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Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun says he’s more likely to play beyond 2020 because of the shortened season
07/04/2020 8:13pm

Milwaukee Brewers veteran Ryan Braun said hes more likely to continue playing beyond 2020 because of the unusual circumstances of this pandemic-shortened season.

Yanks’ Tanaka hit in head; LeMahieu, Cessa test positive
07/04/2020 7:05pm

Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of slugger Giancarlo Stanton during live batting practice Saturday, a frightening scene during the teams first official summer camp workout

Dodgers pitcher Price won’t play this year because of virus
07/04/2020 6:42pm

Dodgers pitcher David Price wont play this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, delaying his Los Angeles debut until next year

Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo repeat as hot dog eating champs
07/04/2020 1:58pm

The coronavirus put a damper on this years Fourth of July celebrations in New York, but some things stayed the same. Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo repeated as mens and womens champions at Saturdays Nathans Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest.

Atlanta Braves give no indication they are considering a name change, unlike the Cleveland Indians and Washington Redskins
07/04/2020 1:40pm

With teams in two sports taking a second look at names deemed offensive to Native Americans, the Atlanta Braves on Saturday gave no indication they are willing to consider a similar change.


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Ex-Phillies Pitcher Tyson Brummett Among Four Killed in Utah Plane Crash
07/04/2020 8:33pm

Former Major League Baseball player Tyson Brummett was among four people killed Friday morning in a small plane crash in Utah.The crash happened just before 8 a.m. near Box Elder Peak in American Fork Canyon, the Utah County Sheriffs Office said. All four people on the plane died on impact.Authorities identified the other victims as Alex Blackhurst Ruegner, 35 and Ruegners aunt and uncle Elaine W. Blackhurst, 60 and Douglas Robinson Blackhurst, 62. They were all residents of Riverton.Brummett, 35, of Salt Lake City, was the pilot.The plane left South Valley Regional Airport in West Jordan, Utah, around 7 a.m., sheriffs Sgt. Spencer Cannon told NBC News in a phone interview Saturday. He said he believes the group was out for a ride and was heading back to the airport when the crash occurred.Read the full story on NBCNews.com

Bellagio Start Times Error Leads to Big Sports Betting Loss in Vegas
07/04/2020 8:04pm

The nearly quarter-million dollars in winning wagers reportedly placed at MGM Resorts last Sunday might be the largest sportsbook loss in Las Vegas history on bets made after an event has started.Seven longtime Las Vegas bookmakers cant recall a larger loss,the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. But each oddsmaker has taken hits on past posts and said its a fairly common occurrence at books.According to an ESPN report, Sundays bets were allowed to be placed because incorrect start times were posted on some Korean and Chinese baseball games due to a manual entry error.Nearly all of the approximately 50 wagers were placed on self-serve kiosks at the Bellagio between 1:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. when the games in question started at 1 a.m. and 2 a.m.Among the bets was a $250 10-leg parlay that paid more than $137,100.The Nevada Gaming Control Board is reportedly investigating the matter. Anytime there is a dispute in excess of $500, the states books are required to contact the board, which conducts an investigation and makes a ruling the books must abide by.Its happened to all of us, Westgate sportsbook director John Murray said. I think every sportsbook probably since the beginning of time has dealt with this at some point.Weve had past post situations where our employees put in the wrong time or put in the wrong number or they forgot to close something. Its manual entry and humans are going to make mistakes.Robert Walker, USBookmaking director of sportsbook operations, is still haunted by getting past-posted during his tenure as MGM Resorts sportsbook director from 1996-2008.I still havent gotten over some mistakes I made at The Mirage 20 years ago, he said. Theres no worse feeling than when you see a bet come across on a game thats already started.I got lit up on some halftimes before. If you dont manually close out the halftime line, they keep betting it and thats what they did.Walker said a college football bettor once placed a $3,000 halftime wager on Louisiana State late in the fourth quarter, when the bet couldnt lose.Once I saw that bet come across the ticker in the fourth quarter, I was mortified, he said.The sportsbook locked out the ticket from cashing while Walker went to the MGM Grand to explain his mistake to the bettor.He gave me the story that they didnt know and they were LSU fans. But yet youre watching the game, he said. But it was 100 my fault. They were guests of the casino, so at that point I sided with them and it was a mistake we had to eat.

Cleveland Indians Look Into Changing Name Amid Pressure
07/04/2020 1:38am

Theyve been known as the Cleveland Indians since 1915. Those days could be over.Amid new pressure sparked by a national movement to correct racial wrongdoings, the Indians said Friday night they will review their long-debated nickname which has been in place for 105 years.We are committed to making a positive impact in our community and embrace our responsibility to advance social justice and equality, the team said in a statement that came just hours after the NFLs Washington Redskins announced a similar move. Our organization fully recognizes our team name is among the most visible ways in which we connect with the community.The move mirrors the one made by the Redskins, who are embarking on a thorough review of their name, which has been deemed as offensive by Native American groups for decades. The Redskins decision came in the wake of FedEx, which paid $205 million for naming rights to the teams stadium, and other corporate partners calling for the team to change its nickname. There have been previous efforts to get the Indians to rename themselves. But following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota and other examples of police brutality against Black people in the U.S., there has been a major move nationwide to eradicate racially insensitive material.In 2018, the Indians removed the contentious Chief Wahoo logo from their game jerseys and caps. The grinning, red-faced mascot, however, is still present on merchandise that can be purchased at Progressive Field and other team shops in Northeast Ohio.Nothing has been decided, but the Indians decision to at least discuss the possibility of a name change is new. There will certainly be backlash from some Cleveland fans, but the team is sensitive to doing the right thing in these changing times.We have had ongoing discussions organizationally on these issues, the Indians said. The recent social unrest in our community and our country has only underscored the need for us to keep improving as an organization on issues of social justice. With that in mind, we are committed to engaging our community and appropriate stakeholders to determine the best path forward with regard to our team name.While the focus of the baseball world shifts to the excitement of an unprecedented 2020 season, we recognize our unique place in the community and are committed to listening, learning, and acting in the manner that can best unite and inspire our city and all those who support our team, the club said.Before their named was changed in 1915 to Indians a nickname picked after sports writers solicited readers Clevelands baseball team was called the Forest Citys, the Spiders, Blues, Bronchos and Naps, a name to honor Hall of Famer Nap Lajoie.

MLB Cancels All-Star Game for First Time Since 1945
07/03/2020 4:29pm

Dodger Stadiums 40-year wait to host the All-Star Game is going to last even longer.The game scheduled for July 14 was canceled Friday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Dodger Stadium was awarded the 2022 Midsummer Classic. The 2021 game is set for Atlantas Truist Park, home to the Braves since 2017.Because of the pandemic, opening day had already been delayed from March 26 to July 23 or 24.Once it became clear we were unable to hold this years All-Star festivities, we wanted to award the Dodgers with the next available All-Star Game, which is 2022, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.No date for the 2022 game has been announced, although Dodgers President Stan Kasten said it would take place in the third week of July.This year will be the first time since 1945 that no game is held. Travel restrictions because of World War II kept the game scheduled for Bostons Fenway Park and any player selections from taking place that year. It was pushed back to the next season.The Dodgers hosted the only the Midsummer Classic in Dodger Stadium history in 1980, won 4-2 by the National League. The stadium third-oldest in baseball behind Fenway and Chicagos Wrigley Field is the only park in the majors not to have increased its 56,000-seat capacity since it opened in 1962.Thats not to say it hasnt changed, however. Since 2013, the stadium that overlooks downtown Los Angeles has undergone a series of structural and behind-the-scenes improvements, including two entrance plazas on the field level, tiered seating and bar areas overlooking both bullpens. The ballpark has also gotten new HD video screens and sound systems, wider concourses and renovated restrooms, kids play areas, displays to honor the franchises storied history, new home and visiting clubhouses and batting cages. And that doesnt include the $100 million in renovations that helped the Dodgers land the 2020 game. Those feature two acres of food and entertainment offerings in a new center field plaza and spruced-up outfield pavilions. Also added were elevators, escalators and bridges to improve circulation around the ballpark without changing its picturesque look and feel. The speaker tower sound system in center field is being replaced. New so-called home run seats are being added in front of existing outfield seats.We had a lot of elaborate preparations coming into this year, not the least of which is this huge, fantastic renovation, Kasten said on a video conference call.The Dodgers have installed a sign above the visitors bullpen in right field noting the All-Star game. It arrived without a date, making it viable to use for the upcoming 60-game regular season. It will be a constant reminder that Los Angeles is getting a game, Kasten said, adding that money pledged by MLB and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation for community projects around the game will be spent this year.People who purchased tickets for this years game will be offered an incentive to let the team hang on to their money until 2022, Kasten said. Refunds will also be offered beginning Monday.The coronavirus slowed construction at the stadium. In mid-April, retired Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully narrated a brief video of the project. Scully, now 92, announced the 1959 All-Star game hosted by the Dodgers at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum the second such game played that year. He joined Mel Allen on the call for NBC on Aug. 3.It was the first Midsummer Classic to be played on the West Coast, and also one of only two games to be played outside the month of July. The other was in 1981, when it was held on Aug. 9 because of the players strike.The Dodgers also hosted the game at Ebbets Field in 1949 before they moved to the West Coast from Brooklyn.The Dodgers have produced four different All-Star Game MVPs: Maury Wills in 1962 Steve Garvey in 1974 and 78 Don Sutton in 1977 and Mike Piazza in 1996. From the 87-year-old Wills to the 51-year-old Piazza, all are still living and may have played a part in this years festivities.Scully would surely have made an appearance, either in person or via video, where he has turned up several times since retiring in 2016. He and Brent Musburger worked the 1980 game in LA for CBS radio.The Dodgers had been planning to host the 91st All-Star Game since being chosen in 2018. They sent teams of planners to Washington, D.C., in 2018 and Cleveland last year to study what did and didnt work for those host cities. Besides the Futures Game, Home Run Derby and All-Star Game over three days at the stadium, there would have been a Fan Fest and other events and commercial tie-ins around the game.In February 2018, the Los Angeles City Council estimated an economic impact of $89.4 million from hosting the game. The Dodgers had committed to paying $100,000 for city services needed as part of the game.More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/APSports

Washington's Football Team to Review Name With NFL's Support
07/03/2020 3:14pm

The Washington Redskins say they will undergo a thorough review of the teams name as pressure builds to change the name the owner has defended for years. Moments after the teams announcement, Pepsi joined calls for a new name. The previous day, FedEx, which sponsors the teams stadium, said the same. Team owner Dan Snyder said in a statement Friday morning that initial discussions with the league have been underway in recent weeks.This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field, he said in a statement.Snyder, who bought the team in 1999, said for years that he would never consider changing the teams name, which has been criticized as racist for decades.The word is a dictionary-defined racial slur, experts and advocates say.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement, We are supportive of this important step.Head Coach Ron Rivera said in the teams statement that the issue of the teams name was of personal importance to him. Rivera, who is of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent and is the only Hispanic head coach currently in the NFL, added hed work closely with Snyder during the process.Native American advocacy groups have tried for decades to force a change, and a peer-reviewed UC Berkeley study released earlier this year revealed 67 of those surveyed who strongly identify as Native agreed or strongly agreed the name was offensive. The death of George Floyd in Minnesota and other examples of police brutality against Black people in the U.S. sparked protests worldwide and changes to various brands considered racially insensitive.There is no reason not to immediately announce that the team is changing the mascot, since any real review will lead to the inevitable conclusion that the deeply offensive and racist name of Washingtons NFL team must go now, said Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter, leader of the Change the Mascot campaign. Dan Snyder can stand on the right side of history and create a new, positive legacy for his team, or instead continue embracing a bigoted slur that denigrates Native Americans and people of color.Pepsi, a partner of the team, said Friday morning that the name needs to go. We have been in conversations with the NFL and Washington management for a few weeks about this issue. We believe it is time for a change. We are pleased to see the steps the team announced today, and we look forward to continued partnership, a company spokesperson said in a statement.Prince Georges County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said she welcomed the news from the team, which plays its home games in Landover, Maryland.Its a positive step in the right direction. This is a transformational time in our nation that requires deep reflection and decisive action that demonstrates respect for lives and communities that have been historically marginalized. The teams name is viewed by many as offensive, and we therefore welcome these actions that reflect their willingness to be a part of this historic moment, she said in a statement.Season ticket holder Dave Lysinger said he would give up his seats if the team decided to change its name. Its part of the organizations history, he said. Others said its time for a new name for the team they love.FedEx, which owns the naming rights to the teams stadium, asked the team on Thursday to change its name.We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name, FedEx confirmed in a statement. The team signed a deal in 1999 reported at the time as a 27-year deal worth $205 million.Washington RedskinsJul 2FedEx Asks Washington Redskins to Change NameWashington RedskinsJul 2Here Are 5 Potential Options for a New Name for the RedskinsD.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser recently revived her call for the name to be changed.I think its past time for the team to deal with what offends so many people, she said on the Doc & Galdi radio show on The Team 980. This is a great franchise with a great history, thats beloved in Washington, and it deserves a name that reflects the affection that we feel for the team.Investment firms and shareholders worth a collective $620 billion asked Nike, FedEx and Pepsi to terminate their relationships with the Washington franchise unless the team agrees to change its name.Washingtons NFL team appears to have disappeared from Nikes website. A search for Redskins results in the message, We could not find anything for redskins.We have been talking to the NFL and sharing our concerns regarding the name of the Washington team, Nike said in a statement. We are pleased to see the team taking a first step towards change.Jul 2Tony Dungy Won&039t Say Redskins Team Name on Air: It&039s Not Hard to Change the Name&039Jul 1Report: Investors Send Letters Asking Nike, FedEx, PepsiCo to Terminate Relationships With RedskinsJohn Ourand of Sports Business Journal told News4 that if team owner Snyder chooses not to change the name, he may have trouble finding another company willing to put its name on the stadium if FedEx were to pull out.What possibly has happened here is FedEx has poisoned the well, he said. I mean, who is going to come in to support the Redskins and sponsor the Redskins when so many companies, FedEx and other companies included, have come out and said its a name they want to have changedA much smaller and lesser-known team decided Thursday to drop the name. Anderson High School, located outside Cincinnati, will pick a new mascot, its school board decided in a 4-1 vote.The Associated Press contributed reporting.This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

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