David Murphy: Tyrese Maxey is playing his way into consideration for a postseason role
Watching Tyrese Maxey navigate a basketball court is like watching a laser pointer navigate a wall. He is here, and he is there, and it isn’t always clear where he has been in between. His is a frenetic style of play, a neck-snapping, hair-flapping fusion of quick-twitch fiber and youthful gumption that can sometimes appear to create as much energy as it consumes. With the Sixers down a couple of starters and coming off a hard-fought victory the previous night, Doc Rivers arrived at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night and decided to play a hunch. “My thought was, well, the young fella wil...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tom Krasovic: Tony Gwynn might not recognize baseball today, but of course he’d still hit
Twenty years since Tony Gwynn took his final swing for the Padres in October 2001, when a crowd of 60,103 in Mission Valley saw the 41-year-old ground out to shortstop, it’s a different ballgame. Today’s baseball, in style, is not very Gwynnish. The hitters sell out for the home run, while pitchers sell out for the strikeout. It’s never been harder to hit than today, say baseball veterans, because of the increased velocity, heavier reliance on breaking pitches, endless parades of relievers and data-driven defensive shifts. To hit the baseball indeed has never been more difficult, and the lion’...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Freddie Freeman, Huascar Ynoa lead Braves to series win over Phillies
ATLANTA — The Braves defeated the Phillies, 6-1, in a relatively drama-free series finale Sunday at Truist Park. Once an out away from dropping the first two of three games against the Phillies Saturday, the Braves rallied to take back-to-back contests and win the series. Here are five takeaways from Sunday: 1. The Braves’ offense looked like its old self in the first inning. Ronald Acuna, who was back in the lineup despite getting hit in the hand by a pitch Saturday, drew a walk off Phillies ace Aaron Nola to begin the night. He stole a base, moving to 6-for-6 in steal attempts this season. F...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Pistons get big night from Killian Hayes in 108-96 loss to Bulls
DETROIT — On one hand, the final week of the season can’t be done soon enough for the Pistons. It's become a slog toward the final three games. Before they get there, the Pistons can find some small gems in the remainder of the season. It could be something completely unexpected, such as a good shooting night from Deividas Sirvydis, which happened on Saturday night. It could also be a big scoring night from rookie Killian Hayes, putting together an impressive offensive arsenal, all in one game. Every little bit helps, but Hayes’ performance was one of the big standouts, even though it came in ...
The Detroit News
Fans return to the United Center for the Chicago Blackhawks’ 4-2 win over the Dallas Stars
CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks reopened the United Center to 3,820 fans Sunday night for a 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars — and not a moment too soon for Sean Fitzgerald. “This is my first game, all right?” said Fitzgerald, a 25-year-old software developer from Elgin. “So I’m excited. I’ve never been (to a Hawks game), so I’m glad we actually have a chance to go this season, especially with COVID happening, even at 25% capacity.” His girlfriend, Samantha Minorini, chimed in, “And he’s moving next weekend to South Carolina, so it’s magical.” Mayor Lori Lightfoot eased COVID-19 restrictions...
Ben Frederickson: Best area college basketball team this season could be one that worked the transfer portal best
Mizzou basketball coach Cuonzo Martin had a telling answer when asked recently what he thinks of this offseason’s transfer insanity. “Today, I love it,” Martin said. “We feel like we hit the jackpot in the transfer portal. It’s been good to us.” Translation: Martin believes he’s going to have a better team exiting the great migration than he did entering it. Six Tigers have transferred out since the team lost to Oklahoma in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Four newcomers have transferred in. One open scholarship remains, giving Martin some flexibility in case a desired target pops into ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Vahe Gregorian: Between brutal streak and extreme trends, real Kansas City Royals remain to be defined
A blurry lifetime of a week ago, the conquering Royals returned from a 6-3 road trip with a 16-9 record and standing atop all of Major League Baseball. No one could stop the juggernaut, and surely they were playoff-bound … if not destined for the World Series. By a mere seven days later on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium, they had suffered an eighth straight loss, 9-3 to the Chicago White Sox, to punctuate a hideous 0-7 homestand and careen below .500 for the first time this season. It’s “embarrassing” not to play the kind of baseball they believe they can, manager Mike Matheny said after the game ...
The Kansas City Star
Knicks beat Clippers and close in on top-six seed
The Knicks are closing in on the playoffs. With an impressive 106-100 road victory against the stacked Clippers, New York, currently fourth in the East, moved three games ahead of the seventh-seeded Celtics with four to play. The Knicks (38-30) only need to finish in the top six to avoid a play-in game, and their magic number is 2. In other words, the franchise’s first playoff berth in eight years could be clinched as soon as Tuesday with a victory over the Lakers and a Celtics defeat to the Heat. “That would be big,” Derrick Rose said. “But at the same time, (Tom Thibodeau) always talks about...
New York Daily News
Padres, Paddack get throwback win over Giants in final game of series
SAN FRANCISCO — The Padres went all 2020 on offense, and they got 2019 Chris Paddack. An 11-1 victory over the Giants on Sunday (box score) salvaged the finale of a three-game series at Oracle Park and sent the Padres to the hitter’s paradise of Coors Field with the affirmation they actually could get hits and runs in abundance and that Paddack was capable of navigating trouble and getting big outs with his fastball. The right-hander threw three shutout innings in his first start since April 27 before being replaced by Ryan Weathers, who pitched the next three innings. The Padres had not led i...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Sloppy Mariners commit three errors in 10-2 bashing by Texas
Perhaps it will serve as a reality check to their actual place in the landscape of Major League Baseball. It’s certainly offered yet another reminder for the Mariners that their margin for error — or errors in this game — is slim. Put simply, they aren’t good enough to play poorly and beat any team they play. In the shortened 2020 season, Seattle ran roughshod on the Texas Rangers, who were just beginning a rebuild and payroll reduction and finished with a 22-38 record. The teams played 10 times with the Mariners prevailing in eight games, including the last seven while outscoring Texas 60-32....
The Seattle Times