Will Phillies' Andrew McCutchen still be elite after return from knee surgery? Even medical experts don't know for sure.
PHILADELPHIA — Andrew McCutchen batted .709 as a high school senior. Of the 1,501 players drafted in 2005, he was taken 11th. He’s a five-time All-Star, a Gold Glove Award winner, and the 2013 National League MVP.And he did it all after blowing out his right knee at age 16.Let that serve as context for McCutchen’s response to a Feb. 17 question about feeling nervous that he will make an equally successful recovery from having the torn anterior cruciate ligament in the middle of his left knee reconstructed with a tendon grafted from his quadriceps last June.“No, (because) there’s no ‘hope’ in m...
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Kansas center Udoka Azubuike one of five finalists for John R. Wooden Award
Kansas senior center Udoka Azubuike is one of five finalists for the 2020 John R. Wooden Award, presented annually to college basketball’s top player, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Wednesday.The list of five consists of Azubuike, a 7-footer from Delta, Nigeria, plus Luka Garza (Iowa), Markus Howard (Marquette), Myles Powell (Seton Hall) and Obi Toppin (Dayton).The winner will be announced Tuesday during the 4 p.m. Central Time edition of SportsCenter on ESPN.The L.A. Athletic Club also listed its 10-player Wooden All-America team Wednesday. KU’s Devon Dotson joined Azubuike, Garza, P...
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Longtime Miami coach Art Kehoe recovering from stroke
Longtime Miami Hurricanes offensive line coach Art Kehoe is recovering from a stroke, according to former player Kelvin Harris, who was coached by Kehoe at UM from 1987 to 1991.Kehoe, 62, is the only Miami coach that has had a hand in all five of the Hurricanes’ national championships. He was inducted into the UM Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 during his initial tenure as an assistant coach from 1981 to 2005. He later had a second stint as offensive line coach from 2011-15.Harris heard of Kehoe’s stroke, which occurred earlier this week, from another Miami football alum, Gerard Daphnis, in a text...
Bob Ford: Villanova fighting to remain successful in the Big East it created
The highlight reel, which ended as only the most fortunate of highlight reels end — in a shower of confetti falling on a championship trophy — came to its wild, familiar conclusion, and Ryan Arcidiacono walked onto the basketball court at Finneran Pavilion at halftime Wednesday night.Former teammate Kris Jenkins, the recipient of the most famous pass ever thrown in Villanova basketball history, applauded from the sideline, and the crowd stayed in its seats to watch as Arcidiacono’s jersey was retired.“You were always with us,” Arcidiacono told the fans. “From losing to Columbia to winning a na...
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Golden State Warriors react to Kobe Bryant's death: 'He was a warrior'
SAN FRANCISCO — Bob Myers remembers the first time he met Kobe Bryant. It was in 1997 on his first day working as a sports agent at Tellem and Associates, and Bryant was sitting in a chair in the lobby of the Brentwood office wearing a retro Joe Montana jersey.Bryant was 19 at the time, coming off a rookie season in which he averaged 7.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. Despite the modest numbers, Bryant told Myers that he was going to win 10 championships. Myers left the brief interaction in awe of Bryant’s defiant confidence.“He was probably the most competitive person I’ve eve...
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Sam Mellinger: David Glass' life in Kansas City baseball started off rocky then got so much better
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The moment that sticks in the memory is a loud and wet and smoky Royals clubhouse, another wild celebration with the volume turned up to 12. Tarps protected lockers. Music blared. Conquering ballplayers smoked Cubans and toasted domestics.The oldest and richest man in the room glided toward the relief pitcher who was once seen as a throw-in on a trade but had since become a force of nature. David Glass, the Royals’ owner, could relate to slow starts and strong finishes.He wore a blue dress shirt and wide eyes as he approached Wade Davis.“I was nervous until I figured out you...
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Duke Slater, a pioneer for black linemen on the Chicago Cardinals, is finally selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
CHICAGO — Fred W. “Duke” Slater finally received a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday. The selection thrilled football experts familiar with the hidden history of African Americans in the earliest days of the sport.Slater, a lineman for the Chicago Cardinals from 1926 to 1931 after stints with the Milwaukee Badgers and Rock Island Independents, was one of 10 players selected as part of the Hall of Fame’s “Centennial Slate.” Former Bears Jim Covert and Ed Sprinkle were among the players who will be inducted Aug. 8 with Slater, who died in 1966.Slater dominated as a collegian at ...
49ers general manager John Lynch named NFL executive of the year
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The 49ers on Thursday racked up another award from the Pro Football Writers of America. General manager John Lynch was named the association’s executive of the year.Lynch became San Francisco’s third general manager to claim the award joining Carmen Policy in 1994 and Trent Baalke in 2011.The 49ers this season became the sixth team since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to play in a conference championship game a season after winning fewer than five games, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. That was made possible by a few key moves made by Lynch, Shanahan and the team’s ...
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