The NFL is proposing expanded playoffs and a longer season. Here's how it affects the Seahawks.
The Seahawks playing the Rams in Brazil? CenturyLink Field hosting a playoff game in February?Both are among things that theoretically could happen if all of the items proposed by the NFL as part of a new collective bargaining agreement with league players are approved.A half-dozen or so reports broke late Wednesday afternoon about what is included in proposals by the league to the players.Those include a 17-game regular season, expanding the playoffs to include seven teams in each conference (instead of the current six) and having only the No. 1 seed in each conference get a bye instead of th...
The Seattle Times
Willson Contreras gets 'chills' over the idea of Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo hitting 1-2 in Cubs lineup
MESA, Ariz. — Willson Contreras sported a big smile after learning that Anthony Rizzo likely would follow fellow slugger Kris Bryant at the top of the Cubs’ revamped batting order.“That’s going to be a great idea because KB hits a lot of doubles, and Rizzo has a lot of RBIs throughout his career and he’s one of the greatest hitters with men in scoring position,” Contreras said Thursday morning.“It gives me chills, for sure, just thinking about KB hitting a double and Rizzo getting an RBI early in the count. (Rizzo) might hit a double, single, or might draw a walk.”That scenario would set up mo...
Phillies defeat J.T. Realmuto in arbitration hearing, source says
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Two days before their first spring-training game, the Phillies chalked up a victory.The Phillies defeated catcher J.T. Realmuto in salary arbitration, a source confirmed Thursday. The two-time All-Star will make $10 million this season, still a record for a catcher in his third year of arbitration. Realmuto filed a $12.4 million salary request.Now, though, the Phillies face a more challenging negotiation: signing Realmuto to a contract extension.Both sides have interest in a long-term deal, although they agreed to delay talks until after the arbitration case was settled. Tho...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Ex-Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins: 'I wasn't supposed to be on the floor' in the Finals
Apparently Kevin Durant wasn’t the only Warriors player who shouldn’t have been on the court in the NBA Finals last June.Durant, of course, returned on Game 5 after sitting out nine games with a calf injury and promptly blew his Achilles tendon.Meanwhile, DeMarcus Cousins (remember him?) was dealing with some drama of his own.A 10-year veteran center, Cousins joined the Warriors last season in hopes of making his first appearance in the NBA postseason. But early in the Warriors’ second playoff game Cousins tore his left quad. He sat out 14 games and rejoined the team in the Finals.He played al...
The Mercury News
Nets star Kyrie Irving likely to undergo shoulder surgery, out indefinitely: report
Day-to-day will never be the same.Nets point guard Kyrie Irving will likely undergo a procedure on the right shoulder that has given him trouble since early November, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Irving is expected to miss an extended period of time.The news comes one day after Irving’s teammates said they are taking his injury aggravation on a game-by-game, day-to-day basis. That clearly is no longer the case.Irving, who initially suffered a right shoulder impingement on Nov. 4, missed 26 games after trying to play through the injury. He received a cortisone shot on Dec. 24, wh...
New York Daily News
The Weeknd announces his 'The After Hours Tour' and album, including San Diego show
Are you ready for The Weeknd again?The 30-year-old Canadian R&B vocal star — best known for his chart-topping 2015 hit, “Can’t Feel My Face” — on Thursday announced his “The After Hours Tour.”The world tour, named after his upcoming new album, will open its North American leg on June 17 at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg and conclude Sept. 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.Ticket information and all tour dates appear below. Each ticket purchased comes with a CD copy of the new album by The Weeknd (real name: Abel Tesfaye).Ticket sales for the general public begin Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. local ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Yankees shut down Luis Severino due to loose body in pitching elbow
TAMPA, Fla. — Here we go again.Two days after Aaron Boone said the team was “slow-playing” Luis Severino, the manager announced that the team was shutting down the pitcher after he felt discomfort when throwing his changeup.Severino, who spent all but the final weeks of the 2019 season on the injured list, had been the only probable starter yet to throw live batting practice.Boone said Severino has a loose body in his pitching elbow and will visit team doctor Dr. Chris Ahmad on Friday.Boone indicated the injury dates back to Severino’s start vs. Houston in the playoffs.———©2020 New York Daily ...
New York Daily News
Pop Smoke killing linked to 4 suspects caught on surveillance and might not have been robbery, sources say
Four suspects wearing hoodies to obscure their identities were caught on surveillance video tied to Wednesday’s fatal shooting of rapper Pop Smoke in Los Angeles, law enforcement sources said.And while the Brooklyn rapper, 20, posted recent images on social media revealing the address of his rented home and stacks of cash, investigators have “good reason” to believe the shooting may have been targeted as opposed to a robbery, one source said.“I can confirm there are at least four suspects based on surveillance video. That neighborhood is surrounded by video cameras, so we’re back again today. ...
New York Daily News
Commentary: In debate, Warren takes on entire field, lands biggest blows on Bloomberg
“I’d like to talk about who we’re running against. A billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians, and no I’m not talking about Donald Trump, I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg.”With that, Sen. Elizabeth Warren kicked off the most contentious debate of the Democrats’ 2020 primary, two hours of direct attacks by all the candidates on both policy and character. And the roles of “most frequent target “and the “least effective debater” were both played by Mike Bloomberg.“Right out of the gate, it was clear each of his five fellow Democrats came prepared to knock down Mike Bloombe...
Tribune News Service
Cost, difficulty of renting depend on who and where you are
Some people have an easier time finding an apartment than others, and it has nothing to do with their ability to pay rent.According to a new Zillow analysis, renters of color are disproportionately more likely than white renters to pay an application fee when they are searching for a new home, even when researchers controlled for age, income and other factors.“I think there’s no getting away from the possibility that some of this disparate impact originates from prejudice or suspicion or a greater sense of risk from certain types of renters who don’t look like them,” said Jeff Tucker, an econo...
The Mercury News