The Marlins' overall message for spring training: 'Talent plays.' Can it result in wins?
JUPITER, Fla. — Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill doesn’t even have to say it anymore.Seasons like 2019 — ones where the Marlins posted a National League-worst 57-105 record — have to be a thing of the past.He reaffirmed his overarching message on Monday morning, a couple hours before the Marlins took to the back fields at the Roger Dean Chevrolet complex for the team’s first full-squad practice of spring training.Improvement is a necessity heading into Year 3 of the team’s rebuild under the Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter ownership group.The team brought in a host of players...
Way-too-early 2020 college football top 25 rankings
Find out where your team landed in our way-too-early 2020 college football top 25 rankings.———1. ClemsonTrevor Lawrence returns for what most likely will be his final season at Clemson. The junior quarterback will surely open 2020 as one of the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy, and his return is crucial for an offense that may have to deal with the departure of tailback Travis Etienne and receiver Tee Higgins. The offensive line will need to be rebuilt, but there is plenty of depth at the position. The defense may lose some playmakers to the NFL, including linebacker Isaiah Simmons and defe...
Heat learning life near top of standings full of complexities
MIAMI — The Miami Heat woke up Sunday in a strange place in the NBA standings: In third place in the Eastern Conference, a half-game ahead of the second-place Boston Celtics.Such is the early-season math, with the uneven amount of games played by teams. While 4 ½ games back of the conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks (26-4), the Heat (21-8), with their .724 winning percentage, found themselves listed behind the Boston Celtics (19-7), who with their .731 winning percentage stood five games back of Milwaukee.But the real math in the tight-packed East is that the Heat on Sunday also found themselve...