MLB may make unilateral rule changes for 2018

by Associated Press on February 21, 2017 at 4:38 pm

PHOENIX (AP) — Major League Baseball intends give the players’ association the required one-year advance notice that would allow management to unilaterally change the strike zone, install pitch clocks and limit trips to the pitcher’s mound starting in 2018. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement Tuesday after union head Tony Clark said he did… Continue Reading

Panthers cut 3-time Pro Bowler Mike Tolbert and Paul Soliai

by Associated Press on February 21, 2017 at 4:28 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers have released three-time Pro Bowl fullback Mike Tolbert and backup defensive tackle Paul Soliai. The versatile Tolbert was utilized as a blocker, runner and receiver during his five seasons in Carolina, but the 31-year-old’s production dropped off last season. Coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday in a release he was… Continue Reading

4-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan out of Boston Marathon

by Associated Press on February 21, 2017 at 3:42 pm

BOSTON (AP) — Four-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan has dropped out of the Boston Marathon with a back injury. The native of nearby Marblehead posted the fastest time ever for an American woman on the course in 2014. She finished sixth in the Olympic marathon in Rio de Janeiro last summer and won a bronze medal… Continue Reading

Juventus defender Bonucci punished for outburst at manager

by Associated Press on February 21, 2017 at 3:19 pm

PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci will be left in the stands for Wednesday’s Champions League match against Porto as punishment for his outburst aimed at coach Massimiliano Allegri. Allegri announced the move on Tuesday at the pre-match news conference, saying he had agreed it with club officials as “a fair decision, out… Continue Reading

Orioles acquire Bleier from Yanks, add Bourn

by Associated Press on February 21, 2017 at 2:54 pm

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Baltimore acquired its second left-handed pitcher in three days when the New York Yankees dealt Richard Bleier to the Orioles for a player to be named or cash. Bleier had a 1.96 ERA in 23 games for the Yankees last season. He was designated for assignment last week when New York… Continue Reading

Caen beats Nancy 1-0 to move out of relegation zone

by Associated Press on February 21, 2017 at 2:48 pm

CAEN, France (AP) — Forward Ronny Rodelin’s fifth goal of the season helped Caen move out of the relegation zone after a 1-0 win against Nancy in the French league on Tuesday. Rodelin finished confidently in the 24th minute, collecting a long throw in, skipping past Modou Diagne and placing the ball through the legs… Continue Reading

Mourinho gives no guarantees on Rooney future

by Associated Press on February 21, 2017 at 2:45 pm

SAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) — Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he cannot guarantee that Wayne Rooney will finish the season at the club. Rooney, United’s captain and record goal-scorer, is no longer a first-team regular and has been linked with a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League, where the transfer window shuts next week…. Continue Reading

Race favorite Thistlecrack out of Cheltenham Gold Cup

by Associated Press on February 21, 2017 at 1:32 pm

CHELTENHAM, England (AP) — Thistlecrack, the favorite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, will miss the race because of a leg injury. The horse’s trainer, Colin Tizzard, said the 9-year-old Thistlecrack has been ruled out of the rest of the jumps season. Thistlecrack won his first four starts over fences, including in the prestigious King George… Continue Reading

Avs defenseman Erik Johnson nears return from broken leg

by Associated Press on February 21, 2017 at 1:29 pm

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson is nearing a return after being sidelined since early December with a broken leg. Although Johnson won’t play Tuesday against Los Angeles, coach Jared Bednar said the Avalanche’s top defenseman has been going through some of the contact drills in practice and “that’s a positive sign.” He… Continue Reading

Steelers’ Joey Porter to plead guilty to fracas citations

by Associated Press on February 21, 2017 at 12:40 pm

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter plans to plead guilty to a disorderly conduct citation stemming from a dispute with a bar bouncer and a police officer last month. Porter’s defense attorney, Robert Del Greco, tells The Associated Press that Porter will plead guilty in City Court on Tuesday afternoon. Porter was… Continue Reading