to go. Keselowski seized the lead and ultimately came out victorious, beating out Clint Bowyer who finished second.Keselowski is the first driver this season who won the poll for the race as well as the actual race itself. With the win, Keselowski now joins Logano and Denny Hamlin as the only rac...
Detroit Tigers to continue paying minor leaguers, haven't made cuts
The Detroit Tigers will indefinitely pay minor league players a weekly $400 stipend to offset any coronavirus pandemic cancellations and have yet to make individual cuts, a team spokesperson told the Free Press on Monday night.The weekly stipend has no end date at this time, the spokesperson said.Minor league clubs make most of their money through ticket sales, which hasn’t been possible during the COVID-19 outbreak. The season has yet to begin, and there’s a good chance minor league clubs not play at all this season.In March, all 30 teams agreed to pay minor leaguers through May 31. When the ...
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Dave Hyde: From social unrest comes a simple lesson for sports — why black coaches matter
Coach X said in a statement this weekend: “I am shocked and angered by the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. We’re at an important moment for our country, and now is the time for us to choose kindness, tolerance, understanding, empathy … it’s time to love each other. Every life is precious …”Coach Y said in a statement this weekend, “My father was a 30-year veteran of the Chicago police department, and if he were still with us right now, he’d be hurt and outraged by the senseless acts of racial injustice that continue to plague our country. Being black in America...
Warriors reopen San Francisco practice facility to players for workouts
The Warriors opened their San Francisco practice facility to players Monday for individual workouts, a league source confirmed to Bay Area News Group.At least five players showed up to practice shooting, work in the weight room and undergo treatment while adhering to social-distance protocols at the facility for the first time in nearly three months, according to the source. The news was first reported by the Athletic.Last week, Mayor London Breed announced that professional teams in San Francisco could begin practicing this week with the approval of public health officials. Those teams can ho...
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