Ben Frederickson: Wainwright's candid answers about sticky-stuff experiment in 2019 show grip conundrum MLB must solve
Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright’s answers Monday night about his name appearing in a Sports Illustrated story about some of the top pitchers in baseball using one of the sticky concoctions the league has now decided to crack down on left me with three conclusions. — Number one is that it’s hard for me to get worked up about pitchers using a product that consisted of a mix of pine tar, Manny Mota grip stick and other substances we see slathered all over hitters bats and batting helmets, especially when they were doing so long before the league showed any noticeable interest in caring about th...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Coby White’s injury makes adding a point guard an even higher offseason priority for the Chicago Bulls
Addressing the point guard position was already likely near the top of the Chicago Bulls’ offseason to-do list — and that was before the surprising news late last week that Coby White required surgery on his left shoulder. After injuring his shoulder during basketball activities away from the team, which resulted in a torn labrum according to NBC Sports Chicago, White is scheduled to be reevaluated in four months, around mid-October. His recovery could take as long as six months. That puts White’s availability to start the season on time in jeopardy and intensifies the pressure on the Bulls th...
John Niyo: College Football Playoff plan on right track, but it isn't perfect
When you build a house on a crooked foundation, the renovations ar e destined to be more difficult. And not always sensible, especially if the architect is worried more about the design than the residents. So it is, again, with this latest fix that’s planned for the College Football Playoff, an expansion that’s long overdue — and surprisingly functional, if we're being honest — but certainly not without its flaws. There’s more room in the latest proposal, so you have to start with that. There’s enough space to fit 12 teams under one postseason roof in this new proposal unveiled by a CFP subcom...
The Detroit News
Damien Williams’ excitement to fit in with the Chicago Bears makes him feel like ‘one of the rookie kids’ after a year away from the NFL because of COVID-19 concerns
Damien Williams has played six seasons in the NFL, but the new Chicago Bears running back said he felt like “one of the rookie kids” when he stepped on the practice field for organized team activities this month at Halas Hall. Williams, 29, said most people understood why he opted out of the 2020 season just six months after scoring two touchdowns in the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl LIV victory over the San Francisco 49ers. His mother was battling cancer in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and he wanted to take care of her, he announced at the time. That doesn’t mean it was easy watching ...
Jerry Zezima: Poppie at the bat
If, as a former sportswriter, I could vote for players to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, I would cast ballots for a pair of superstars who deserve to have plaques alongside the greats of our national pastime. I refer, of course, to my granddaughters Chloe and Lilly. The girls, who are 8 and 4 and a half, respectively, recently showed off their hitting and pitching prowess during the first sleepover they have had at my house since last year. Our activities, most of which also involved my wife, Sue, included baking cookies, eating pancakes, drawing pictures, watching movies (“Zombie...
Tribune News Service
Bryce Miller: San Diego's 2008 U.S. Open rekindles painful memories for Jim Nantz
SAN DIEGO — Mention the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines and the voice of CBS sports icon Jim Nantz slows, becoming more contemplative and solemn. The drama unfolded long ago, yet the emotion-drenched memories remain painfully fresh. Though his network did not broadcast the golf major, it hardly lessens the indelible link to the most profound heartache of his life. Nantz was there as 32-year-old megastar Tiger Woods began the march toward the 14th of his 15 career victories in majors. His mind drifted to a quiet hospital room in Houston as his father, Jim, battled the late, awful throes of Alzhe...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Nick Canepa: Expanding CFP good for everyone as four teams weren't enough
SAN DIEGO — Nick Saban's contract understandably has been extended through 2029 so he can manage to get by on something other than Social Security in pricey Alabama. Which means the popular thinking is that, with expanded college football playoffs imminent, more teams simply will spend a few more years running for place dough as Nick coaches through his dotage. It's Secretariat in the Belmont and every other horse is Twice a Prince. Bama recruits the best, coaches the best, usually plays the best. But this is a change in the sea. As early as 2023, the College Football Playoffs will be expanded...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Matt Calkins: Here's why 12 is the perfect number of teams for the College Football Playoff expansion
SEATTLE — This town likes the number 12. Its sports fandom reputation is defined by it. You'll see that number on the backs of jerseys on Blue Fridays or Seahawks game days, and hear broadcasters regularly laud the impact of the 12th Man. But if this latest College Football Playoff proposal comes to pass, the rest of the country will have a similar reverence for 12. When it comes to playoff expansion, it's the perfect number. Last Thursday, a four-person sub-group of the CFP management committee recommended expanding the playoff field from four teams to 12. The proposal would give automatic bi...
The Seattle Times
Caitlyn Jenner, once an 'American hero,' struggles to win support from California voters
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Caitlyn Jenner's initial ascent into American social strata was astronomical. Before 1976, she was relatively unknown: a dyslexic kid from Westchester, New York, who had traveled to Iowa on a football scholarship before heading to California to pursue athletic glory. Jenner, who at that point had not yet come out as transgender, sold insurance at night and trained for the decathlon during the day. She relied mostly on her then-wife Chrystie Crownover's income as a United Airlines flight attendant to survive. When Jenner won gold in Montreal on July 30, 1976, she became an ...
The Sacramento Bee
As Cubs keep winning, Jed Hoyer envisions adding — not subtracting — at trade deadline
CHICAGO — Seven weeks before the July 31 trade deadline, the first-place Chicago Cubs are positioning themselves to be buyers when that time arrives. In his first season as Cubs president of baseball operations, tough decisions loom for Jed Hoyer, who is viewing the trade deadline at a macro level. Since the Cubs went from rebuilding to contending, Hoyer said it’s undeniable that the organization has been aggressive, trying to win now and becoming an in-season buyer. Hoyer envisions continuing that trade-deadline approach. “I don’t know why this year will be any different,” Hoyer said before F...