Paul Sullivan: From Carl Nassib coming out to Becky Hammon being a finalist for an NBA head coaching vacancy, our sports world is ever-changing. And that’s a good thing.
CHICAGO — New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom was legally searched without cause Monday, while Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Báez was unilaterally penalized for a midgame brain freeze. Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib became the first active openly gay NFL player, pride flags flew over Wrigley Field and San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon became the first woman finalist for an NBA head coaching vacancy. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and umpire Ángel Hernández both trended on Twitter. The only thing these stories have in common is they all took place on one day in a sports wo...
John Niyo: One last Olympics or not, ex-Michigan star Sam Mikulak says gymnastics career golden
Sam Mikulak’s age has become a running joke lately. And with the clock winding down on his gymnastics career, Mikulak, the 28-year-old former NCAA champion at Michigan, clearly is in on the gag as he tries to stick his final landing. The two-time Olympian is in St. Louis this week for the USA Gymnastics’ Olympic trials, which run Thursday through Sunday. And while much of the attention will be focused on Simone Biles and the rest of the competition on the women’s side, Mikulak is the most experienced gymnast at the trials. None of the other U.S. men competing in St. Louis has ever made an Olym...
The Detroit News
U.S. men playing catch-up as Olympic gymnastics trials begin
Sam Mikulak is open about the challenges he faced during a layoff from competition that stretched from February 2020 to early this month at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships. He is like many who have faced travails in men’s gymnastics at a time when the U.S. is playing catch-up with world powers entering the Olympic Trials on Thursday at the Dome at America’s Center. Injuries, mental health issues and other problems have been stumbling blocks. Now it’s time for the field of Olympic candidates to leave it all behind one month before the start of the Games in Tokyo. Mikulak, who is trying to mak...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Next season will be the last for announcer Pat Foley, who has been ‘synonymous with Chicago Blackhawks hockey for well over a generation’
CHICAGO — The final horn is poised to sound on Pat Foley’s Chicago Blackhawks play-by-play career after next season. The Hawks said Wednesday Foley will work a reduced schedule of games in 2021-22, his 39th season with the team and his last on NBC Sports Chicago. Foley, who is in his 60s, said in the announcement he spoke to the Hawks about his future “because I cannot guarantee that I would like to continue beyond the length of my contract that ends after next season” and it was time to look for his successor. Hawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz said in a statement the team is “excited to begin this s...
NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leaving Fox for new role with Hendrick Motorsports
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jeff Gordon will continue his duties as a Fox Sports broadcaster through the NASCAR season and 2021 calendar year, then he will turn his attention full-time to a new role at Hendrick Motorsports. The NASCAR Cup team announced Wednesday that Gordon has been named vice chairman of the organization. He will assume the new role on Jan. 1, 2022 and will be second-ranking to team chairman and majority owner Rick Hendrick. “I cannot put into words what Hendrick Motorsports means to me,” Gordon said in a statement. “In many ways, it’s my home and the people here are my family. I’ve n...
The Charlotte Observer
Editorial: Writing’s on the wall, NCAA. Pay college athletes
It’s not just mania about college hoops that puts the “madness” in March Madness. Think about the money behind NCAA basketball. John Calipari, coach of perennial powerhouse University of Kentucky, makes $8 million a year. Duke’s famed Mike Krzyzewski makes $7 million. Closer to home, University of Illinois men’s basketball coach Brad Underwood got $3.8 million this year. Before the pandemic, March Madness raked in $1.18 billion in television ad revenue for the NCAA, which also gets $1.1 billion for TV rights to the tournament. How about the man at the top — NCAA President Mark Emmert? Nearly $...
College Football Playoff board discusses next step in possible expansion to a 12-team model
ORLANDO, Fla. — The College Football Playoff took another step toward possible expansion when the group’s Board of Managers authorized a study on the impact of a proposed 12-team model. The board, which is comprised of 11 school presidents and chancellors, met in Dallas Tuesday to discuss the latest proposal put forth by a playoff working group. The recommendation presented by the CFP management group, which is composed of the 10 conference commissioners and Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick, would expand the playoff from its current four-team model to include 12 teams. “The four-te...
Collectors stores clean up during trading-card boom
MANCHESTER, Mo. — Andrew House of Chesterfield is the third generation of trading-card collectors in his family. His grandpa filled shoeboxes with baseball legends. His dad packed albums with 1980s sluggers. And now Andrew, 14, has been buying Topps baseball packs, little by little, hoping to uncover his favorite Cardinals. But he’s had a hard time this year. There just aren’t very many on the shelves. It’s a familiar narrative to Wally Militzer, owner of 1,000,000 Baseball Cards in Manchester. “This is a nostalgia business,” Militzer said. “And the pandemic just put everything on steroids.” T...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Greg Cote: Blood clots snatched basketball from Chris Bosh. His new book is part of the healing.
Chris Bosh needed more than two years to find anything close to inner peace with how his love and livelihood — basketball —- was so suddenly snatched from him in 2016. He was in his prime and peak of fitness with the Miami Heat when the blood clots were first detected. He was an 11-time NBA All-Star far from finished, he thought, with a career that would lead to the Heat retiring his No. 1 jersey and his induction this spring into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. But then he was done. In an instant. “It was tough to get over it. Extremely tough,” he told said in a conversation fo...
Kevin Durant, James Harden commit to playing in Olympics
The Nets’ stars didn’t win a championship for Brooklyn, but they’re going to try to win one for America. Both Kevin Durant and James Harden have committed to Team USA’s men’s national basketball team for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. It is unclear whether Kyrie Irving intends to play after a severe ankle sprain in Game 4 against the Milwaukee Bucks left him in a walking boot. The Tokyo Olympics begin July 23 and end on Aug. 8. Reports surfaced of Durant’s expected commitment to Team USA Monday morning before Nets general manager Sean Marks spoke to reporters alongside head coach Steve Nash in their...
New York Daily News